July 7, 2020

COVID-19 Resources - Oregon Businesses

As the local and national response to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic becomes more clear, NAI Elliott is collecting the most up to date resources available to businesses. This page will be updated frequently to reflect government and partner organization’s applicable programs. UPDATED: November 19, 2020.


Loans & Grants:

Senator Merkley – List of all Small Business Administration (SBA) Lenders

Use this list to identify an approved lender for the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program loans.


Prosper Portland – Small Business Relief Fund

Applications open 4/8, due 4/11, award notification by 4/15. 0% interest loans up to $50,000 available.


City of Portland – Partnership with Grubhub

Grubhub and Major Cities Across the U.S. Launch Economic Relief Effort up to $100 Million for Independent Restaurants and Delivery Partners Impacted by COVID-19.


Portland Independent Restaurant Alliance – Grants + Funding

A collection of COVID-19-specific programs with a focus on restaurants

Facebook – Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100 million in grants and ad credits. Applications not yet open.


Washington Federal Bank – Small Business Lifeline Line of Credit

Up to $200,000, 90 day interest free line of credit program for COVID-19 affected businesses.


Portland Water Bureau - Small Business Program for Utility Relief Application

Small business relief one time water credit of $1,000-$10,000, application open 7/8-7/22 .


Oregon Cares Fund - Cash Grants for Black Relief and Resiiliency 

The Oregon Cares Fund provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19. The Oregon Cares Fund is designed and led by Black leaders for the Black community. All grants must be awarded before December 30, 2020 so finish your application today!

Business Oregon -Emergency Small Business Assistance Fund

The Emergency Board of the Oregon legislature approved an additional $20 million for Business Oregon's Emergency Business Assistance Grand Fund. Applications open November 19, 2020 and will be considered on a first come, first serve basis until applications totaling $25 million in request grands are available. 


Business Resources:

Barran Liebman – Employment and Labor Law Alerts

Interpretations and guidance on COVID-19 related employment laws


Business Oregon – Coronavirus Resources for Business

Resources for Oregon businesses looking for assistance in the event of local, regional, or statewide economic impacts due to identified disasters.


Travel Oregon – Impact Study and Promotions/Stories

Oregon’s PR branch promoting OR based businesses and sharing success stories.


Portland Community College – Virtual Advising Sessions

Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center is conducting advising sessions virtually via Zoom and phone. 


Portland Community College – Business Adversity Response Plan Regarding COVID-19

A blog managed by Portland Community College Small Business Development Center offering assistance with applications and navigating the Small Business Administration programs. 


Protect Our Doctors  – Tools to Help Private Practice Physicians

A collection of financial, HR, and operational resources specific to medical practices


Portland Business Alliance – Re-open Oregon Business Survey 

Voluntary Survey to identify businesses that are open, operating hours and customer and employee requirements (face coverings, etc).


Free PPE for Small Business and Child Care - Supply Connector

The Governor’s office in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 Million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of supplies including masks and gloves for small business. The State of Oregon is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted.


Utilities and Services:

PGE – Hardship assistance  

Tenants can request payment extension online. No late fees or disconnections. 


Pacific Power – Hardship assistance

Tenants can request payment extension online. No late fees or disconnections. 


NW Natural – Hardship assistance

Tenants can request payment extension online or via phone at 800-422-4012, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No late fees or disconnections. 


Portland Water Bureau – Hardship assistance 

Tenants can request payment extension online. No late fees or disconnections. 


Comcast Business – Adjust services and request relief

Comcast is available to make adjustments to current plans and tenants may request relief. 


State & County Resources:

Oregon Government – Executive Order No. 20-13

Temporary moratorium on commercial terminations.


Oregon Government – Executive Order No. 20-12

Governor’s Stay Home – Save Lives order.


Oregon Governor’s Office – Economic Injury Worksheet

Reporting to detail economic impact to businesses throughout Oregon.


State of Oregon – Small Business Advocate Office

An independent voice for small businesses, helping small businesses navigate government. 


Clackamas County – Small Business

County specific resources and economic impact survey


State of Oregon – Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund

The Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund (EDLF) provides direct loans to help start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses expand or become established in Oregon.


State of Oregon – Oregon Business Development Fund

The Oregon Business Development Fund (OBDF) is a revolving loan fund that provides term fixed-rate financing for land, buildings, equipment, machinery and permanent working capital. 


State of Oregon – Oregon Royalty Fund

The Oregon Royalty Fund (ORF) is an alternate financing solution for projects that are not yet bankable, but are more like angel or venture capital deals. 


State of Oregon – Oregon Capital Access Program

The Oregon Capital Access (CAP) Program helps lenders (banks and credit unions) make more commercial loans to small businesses and provides capital for start-up or expansion.


State of Oregon – Oregon Credit Enhancement Fund

The Oregon Credit Enhancement Fund (CEF) is a loan insurance program available to lenders to assist businesses in obtaining access to capital.


State of Oregon – Current Reopening Oregon County Status

Current opening status of the different counties throughout Oregon. 


Oregon Employment Department – COVID-19 Resuming Business Operations

FAQ on resuming business operations and impact on employee unemployment benefit status. 

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