Get Involved

Get Involved
MERIT relies on community support to provide our clients with the services and guidance they need to make their business dream a reality. You can be a part of our efforts to fight poverty and support local small businesses! Volunteer, mentor one of our clients, shop at our alumni businesses, contribute directly to sustain the operation of our program, or sign-up for our monthly newsletter.All of these contributions enable us to further our economic impact in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties.
Help support our local community and someone’s entrepreneurial dream, by donating directly to MERIT. MERIT’s programs would not be possible without the generous support of individuals, foundations, local, and national grants.

Our goal is to provide business services to those individuals who cannot access traditional means of education and support for some reason. Your financial donation contributes to our mission by allowing us to continue providing services at no cost to these qualified individuals.

MERIT is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to MERIT are tax deductible.

Donations can also be made out to MicroEnterprise Resources, Initiatives & Training and mailed or dropped off at:

Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry
626 High Street NE, Room 202
Salem, OR 97301
In-Kind Contributions
In-kind contributions are always welcome and needed by our program and participants. Items of interest for our participants include office furniture, display cases, office supplies, computers and related technology. Services such as graphics, accounting or bookkeeping can also assist emerging business.

For more information about making an in-kind contribution, call Forrest Peck, Executive Director at (503) 399-5088.
Do you have business experience and want to use your expertise to give back to your community? Volunteer with MERIT to keep local businesses thriving and have a direct impact on the fulfillment of another person’s dreams. The time commitment is as much or as little as you want.

Volunteering with MERIT helps keep local businesses thriving and has a direct impact on the fulfillment of another person’s dreams. The time commitment can be as much or as little as you want. Bilingual volunteers are especially appreciated!

Current volunteer opportunities:

  • Business Development Assistant
  • Web Content & Social Media Manager
  • Program Assistant
  • Journalist
  • Industry & Market Research Specialist
  • Guest Speaker
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Business Mentor
  • Business Law Advisor
  • Business Financial Advisor

For more information, complete this volunteer application and we’ll be in touch with you shortly. We appreciate that you want to help us serve our entrepreneurial community!

Contact Mona Edwards at, or (503) 584-7314 for questions about getting involved with MERIT!

Latest News

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​.