August 13, 2021 Update: Masks required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, click here
The Ashland Chamber of Commerce is deeply involved in the COVID-19 issue at the community level. We are passionate about helping you navigate the incredibly challenging times as information and resources become available to us. Through our community partnerships, we are finding access to resources and will be adding them to this page as we receive the information. Information about new regulations, tax benefits, loans, grants and more are changing rapidly. Please refer to this page for updated information frequently as we work to keep up with these rapid changes.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Advance
As of May 5, 2020, these loans and advances ae only being made to qualifying agricultural businesses that were not applicable in the first rounds: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications
Paycheck Protection Program Loans (Forgivable) https://www.sba.gov/funding-
As of May 5, 2020, the PPPL is still available through most lenders. Contact your lender directly to see if this program meets your needs.
For business assistance and questions about applying, contact our local SBDC: click here
Resources from Oregon State Senators Merkley & Wyden and US Representative Greg Walden
Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources and news: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
CDC & WHO Resources
EMPLOYERS- Oregon WorkShare Information- Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation. https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Unemployment/Pages/Work-Share-Program.aspx00
SAIF grants for COVID-19 related expenses for worker safety (As of May 5, 2020, SAIF is no longer accepting applications for this program due to requests exceeding funds available. However, we keep this posted as a resource in the event more funds become available and the program reopens)
Rogue Workforce Development Layoff Aversion Fund (As of May 5, 2020, Rogue Workforce Development is no longer accepting applications for this program due to requests exceeding funds available. However, we keep this posted as a resource in the event more funds become available and the program reopens)
Rogue Workforce Partnership currently has grant funds available to help businesses in the Rogue Valley avoid layoffs. These funds do not have to be repaid, and are available immediately. They can also be mixed with other federal and state funds. To apply, click here. The application is under the "Layoff Aversion" tab.
For State Representative Pam Marsh, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For State Senator Jeff Golden, please contact: Sen.JeffGolden@oregonlegislature.gov
The City of Ashland is offering a variety of programs for businesses regarding utilities, TOT and Food & Beverage: http://www.ashland.or.us/news.asp?newsID=4588
Avista Update- In the event you have made the decision to close your doors as we navigate through the period of shelter in place, here are helpful resources from Avista to save you money on your infrastructure. Click these links for more information: Building-Shutdown-Checklist and Energy Saving Tips_Closing Buildings
Tourism & Hospitality Resources:
For our tourism industry members, Travel Oregon partners with the US Travel Association and Brand USA who are committed to ensuring that travelers are provided with accurate, updated information about public health conditions in Oregon. For the latest travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html or www.Industry.TravelOregon.com.
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) has created the following resources for hospitality businesses to find out information about COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order.
Jackson County Public Health Department:
May 1 Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update. Sent 5/1/2020
Link Error in Oregon State Chamber survey. Sent 4/28/2020
Oregon State Chamber Survey for Input. Sent 4/28/2020
Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update 4/24/2020. Sent 4/24/2020
Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update 4/20/2020. Sent 4/20/2020
US Chamber Foundation launches Save Small Businesses Initiative with Grant Opportunity. Sent 4/16/2020
Webinars from the SBA for Small Businesses. Sent 4/14/2020
Three SBDC Webinars on Business Loan/Grant Info this week- First Opportunity TODAY 9:30am. Sent 4/6/2020
Ashland Chamber COVID-19 Update April 2nd. Sent 4/2/2020.
COVID-19 Update- Paycheck Protection Program details available. Sent 3/31/2020
March 30th COVID-19 Update. Sent 3/30/2020
COVID-19 Update and Federal Stimulus Information- March 26, 2020. Sent 3/26/2020
March 19th COVID-19 Updates. Sent 3/19/2020.