We've organized a selection of links that are useful for entrepreneurs who are planning, starting or operating a small business.
Sales, Planning & Financial Templates
Hoover’s delivers comprehensive company, industry, and marketing intelligence. You can view industry directories and search for information on specific companies. The site has information on key decision makers in companies. It also provides information on your best prospects and allows you to build lists based on geography.
The site provides yellow pages information for the Qwest service area. You can enter a business category and location and receive all of the listings for the search criteria. The information would be helpful in identifying your local competitors.
Retail Statistical Information
This site is a handy reference guide for finding retail statistics, sales and research data quickly.
City of Portland Public Data
Portland Maps.com - Portland Public Data is an easy to use database for obtaining City of Portland public information. Census information, zoning maps and building permits are just a few of data bases accessable.
US Census Bureau
This site, run by the U. S. Census Bureau, is a source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. You can start searches at www.census.gov.
Portland State University Population Research Center
The site includes the Oregon State Data Center, the Oregon Population Estimates Program and various population research projects. The goal of the Center is to provide ready access to census and other information on the population of Oregon.
Multnomah County Library Online Database Center
Select Most Popular Databases and you will be presented with a plethora of selections that can be explored for finding demographic information.
Federal Statistical Data
The site provides access to statistical data on topics of your choice. Statistical profiles are available for States, counties, cities, Congressional Districts and Federal judicial districts.
Oregon Employment Department
This site gives users access to the Oregon Employment Department information resources.
SCORE Business Plan Templates - Downloadable template files to help you prepare your business plan
SBA Small Business Planner - Basic introduction to Business Plan preparation
Starting a New Business
Starting a Business in Oregon
This page covers topics such as the Oregon Business Guide, forms and instructions, publications, etc.
Starting a Business from IRS
This page provides links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business. It also provides information to assist in making basic business decisions.
Business Recordkeeping from IRS
This publication provides basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business. It also provides information on keeping records and illustrates a record keeping system.
Business USA (formerly Business.gov) guides you through the maze of government rules and regulations and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business.
Small Business Administration
Internal Revenue Service
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
State of Oregon - Business Filing
Oregon Department of Revenue
City of Portland
Portland Development Commission
City of Beaverton
City of Gresham
City of Hillsboro
City of Tigard
City of Lake Oswego
State of Washington
Washington Department of Revenue
Clark County, WA
City of Vancouver, WA
Oregon Restaurant Association
The Oregon Restaurant Association (ORA) is the leading business association for the restaurant industry in Oregon
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA)
The Portland Chapter of PDCA consists of painting contractors and Associate and Affiliate members (suppliers to the contractors). The group meets to discuss issues relevant to the painting business and listen to speakers on topics concerning technical, regulatory, educational and business management strategies. The group is an educational resource for painting contractors who strive to be both professional craftsmen and successful business people.
Oregon Association of Nurseries
The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) is a non-profit trade association that represents more than 1,300 individual nursery stock producers, retailers, landscapers and related companies serving the nursery and greenhouse industry. The OAN is the main voice for Oregon's nursery and greenhouse producers, re-sellers, transporters, retailers and suppliers.
American Marketing Association - Portland Chapter
The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the largest marketing association in North America. It is a professional association for individuals and organizations involved in the practice, teaching and study of marketing worldwide. It is also the source that marketers turn to every day for information/resources, education/training and professional networking. AMA members are connected to a network of experienced marketers over 30,000 strong and include leading marketing academics, researchers and practitioners from every industry.
Associated Oregon Industries
AOI is Oregon's largest and most influential comprehensive business association working to lead Oregon to prosperity.
AOI is a non-profit association with five experienced professional lobbyists, more than any other organization in Oregon, and the organization offers its members money-saving services and discounts for their businesses.
Chambers of Commerce
Portland Business Alliance
Beaverton Chamber of Commerce
Gresham Chamber of Commerce
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce
Tigard Chamber of Commerce
Sandy Chamber of Commerce
Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Legal & Insurance
This site is a source for online incorporation packages targeting small to mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurs.
This site is desinged to help people handle their everyday legal matters. It has a good explanation of Limited Liability Company business organization. It also has a good discussion of the purpose and content of an LLC operating agreement.
LegalZoom helps you create reliable legal documents from your home or office
Oregon State Bar Referrals
Several public and member services programs make up the Referral and Information Services (RIS). The purpose of RIS is to link people seeking legal assistance with lawyers and programs able to assist them.
U.S. Copyright Office
Here you will find all of the key publications, including informational circulars, application forms for copyright registration, links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations.
U.S. Patent Office
The role of the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office is to grant patents for the protection of inventions and to register trademarks. This site provides detailed information on the patent process.
Oregon Licenses, Permits and Registrations
This is the Official State of Oregon website that provides customers a single information source for Oregon licneses, certifications, permits, registrations and related license holder information.
Oregon Insurance Division Consumer Information
An informational site loaded with consumer information, provided by the Oregon Insurance Commissioner