Office of Small Business Assistance
Fostering Collaboration for Better Business
Oregon’s Office of Small Business Assistance serves as an independent voice for small businesses within state 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 problems arise, the advocate works collaboratively with small businesses and state agencies to resolve issues. The Small Business Advocate brings together businesses and government to continuously improve Oregon's business climate.
The Small Business Advocate's core mission is 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 investigates complaints and works toward a mutual resolution.
Request assistance online (PDF) or email the Small Business Advocate.
If you want to start, close or change a business, refer to the Corporation Division's Business Information page for forms and resources.
About the Office of Small Business Assistance
Created by the Oregon Legislature in 2013, the Office of Small Business Assistance is housed in the Secretary of State's Corporation Division. The office operates under ORS 56.200-209. Appointed by the Secretary, the Small Business Advocate works outside of both the executive branch and the legislative branch to serve as an objective voice for entrepreneurs within the halls of government.