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MERIT helps entrepreneurs by providing training and ongoing support from pre-business through start-up, and beyond business-launch. We do this through a three-tiered program design: Explore and Define Your Business, Launch Your Business, and Grow Your Business.

We serve residents of Marion, Polk, Yamhill and surrounding counties; many of whom are unemployed, underemployed, hobbyists who want to earn supplemental income, individuals testing the feasibility of a business idea, or individuals already in the start-up phase of their business. We serve both English and Spanish speakers.





Dec
8
Thu
Start Your Business – English @ Dallas Work Source Center
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start Your Business – English @ Grand Ronde Adult Education Center
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jan
12
Thu
Start Your Business – English @ Dallas Work Source Center
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start Your Business – English @ Grand Ronde Adult Education Center
Jan 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Feb
9
Thu
Start Your Business – English @ Dallas Work Source Center
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start Your Business – English @ Grand Ronde Adult Education Center
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mar
9
Thu
Start Your Business – English @ Dallas Work Source Center
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start Your Business – English @ Grand Ronde Adult Education Center
Mar 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Apr
13
Thu
Start Your Business – English @ Dallas Work Source Center
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start Your Business – English @ Grand Ronde Adult Education Center
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm



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MERIT Endorsed Businesses on Kiva

Kiva Zip creates a way for individuals to lend small amounts (as little as $25) to businesses they like. We have endorsed Ladies of Liberty, a business that has been connected to MERIT since Diane Bishop opened the doors to her quilt and fabric business in 2009; and she is now fundraising her loan​.

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