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Doing business in the Portland District

Business requirements

SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area. If you need small business information for the state of Washington, visit the Doing business in the Seattle District page.

Business name and registration

Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.

Business licensing and zoning

Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district.


Oregon Taxpayer Assistance Centers
1220 SW Third Ave.
Portland, OR  97204
Phone: 503-265-3501

Oregon Department of Revenue
800 NE Oregon St., Suite 505
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 971-673-0700

Health and safety

Oregon Department of Labor
800 NE Oregon St., Room 1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 971-673-0761

Oregon OSHA
911 NE 11th Ave., Suite 649
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-231-2017

State small business profiles

Need information on the local business landscape? SBA's Office of Advocacy has the latest demographic and statistics on local small business economic activity.

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Local assistance

Need help? Get free business counseling in your area.

SBA lending in our area

  • Loan programs

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    Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
  • Local lenders

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    Download a list of participating lenders in our area.
  • Lender Match

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    Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
  • Lending activity reports

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    View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.

Additional local resources

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Learn about the opportunities available for small businesses nationwide.

Última actualización 22 de marzo de 2024