MERcatus

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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.

 
Paula Hayes, owner and founder Hues Noir. Photo credit

Paula Hayes, owner and founder Hues Noir. Photo credit

The Directory

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The Collective

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Markets and Events

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Meetups and Networking

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Tory Campbell, Mercatus founder and Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development manager at Prosper Portland. Photo Credit Diego Diaz

Tory Campbell, Mercatus founder and Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development manager at Prosper Portland.

Photo Credit Diego Diaz


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