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 orientation

Learn about how to start a food business in Portland & how our program works.

Upcoming Orientations at Portland Mercado 7238 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR 97206:

  • Wednesday, April 5th, 6pm - 8pm .
  • Wednesday, May 3rd, 6pm - 8pm

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 will cover recipe development, food licensing, business licensing and insurance, cash-flow, marketing, sales channels and more.

If you have already come to an Orientation, 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
  • Opportunities to sell in our market El Mercadito and one day events
  • Affordable Rent in the Kitchen (if you already have a business, are not interested in our business development services, you can get more information on kitchen rental here.