Oregon Topics: Business

Oregon businesses have evolved over the last few decades to focus less on resource-based industries such as forest products, fishing, and agriculture. These industries continue to be important to the economy but they no long dominate as they once did. Technology, tourism, and various service-based enterprises play an increasingly important role in Oregon's business landscape. 

The following resources are related to business topics. Small businesses are a particular focus of this guide. ​ ​

Oregon Blue Book

(includes contact information, agency history, records retention schedules, budgets and records held by the Oregon State Archives)


Oregon Business Express 

(“One Stop Shop for Business” online portal collaboration by various state agencies)

Oregon Corporation Division

Oregon Business Information Center (assistance for starting or growing a business)

Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (resources for loan and grant programs)

Innovate & Create (resources for entrepreneurs)

Oregon Consumer and Business Services Department 

(small businesses, insurance, building codes, workers' compensation, finance, securities, and other business related resources)
Businesses (payroll taxes, WorkSource Oregon, economic information, and incentive programs)
Oregon Office of Economic Analysis (economic, revenue, and population forecasts)
Oregon State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation (SAIF) (self-supporting, not-for-profit publicly owned workers' compensation insurance carrier)
Austin Family Business Program (Oregon State University) 

University of Oregon College of Business

Portland and Mount Hood in the background
Mt. Hood over downtown Portland as seen from the Japanese Garden. Portland is the business center of Oregon. (Oregon State Archives Photo)