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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.

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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​.