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Open a Business in Bend, Oregon
Need help starting a business in Bend, Oregon? We've got the information you need to open a business in Bend.
Are You Sure You Want to Do This?
Running your own business is difficult, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you want to go into business for yourself?
Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in Bend. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
- We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
- Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.
Bend, Oregon Demographic Information
Bend has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Bend demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Bend.
As a new Bend entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bend for each business category. By looking at this chart, you can get a general sense for how much competition there is in the business niche that you are pursuing.
What About Franchising Opportunities?
As you drive around Bend, you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. But is franchising the right option for you?
Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including How to Find Financing for Franchises. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.
You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.
Representative franchise opportunities include Pathetic Medic and FamilyMart Co., Ltd. Japan. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Dollar Store Franchises and Dry Cleaning & Laundry Franchises.
Note on Bend Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Bend.
Should You Buy an Existing Bend Business?
If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Oregon. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Bend.
If you are going to be buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.
Naming the Company
A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.
We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.
Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.
As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Bend, it's critical that you ensure that no other Oregon company is using the business name you want to use.
Forming a Company in Bend, Oregon
A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will protect you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.
The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.
Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Oregon, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Oregon. As it turns out, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.
There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Bend, Oregon, our information on Incorporating in Oregon may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Oregon.
As an entrepreneur in Bend, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.
Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.
Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Bend and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Bend entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Bend, Oregon
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Bend.
- Resources for Bend, Oregon Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Bend entrepreneurs.
- Oregon Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Oregon.
- Oregon Small Business Development Center - Oregon Small Business Development Centers use a client-centered approach to deliver counseling, training, information and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management. There is no fee for their assistance.
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