Fostering Collaboration for Better Business
Oregon’s Office of Small Business Assistance serves as an independent voice for small businesses within government.
Small businesses account for 98 percent of Oregon firms, employ over half the state's workforce and play a vital role in our economy. That's especially true for rural Oregon, which depends on small business for economic growth.
When questions or concerns arise, the advocate works collaboratively with small businesses, state and local government toward resolution. The Small Business Advocate brings together businesses, nonprofits, state and local government to continuously improve Oregon's business climate.
The Small Business Advocate has a twofold mission. First, to provide basic information and connection with resources to those starting, growing or winding down a business. Second, to assist entrepreneurs who believe they've been subject to unreasonable or unfair state regulatory actions. This includes:
- Excessive fines
- Other enforcement by a state agency
The advocate receives and investigates questions and complaints and works toward resolution.
Request assistance online or email the Small Business Advocate.
To start, close or change a business, refer to the Corporation Division's Business Information page for forms and resources or contact the Office of Small Business Assistance.
About the Office of Small Business Assistance
Created by the Oregon Legislature in 2013 and expanded in 2016, the Office of Small Business Assistance operates under ORS 56.200-209, and is housed in the Office of the Secretary of State. Appointed by the Secretary, the Small Business Advocate works outside of both the executive and legislative branches to serve as an objective voice for entrepreneurs within the halls of government.