How to Start or Develop
 a Small Business in Oregon

Looking For Advice on Starting a Business?

The Ashland Chamber is grateful for a wonderful relationship with the Southern Oregon University, Small Business Development Center. They offer courses, training, resources, programs and business advisors to help you with starting a business or growing your existing business. The SOU SBDC provides a full range of services and information for small businesses of all types and is a resource team that can help you in many ways. And, they’ve been helping new and existing business owners for more than 30 years.
  • Before starting a business or investing money in one:
  • Evaluate the idea for your business by researching similar businesses
  • Do a self-assessment of your abilities and determine where your skills are strongest and where you need to learn more
  • Research the market and your potential customers
  • Do a financial analysis on the feasibility of your business venture
  • Write a basic business plan
The 19 SBDCs in Oregon offer assistance with the above areas—and much more. A smart, “first step,” is a no-cost meeting with one of the knowledgeable business advisors.​

For local SOU SBDC information, click here


For Business Planning information from the Small Business Administration, click here” 

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