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Resources

GETTING STARTED

• Business Templates (downloadable documents)
Guide to Starting a Business
Register or Renew a Business
Writing a great business plan
Business Express – State of Oregon
Minority, Women, Emerging Small Business Certification
Internal Revenue Service – Starting a Business Guide

 

FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) general information
Financial Resource Guide
Business Oregon Financing Programs
Business Loan Programs – MidWillamette Valley Council of Governments
Angel Oregon
Kiva Crowd Funded Loans

 

Regarding business grants:
There are some grants out there for entrepreneurs. Despite popular perception very few grants are available for private, for-profit businesses. They tend to have very specific eligibility criteria, so it is generally not advisable to rely on grants as a source of funding. Many grants are scams.Here are some legitimate business grants:
Marion County Economic Development
Yamhill County Economic Development
Nerd Wallet article on grants for women
SBIR/STTR Grants

 

TAXES

NEW: Free tax prep sites in Marion County (list can be sorted by county, zip code, etc)
Internal Revenue Service – Recordkeeping
Internal Revenue Service – Business Taxes
Oregon Department of Revenue
How Sole Proprietors are Taxed
How LLC Members are Taxed
How Corporations are Taxed
Sales Tax on the Internet
Oregon Secretary of State – Business Structure
Business License Search
Oregon License Information
Small Business Administration – Business Structure

 

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

Business Legal Structures
Secretary of State’s Office

 

MARKETING

Startup Stash – Marketing Software Recommendations
• Canva – Simple design software to help you market your business
• Growth Supply – large number of free resources

CONTRACTING/PROCUREMENT

Government Contract Assistance Program
State Procurement Office
ORPIN
COBID – Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity

 

NON-PROFITS

Grantmakers of Oregon & SW Washington
Grants.gov
Guidestar.com
www.cfda.gov
Nonprofit Association of OregonInformation on microenterprise development organizations:
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
FIELD: Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination

 

RESEARCH

American Factfinder
CensusScope
ZoomProspector
BizStats 
City-Data.com 
Population Research Center 
Oregon Office of Economic Analysis
US Census Bureau
Biz Info Library – Market Research
Business and Finance Research – City of Salem Library
Consumer Expenditure Survey
EconData.Net (Guide to Regional Economic Data on the web)
Oregon Labor Market Information System
Oregon4biz
Biz Stats
American Factfinder
Travel Oregon