Our mission is to foster business sustainability and growth for historically under-served entrepreneurs within local communities. We provide exceptional business development support services to promote lifelong learning, empowerment, and positive economic impact.
Bottom Line for Portland
Annually, Livelihood NW provides free and low cost professional business support services to hundreds of businesses in Portland. We help entrepreneurs build skills, overcome challenges, and achieve their business goals and personal dreams. Our services are centered around breaking down barriers and addressing the wealth gap for underserved populations, specifically low-to-moderate income individuals, BIPOC, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.
"I am and will ever be grateful to Livelihood NW for the unfathomable support and care I get from them. I didn't think my dream would become a reality without their guidance and endless support. Today I am more confident and able to dream even bigger than I thought I ever would because of Livelihood NW." -Livelihood NW Past Client
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Livelihood NW recognizes the realities of systemic racism in our world as well as local communities and strives to uphold an anti-racist culture, policies and procedures, by continuously examining our organizational and individual biases and working to learn, improve, and overcome them. Read our Anti-Racism Statement here.
Historically underserved populations receive priority for all our programs & services.
November. 3 - First 10 donors of $75+ will receive a Coffee Lover’s goodie bag filled with coffee from four local roasters: Diaspora Coffee, Exilior, Sinister Coffee & Creamery, and Keia & Martyn’s Coffee.
November 17 - Donors will be entered to win* a $100 gift certificate to Tattoo 34.
November 23 - Donors will be entered to win* a giftable Singing Telegram from Bellagram Telegrams ($150 value).
December 15 - Donors will be entered to win* one of 2 $50 Gift Certificates from Epif.
December 21 - First 25 donors of $10+ will receive a voucher for a free small box of truffles from Missionary Chocolate.
December 29 - Donors will be entered to win* a month of unlimited yoga from Lighthouse Yoga.
Dec 27-31 (or while supplies last):
- - The first TWO (2) donors of $250+ will receive ALL THREE Goodie Bags (Coffee Lover's, Products, and Food)
- - The first FOUR (4) donors of $150-$249 will receive TWO Goodie Bags (Products and Food)
- - The first TWO (2) to donors of $75-$149 will receive ONE Goodie Bag (Products)
*No donation necessary to win - you can alternatively enter by sending us an email at [email protected] on the day the incentive is taking place. Include the name of the incentive in the subject or body of your email to be entered into the drawing.
All of our Give!Guide partners are small local businesses that are past or current clients of Livelihood NW.
Amity Artisan Goods - is a center for underserved artists, women, immigrants, LGBTQ, BIPOC, Latinx, and AAPI makers. We feature handmade goods from historically marginalized groups and provide a platform for them to shine.
Bellagram Telegrams creates joy and connection via musical gift experiences, delivering live entertainment to your friend's doorstep or device!
Citizen Ruth is an ethics-forward company providing high-quality, intersectional feminist art, books, clothing, jewelry, and personal and home accessories.
Diaspora Coffee is a social enterprise dedicated to empowering Portland's refugee and immigrant community through coffee and chai.
Epif is a vegan restaurant and pisco bar that serves dishes inspired by the Andes region of South America.
Exilior is a family-owned certified B-Corp business that sells coffee directly from Kenyan coffee-growing families so they can earn living wages.
Fire Brew is a woman-owned and operated company based out of Portland, Oregon that creates all-natural wellness boosters and remedies that support the mind, body, and spirit.
Graphic Anthology designs greeting cards and paper gifts that encourage relationship-making with the people you love most.
Hot Mama Salsa makes hand-made fresh salsas, hot sauces, and chili oils using traditional ethnic cooking methods and fresh local ingredients.
Keia & Martyn's Coffee is an equity-centered, BIPOC co-owned coffee roasting business that specializes in subscription services.
Lighthouse Yoga is a community-centered yoga studio in the Lents neighborhood.
Missionary Chocolates: Delicious dairy-Free, gluten-Free, vegan, Doctor Made truffles handmade in Portland, Oregon.
Mister OK's Essentials is a home & body essential care brand specializing in all-natural products.
Momo Cocoa is a Portland, Oregon-based company that makes high-quality, gluten-free cocoa.
Nomad Mix is a Portland, Oregon-based business of small-batch, handcrafted clusters of wild-flavor, paleo, and gluten-free trail mixes.
Sinister Coffee & Creamery is a Portland Oregon women-owned, single-origin, small-batch organic coffee roaster, and ice creamery.
Tattoo 34 is a BIPOC-owned, women-owned, family business with experienced artists tattooing in diverse styles.
Waterknot makes outdoor adventure printed greeting cards for all occasions on recycled paper.