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MERIT serves an emerging diverse business community in Oregon, providing expert entrepreneurial and financial management training, technical assistance, access to capital, including family-oriented finance management, financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills, to build generational wealth and self-advocacy, fostering inclusiveness in building an environment of equitable prosperity.



We envision MERIT will be the premier organization that serves a culturally, diverse economy by enabling the creation, expansion, and retention of community businesses that will increase the generational wealth of families by advancing their prosperity, promoting their cultivation of transferable assets which will empower our clients to independently and fully engage in all levels of government, business, and civic life.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion statement

The MERIT team recognizes that to value diversity is to be diverse, accepting, and understanding of the complexity of the diversity and backgrounds of our staff, clients, and members of the community. We must make sure that there is an opportunity for all of our team members to engage in all of our activities as well as the ability by all members of the community to attend and participate in MERIT’s events, and that we all have the right to participate in how Merit makes decisions.

Code of Conduct


  • Working as a Team

  • Ethical & Honest ​

  • Dedication, Accountability, Transparency & Punctuality

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