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Ted Wheeler OREGON STATE TREASURER

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Sometimes, the difference between making a good deal and being taken advantage of is knowing where to go for good information.

Below are some public resources that can help you make more informed decisions before your enter into any kind of business relationship.

Remember:

  1. Just because an individual or a business shows up on one of these searches, it doesn't mean that the information they provided is accurate or even that you're getting a fair deal
  2. Some of these links take you off-site to non-Treasury websites.  The Oregon State Treasury cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these external sites.

  3. If you think you have located a scammer, do not attempt to police the situation yourself.  Click here to find out how to properly report your concerns to the proper authorities.  By confronting someone, you may be compromising an existing investigation or even putting yourself at risk.

State of Oregon databases

Business Name Search (Secretary of State's Office)
This search feature lists all of the businesses registered to do business in the State of Oregon.  It will return an address and a list of principal officers.  In some cases, officers may be another business entity.  (Most other states have their own searches, usually found at the website of their Secretary of State.)

Employer Search (by Business Name)  
This search, by the Employment Department, is primarily for job search assistance.  Make certain that you're applying to a reputable business.

Construction Contractor License Search

Consumer Complaints by Business (Department of Justice)

Charitable Organizations (Department of Justice)

Proof of Workers' Compensation Coverage (Department of Consumer and Business Services)

Other State Boards and Licensure searches  
The Secretary of State's Office has put together a list of other databases you can use to search for specific professions, such as to see if someone is a Certified Public Accountant or if a car dealer is regulated by the Department of Transportation.


Other Databases

(The Oregon State Treasury cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these external sites.  Links to any private commercial sites are for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the State Treasurer of any views expressed or the quality of the products or services offered on these sites or the entities sponsoring these sites.)

 

Better Business Bureau Search  
The BBB maintains reports on most companies, and you can search for consumer complaints, see what those complaints were, and see a company rating ranging from A+ to F.

Oregon State Bar Members' Directory  
Search for an attorney who is licensed to practice law in Oregon, and see if they have any disciplinary actions on their record.

Federal Securities and Exchange Commission Search  
The SEC allows you to search for various filing information on companies you may be asked to invest in.  Please note that many small businesses will not be listed here.  A user manual for this search is available here.

Network Solutions' WHOIS Search 
Find out who owns a particular domain name.  (Caution: Many phone/fax numbers are unreliable.)