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How To Stay Safe & Support Benton County Businesses

Our office, and local partners, like the Corvallis Chamber of CommerceDowntown Corvallis Association,  Visit CorvallisPhilomath Chamber of CommerceBusiness Association of Monroe, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and Corvallis Business Network are closely monitoring all recommendations and updates from the Oregon Governor’s Office, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are prioritizing appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.

We know that everyone is doing their part to stay safe. At the same time, we encourage you to remember our many businesses throughout the region and continue to support them even if you cannot visit them physically.

Many local businesses are taking the extra steps necessary to ensure their spaces are clean & safe for customers. Follow public health guidelines (as outlined in the links above) regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette when visiting businesses and public spaces.

If you are not able to visit stores and restaurants physically, there are many things you can still do to support local business, including, but not limited to:

  • Shop online or via phone. Many retailers have online shopping available.
  • Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.
  • If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now, if you can.
  • If you do not need anything specific, but still want to support a business or restaurant, buy gift cards to spend later.
  • For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in.
  • Share, like, and leave reviews for your favorite local businesses on their Facebook, Yelp, or Google profiles.
  • Support CorvallUS –  the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Corvallis Custom to create an apparel line that proudly shows your support for your community during these trying times. ALL PROFITS WILL GO DIRECTLY to the Corvallis Sewing Brigade as they produce masks for those workers

First and foremost, take health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. The vibrancy of our community depends on all of us working together and supporting the many businesses that keep our region thriving. (credit: Portland Business Alliance)

EDO News & Updates
  • Benton County Back to Business Guide – Quick, concise, and easy to read back to business guide for Benton County businesses. Special thanks to our friends in Lane Co. for allowing us to recreate their original publication for our Benton County businesses.
  • Back to Business Feature Videos – Are you implementing a creative or unique reopening strategy for your business? WE WANT TO KNOW! We are launching a new video series in which we will be spotlighting local businesses who are getting creative during Phase 2 reopening. If you would like your business to be featured, email us at economic.development@corvallisoregon.gov.
  • EDO & Partners Featured in the Corvallis Gazette-Times – covered the awesome economic efforts happening in the region and local businesses contributing to the needs of our medical community!
  • Business Support by Corvallis Police Department (CPD) – Following up on inquiries from businesses about CPD presence and watching over closed businesses, we were able to create a coordinated response from our office and CPD to assure businesses, especially downtown, that CPD is on this and considers it to be a priority.
    • Business Security Screenings – We also shared out information about the service that businesses may find useful. With a couple days’ notice The Community Livability Unit (CLU) officers can come do a quick security screening for a business. This is a 20-minute visit where an officer will do a quick walk through with the business or building owner and provide some thoughts and tips on how to have a safe, secured building or business. If folks are interested in this service, they can email the CLU at Community.Livability@corvallisoregon.gov or call the general phone line at 541-766-6924 and ask for the CLU to schedule a visit.

Business Resources

Reopening Framework for Oregon
  • Benton County Enters Phase 2 – Benton County received notification from the State of Oregon that our application to move into Phase 2 reopening has been approved. Benton County moves into Phase 2 on Friday, June 5.
    • For sector guidance please visit the Governor’s web page.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sources – A list of PPE manufacturers or distributors Business Oregon has collected that may be helpful for Oregon small businesses to source from as they ready to reopen. These companies have provided the information to Business Oregon, but we have not independently verified company capabilities or inventories. Understand also inventories will certainly fluctuate.
  • Corvallis – Benton County Printable Signage for Businesses– Free printable signage for local businesses in English and Spanish
Webinars, Town Halls & Podcasts
  • Linn-Benton Community College- Small Business Development Center – The SBDC team has entrepreneurial and business knowledge and decades of experience working with a diverse range of markets. Click here to see the powerful and affordable workshops and classes, offered in English and Spanish, to meet your business needs.
  • Latino SBDC – Hispanic advisors at the Oregon SBDC have created a Facebook page to communicate with Spanish speaking business owners.  Conversations are hosted on ZOOM and streaming via Facebook. Questions prior to the call as well as requests for future topics can be made via email to economic.development@corvallisoregon.gov
  • RAIN Weekly Webinars & Virtual Meetups – The Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network (RAIN) is hosting educational virtual workshop series and meetups for entrepreneurs, small businesses and community members.
  • The Clark Howard Podcast – Our office has found their recent interviews and observations of PPP and EIDL interesting and helpful to small businesses. 
Loan & Grant Opportunities
  • Community Lending Works- Working in partnership with government agencies & various organizations in response to adverse economic & market conditions created by COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to combat the virus. Check regularly for updates on local emergency grant and loan opportunities.
  • Business & Industry CARES Act Program Agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under this program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Application deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.
  • The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act – This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
  • Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments Business Lending – New loans available to assist your business in responding to and recovering from COVID-19. See if you are eligible and apply here.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Updated Eligibility The EIDL has opened applications again for up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The EIDL application for agricultural businesses is available here.
    • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).

