Portland Mercado and Entrepreneurship

Small Business Support + Training

Low income entrepreneurs will launch, grow and keep their food businesses in the City of Portland, creating wealth and jobs for their families and communities. They will be the forefront of the food trends in the city and beyond, innovating and creating new products and markets and making the city’s food landscape more vibrant and inclusive.

We offer bilingual services, resources and access to funding for people to start a food business and become a business owners.

Talk to us! No matter what you are interested in, get started by contacting 971-280-3825 or micromercantes@haciendacdc.org

Portland Mercado is a community of more than 16 permanent businesses in our public market and plaza and many more in our incubator kitchen – bringing together diverse cultures through food, art and entertainment. Learn More

The Micro Mercantes community micro-enterprise program grew out of the needs expressed by Hacienda’s residents. In 2006, a group of 20 or so low-income, Latina women living in Hacienda’s properties approached the organization, interested in selling tamales at the farmers markets to supplement their family incomes. Learn More

Step One: Learn Quickly

What we do

  • Info sessions: learn about us & explore entrepreneurship.
  • Food Business Boot Camp: 2 week course for start-up businesses (English)
  • Seminars: Drop-in learning sessions
  • Get up to 10 free hours of advising


  • All resources in only one place
  • A faster way to gather all information
  • English, Spanish and interpretation in other languages
  • You meet experts face to face
  • Pay as you can
  • Avoid costly mistakes
  • Lower rate to rent kitchen


Step Two: Launch Successfully

Apply to our program services – then have access to everything you need to get going:

  • Portland Mercado: a market with space to launch your business
  • Capital: get the money necessary to start your business (tandas, IDAs)
  • Advising: one-on-one guidance from experts  as you launch and grow
  • Kitchen: An affordable, community-based space to make your products
  • Sales opportunities: Take advantage of our network to get your product out there
  • Connections to resources and our partners, that vary from graphic design to insurance to legal advice




Any Questions?
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