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supporting small businesses since 2009


We respond to poverty by empowering economically, socially and physically challenged individuals to increase self-sufficiency and build personal and business assets. 

Help Low Income Women and Minority Owned Businesses
Now Open: Accepting Applications 
GoFundme Campaign 
Help us by spreading the word and donating to our loan fund that will help small business across oregon who need your help urgently. 

Take A Look At The Months Ahead!

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Start Your business JouRney

We invite you to join MERIT's programs, where you will find all your business needs in one place. We are here to help you with financial education, business development, technical assistance, local resources and more. 

Start your entrepreneurship journey and experience the impact in your start-up business.  




Contact us about our opportunities to become a facilitator for our Small Business Development Training. 


Monthly testimonials

Angelita Sanchez

Angel’s RockN’Roll Construction, Inc.

MERIT Training + former IDA client

Angels Truck

“It took me nearly three years to accomplish this goal, but I have finally secured a business line of credit” 

Bonnie Andrews with Chocolate

Bonnie Andrews

Owner of Melting Pot Candy

MERIT Training

"Going through MERIT’s programs has been essential to our business."

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