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Starting a Business

The Oregon Secretary of State publishes the informative booklet, "How to Start a Business in Oregon." This PDF document includes a comprehensive new business checklist and covers topics like:

  • Choosing a business structure
  • Choosing and registering a business name
  • Understanding tax obligations
  • Reporting requirements
  • Licensing requirements
  • Zoning requirement contacts
  • Income, state, federal and other jurisdictional or business tax information (Oregon has no state sales tax)
  • Access to capital and other financial, management and technical services assistance programs
  • Patent, copyright, trademark and service mark information
  • Environmental regulations

The site also features a Business Wizard to help determine which government requirements apply to your business, as well as what resources are available to help. Other helpful links:

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