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Welcome to Mercatus


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Welcome to Mercatus


Mercatus elevates the unique and universal narratives of entrepreneurs of color in Portland and Connects the city and region with local talents, businesses, services and products that come from the ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in the city.

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What's New?


Empresarios-Our Stories

October 12 6pm -8pm

Join MERCATUS and Portland Mercado for a celebration of Latino entrepreneurship. Three local businesses will share their stories of challenge and success, faith and family, encouragement and empowerment.

What's New?


Empresarios-Our Stories

October 12 6pm -8pm

Join MERCATUS and Portland Mercado for a celebration of Latino entrepreneurship. Three local businesses will share their stories of challenge and success, faith and family, encouragement and empowerment.

elevate and connect

Storytelling Events, Markets, and Networking.

Hear their stories. Upcoming Storytelling events:

Storytelling at Bison Coffeehouse

  • Stories from the Native American Community
  • January 18th 6pm-8pm 
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MIssion


MIssion


An online platform founded in Portland, Oregon to highlight entrepreneurs of color in the City of Roses through storytelling and a comprehensive directory. The Collective features videos and interviews with entrepreneurs documenting their experience, resiliency and stories, presenting a collective narrative on business ownership at this moment in time in Portland. 

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Goals


Goals


Elevate

Our deepest hope is that these stories will inspire and inform the readers, taking them on a singular, illuminating journey of an entrepreneur of color in the City of Roses. 

By creating a storytelling platform, we are celebrating the determination, work and resiliency that go into running a business. We wish to make it easy and accessible to explore the narratives of these unique and universal experiences and elevate these narratives to a broader audience. 

Connect

Community is the backbone of a good business environment. Understanding and knowing each other is a key ingredient in a successful community. Hence, our aim is to connect the city and a wider market with local enclaves of talent, businesses and goods from the ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in the city.

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Why?


Why?


We all crave variety, but when we speak of a thriving inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem what do we see?

Too often such matters are considered and presented in a cultural vacuum or reduced to tokenism & outliers. Most of the time when we hear about vibrant bootstrapping entrepreneurs in Portland, Oregon it’s the dominant culture sharing their stories and aspirations in isolation of the “other.” Rarely do we see the ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in the city sharing their anthems, struggles, and best practices together. More than ever, that is what our city (and our nation) requires to remain competitive and reflect the shifting demographics of a new & emerging tapestry of entrepreneurs.