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Start Up and Expand
The City of Fairview recognizes the value of the city’s small businesses. Over 80% of the city’s businesses have less than five employees. The city is committed to giving assistance and providing resources to people that want to start up a small business and to small businesses that are looking to expand.

Steps for Starting a Business in Fairview 

Step 1: Establishing your Business Identity
Trying to determine which business structure is right for you? Contact the Corporate Division at the State of Oregon for information on business structures and how to get started with registering you business. Contact the Small Business Development Center for help with completing your small business development plan.

Step 2: Name Your Business
Visit the State of Oregon Business Registry database to determine if your business name is available. Contact the Central Business Registry for assistance with registering your business in Oregon.

Step 3: Find Your Location
Contact the City of Fairview Planning and Building Office for help with zoning information. The City’s Economic Development staff may also be able assist you in finding the ideal location for your business.

Step 4: Apply for Licenses and Other Necessary Permits 
Business licenses are required for any individual, partnership, corporation or sole proprietorship in Fairview. Other licenses and permits may be required based on your type of business.

Step 5: Learn About Your Tax Obligations
For information on Oregon and federal business income taxes, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Step 6: Apply for City Permits
Call our Permit Technician or visit our city permits page to determine which permits apply to your small business. If you are making any improvements to the building in which your business will be located, you may need building permits. All permanent signs require a sign permit from the City. Contact the City of Fairview Building and Planning at 503-674-6206 for more information.

Step 7: Grand Opening
Now that your business is up and running there are multiple resources to help you to thrive and grow.

Small Business Resources

Posting Requirements
Bureau of Labor and Industries

Legal Assistance
Oregon State Bar Lawyer Service Referral Service
Small Business Legal Clinic
Multnomah County Legal Aid

Small Business Training and Mentoring Programs
Mount Hood Small Business Development Center
Oregon Microenterprise Network
Portland SCORE
Small Business Administration (SBA)