In Oregon can I take someone to small claims court for unpaid services if I didn’t have a business license?

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In Oregon can I take someone to small claims court for unpaid services if I didn’t have a business license?

I do freelance wedding flowers. The lady gave me a deposit and excepted my terms
for service. I purchased all the flowers and supplies i need and four days
before the wedding she canceled on me. Is she responsible to pay me for what i
purchased.. I have tried recovering the money several times to no avail. I want
to take her to small claims court but I’m afraid that since I was doing the work
without a business license they will throw the case out. Can I still take her to
court even though I didn’t have a business license? Thank you

Asked on October 25, 2017 under Business Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Here from the Secretary of state: The state of Oregon doesn't have a general business license. However, many occupations and business activities require special licenses, permits or certifications from state agencies or boards.  Further, there is a directory that you can search to see if your busness requires a license, which I am going to give you here.  But if you put in "floral" or "wedding" it does not appear you need a license to create the deigns and arrangements for weddings.  Your contract will govern. The Terms of Service needs to be reviewed to make sure it will hold up as one.  Good luck.

https://apps.oregon.gov/sos/licensedirectory


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