August 15, 2020  
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Open a Business in Enterprise, Oregon

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

Do You Have Entrepreneurial Drive and Passion?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Enterprise. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • You should read The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Free Business Ideas.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start an Office Furniture & Equipment Rental & Leasing Business guide or our Opening an Umbrella Retailer guide.

Don't forget that starting a business in Enterprise has some implications. If Enterprise already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Enterprise demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Enterprise, Oregon Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2499
5-9 Employees 735
10-19 Employees 378
20-49 Employees 126
50-99 Employees 0
100-249 Employees 21
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Enterprise Businesses 3759

As a new Enterprise entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Enterprise 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Beauty Salons 1
Book Stores 1
Breweries 1
Business Associations 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Convenience Stores 1
Couriers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Full-Service Restaurants 10
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Homes for the Elderly 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Janitorial Services 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 2
Logging 4
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Motorcycle Dealers 1
New Car Dealers 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Radio Stations 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 2
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Support Activities for Forestry 2
Temporary Shelters 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tour Operators 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Preservation 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Enterprise Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Oregon. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Enterprise.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Naming the Company

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

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.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Enterprise, it's very important that you make sure you will be the only Oregon company using the business name you have chosen.

Forming a Company in Enterprise, Oregon

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. 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 common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Oregon, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Oregon. In fact, 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. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Avoiding Personal Liability in Business. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Enterprise, Oregon, our information on Incorporating in Oregon may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Oregon.

Startup Financing Basics

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Enterprise business requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Choosing VC Firms.

For Enterprise entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Oregon Angel Investors and our List of Oregon Venture Capital Firms.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Enterprise. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

We are here to help Enterprise businesses to be successful. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

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