LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 27th largest population in the United States, Oregon services both large and small businesses. Oregon's major industries include agriculture, timber, and technology. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Oregon's business services.

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Forming a corporation in Oregon

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Oregon, incorporate.com will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Oregon Secretary of State. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Oregon's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Oregon requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any corporate, professional corporate, not-for-profit, cooperative, limited partnership, business trust, reserved, registered or assumed business names. When you incorporate with incorporate.com's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Oregon's standards.

Permitted designations: Oregon corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Restricted designations: The use of certain words and phrases in corporate names is considered "restricted" in Oregon, meaning they require special approval by the state. These include:

  • Accounting
  • BanCard
  • Banc
  • Bancorp
  • Bank
  • BankCard
  • Banker
  • Banker's Syndicate
  • Bankers
  • Banking
  • Banks
  • Building and Loan
  • Capital
  • Commerce
  • Commerce Bank
  • Commerce and Capital
  • Commerce and Credit
  • Commercial Bank
  • Credit
  • Credit Financial
  • Credit Union
  • CreditFin
  • Finance
  • Financial
  • Funding
  • Interbank
  • Interbanking
  • Intercredit
  • Lending
  • Loan
  • Safe Deposit
  • Safe Deposits
  • Saving
  • Savings
  • Savings Bank
  • Trust
  • Trustee
  • Trustees
  • Trusts

Prohibited designations: Oregon prohibits the use of certain words and phrases in corporate names. These include:

  • Cooperative

Filing Requirements

Remember, when you work with incorporate.com, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.

Required documents: The state of Oregon requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Oregon is 3-5 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have one or more directors.

Director qualifications: The Articles of Incorporation or bylaws may prescribe the qualifications for directors. A director does not need to be a resident of Oregon or a shareholder unless so prescribed in the articles or bylaws.

Appearance in articles: Not required. Directors' names and addresses do not have to appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Oregon Secretary of State on or before the date that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is three business days.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Permitted. One extension of 45 days is allowed.

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Forming an LLC in Oregon

Each state has its own set of requirements for businesses that plan on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) there. If you decide to form an LLC in Oregon, incorporate.com will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Organization with the Oregon Secretary of State. We can also take care of many of your company's follow-up needs, including annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Oregon's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Oregon requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any limited liability company or any corporate, cooperative, limited partnership, business trust, reserved, or assumed business names. When you form your LLC with incorporate.com's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Oregon’s standards.

Permitted designations: Oregon LLC names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • L.L.C.
  • LLC
  • Limited Liability Company

Restricted words: The use of certain words in LLC names is "restricted" in Oregon, meaning special approval by the state is required. These include:

  • Accounting
  • BanCard
  • Banc
  • Bancorp
  • Bank
  • BankCard
  • Banker
  • Banker`s Syndicate
  • Bankers
  • Banking
  • Banks
  • Building(s) and (&) Loan
  • Capital
  • Commerce
  • Commerce Bank
  • Commerce and (&) Capital
  • Commerce and (&) Credit
  • Commercial Bank
  • Credit
  • Credit Financial
  • Credit Union(s)
  • CreditFin
  • Finance
  • Financial
  • Funding
  • Interbank
  • Interbanking
  • Intercredit
  • Lending
  • Loan
  • Safe Deposit
  • Safe Deposits
  • Saving
  • Savings
  • Savings Bank
  • Trust
  • Trustee
  • Trustees
  • Trusts

Prohibited words: The state of Oregon prohibits the use of certain words in the names of LLCs, including:

  • Cooperative

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Oregon must file Articles of Organization. Remember, when you work with incorporate.com, we'll take care of this filing for you.

Turnaround time

In general, turnaround time for forming an LLC in Oregon is 3-5 business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: LLCs are required to have one or more managers/members.

Annual Reports

Time to file: LLCs must file their annual report with the Oregon Secretary of State on or before the date that marks the anniversary of organization.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 3 business days.

Signatures: Only a manager or member may sign reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Permitted. LLC can apply for an extension of 45 days.

Business License

Prior to launching a new business in Pennsylvania, if you have not done so already, you may need to obtain a business license. The licensing process can take research to ensure you file all the proper forms and pay all the necessary licensing fees with the various licensing departments.

Pennsylvania Business License Registration

A business license is typically required in all states to legally operate a business. Pennsylvania is no different. Depending upon the type of industry in which your business is engaged, it may also need to be inspected and licensed by one or more Pennsylvania professional licensing boards.

While sole proprietors and general partnerships may not have to register for a Pennsylvania state business license, they may still need to acquire local licenses. If your business is a corporation, LLC, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership, you must register your business with the PA Department of State. incorporate.com can research the specific requirements that you must fulfill in order to obtain your Pennsylvania Business License.

Registering a Business License in PA Additional Requirements

In addition to state requirements, the Pennsylvania city where your business is located may have its own requirements. Information from local city governments should be obtained in order to ensure that a business is fully licensed and compliant in Pennsylvania. Municipal or city-specific requirements vary from city to city. For instance, both Philadelphia and Harrisburg require that all businesses and individuals who conduct business in either city obtain a yearly business privilege license, even if these businesses or individuals do not reside in Philadelphia or Harrisburg.

Should you choose to establish your business activity in the state of Pennsylvania, incorporate.com can help you research the required permits, forms, and information that you must submit to the state to obtain your license, as well as any fees due at the time you submit this paperwork.

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