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Who We Are

The Oregon MBDA Business Center is managed and operated by Business Impact NW, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), dedicated to serving underbanked entrepreneurs. The Oregon MBDA goal is to identify existing Minority Business Enterprises (MBE’s) that are seeking growth opportunities within business through plan management, training, contracting and business development.

Providing short and/or long-term Technical Assistance and consulting. Offering development strategies, training and education within various fields; financial management, operations and marketing.

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What We Provide

  • Free one on one business coaching - Access a free, accredited business coach to support you in your business journey - at any stage.
  • Free & low-cost classes, trainings, and workshops for aspiring and current small business owners covering a variety of business topics from marketing to bookkeeping.
  • Business Funding - As a compassionate lender, we can be more flexible than traditional lenders.
  • Networking Events - Our events focus on providing resources, growth opportunities, and the celebration of achievement for local entrepreneurs.
  • Referrals to valuable business resources - Local resources and partners that provide services to help:
    • Generate and/or maintain employment
    • Provide Working Capital and Financing options
    • Capacity Building techniques
    • Secure contracting opportunities

Who We Serve

  • We serve all existing Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Businesses (including but not limited to):
    • African American
    • Hispanic American
    • Native American
    • Asian Pacific American
    • Subcontinent Asian Americans
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By appointment only. Our office is located at 4145 SW Watson Ave. Suite 350, Room #327 Beaverton, OR 97005

Office hours are Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm. While we do not have physical office hours over the weekend or during the evenings, counselors are available remotely over the phone or video conference on nights and weekends per client request.

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Classes & Training

Join in on a class through our calendar, or read more about our featured classes below. Our classes and trainings are open to all.

Launch Your Business

From idea, to plan, to business start,
let us help you launch your dream.

Grow Your Business

We work with you to take your
established business to the next level.

We work with you to secure funding
for your business to thrive

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Kenyatta Trice


Kenyatta Trice is the Director of the Oregon MBDA (Minority Business Development Agency). With approximately 15 years’ experience in Human Resources and Owner/ Operator of TRICE Occupational Consulting Solutions, an agency geared toward assisting job seekers and small businesses within their careers.

Most recently working as Director of Access to Capital & Marketing, assisting small, minority owned businesses with starting, maintaining and managing their businesses through technical assistance, microloans, and community resources. In a past position as Economic Empowerment Coordinator for a local Domestic Violence Resource Center, having connections to services and resources in the community was a driving force within that role; assisting folks with barriers toward, safety and stabilization at home, in their careers, education and in entrepreneurship.

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Gabrielle Giscombe


Gabrielle Joyce has an extensive background working with small businesses in Oregon and SW Washington. Before joining Business Impact NW, she worked as a Small Business Financing Advisor helping minority-owned small businesses navigate funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. And working with Xcelerate Women as a Financial Mindset and Planning Coach assisting women-owned small businesses through the growth phase.

Gabrielle received her MBA from Willamette University and her Bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of North Florida. She brings a combination of skills and experience working within the community and other programs. Gabrielle enjoys working with people and developing new connections. She loves exploring the PNW with her husband on camping trips, skiing, and discovering new foodie spots.

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Claudia Cardenas


For the past 6 years, Claudia Cardenas has been involved in economic development for multiple industries throughout the Portland Metro, Washington County, and rural areas in the state of Oregon and SW Washington. Throughout the years, Claudia have been able to understand and identify the many challenges that minority businesses face in a day to day. Claudia understands the importance of education and having a trustful network. She wants to promote the vision of being a diverse liaison between all sectors, performing culturally specific and collaborative services, building relationships, and exchanging best practices that improve operations for business owners.


If you don’t have a business coach yet, all you need to do is register!

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The Minority Business Enterprise Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency.

The appearance of hyperlinks to other sites does not constitute endorsement by the Business Impact NW or by the Minority Business Development Agency of these web sites or the information, products or services contained therein. Regarding such external web sites, we do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. These links are provided consistent with Business Impact NW stated purpose as shown on our web site. We recommend that you review the website's information collection policy or terms and conditions to fully understand what information is collected and/or provided.

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