Useful Reference Sites

Portland Area Resources:


Business/Entrepreneurial Resources:


Oregon Secretary of State, Corporate Division

This should be your first point of inquiry about starting a business in Oregon. ‘Business Wizard’ is an amazing source of information: it will help: determine licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements, obtain necessary application forms, identify available state resources, and access other valuable business-related information. Another treasury of information can be located on the site, on the left side of the page—navigate to ‘Publications’ and read through the Oregon Business Guides (notably ‘How to Start a Business in Oregon’), and many of your questions will be answered!

Use this page to find ‘Business’, and from there, ‘Business Development’. You will be led to several important links regarding licensing, taxation, registration, and other requirements.

Portland Development Commission (PDC)

Our Mission is to bring together resources to achieve Portland’s vision of a diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighborhoods, a vibrant central city, a strong regional economy, and quality jobs and housing for all.” (PDC Site)

While browsing PDC’s site, you will come across ‘Business Services’ on the left information bar. There are wonderful tools here that will help starting up a business. Check out the ‘Business Location Services’ to access the ‘Oregon Real Estate Database’ (, where you can get help searching for a space to do business!

Small Business Administration

This federal agency was created to “aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.” (SBA website)

Under the ‘Tools’ tab, you will find a Library and Resources section. From there, one can find Laws and Regulations, Forms and Publications—all very good resources. Back at their homepage, navigate your browser to ‘Local Resources’ and find your local SBA. Oregon’s page has a resources list that links to Lenders, Resource Guides, and contact information.

Oregon Labor Market Information System

This website provides business leaders and job seekers with an amazing amount of data and tools to track local industry trends, employment rates, and economic growth.

Business Portland: Site Selection and Real Estate Assistance

A great site with some quick links to real estate for business in the Portland Area.


Other Online References


American Craft Council Artcyclopedia

Text/images on more than 8,400 artists.


Art History Resources on the Web

Text and images on art throughout the ages. 

Organized by art historical time periods and cultures.



Definitions for over 3,600 terms used in visual culture,

along with illustrations, pronunciation notes, quotations,

and links to web resources.



Online links to art and architecture resources

submitted by librarians, artists, and art historians.



Extensive information on approximately 

52,000 North American artists.

Most comprehensive public reference

library ever published on the web.


Copyright Law

Copyright Law of the United States


What is Fair Use?

Columbia University Libraries Information Service. Links and information about fair use and copyright. 


Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Excellent resource for documents,

images, and primary and secondary sources.


J. Paul Getty Museum Research Library


Library of Congress Classification


The Online Books Page

Access to over 25,000 freely available books online. contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.


Virtual Library Museums Pages

Links to thousands of museum sites.

Allows access to online exhibits and texts worldwide.


The Virtual Reference Desk

Thousands of internet sites compiled by Christopher Brown,

reference librarian at the University of Denver, Colorado.