Business Resources

Are you interested in starting a business? If so, it is likely that you have a vision, but not the experience in every area necessary for building a successful business. Fortunately, there are local organizations comprised of experts with decades of experience, whose purpose is to mentor and advise entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur’s first attempt will often fail due to unforeseen obstacles or mistakes; non-profits like SCORE, The Businesses Enterprise Center, and YES Corvallis provide support so that founders such as yourself succeed on the first try.

General Support

Local organizations that help small businesses

SCORE – Salem Chapter

City of Corvallis Economic Development Office

Corvallis-Benton Chamber of Commerce

Albany Chamber of Commerce

Benton County

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Local Business Development

Small Business Development Center

SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business

Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network

Business Development Resources

National Business Incubation Association

Small Business Administration

Mercy Corps Northwest

Business Oregon

Oregon Cascade West Council of Governments

Innovation and Networking Resources

Technology Association of Oregon

Willamette Innovators’ Network

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

PEAK Internet

Financial Resources

You cannot stay in business if you run out of cash, so keeping track of your finances is vital for the success of your venture. Below is a list of accounting software that can help you keep neat records and turn a profit.

Less Accounting – Accounting accounting software for about $70/month (as of July 2017)

Manager – Free accounting software

Quickbooks – The industry standard of accounting software, but expensive

Double Your Freelancing – A blog post on how to hire an accountant

BizXpensTrKr (mobile app) – Track your transactions

Financing Your Business In Oregon

This guide was developed by USDA Rural Development for existing and prospective rural business owners to identify and explain the many government programs and resources available in Oregon to help plan, develop, and finance a business.