Resources


Resources

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

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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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