Startup Toolkit

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Step 1: Choose your name and structure

Before you can register your business you’ll need to choose a business name. To help you choose a name, you can use the Oregon Secretary of State’s Business Name Search Tool.

You will also need to choose a legal structure.

Step 2: Register your business

State: The Oregon Central Business Registry is a one-stop-shop for business registration across Oregon State agencies.

Local: Many cities and counties also require registration or licensing for individuals and firms conducting business within their jurisdiction. To learn about your requirements in this area, consult your local county clerks and city clerks. You can also search by keyword and zip code here.

Step 3: Get your tax numbers

Federal: Apply Online for your IRS Tax ID # - Employer Identification Number (EIN)

State: Approximately 3 weeks after you complete your registration through the Central Business Registry in Step 2, the Oregon Department of Revenue will assign your business a Business Identification Number (BIN). Learn more payroll basics for employers from the Department of Revenue.

Local: If you live in Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) or the Land County Transit District (LTD), you will need to file and pay for transportation taxes. Learn more about mass transit payroll/excise tax from the Department of Revenue.

Step 4: Insurance Requirements

  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Workers' Compensation: The Small Business Ombudsman provides information and assistance to small businesses regarding workers’ compensation insurance.
  • State Required Insurance for Certain Businesses: Business owners should be aware that licensing boards may require certain types of insurance related to specific professions. For more information, consult your licensing and permitting board.

Other Resources

Step 5: Permits & Licensing

The Oregon License Directory provides a single information source for Oregon licenses, certifications, permits and registrations

Local: Many cities and counties also require permits or licensing for individuals and firms conducting business within their jurisdiction. To learn about your requirements in this area, consult your local county clerks and city clerks. You can also search by keyword and zip code here.

Step 6: Employer Obligations

Other Resources

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