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Economic Development in Tigard

Small Business Resources

COVID-19 Support for the Business Community
The City of Tigard is committed to supporting businesses and employees and recognizes the business impacts of the coronavirus measures being implemented. We have compiled resources from national, state, and regional organizations for your reference. 

10 Steps to Starting a Small Business Guide
Looking to open a business in Tigard? The Economic Development division is here to help. The resources listed below will help get you started.

Business resource Guide

Looking to open a business in Tigard?
Starting a new business can be overwhelming, but this guide will help you on your way to turning your dream business into a reality. 


Small Business Support
The following organizations offer support with:

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Adelante Mujeres - Habla Español
Adelante Mujeres logoHelps entrepreneurs launch successful and sustainable small businesses through training, networking experience, technical assistance and access to capital.

Email | Web | 503-992-0078

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Nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to growing and start-up businesses.
Email | Web | 888-231-2170

Hacienda CDC - Habla Español
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Specializes in resources for food-based businesses, offering a 3-week food business bootcamp for start-ups, access to commercial kitchen space and sales opportunities.
Email | Web | 971-280-3825

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Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber - Habla Español
Provide a variety of business assistance including start-up, expansion, business plan development, marketing, networking sessions, small business loans, guidance with contracts and procurement, and more.
Email | Web | 503-222-0280

Mercy-Corps-Northwest logo
Mercy Corps Northwest 
Offers a variety of business classes, seminars, micro-enterprise loans, matched savings grants, and counseling services designed for bootstrapping entrepreneurs.
Email | Web | 503-896-5070

Habla Español
Services offered include business strategies and implementation, access to capital/financing capacity building, branding/websites, and marketing, among others.
Email | Web | 503-841-3351

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Oregon Association of Minority EntrepreneursHabla Español
Promotes and develops entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities through a variety of business support services.
Email | Web | 503-249-7744

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up by connecting them to peers, mentors, funding, and hands-on training.
Email | Web | 503-222-2270

OSBDCNPCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Habla Español
Combines one-on-one business advising with training programs taught by business experts, giving small business clients at all stages of business development the resources they need to grow.
Email | Web | 971-722-5080

PBDGPBDG - Professional Business Develoment Group
PBDG provides advocacy, access to upcoming job opportunities, education and training to ensure the success of COBID certified firms in the construction industry.
Email | Web

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SCORE Portland
Free business advising, counseling, and education provided by former business owners with in-depth, practical experience running and managing businesses. 
Email | Web | 503-326-5211

Small Business Legal Clinic
Provides transactional legal services to low-income small and emerging businesses and nonprofits.
Email | Web | 503-768-6940

Tigard Chamber logoTigard Chamber of Commerce
Tigard Chamber of Commerce is made up of over 300 member businesses. Members leverage each other’s reach and expand connections, share knowledge and provide support to help your business soar.

Email | Web | 503-639-1656

XXcelerate provides business support, education and pathways to funding for Oregon's women entrepreneurs, helping them to grow their businesses, connect with resources and peer support, and scale profitably.
Email | Web | 971-288-3567



If you want to operate a business in the City of Tigard, you will need a business license. The fee for a business license is paid annually, and the fee amount varies depending on your number of employees. Visit the City of Tigard’s Business License page for the latest fee schedule.

How to Apply for a City of Tigard business license:

Additional Considerations:


    Federal:  Apply online for your Employer Identification Number (EIN). This allows you to report and pay federal employee taxes.

    State of Oregon:  Businesses operating in Oregon must register with the State. A Business Identification Number (BIN) will be assigned to you, allowing you to report and pay Oregon payroll taxes.

  • Home Occupation Permit: Required if you are doing business out of your home. Click here for more information and to apply online (navigate to the “Other Permits May Be Required” tab).
  • Building Permits: Making changes to your space? Contact the City of Tigard Building Department at 503-718-2439 or to determine if building permits are needed to make improvements or repairs. Permits are generally needed to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or change the occupancy or intensity of use of a building or structure or electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system. Skip this step if you’re not making any changes to your building.
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance
    Oregon requires all employers to have workers’ compensation insurance on their employees. The Small Business Ombudsman provides information and assistance to small businesses regarding workers’ compensation insurance.



