Resources

Resources

NEW: FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT ACADEMY

With our new Financial Empowerment Academy, you will be equipped to handle and understand finances better than ever before! To sign up, just fill out one of our PDF applications below and e-mail it to ida@meritnw.org.

GETTING STARTED

FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS

• Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) general information
• Financial Resource Guide
• Business Oregon Financing Programs
• Business Loan Programs – MidWillamette Valley Council of Governments
• Angel Oregon
• Kiva Crowd Funded Loans 

Regarding business grants:
There are some grants out there for entrepreneurs. Despite popular perception very few grants are available for private, for-profit businesses. They tend to have very specific eligibility criteria, so it is generally not advisable to rely on grants as a source of funding. Many grants are scams.Here are some legitimate business grants:
• Marion County Economic Development
• Yamhill County Economic Development
• Nerd wallet article on grants for women
• SBIR/STTR Grants

TAXES

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

MARKETING

• Startup Stash – Marketing Software Recommendations
• Canva – Simple design software to help you market your business
• Growth Supply – large number of free resources

CONTRACTING/PROCUREMENT

NON-PROFITS

RESEARCH

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​.

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