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Business Oregon - Emergency Small Business Assistance Fund

The state approved $20 million more to Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund. Applications closed on November 23. The fifth round opened on Thursday, November 19. Business Oregon is reviewing the applications in the order received, for eligibility and geographic distribution. If they need to open the application up again to achieve geographic distribution requirements, they will make another funding announcement.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The Oregon Employment Department is providing unemployment benefits through the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.  For more information and to apply, visit Oregon Employment Department PUA program.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The Small Business Association (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans.

If your Clackamas County business has experienced economic injury from the COVID-19 pandemic, please complete the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses and email it to Forms will be collected and shared with state agencies.

The EIDL program provides low-interest working capital loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofit organizations.  

Employer Related Questions and other resources for business offered by Business Oregon.

Unemployment Related Questions:: For employees furloughed or let go,  the Oregon Employment Department’s page provides guidelines around the collection of unemployment benefits, which may change rapidly as the public health crisis evolves.  It also addresses common questions many employees, employers and job seekers may be asking. 

Unemployment Insurance (CARES Act):  On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The CARES Act provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act expands states’ ability to provide unemployment insurance for many workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including for workers who are not ordinarily eligible for unemployment benefits. For more information, visit the Oregon Employment Department and US Department of Labor.

BOLI Workplace Laws: Companies remaining open for business , and their employees, may have questions about employment law, including federal protections that take effect April 2.  The Bureau of Labor and Industry has consolidated information to address questions about benefits, leave, sick days and other items. 

An Alternative to Layoffs? The Oregon Work Share program developed by the Oregon Employment Department provides a path for employers to reduce work hours for a group of workers, who then can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits. 

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, is effective April 1. This Q&A from the Department of Labor provides details. 

Additional Business Assistance Resources:

  • Greater Portland Inc., the regional economic development agency, has put together a list of helpful programs and resources specifically for businesses in the Greater Portland area.
  • Clackamas Workforce Partnerships offers Rapid Response and other services for businesses in transition. 

Child Care providers should visit the Department of Education's Early Learning Division website to learn more and apply to be registered as an emergency provider.

Health Related Questions: Visit Oregon Health Authority.

Questions on Governor Brown's Executive Orders, including which businesses can remain open:  State of Oregon Coronavirus information.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

To stay up to date on the implementation of these programs, please visit the following websites:

SBA – here you will find information on all COVID-19 related programs that SBA is providing, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.

Department of Treasury –  here you will find information on the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other tax provisions meant to help employers, including non-profits.

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs that will soon be available to them, a comprehensive guide was created for many of the small business provisions in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress on March 27. These programs and initiatives are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.