Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Danielle McDonald
Several non-profits, lenders, and corporations in the state of Oregon offer loans and free grants to minority or female owned businesses. Financial assistance and counseling (free advice) are also available for Latino, Blacks, Asians, LGBTQ+, veterans, and other minority owned small businesses or startups. Below, get more information on grants and loans near you.
There is a focus on ensuring women and minority owned companies have the capital they require. Assistance programs for startups or mid-sized businesses in Oregon are also available. These businesses may receive loan programs and free grants with ongoing support, including (but not limited to) free counseling, mentoring, technical assistance, sales help, workshops, networking opportunities, and more.
The programs listed below are available for Black, Asian, women, or minority owned businesses. Many of these programs are located in Portland or Eugene. However, there are grants or low-cost loans available all over the state, as well as grants for women owned businesses.
Small Business Loans or Free Grants for Women or Minorities in Oregon
This list is up to date. New grant resources and loans from banks, the government, foundations, or charities also focus on the disadvantaged.
You can also find a list of Free Grants and Loans for Minority and Women Owned Businesses in Pennsylvania elsewhere on our site.
Ongoing, Year Round Assistance
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)
The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs helps minority owned businesses in the state to start and grow. The group includes hundreds of companies, individuals, and nonprofits. They also provide SBA microloans, free business counseling, sales opportunities via contracting jobs, incubator space, and many other resources.
This is quite similar to one of the free grants and loans for minority and women owned businesses in Ohio, the Erie County Minority Business Empowerment Team.