How to Start a Business in Oregon (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in OregonAre you thinking about starting your own business in Oregon? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Oregon. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Oregon.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Oregon

Agency ResponsibleOregon Secretary of State – Business Services Division
Form(s) to be filled​Articles of Organization
ModeMail, in-person, fax or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $10 (Mail)
Filing Fee$100
TimeOnliine: 1 day, In-person: 2 day, By Mail: 1 week
LawOR Rev Stat § 63.044


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill ​Articles of Incorporation
  5. Prepare LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. File Oregon Business License Application (Form 08-4181)
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits

How to Start a Corporation in Oregon

Agency ResponsibleOregon Secretary of State – Business Services Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation
ModeMail, in-person, fax or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $10 (Mail)
Filing Fee$100
TimeOnliine: 1 day, In-person: 2 day, By Mail: 1 week
LawOR Rev Stat § 60.047

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation form
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Get EIN Number
  7. Obtain tax id and business permit
  8. <(Ongoing) File Annual Report/li>



References:
https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/chapter/63
https://sos.oregon.gov/business/pages/laws-rules.aspx
Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

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