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About Us

The Business Outreach Program (BOP) at Portland State University provides technical assistance and business consulting services to locally owned, small businesses, with a focus on emerging, minority, and women-owned enterprises.

Our Mission

The Portland State University 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.


The Portland State University Business Outreach Program (PSU BOP) was founded in 1994 with a vision of providing management assistance to emerging businesses.


Since inception, the PSU BOP has been providing technical assistance and business consulting services to small business owners and micro-entrepreneurs through workshops, trainings and peer based learning opportunities, as well as through professional one-on-one consulting to clients enrolled in our long-term support programs.


In conjunction with providing services to business owners, the PSU BOP provides PSU students with a unique opportunity to engage in community-based learning, through firsthand business consulting and professional development experiences with local small businesses and service providers.


We are located in the Portland State Business Accelerator, at: 

2828 SW Corbett Ave, Ste. 147 
Portland, OR 97201

The location can be difficult to find thus we recommend using these driving directions

If you would like to visit us, please call or email to schedule an appointment. 

Phone: 503-725-9820  


Our Services

Together, we offer comprehensive services that include:

  • One-on-One Consulting
  • Technical assistance in all disciplines:
    • Marketing
    • Human Resources
    • Management Practices
    • Business Operations
    • Accounting
    • Loan Readiness
  • QuickBooks and Bookkeeping Training
  • Business Development Workshops
  • Peer-based learning and networking
  • Market Research

For more information about our services click here.

PSU Business Outreach Program Staff and Interns

Our Staff

Lara Damon, Executive Director
Direct: 503-725-9822 
Administrative Assistant
Office: 503-725-9820
Gavin D'Avanther, Business Advisor
Office: 503-725-9820 
Elizabeth Feldman, Business Advisor
Office: 503-725-9820
Emily Galash, Business Advisor
Office: 503-725-9820
Scott Robinson, Business Advisor
Office: 503-725-9820
Erica Schubach, Associate Accounting Advisor
Office: 503-725-9820


Ashley Albers
Accounting Intern
Office: 503-725-9820