Small Business and Startup


Starting a business can be exciting, fun, and overwhelming. The City of Salem is here to help support growth and development in our community.

Oregon Secretary of State

Business planning and registration

  • When starting a new business, there are many important steps and decisions to make and rules and procedures to be addressed. First and foremost, are you required to register your business in Oregon?

Permitting and Licensing

  • The State offers the Oregon Business Wizard, which can help determine permitting, licensing, and regulatory requirements.

Guide for business startup

Business Oregon

Business Oregon is an Oregon state agency within the state's economic development agency. Business Oregon networks with many organizations to help entrepreneurships find resources and access services to start a business in Oregon.

Chemeketa Small Business Development Center

Comprised of advisers and instructors all experienced in running their own businesses, the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center team offers expertise and advising in every aspect of business development and management to the existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Community LendingWorks

Community LendingWorks is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides access to capital and asset-building services, including small business loans, paired with technical assistance to help people work their way toward financial stability.

Latino Business Alliance

The Latino Business Alliance educates Latino businesses regarding interaction within the Latino community and the community at large as well as promoting entrepreneurship and professional development of Latino youth.

LAUNCH Mid-Valley

A collaborative of regional partners working together to support and promote entrepreneurial activity in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Contact Salem’s Economic Development Manager for more details.


MERIT helps entrepreneurs by providing training and ongoing support from pre-business through start-up, and beyond business-launch.

The NWConnectory® Network

The NWConnectory® Network is a Buyer-Supplier Network that connects businesses by understanding their capabilities. It focuses on manufacturing/technology businesses and their supply chain through a powerful search engine combined with in-depth business databases.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is a non-profit organization that educates, supports, and advocates for entrepreneurs to accelerate business growth and employment opportunities in Oregon and southwest Washington.


SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides programs to help small businesses prosper including financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities, and veterans.

SBA provides:

  • Access to Capital (Business Financing)
  • Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance and Training)
  • Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
  • Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)

Contact us

Annie GorskiEconomic Development ManagerUrban Development Department
Mailing address:
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301

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