Business & Employee Resources
Local Business Assistance
The City of Lake Oswego is committed to the health of our business community. The City, in partnership with the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, established a Business Assistance Team to help businesses connect to state and federal resources and programs that may be available to businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19. The Lake Oswego Citizen and Business Information Center is available to assist residents and local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, including providing information on available financial assistance from the City, State of Oregon, and Federal government. Please call 503-635-0257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries.
Businesses are Open!
The City and Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce have compiled an ever-growing list of Lake Oswego businesses that are open and providing essential services to residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Local businesses are encouraged to provide information about their services, including hours and delivery/pick-up options, as well as any need for support, using a public Google survey: https://bit.ly/2yoyHuc.
Looking for an easy way to search more than 300 local businesses that are open?
Thanks to our GIS mapping department, we have created a new, interactive and searchable 'Open for Business' Map based on the list! You can search by business name, address, type, or neighborhood! To be added to the map, complete the survey above.
The City encourages everyone to support local businesses during this time of emergency, however, the City is not affiliated or in a partnership with these businesses and has no control over the services they provide. The business list and map are for informational purposes only and are based on data submitted by the businesses and community. Information may be edited for accuracy or appropriateness. Members of the community are encouraged to contact the businesses directly with any questions or concerns.
Reducing Regulatory Barriers and Burdens
The City has reduced regulatory barriers and burdens to businesses that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including allowing additional temporary signs, relaxing parking restrictions (for pick-up, drop-off), and waiving fees for renewal of business licenses during the crisis. Please contact the Planning Department at 503-635-0290 or email@example.com, with questions about signs and parking.
Pamplin Media Group Matching Grant
Pamplin Media Group has established a $1 million marketing matching grant fund. Grant funds are for print or digital advertising through the Pamplin Media. Open to any locally owned business, non-profit, or business association in need of support during COVID-19. Apply today!
Grant Program for Local Businesses - Now Closed
The City established a grant program for local businesses whose operations have been precluded or severely curtailed by the State of Oregon’s physical distancing requirements in response to COVID-19. Businesses with a City business license were eligible for grants. Visit the Business Assistance Grant Program webpage, for more information.
Additional Business Assistance
The City and the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce are partnering to provide business assistance, including connecting business owners with one another and offering business counseling assistance. The local chapter of SCORE is offering COVID-19 business assistance, as well.
For questions about Lake Oswego's business assistance program, or if you or someone you know would be willing to volunteer, please contact Scot Siegel at the City of Lake Oswego, Liz Hartman at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, or Robert Irvin with SCORE.
State & Regional Assistance
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The Oregon Employment Department is providing unemployment benefits through the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
Oregonians who are eligible for this program include individuals who do not qualify for or cannot collect benefits on a regular unemployment insurance claim. This includes Oregonians who:
- are self-employed and not subject to unemployment insurance tax;
- perform work as an independent contractor;
- perform work not subject to unemployment insurance tax, such as agricultural workers;
- did not earn enough in wages or work enough hours to qualify for regular unemployment benefits;
- exhausted regular unemployment benefits, and are not eligible for another extension.
In addition, to be eligible, you must be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable and unavailable for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal law provides that PUA benefits are retroactive to the first week a worker was impacted by a qualifying COVID-19 reason.
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 4Biz@clackamas.us. 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.
Preventing Workplace Exposure to COVID-19: This guidance from the CDC may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. This guidance also provides planning considerations for community spread of COVID-19.
Reducing Stigma in the Workplace: Stigma affects the emotional or mental health of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in. Stopping stigma is important to making communities and community members resilient.
Promoting and Protecting Mental Health: Mental health is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. These resources from the CDC may help employees or business operators identify and treat stress, anxiety and depression.
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.
For businesses to donate supplies, goods or services: Complete this online form to add your supplies, goods and services so it can be matched up with a current need.
Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Program
The Oregon Community Foundation has announced their Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Program, available to institutions whose mission is focused on arts/culture. This may not make your library directly eligible, but please help get the word out to arts and culture partners in your communities.
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.
National Endowment for the Humanities Emergency Relief Funding
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced COVID-19 pandemic relief funding (NEH CARES: Cultural Institutions), available to cultural institutions through the CARES Act. This funding is meant to “support a range of humanities activities across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research.”