Message from the Chairman

Sam 2011From 1986 to 1989, while serving on and chairing the National Advisory Board for Small Business Development Center, I noted that minority businesses nationwide were not working together across ethnic lines. Armed with that information, a small group of business people in Oregon began to build an organization that would cross ethnic boundaries, be statewide and have a mission to “Promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon and work to reduce discrimination and racism.”

We named the organization the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME). In 1987, OAME started with 8 members. Today, the membership is over 850 members and includes African-American, Asian-American, Native-American, Hispanic-American, and European-American businesses. Our motto is: “If you are in business and you are not making a profit, you are going out of business.”  Welcome to our Website. We hope you enjoy your visit.
~Sam Brooks, OAME Founder and Chairman of the Board


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