January 19, 2021  
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Start a Business in Sisters, Oregon

Are you starting a business in Sisters, Oregon? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Sisters.

Are You Ready for the Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur?

Most new businesses do not succeed, in part because the founder did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Sisters. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Concrete Mixers Business guide or our Starting a Rotogravure Printing Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Sisters. Some businesses will do better in Sisters than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Sisters demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Sisters, Oregon Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 693
5-9 Employees 159
10-19 Employees 102
20-49 Employees 45
50-99 Employees 6
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Sisters Businesses 1014

As a new Sisters entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Sisters 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
Architectural Services 1
Art Dealers 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 1
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Boat Building 1
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 1
Cafeterias 1
Canvas and Related Product Mills 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commercial Photography 1
Convenience Stores 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Drafting Services 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 4
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Finfish Fishing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
General Automotive Repair 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 4
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Graphic Design Services 5
Hardware Stores 3
Homes for the Elderly 1
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 2
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Investigation Services 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Land Subdivision 3
Landscaping Services 5
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Optometrists 3
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 6
Retail Bakeries 2
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 8
Skiing Facilities 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 2
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 4
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Forming a Company in Sisters, Oregon

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield 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.

Incorporation 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 Oregon, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Oregon. In fact, 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Dissolving a Corporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Sisters, Oregon, our information on Incorporating in Oregon may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Oregon.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Oregon.

Raising Capital for Your Company

Getting your Sisters business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For Sisters entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, you'll want to take a look at our List of Oregon Angel Investors and our List of Oregon Venture Capital Firms.

Selling Tips

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

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Why Salespeople Fail is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Never Give Up

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Sisters and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Sisters, Oregon

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