Oregon Small Business Guide: How to Start and Run a Business in Oregon

Are you a business owner in Oregon? Or, maybe you’re considering launching your next venture in the Beaver State? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find guidance on how to start a business, fund your business, operate your business, hire employees, file for taxes, stay compliant in your state, and more. 

Bookmark this page and keep checking back to track new legislation and developments in Oregon that may affect your company. Now, let’s dive in!

How to register your business in the state of Oregon

First, here is how you register your new business in Oregon.

Find funding for your Oregon-based business

Every business, whether new or established, requires funding. Luckily, there are business loans and grants specifically designed for Oregon-based businesses. Check out the Oregon business funding page to find a loan or grant that’s a fit for your company. 

Managing employees in Oregon

  • Are you calculating employee paychecks? Use this Oregon salary paycheck calculator to determine withholdings and calculate take-home pay for your employees in Oregon. (We do the math for you.)
Minimum wage in OregonSUI tax rate in OregonOregon DOL website
$14.20 per hour with a $1.25 per hour increase for workers in the Portland metro area

$10.75 minimum tipped wage per hour 
New employer tax rate: 2.1%

Tax rate range: 0.7% – 5.4%

Wage base: $50,900
Department of Labor
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