Legal: Small Business Legal Clinic
Legal: Small Business Legal Clinic

Lewis and Clark University has a small business legal clinic that offers affordable legal services to small businesses.

Languages

English and Spanish

Website

 

Product Development: Food Innovation Center
Product Development: Food Innovation Center

Oregon State University manages the Food Innovation Center. They can help with product development, packaging and labeling, finding a co-packer, shelf life testing, sourcing ingredients and food trends. Note - they are very busy, but worth the wait.

Languages

English

Website

Training & Access to Market: Getting Your Recipe to Market
Training & Access to Market: Getting Your Recipe to Market

During the 12 week class, food industry experts will take you step by step through the process to produce, promote and sell your food product. The class is paired with 1x1 advising and helps you network with other food entrepreneurs. At the end, you present your product to grocery store buyers, including New Seasons. 

Languages 

English

Website

Training & Advising: Business Outreach Program
Training & Advising: Business Outreach Program

A great local non-profit that offers business training, help with accounting and financials and advising for all types of businesses.

Languages

English and Spanish

Website

Training, Capital & Advising: Mercy Corps NW
Training, Capital & Advising: Mercy Corps NW

A local non-profit that offers business training, seminars, access to small loans and matched savings plans and advising. They work with any type of business and are particularly great with creative entrepreneurs such as artists, alternative health practitioners and life coaches.

Languages

English

Website

Registration: State of Oregon
Registration: State of Oregon

Register your business name with the State of Oregon. 

Languages

English

Website

Access to Market: Manage my Market
Access to Market: Manage my Market

Want to sell at a farmers market in the Portland Metro Region (and beyond)? Create a profile on this website and you can view and apply to many farmers markets. Most farmers markets in the region use this website.

Languages

English

Website

Loans & Marketing & Graphic Design: MESO
Loans & Marketing & Graphic Design: MESO

MESO (or Micro-enterprise Services of Oregon) is a local non-profit that has a great loan program for small businesses (from small to large loans). It also has a market study program called "Market Link", which can help you create a marketing plan. And, they have a good contact for graphic design. 

Languages

English and Spanish

Website

Loans: CRAFT3
Loans: CRAFT3

Need a larger loan? Are you a more established business? CRAFT3 is a non-profit that provides loans to businesses, including those without access to traditional financing. They complement financial resources with their own expertise, networks and other advocacy for their clients.

Languages

English

Website

Food Service License - Oregon Department of Agriculture
Food Service License - Oregon Department of Agriculture

You need a food service license if you are selling your product to the public. The ODA generally licenses:

-packaged goods (ex. salsa in a jar)

-home kitchens

-bakery goods

Languages

Spanish (503-579-7529) and English (503-986-4720)

Website

Recommend skipping the website and giving them a call directly. Its easier.

Food Service License: Environmental Health Department
Food Service License: Environmental Health Department

You need a food service license if you are selling your product to the public. Each county has an environmental health department. You will need to get a license from the department in each county you will be selling in. The departments usually license:

-food carts

-restaurants

-temporary vendors (farmers markets, 1 day)

-caterers

Languages

Spanish and English

Website

Multnomah County has great resources, videos, handouts & more. Check them out.

Legal: Small Business Legal Clinic
Product Development: Food Innovation Center
Training & Access to Market: Getting Your Recipe to Market
Training & Advising: Business Outreach Program
Training, Capital & Advising: Mercy Corps NW
Registration: State of Oregon
Access to Market: Manage my Market
Loans & Marketing & Graphic Design: MESO
Loans: CRAFT3
Food Service License - Oregon Department of Agriculture
Food Service License: Environmental Health Department
Legal: Small Business Legal Clinic

Lewis and Clark University has a small business legal clinic that offers affordable legal services to small businesses.

Languages

English and Spanish

Website

 

Product Development: Food Innovation Center

Oregon State University manages the Food Innovation Center. They can help with product development, packaging and labeling, finding a co-packer, shelf life testing, sourcing ingredients and food trends. Note - they are very busy, but worth the wait.

Languages

English

Website

Training & Access to Market: Getting Your Recipe to Market

During the 12 week class, food industry experts will take you step by step through the process to produce, promote and sell your food product. The class is paired with 1x1 advising and helps you network with other food entrepreneurs. At the end, you present your product to grocery store buyers, including New Seasons. 

Languages 

English

Website

Training & Advising: Business Outreach Program

A great local non-profit that offers business training, help with accounting and financials and advising for all types of businesses.

Languages

English and Spanish

Website

Training, Capital & Advising: Mercy Corps NW

A local non-profit that offers business training, seminars, access to small loans and matched savings plans and advising. They work with any type of business and are particularly great with creative entrepreneurs such as artists, alternative health practitioners and life coaches.

Languages

English

Website

Registration: State of Oregon

Register your business name with the State of Oregon. 

Languages

English

Website

Access to Market: Manage my Market

Want to sell at a farmers market in the Portland Metro Region (and beyond)? Create a profile on this website and you can view and apply to many farmers markets. Most farmers markets in the region use this website.

Languages

English

Website

Loans & Marketing & Graphic Design: MESO

MESO (or Micro-enterprise Services of Oregon) is a local non-profit that has a great loan program for small businesses (from small to large loans). It also has a market study program called "Market Link", which can help you create a marketing plan. And, they have a good contact for graphic design. 

Languages

English and Spanish

Website

Loans: CRAFT3

Need a larger loan? Are you a more established business? CRAFT3 is a non-profit that provides loans to businesses, including those without access to traditional financing. They complement financial resources with their own expertise, networks and other advocacy for their clients.

Languages

English

Website

Food Service License - Oregon Department of Agriculture

You need a food service license if you are selling your product to the public. The ODA generally licenses:

-packaged goods (ex. salsa in a jar)

-home kitchens

-bakery goods

Languages

Spanish (503-579-7529) and English (503-986-4720)

Website

Recommend skipping the website and giving them a call directly. Its easier.

Food Service License: Environmental Health Department

You need a food service license if you are selling your product to the public. Each county has an environmental health department. You will need to get a license from the department in each county you will be selling in. The departments usually license:

-food carts

-restaurants

-temporary vendors (farmers markets, 1 day)

-caterers

Languages

Spanish and English

Website

Multnomah County has great resources, videos, handouts & more. Check them out.

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