OregonStartups.com provides resources to help high-tech startups get launched, funded, and grow into successful companies.
The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department’s (OECDD) website has a lot of useful information. OECDD is part of our state government. This website has a lot of information on how to start a small business.
The Oregon Small Business Development Center has many tips on starting a small business. It is part of the US Small Business Administration.
Business.USA.Gov is a newly launched federal government web site that provides business owners with a one-stop resource that searches the federal government agencies that regulate or serve businesses for compliance information or resources.
Clackamas County Assessment & Taxation provide answers to many of the frequently asked questions about Business Personal Property Tax.
The following websites are aimed at minority owned businesses. This also includes a woman owned business or a business owned by someone who is disabled.
Avita is a website that assists minority entrepreneurs in starting a business.
This website, Minority-Owned Business, is a business directory of information for minority owned businesses.
MEGAWEGA is the Minority Enterprise Government Assistance Women Enterprise Government Assistance. This group helps businesses get certified by the government in order to apply for government contracts.
The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs is an association that is a partnership between ethnic minorities, entrepreneurs, education, government and established corporate businesses to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon.
The Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon is a resource guide for women owned businesses.
Molalla Municipal Code
If you live in unincorporated Clackamas County, though you have one of the above cities for an address, you will not need a business license as Clackamas County does not have business licenses.
Clackamas County may require a Home Occupation Permit for businesses located in the unincorporated area. Details can be found in the Home Occupation Zoning Ordinance. Planning has also created a brochure with all the necessary information on Home Occupation Permits. If, after checking to see if you need a Home Occupation Zoning Permit, you find you need one, you can download the Permit Application (PDF) to fill out and submit.
Register your business with the State of Oregon.
To find out if there are licenses required by the state of Oregon, go to Oregon Business Licenses and follow the easy instructions to find out which additional permits you might need. In addition, the Business Referral Wizard will help you determine which licenses and permits might apply to you.
EIN (Employee Identification Number)
This publication by the IRS is a wealth of information. It is worth getting on a CD and keeping it handy to answer questions.
P R E S S R E L E A S E
Secretary of State
The State of Oregon
CONTACT: Debra Royal / Chief of Staff / 503-986-2361 / firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: August, 7, 2018
How to Start a Business in Oregon
SALEM, OR — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced the release of a series of videos to help Oregon entrepreneurs start their small businesses.
“One of my top priorities for the Corporations Division is to make doing business in Oregon as simple as possible, and these new videos do just that,” said Richardson.
Business Xpress is Oregon’s one-stop shop for all things business.
Videos in the series include:
An overview of the process and the Business Xpress Startup Toolkit
- Step 1 – Choosing a name and legal structure
- Step 2 – Registering your business name
- Step 3 – Getting your tax numbers
- Step 4 – Insurance and bond information
- Step 5 – Business licenses based on location and trade
- Step 6 – Understanding employer obligations
- An overview of some of the state agencies small businesses might encounter
“Starting a business may seem overwhelming with endless details, but it’s actually pretty straightforward,” said Ruth Miles, Small Business Advocate for the Secretary of State. “When someone wants to start a business in Oregon, it’s our job to clear the obstacles and show the way.”