Small Business Resources

State and Local Programs for Small Businesses


Salem Chamber of Commerce


Strategic Economic Development Corporation


U.S Small Business Administration

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


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


• 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



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



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



• 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



• Business Legal Structures
• Secretary of State’s Office



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


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



• Grantmakers of Oregon & SW Washington
• Nonprofit Association of OregonInformation on microenterprise development organizations:
• The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
• FIELD: Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning, and Dissemination



• American Factfinder
• CensusScope
• ZoomProspector
• BizStats 
• 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