Formed in 1987, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs is a premier organization of excellence in the United States and a winner of the Vision Award for Excellence given by the Small Business Administration. OAME is a non-profit, tax exempt organization with a mission to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon & SW Washington.
The Association is a partnership between minority entrepreneurs, education, government, the community and established businesses. The mission is directed toward eliminating discrimination and racism. The delivery mechanism of OAME Center services is both: Incubator With and Without Walls.
OAME began with an established position that central to the community development was economic development. Economic development meant the creation of wealth and jobs. OAME determined that if it could create and develop business ownership, jobs would be a result. Paramount to successful business growth and development was a core set of services.