Regardless of the industry - retailers, restaurants or remodelers - state business licensing is required for all businesses. For the first tip of National Consumer Protection Week - or NCPW - Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds consumers to research registrations before doing business.
Valid, current licensing not only shows business accountability, it also reveals company details: ownership, business structures, addresses and business start dates.
Check business licensing. Make sure that licenses are up-to-date and all appropriate conditions have been met; some industries require additional or specialty licensing. To check business licenses, use the following resources:
Alaska: Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development at commerce.alaska.gov.
Oregon: Secretary of State Corporation Division at sos.state.or.us or check licenseinfo.oregon.gov for additional requirements.
Washington: State of Washington Business Licensing Service at bls.dor.wa.gov/licensesearch or the Washington Secretary of State Corporations Division at sos.wa.gov/corps.
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a comprehensive nationwide database of business licenses at sba.gov.
BBB Business Reviews are continuously updated to reflect business licensing; check akorww.bbb.org/find-business-reviews.