Step-by-Step Guide

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Starting a Business in Gresham

Step 1: Before You Start

The State of Oregon's Corporation Division provides information on which business structure is right for your business, and also handles registration. Complete your small business development plan with help from the Small Business Development Center.

Step 2:  Name Your Business

Check the State of Oregon Business Registry database for name availability. The State's Central Business Registry assists with registering your business in Oregon.

Step 3: Select Your Location

Already know where your business will operate? Proceed to Step 4. Otherwise, our Planner on Duty can help with zoning questions, and our Economic Development staff may be able to help you find the perfect spot. Visit GreshamView for zoning information on properties in Gresham.

Step 4: Obtain Licenses and Associated Permits

Business licenses are required for any individual, partnership, corporation, or sole proprietorship in Gresham. Other licenses and permits may be required, depending on your business type.

Step 5: Understand Your Tax Obligations

The Oregon Department of Revenue provides information about starting a business in Oregon, including Oregon and federal income taxes for businesses.

Step 6: Obtain City Permits

Visit our City Permits page to find out which permits your small business may need. Depending on the complexity of your business, our Rapid Response Team may be able to provide additional permitting assistance. Call the Small Business Center Coordinator at 503-618-2872 for help navigating the City's application and permit-review process.

Step 7: Open Your Doors

Now what? See our Open for Business page to find information on how to make your business successful.