Our Mission

To help people explore, launch, and grow successful small businesses through training and support.

Our Vision

A strong and vibrant economic future for our community and clients and a regional environment that offers resources for business development and fosters entrepreneurial growth.

MERIT is a non-profit located in the Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon. We eradicate poverty by empowering economically, socially and physically challenged individuals to increase self-sufficiency and build personal and business assets. Our mission is to help people explore, launch and grow successful small businesses through training, support, financial education, access to capital, and more. We have been developing neighborhood businesses since 2008 in Salem and the surrounding rural communities in the Mid-Willamette Valley. MERIT is continually growing and making big impacts in our community. We take pride in our history and are excited for the future. Our mission, vision, and values drive our dedicated staff and board to continue to serve our community with excellence. We appreciate our community partners and funders as we recognize that our impact would not be realized without their support. MERIT is here for the Mid-Willamette Valley and its communities.

Vision Business Services is a program designed by MERIT and funded by The Ford Family Foundation to provide business services to English-Spanish bilingual entrepreneurs within rural communities in Oregon. The program is a hybrid workforce development as well as an economic development program filling the gap for business services for low-moderate income entrepreneurs.