June 6, 2020  
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  Oregon, Wisconsin Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Oregon, Wisconsin

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

Which Business to Choose?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Free Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Carpet & Rug Pads, Lining, & Accessories Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our Opening a Horoscopes Business guide.

Don't forget that starting a business in Oregon has some implications. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Oregon. Only by spending some time analyzing Oregon demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Oregon, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2112
5-9 Employees 684
10-19 Employees 456
20-49 Employees 264
50-99 Employees 36
100-249 Employees 24
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Oregon Businesses 3576

As a new Oregon entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Oregon 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
Automobile Manufacturing 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 7
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Child Day Care Services 9
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Computer Storage Device Manufacturing 1
Computer Training 1
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electrical Contractors 9
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 3
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 5
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Framing Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 6
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 5
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Centers 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 3
Jewelry Stores 2
Land Subdivision 1
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 5
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 8
Locksmiths 1
Machine Shops 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Medical Laboratories 1
Metal Stamping 1
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 4
Offices of Dentists 5
Offices of Lawyers 3
Offices of Optometrists 3
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 4
Periodical Publishers 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Racetracks 1
Recreational Goods Rental 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Residential Remodelers 3
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 2
Savings Institutions 2
School and Employee Bus Transportation 4
Securities Brokerage 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Siding Contractors 2
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Software Publishers 3
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 2
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 5
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Forming a Company in Oregon, Wisconsin

A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will separate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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 popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Wisconsin, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Wisconsin. In fact, you are allowed to incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 Avoiding Personal Liability in Business. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Oregon, Wisconsin, our web page covering Incorporating in Wisconsin may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Wisconsin.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Simply put, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Expert Advice on Business Plans. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Oregon business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Advertising on the Web is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Successful business owners recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

With your business being located in Oregon, Wisconsin, you should investigate some of the many programs available at nearby Wisconsin universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any Oregon networking organizations.

Never Give Up

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Oregon and throughout the United States . 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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