Every business is unique; therefore BOP services are customized to best serve each business in our programs. Focus areas include business feasibility assessment, market research, business plan development, accounting, financial planning, HR, operations and legal resources.

Business Development Workshop Series

The Business Outreach Program (BOP) offers a five-session Business Development Workshop Series, available to individuals in all stages of business development, from concept phase to ongoing operations. 

This workshop is taught by a BOP business advisor, and is a great opportunity to join other current and aspiring business owners to discuss challenges, exchange ideas, and learn new tools for growing your business.

Upcoming Workshops:

Bookkeeping Workshop

Division Midway Alliance


Tuesday, 6:00pm-8:30pm


Business Development Workshop Series

East Portland

4/18/19 - 5/16/19

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm


Northeast Portland

4/17/19 - 5/15/19

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30pm


Cost: $175, all 5 sessions

*Sliding scale available based on income.


The five-session series provides discussion, tools and templates on the following topics:

  • Week 1 - Orientation: Intro to the BOP and the roles of an entrepreneur
  • Week 2 - Marketing: Understanding market research, your target market & competition, pricing strategy & free market research tools
  • Week 3 - Business Planning: Building a new or revised business plan, and why it’s important to have one
  • Week 4 - Budgeting & Finances: Budgeting, record keeping and financing your business
  • Week 5 - Human Resources & Legal Considerations: Legal issues, entity selection, employment overview and local resource referrals

Interested in attending? 

Complete our Inquiry Questionnaire and a BOP staff member will follow up with you to complete your registration.

Interested in attending? Register here.

Long Term Support

In collaboration with various community partnership, and supported by program grants and giving, the BOP offers intensive long-term business support services to a select number of entrepreneurs each year. Long-term support program participants benefit from in-depth business support for one to three years, through a service delivery of one-on-one consulting, student intern and student consulting teams support, peer-based learning opportunities, and resources and referrals.

We currently offer multiple long term programs.

Our newest program is called the Increase Program, it is based on the Interise Streetwise MBA Curriculum and for businesses that are moving into the growth stage of business.

Read more below.

Accelerate your business!   Project Increase

Get the executive education, management know-how, and business support system you need to grow your established small business through this intensive, cohort-based program. No previous degree required, just the willingness to work on your business, not just in it!

Now accepting applications at

Enrollment in long-term support programs is highly competitive and limited to strict criteria determined by funding contracts, included but not limited to: income thresholds, neighborhood eligibility and demographics. Partial or full services are offered only to those selected and enrolled based on program criteria.

One-on-One Consulting

One-on-one consulting is performed through a harmonious relationship developed between a BOP Business Advisor and the entrepreneur. BOP Business Advisors are highly qualified active business professionals within the Portland metropolitan area. Business Advisors work on an individual basis with clients in areas such as identifying business and marketing strategies, establishing operating and accounting procedures, financial planning and developing human resource policies. In addition, Advisors network clients to a host of beneficial contacts and resources in the Portland metropolitan area.

Client Sovanna Yun (Cocoon Silk) with
BOP Executive Director Lara Damon

Peer-Based Learning

Many of our business support programs feature monthly round table meetings, hosted by our Business Advisor team. These meetings greatly expand an entrepreneur's support network by connecting owners from diverse industries and businesses to share resources, ideas, challenges, and solutions.


Student Consulting Teams

Interested in becoming a student consultant?


Learn more here

Student consulting teams are comprised of Portland State University The School of Business students from various business majors. Mentored by the BOP Executive Director and Business Advisors, student teams work closely with business owners to identify and execute a consulting project, based on the needs of the business. This presents an opportunity for business owners to be supported by bright students, while challenging students to research, analyze and
provide solutions towith real world business issues. 

Project duration is over the course of a 10-week term, and project completion is delivered at the end of the term.


Student Interns

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Learn more here.

The BOP consulting team is augmented by qualified business interns selected from PSU The School of Business. Interns act as consultants as an extension of the BOP consulting team. Under the supervision of BOP staff, interns are matched to BOP client businesses, to provide specific assistance to the client in the areas of marketing, bookkeeping training, finance, accounting, human resources and general management. The BOP internship program adds to the resources the BOP offers and value to the client, while providing student interns hands on consulting experience and exposure to the business community.


A La Carte Services

The following services are available to clients enrolled in BOP Long Term Support Programs, upon referral from their BOP Business Advisor. Individuals who complete our Business Development Workshop Series are also eligible to access these services for a fee.

  • Peer based learning
    • Learn + Networks
  • Market Research
  • Bookkeeping Training
  • Business Plan Review
  • 1:1 Consulting
  • Alumni Membership

If you have questions about our a la carte services, contact us.