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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.

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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


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

State of Oregon Resources

(NEW 4/1) Commercial leases: Gov. Kate Brown has issued a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment due to COVID-19.

(NEW 4/1) Essential businesses: Oregon has not released an official list. Find guidance on allowed businesses here.

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.

Layoffs: Sick time, leave and final pay laws: Visit the Bureau of Labor and Industry's coronavirus page.

Taxes: See the Oregon Department of Revenue has extended some tax deadlines. See the department's tax relief page here.

Loans: Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, has published a list of resources, including financial assistance information.

(NEW 4/2) Survey: Business Oregon, Travel Oregon, and Small Business Development Centers have developed this survey to understand COVID-19 business impacts.

State of Washington Resources

(Updated 4/1) Essential businesses: See the latest guidance here. Still not sure if you should remain open? Fill out this form.

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.

Grants: Gov. Inslee has created a Working Washington Small Business Grant program. The Department of Commerce is putting the finishing touches to the program’s guidelines and application. Check back here for the application.

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: Free and discounted services:
Regional Resources

Grants: Worksystems has created a Layoff Aversion Fund for community-based non-profit employers - 501(c)3s - based in Multnomah or Washington County. Find more details and apply here.

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.

Beaverton Forest Grove Gresham Hillsboro Lake Oswego Oregon City Portland Sherwood Tigard Tualatin Vancouver West Linn Wilsonville
Clackamas County Clark County/Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC)  

 City and County Coronavirus and Economic Development Links

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