Farm & Agricultural Programs

Other Programs

  • SBA Disaster Loan Assistance – SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
  • Export Promotion Grants – Business Oregon’s trade services team also offers grants to Oregon exporters (manufacturers and service providers) for website localization in foreign countries, market development (B2B partner searches), virtual trade shows, and more. Export Promotion Grants reimburse up to 50% of a company’s eligible expenses up to $10,000. Eligible applicants may apply to receive up to three grants per federal fiscal year.
  • Main Street Lending Program – The Federal Reserve has announced that it is establishing a Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Main Street loans are not forgivable.
  • Energy Trust of Oregon Incentive Bonuses- To help make energy-efficiency upgrades more affordable, Energy Trust of Oregon is offering incentive bonuses. Savings from energy-efficient upgrades often pay for the improvements in just a few years, meaning a faster return on investment. (Spanish)
Local, State & Federal Announcements & Resources
  • City Eases Parking/Right-of-Way Spaces for Businesses 
    • City Eases Restriction of Parking Lot Usage – Under the new measure, businesses can use vehicle storage space for outdoor operations, such as dining or merchandising, so long as 50% of the required spaces remain available for vehicle parking. 
    • Business Use of Right-of-Way Permit Program – Restaurants
      and retail businesses to use the public parking spaces adjacent to structures in which they are located for the purpose of providing outdoor seating, queuing or shopping areas.
  • City of Corvallis COVID-19 Related Closures & Announcements – find the most recent public information available from the City of Corvallis.
  • Benton County Health Department – Daily updates and recommendations on COVID-19 in Benton County (Spanish)
  • Small Business Resource Navigator – Business Oregon, alongside the Oregon Employment Department, the Oregon Secretary of State, and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services compiled the below information to assist Oregon small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.
  • USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide – USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. (Spanish)
  • Independent Contractor’s Guide to the CARES Act – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new guide (Spanish) to help independent contractors and self-employed individuals secure funding under the CARES Act. The guide provides step-by-step assistance to help individuals understand eligibility requirements, borrowing limits, and appropriate use of funds under the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
  • Department of Revenue Eases Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) – Beginning immediately, Revenue has revised OAR 150-317-1300, dated April 27, 2020, to reflect a change in the threshold for making estimated tax payments from $5,000 of annual tax liability to $10,000 of annual tax liability for the first year of the tax. This means businesses that will owe less than $10,000 are not required to make quarterly estimated tax payments during 2020. If you have any questions about how the revisions may affect your business, the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce recommends reaching out to tax experts at Stover, Neyhart, Yee & Co.
    • On Tuesday, June 30th, Kate Brown signed House Bill 4202, which provides revisions to the original CAT legislation enacted last year. Check out this helpful FAQ page to learn more.
  • PPP loans, EIDL advances, SBA loan subsidies not subject to CAT – The Oregon Department of Revenue has determined that certain federal assistance to businesses under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is not commercial activity under Oregon statute and will not be subject to the Corporate Activity Tax. The exempt assistance includes forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) emergency advances, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan subsidies. 
WARN's, Layoffs & Closures
  • Any businesses with questions about making layoffs contact: Heather Desart, Executive Director, Northwest Oregon Works, heather@onwib.org, 541-921-7311
  • WARN: Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification – In general, employers are covered by the WARN Act if they have 100 or more employees. The WARN Act offers protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide notice by requiring that employers give a 60-day notice to the affected employees and both state and local representatives prior to a plant closing or mass layoff. A list of companies filing WARNS can be found here.
  • IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief – special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
  • Workshare Oregon – provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a layoff situation
  • Oregon Employment Department – providing general guidance to employers, workers, and job seekers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
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