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Steve Strauss
Friday, July 24, 2009

Out of work, out of benefits, wondering what to do? There are resources that can help you start your own business.

Not surprisingly Ben Jacklet’s blogs regarding which Oregon businesses are hiring have proven to be popular, and for good reason. People need jobs. Indeed, not a few folk who have been out of work for some time are starting to get antsy as the period they can receive unemployment benefits starts to dwindle.

So the time is now to start to think about starting your own small business. It need not be an expensive endeavor, nor a full-time one. Even starting a home-based, part-time venture that brings in a couple of hundred dollars a month can make a difference and is the sort of thing that can grow bigger.

The Oregon District Office of the Small Business Administration is at 601 SW Second Avenue, Suite 950, in Portland, and offers start-up advice, seminars and much more.

SCORE is a great organization, sort of a Peace Corps of executives and entrepreneurs. SCORE has offices all over the state and can help you with any issue you may have in your new or established business.

Business.gov has an excellent page for small business owners in Oregon. It explains the required legal steps necessary to start a business in Oregon, ongoing filings and license requirements and more.

Like the SBA, the Oregon Small Business Development Center offers plenty of help, and much of it is free.

Oregon4Biz is a great website for Oregon business owners run by the state that includes how to do business in Oregon, data, training and a host of other useful tools.

The Oregon Microenterprise Network is a statewide association of microenterprise development programs that provide training, lending and other enterprise opportunities to entrepreneurs with limited access to economic resources.

Don't let losing your job sink you. There's help.
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