This list of resources is made up of many DIY or niche services that are helpful. Fisher has created (and adds to) this list to help those new and struggling small businesses that are not able to hire a consultant, but do need real help. These are tools and tricks we give to all of our clients and build value from here.
This program run by Portland Community College offers low-cost classes and seminars.
OAME works to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon & SW Washington. If you are minority owned / women owned / or doing under 600,000/ year in revenue, considering doing a business development meeting here. If you’re in construction, AND any of the above, this is critical.
OEN connects you to investors, mentors, and a thriving community of entrepreneurs.
MESO seeks to improve the economic opportunities of underserved individuals through empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship for the benefit of the greater community. They have affordable programs and scholarships focused on low-income entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level. Their mission is to empower you with the tools you need to grow your business to more than US$1 million in sales
If your business makes 250,000 – 999,999 / year, EOA is a great place to find a mentor.
If you need a logo or graphic design on a budget, try one of the resources below. Use google to find many competitors, too.
iWriter for freelance writing.
Upwork is a worldwide community to find or offer freelance services.