  • Mobile Food Carts in Tigard: Interested in opening a food cart in Tigard? Read this handout for rules and regulations. En español 
  • Food Service License - Food businesses must be licensed with Washington County. Licensed food service facilities include operations that provide food to the public for immediate consumption.
    Contact: Washington County Department of Health and Human Services | 503-846-4402

More Info: WA County

Liquor Control Commission (State of Oregon) - Businesses that manufacture, distribute or sell alcoholic beverages in Oregon must have a liquor license. Apply online/more info:

Minority and Woman-Owned Business Resources

  • Los Empresarios de Tigard City of Tigard program to connect Latinx entrepreneurs to the services and support they need to launch and grow successful businesses. 
  • United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce America’s largest Hispanic business organization, promoting the growth, development and interests of Hispanic-owned businesses.
  • Minority Business Development Agency Promotes the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) NAWBO is a one-stop resource to help propel women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.
  • SBDC Latino Outreach Program  This program of the Small Business Development center targets established Latino-owned or operated businesses with advising to expand business productivity through market research, capital acquisition and strategic planning. Specialized services include counseling about ways to recruit and leverage the unemployed or under-employed Latino workforce.
  • Small Business Administration Office of Women’s Business Ownership Seeks to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support.  
  • Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs Non-profit with a mission to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in Oregon and SW Washington. Offers free technical assistance, business counseling, and access to capital.
  • Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) WESO is a community of dynamic entrepreneurs helping each other achieve business goals through networking, education, and inspiration.
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Works to increase the economic advancement of Latinos in Oregon and SW Washington. Provides one-on-one technical assistance, networking events, and business seminars, among other services.
  • Women’s Business Center - Mercy Corps Northwest Works to elevate women entrepreneurs by educating, financing and counseling them through the process of starting and growing a business. Offers one-on-one consulting, mentoring, networking, and educational opportunities along with grants and microloans for women-owned businesses.
  • Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity The sole certification authority for the State of Oregon, providing a certification process that opens the door to targeted government contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.
  • AVITA Offers consulting services with results driven training classes for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities that are starting or growing a business.
  • Small Business Administration Office of Native American Affairs Works to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through entrepreneurial development, lending and procurement programs.
  • Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN) Non-profit created to increase the success of Native American owned businesses.
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council Advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions.
  • BESThqProvides a sustainable business community servicing and supporting small and historically underutilized entrepreneurs.  
  • Elevate CapitalEarly stage fund that invests in aspiring under-served entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas and products.  
  • PDX ImpactAims to build a diverse investment community that focuses on underserved businesses, and financial technology that promotes economic opportunity, resilience, and capacity for women, immigrant, minority and veteran-owned businesses.
  • XXcelerate: Provides business support, education and pathways to funding for Oregon's women entrepreneurs, helping them to grow their businesses, connect with resources and peer support, and scale profitably.

Business Education

  • Los Empresarios de Tigard 
    City of Tigard program to connect Latinx entrepreneurs to the services and support they need to launch and grow successful businesses. 
  • Small Business Webinar & Workshop Series
    Business education webinar series co-sponsored by the cities of Forest Grove, Sherwood, Tigard and Wilsonville. This series provides presentations from regional business support organizations on a variety of topics to provides entrepreneurs with knowledge to start, sustain and grow their businesses.

Workforce & Employee Development

Tigard based firms employ more than 42,400 people. Our partners in workforce development are WorkSystems and WorkSource. These partners manage several programs that increase business competiveness and employee retention by supporting employers' commitment to skill-up their existing workforce. Here are some programs that help you develop your workforce.

Dylan Dekay-Bemis
Economic Development Coordinator

Business resource Guide
Looking to open a business in Tigard? This step-by-step guide will help you get started.

Entrpreneur Resource Guide



Green Sprout Award
The City of Tigard is proud to offer the Green Sprout Award, honoring local, independently operated food companies and non-profits for their hard work toward providing healthy food for the Tigard community.

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