Business Outreach Program We provide technical assistance and business consulting services to local small businesses, with a focus on minority and women-owned enterprises.
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Our Mission

The Business Outreach Program's mission is to help local small businesses, including emerging, minority and women-owned businesses, achieve their potential while providing students with opportunities for community based learning. 

Nearly 80% of small businesses in Portland have 10 employees or less. The State of Oregon has 300,000 qualified "microenterprises" comprised of fewer than five employees. That's 86% of all registered businesses, employing 16% of the entire workforce, according to the US Department of Commerce.

In the past year, the Business Outreach Program has supported:

  • Over 300 entrepreneurs in their business development
  • Clients supported include:
    • 75% woman-owned businesses
    • 65% minority-owned businesses
    • 98% low-to-moderate income individuals
  • Placed over 100 PSU business students as consultants

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