Small Business Resources

State and Local Programs for Small Businesses

 

Salem Chamber of Commerce

 

Strategic Economic Development Corporation
(SEDCOR)

 

U.S Small Business Administration
(SBA)

SBA disaster assistance customer service center.
Call 1-800-659-2955
(TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov 

 

The state of Oregon has many resources available for businesses and employers. Employers can call the Technical Assistance hotline at 971-673-0824 or email bolita@boli.state.or.us.

GETTING STARTED


• 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
• 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 (the 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
• 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
• Travel Oregon