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Responding to coronavirus: Resources for Greater Portland businesses



This page provides information about resources for Greater Portland businesses affected by COVID-19. We are updating this page as new information becomes available. For health and safety information and guidance, please consult the Centers for Disease Control, the League of Oregon Cities, the Oregon Health Authority, the Washington State Department of Health or OHSU.

Table of contents

Hotlines
Stigma
Federal Resources
State of Oregon Resources
State of Washington Resources
Free Services, Webinars, Advising Sessions and Guides
Regional Resources
City-Specific Resources and Information
City and County Coronavirus and Economic Development Links


Hotlines: Who to call if you don't know where to start

Small Business Development Centers Small Business Advocate (Oregon Secretary of State) Business Oregon

City/County-specific:


COVID-19 Stigma

A person’s ethnicity, language or association with a country or region is not a risk factor for this virus. If you feel you have experienced or witnessed discrimination motivated by race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, report it today. In Oregon, file a report with the Oregon Department of Justice. In Washington, file a complaint with the Washington Human Rights Commission.


Federal Resources

Loans Taxes: See the IRS' coronavirus page here. See all new employer tax credits here.

The US Chamber of Commerce has a coronavirus survival guide for small businesses.


State of Oregon Resources

Reopening: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Commercial leases: A ban on homeowner and business foreclosures has been extended to Dec. 31.

Unemployment insurance:
Layoff alternative: The Work Share program allows employers to reducing the schedules of workers while providing benefits to offset employees' lost wages. ​Learn more here.

Employers seeking employees: Employers can manage job listings online and find qualified job seekers via WorkSource.

Layoffs: Sick time, leave and final pay laws: Visit the Bureau of Labor and Industry's help center here.

Taxes: The Oregon Department of Revenue has extended some tax deadlines, and has eased Corporate Activity Tax requirements for businesses that owe less than $10,000. See the department's tax relief page here.

Loans: Business Oregon has several loan programs. On its business navigator page, scroll down to the "state financial assistance" section.

Grants: The Oregon Cares Fund provides grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. Learn more and apply here.


State of Washington Resources

Reopening: Unemployment insurance: Layoff alternatives: Layoffs: If you are permanently closing or laying off a majority of your employees, you should file a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN).

Taxes: Financial penalties may be waived for employers who file or pay late. See an FAQ here. Paid sick leave laws: See an FAQ here.

More: Find more resources, including assistance with insurance and exporting, on this page from Gov. Inslee's office.


Free Services, Webinars, Advising Sessions and Guides

Guides and toolkits: Webinars: Advising sessions and calls:
Regional Resources

Grants/Forgivable Loans: Utilities: Many utility providers (including municipal providers) are suspending automatic service shutoffs in the event of nonpayment. Contact yours directly, or use the contact information below: Port information: Share your business needs and thoughts in a survey: Amplify your business and connect with others:  
City-Specific Resources and Information

Find a comprehensive list of links to city and county coronavirus pages at the bottom of this page.

Gresham Hillsboro Lake Oswego Oregon City Portland Vancouver Wilsonville Clackamas County Multnomah County Washington County  

 City and County Coronavirus and Economic Development Links

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