Starting a Business

For each step on this pathway there are resources available to you and your business to support growth in the local economy.  See the information on this sheet as well as the areas linked to on the left menu. 
Steps to Start a Business
Writing a Business Plan
While there are many online resources for developing a business plan, the EDC encourages you to reach out to the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College to support development of your business plan and working through the steps you need to open or grow a business.
Business Licensing
be-badge-240While Wasco County does not require or issue business licences, to run a business in Oregon you must register it with the State.  Follow the link to the left to visit Oregon's Business Xpress site to learn all about resources and requirements for business. Or, visit the Oregon Secretary of State's webpage to register your business.

Please see the pages listed on the menu to the left for further details about financing and locating your business in Wasco County.