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Open a Business in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Need help starting a business in Cannon Beach, Oregon? We've got the information you need to open a business in Cannon Beach.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Evaluating Your Idea.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Warehouse Distributors Business guide or our Starting an Auto Diagnostic Equipment Repair Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Cannon Beach. Some businesses will do better in Cannon Beach than others. Make sure you fully understand Cannon Beach demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Cannon Beach, Oregon Demographic Information

Cannon Beach has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Cannon Beach demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Cannon Beach.

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Cannon Beach Businesses

As a new Cannon Beach entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Cannon Beach 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.

Business Type
# of
Art Dealers
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops
Beauty Salons
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Business Associations
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Custom Computer Programming Services
Directory and Mailing List Publishers
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Electrical Contractors
Family Clothing Stores
Finfish Fishing
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Jewelry Stores
Landscape Architectural Services
Landscaping Services
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Limited-Service Restaurants
Mail-Order Houses
Men's Clothing Stores
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Lawyers
Public Relations Agencies
Residential Property Managers
Retail Bakeries
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars
Sporting Goods Stores
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers
Women's Clothing Stores

Picking a Business Name

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.

Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Cannon Beach, it's imperative that you check now that no Oregon company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Forming a Company in Cannon Beach, Oregon

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. 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, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Oregon. As it turns out, you can incorporate wherever you want. 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. To learn the basics of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Dissolving a Corporation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Cannon Beach, Oregon, our web page covering Incorporating in Oregon may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Oregon.

Startup Financing Basics

Obtaining startup financing for your Cannon Beach business is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.

For Cannon Beach entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, we have assembled a List of Oregon Angel Investors and our List of Oregon Venture Capital Firms.

Building Up Your Sales

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Cannon Beach business to do well.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Good Sales Strategies is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

What's Next?

Most new Cannon Beach businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Cannon Beach businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Cannon Beach entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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