When a person is starting a business in Oregon, it is easy to become focused on the future and to run full speed ahead through the start-up stage. The business formation process can be difficult and expensive, and many entrepreneurial ventures never actually make it out of this stage. It's smart to be thoughtful and diligent in the early stages in order to lay the foundation for success in the future.
Sometimes big cities don't seem like the most welcoming places. In the Pacific Northwest, however, our cities offer much of the big city accessibility while maintaining a small-town quality of life. It turns out those welcoming qualities extend to small businesses, where both Portland and Seattle were recently rated among the top cities in the country for thriving small business.