Portland Mercado supports micro-entrepreneurs and small-business owners to launch, grow and sustain their businesses by providing technical assistance, accessible commercial kitchen spaces, and access to new markets. We prioritize working with Oregon’s Latinx, low-income communities.
Bottom Line for Portland
This year, Mercado supported 150 small businesses from across the region. Fifty entrepreneurs received long-term technical assistance to launch their businesses, more than 60 accessed our affordable commercial kitchen, and dozens more availed themselves of new sales opportunities through Mercado events and cultural programs.
“Portland Mercado empowered me to realize my dream of owning my own business. Not only did I have the opportunity to develop my abilities as an entrepreneur, but I got access to financial advising and education. Thanks to their program, I can continue to expand my vision!”
—Amalia Sierra, owner of Tierra del Sol Cuisine at the Portland Mercado
Donors of $50 or more to both the Portland Mercado and Growing Gardens will receive 1 ticket to our Celebrating Sazón event to be held in February. This special, community meal will highlight local chefs, amazing food and celebrate our diverse culinary cultures.