Help When You Need It

We want you to be supported as you start & expand your business.  We are currently focusing on Food Businesses.  If you have an idea for a food business or are just starting your business, our services can help you!

Step One:  Come to our Information Session

Learn about how to start a food business in Portland, how our program works & get a Kitchen Tour

Information Session & Kitchen Tours, 6 - 7:30pm at Portland Mercado 7238 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR 97206. First Wednesday of Every Month English (Except July 12th). Cada final miércoles en Español

Step Two: Attend our boot camp

Food Business Foundations Boot Camp

We invite local experts to provide you with the steps you need to start your food business.  This  6 session course over 2 weeks covers recipe development, food licensing, business licensing and insurance, cash-flow, marketing, sales channels and more. 

If you have already come to an Orientation/Information Session, you can see more information on the Program Calendar and register for boot camp by email at

Step Three: Enroll in our program services

If you have completed our boot camp, we will give you a simple application for our Program Services.

  • We will review your application. If you are accepted, you can take advantage of our program services.

Our Program Services include:

  • Business Advising
  • Business Seminars
  • IDAs or "matched savings accounts" to fund your business
  • Lending Circles - Financially backed by Hacienda CDC
  • Opportunities to sell in one day events
  • Affordable Rent in the Kitchen