We meet a lot of people who want to start a business but don’t know where to begin. Entrepreneurs with great ideas don’t always have good business sense, but they can acquire it (usually) – or find business partners who have it.
Before you plonk down the first month’s rent on a store front, or invest in any alleged money-making endeavor (especially if it eats), read the Starting a Business guides from the Oregon Corporation Division.
Other business start-up websites that are sometimes overlooked include ones you can find or link to from these:
1) Public library websites, e.g. Washington County or Multnomah County, with a link to their Small Business Incubator and Business dot gov. There are probably more books written about small business, starting a business, or running a business than are written about any other subject, so take your time and find the one(s) that is right for you. And, don’t forget that Business Plan!
2) Small Business Legal Clinic (I’ll be first in line to recommend you consult an attorney before setting up shop. No matter what type of business you create, there will be legal issues and it is always wise to think about them from the beginning than having to fix problems later down the road.)