CELEBRATE | November 19, 2019

Mercy Corps Northwest Celebrates Entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest

Mazin, founder of Lami Auto, looks sternly into the distance
Photo Credit: Mercy Corps Northwest

Mercy Corps Northwest is excited to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate our work to support entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest to start and grow small businesses. From our Oregon Small Business Grant (IDA) program, which has empowered 16,000+ entrepreneurs across Oregon and Washington, to its Women's Business Center, Mercy Corps Northwest has made an impact to fight for economic equity by supporting the growth of 2,272 microenterprises. 

Here's a story about our work to support entrepreneurs at every stage of life:
Inspired by Tradition – PDX Empanadas


“I was 52 years old, close to 53, when I moved to the U.S.,” says Inés. “At this stage of our life, when we started researching for jobs here, it was very hard. We decided to start in Portland with a business that has already brought us success in Worcester. I had been making empanadas for friends, families, reunions – whatever – and they loved the empanadas. So I started little-by-little here to see what was best,” said Inés Berón, founder of PDX Empanadas.

Here's a story about our work to support immigrants and refugees pave a path toward business ownership by becoming entrepreneurs: 
#MCNWFunded – Becoming Lami Autobody


“I was penniless when I first arrived in Portland. When we came into the airport, my kids were thirsty and wanted to drink water — we didn’t have money to buy it. Back in Iraq, I had a house, car, and money; they’re all gone. But today, my life is a million times better,” said Mazin, founder of Lami Autobody.  

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Leigh is the Communications + Marketing Manager for Mercy Corps Northwest where she works to elevate the voices of community advocates,… About the author