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Business License Fee Waiver

Owners of new businesses in Tigard who complete one of the business-focused training program (see below) with one of the partners listed below are eligible for a one-time, one-year City of Tigard business license fee waiver for their first year of operation in the City of Tigard.  

If you’ve already applied for a City of Tigard business license and have not yet completed a program below, the city can apply a fee waiver to your next business license fee when you renew -- if you complete one of the training programs before the end of the first year in business.

Preferred 2-Step Process

  1. Business Owner completes one of the business training programs from the list below within six months of opening a business or within the first year in business in Tigard. 
  2. Submit your business license application and proof of program completion (a certificate or email confirmation of completion) via email at

Business Advising Partners and Programs
(Business advising partners listed in alphabetical order.)

Organization: Adelante Mujeres
Website: Empresas
Contact: Javier Urenda, (503) 992-0078 x 211
Eligible Program: Completion of Empresas business development course. 
Summary: Adelante Mujeres provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community.

Organization: Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
Contact: Program registration via phone: (503) 222-0280 or email:
Eligible Program: Six to eight hours through the Business Training Program and one-on-one advising.
Summary: The Hispanic Chamber offers services to assist businesses. Whether you need help with a start upor expansion, business plans or software training, the Hispanic Chamber is here to help. We also offer small business loans, as well as guidance with contracts and procurement.

Organization: Mercy Corps Northwest
Contact: Enrollment form on
Eligible Program: Six to eight hours of training through completion of Business Foundations I, Business Foundations II or Business Plan Workshop
Summary: Mercy Corps Northwest provides financing, mentorship and education to small business owners across the Pacific Northwest and hosts the only Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Oregon.

Organization: Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO)
Contact: Enrollment form on 
Eligible Program: A minimum of six hours of training through Business Basics, Developing your Business, Marketing Your Business, Funding your Business, Financial Literacy for Businesses, Bookkeeping Classes 
Summary: MESO brings a holistic array of services and programs to small businesses. Services include Access to Capital, Business Planning, Market Research, Individual Development Accounts, Bookkeeping, Classes, Networking, Mentoring, and linkages with Resources and Referrals.

Organization: Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)
Contact: Jorge Guerra, 
Eligible Programs: Six to eight hours of one-to-one advising with an OAME advisor.
Summary: OAME provides free one-on-one counseling to business owners. Advisors assist each individual business owner with designing an action plan for business plan creation, administration of the business, marketing, budgeting, location and financing. Business support includes free technical advising and access to SBA secured microloans. 

Organization: Professional Development Group (PBDG)
Contact: Enrollment form at bottom of page: 
Eligible Training: Six to eight hours of training through COBID certification, Group class training on construction industry topics, Mentor-Protégé Program, Cohort model training on specific aspects of your construction business, or one on one consulting for focused business issues.
Summary: PBDG provides advocacy, access to upcoming job opportunities, education and training to ensure the success of COBID certified firms in the construction industry.

Organization: SCORE Portland 
Contact:Call 503.326.5211 or email to schedule a callback.
Eligible Programs:10 hours of training through Business Advising, Business Basics for the Small Business Owner Business Plan - Your Roadmap to Success, Simple Steps for Starting Your Business
Summary: SCORE is a national nonprofit organization. Our mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. The SCORE Portland chapter has dozens of volunteers with in-depth personal experience running businesses, ready to help you achieve your dreams. We are here for the life of your business.

Organization: Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 
Contact: Referral form at 
Eligible Programs: Business advising and completion of at least one of the following programs: Getting Your Recipe to Market, Business Builders, Restaurant Business Builders, or Global Trade Management.
Summary: The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers training and free advising to support businesses at every stage - from pre launch to exit - with the advice and tools business owners need to succeed.

Organization: XXcelerate 
Contact: Team XXcelerate email:
Eligible Program: 6-8 hours of one on one coaching, peer mentorship or graduation from the XXcelerator program

Summary: XXcelerate provides business support, education and pathways to funding for Oregon's women entrepreneurs, helping them to grow their businesses, connect with resources and peer support, and scale profitably. 

For questions or a referral to an advising partner, please contact:

Dylan Dekay-Bemis
Economic Development Coordinator

Lloyd Purdy
Economic Development Manager

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