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Salem, OR—The Office of Small Business Assistance today released their annual report showing a 140 percent increase in cases. http://sos.oregon.gov/business/Pages/osba-annual-r...

Created in 2013, the office helps businesses navigate complex state agency regulations and rules and resolves various business issues.

“Running a small business is tough work and we're here to help,” said Ruth Miles, the Small Business Advocate. “Today's report reveals licensing issues were a top concern of existing businesses last year.”

More than half of Oregon's workforce is employed in jobs created by small businesses. Ensuring small business success is a key factor in improving the economy and growing jobs.

As a result of the Small Business Advocate:
• 41 State Agencies, Boards and Commissions answered questions streamlined processes and made policy changes to better respond to small businesses.
• 65 percent of business owners and nonprofit organizations got their complaints and questions addressed the same day.
• 528 startups, businesses, and nonprofits got help with their questions and concerns.
• Top challenges for small businesses in 2016 include Licensing, Taxes and Procurement.

The Office of Small Business Assistance is part of the office of Oregon's Secretary of State and serves as an independent voice for small businesses within state government. The office was established in 2013 and expanded in 2016. The Small Business Advocate helps entrepreneurs find answers to their questions and concerns and facilitates communication between business and government.

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