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 to Launch Second Phase of Financial Empowerment Academy

Salem, Oregon – Tuesday February 20, 2018 – In a motivating influence for the Willamette Valley community, MERIT (Micro Enterprise Resource Initiatives and Training) continues providing comprehensive financial and business resources for local business owners and families.

MERIT is a 501(c)3 non-profit, located in downtown Salem’s Center for Business and Industry, and has been helping determined individuals blossom into prosperous business owners in our community for over 13 years. True to their philosophy, MERIT has been a resource in providing training and workshops for local entrepreneurs and business owners who wish to take their ideas to the next level.

Through Initiatives such as group classes, IDA’s (3 to 1 matched savings), lending circles and coaching; MERIT has helped seed the foundations of main street businesses throughout the Willamette Valley.

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