Benton County Risk & Protection Framework Status: Lower Risk
High Risk level activities will remain in effect through June 10 with a potential risk level change occurring on Friday, June 11.
Available Small Business Grants & Resources
Benton County Microenterprise CDBG Grant – Available to assist sole-proprietors, micro-enterprises (5 or fewer employees, including owner), and small businesses (6 or more employees) that have been impacted directly by the Covid-19 public health restrictions in 2020 and continuing into 2021. Businesses must be located outside of the Corvallis city limits. Grant award levels are $5,000 for sole-proprietors, up to $10,000 for micro-enterprises, and $2,500 per full-time employee for small businesses up to a maximum of $25,000. CDBG has many nuances to the program, so to make things easier, CLW has created an initial pre-screening questionnaire to assist with the qualification process. (En Español)
Shuttered Venues Operators (SVO) Grant – Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Note: If you apply for and receive funds through this grant, you may not apply for the RRF.
Sidewalk Café Grant Program – The City is offering a temporary grant program to fund the 2021 sidewalk café fees. The business owner will still be required to apply for the sidewalk café permit to operate, however, the fees for 2021 can be funded through the grant if the City receives a grant application and approves the café permit. Submit this grant application with your sidewalk café application. The sidewalk café permit for the 2021 café season runs through December 2021.
Small Enterprise Fund for Immigrant Businesses – The Small Enterprise Fund/Fondo para Microempresas is now open to provide relief to Oregon businesses who have been impacted by the pandemic but have been excluded from federal relief assistance programs due to owners’ immigration status. The business owner must have an ITIN, DACA, TPS, or something similar. The Fund has $10 million available to provide one-time grants between $7,000 and $25,000 to small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. (En español)
Business Right-of-Way (BROW) Permit Program – Restaurant, retail, and service businesses are eligible to use up to four parking spaces adjacent to their business for outdoor seating, queuing or shopping areas. Non-adjacent spaces in Municipal parking lots may be approved if the business applies to use a tent. Businesses are required to provide any fencing, barricades, or outdoor furniture to delineate the areas approved for outdoor use. Fencing items may be left out overnight. When used for outdoor dining, alcohol may be served per Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) license agreements. Application materials and related info can be found here.
Private Parking Lot Use for Local Businesses – 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. This permission doesn’t include parking spaces in the public right of way, such as those in downtown Corvallis. In addition, drive aisles, fire access areas, and ADA-accessible spaces must remain unobstructed.
Shop/Support Local Business
- Corvallis Savings Pass– Visit Corvallis has developed an online savings passport that we are promoting to out-of-town travelers, visiting groups and locals alike! This mobile-exclusive savings passport features Corvallis businesses and there is no cost to you to participate in the program. Check out who is already participating >>
- IOU Corvallis – A community-sourced fund that provides meals for folks who need a boost, business to restaurants, and security to our friends and neighbors. IOU Corvallis is back up and running during the two-week freeze!
- Built Oregon Marketplace – Give the gift of Oregon. Oregon makers, growers and producers with shelf-stable products can sign up to sell on this online platform. Built Oregon works to support and accelerate the founders and companies through the state, and create inclusive opportunities to the next generation of entrepreneurs. You can sign your business up for the platform here >>
Loan & Grant Opportunities
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – The PPP provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:
- COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program – The COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program is available to people who need to quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms and need a medical diagnosis, but do not qualify for COVID-19-related paid sick leave (or do not have access to COVID-19-related paid time off). See if you are eligible, or apply here.
- Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments Business Lending – New loans available to assist your business in responding to and recovering from COVID-19.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) – SBA is currently accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and private nonprofit organizations. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments. Apply now >>
- 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.
Local, State & Federal Announcements & Resources
- 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
- 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.
- Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) – In May of 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427. The legislation aims to establish a “Fund for Student Success” that is separate and distinct from the general fund and will be used for education spending. It is in addition to the state’s current corporate income tax. The CAT is applied to taxable Oregon commercial activity in excess of $1 million. The tax is computed as $250 plus 0.57 percent of taxable Oregon commercial activity of more than $1 million. Only taxpayers with more than $1 million of taxable Oregon commercial activity will have a payment obligation.
Key 2021 dates for the tax are:
- April 15—Last day to file CAT return without an extension or apply for an extension for filing a CAT return.
- April 30—First quarter 2021 CAT estimated payments due.
- August 2—Second quarter 2021 CAT estimated payments due.
- October 15—Last day to file 2020 CAT return with an extension.
- November 1—Third quarter 2021 CAT estimated payments due.
- February 1, 2022—Fourth quarter 2021 CAT estimated payments due.
CAT forms can be found on the Department of Revenue website forms page by scrolling down to Corporate Activity Tax or entering Corporate Activity Tax in the search block.
COVID-19 Support, Tips & Best Practices
- 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.
- COVID-19 Resources for Businesses – Business Oregon, alongside the Oregon Employment Department, the Oregon Secretary of State, and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services compiled the information on this page to assist Oregon small business owners, employees, and others dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.
- Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Safety Checklist– checklists providing safety strategies and protocols for restaurants and lodging properties
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Best Practices for Business – Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Business Oregon COVID-19 Resources for Business – Resources for Oregon businesses looking for assistance in the event of local, regional, or statewide economic impacts due to identified disasters.
- Business Oregon Business Survival Tips – tips for business survival during a pandemic. Find Spanish translation here.
- Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) Support for Oregon Manufacturers – OMEP announced new resources to support Oregon manufacturers who face challenges associated with Covid-19.
- If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.’
- Reopen Main Street: Resources & Ideas for Reopening – Reopen Main Street has compiled a variety of resources on its website, including potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as they enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.
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