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.
Oregon has an updated statewide coronavirus website
People in Oregon will find it easier to learn about the state framework that went into effect today with an updated coronavirus website. The website is the new go-to place for anyone who wants to learn about COVID-19 in Oregon. Among the highlights are a map with each county risk level, state guidelines, resources, testing information and more.
Explore the updated website at coronavirus.oregon.gov.
December 3, 2020 - New COVID19 Impact Funding Now Available from Jackson and Josephine Counties
Medford, Oregon – Over $3.6 million in grant funds are now available for eligible businesses impacted by COVID19 in Jackson County with an allocation of over $2.4 million and in Josephine County with an allocation of over $1.2 million.
Applications for this new “Southern Oregon CARES Business Grant” fund may be accessed through SOREDI, which has contracted as grant administrator for both counties.
“This is a significantly large allocation for grant funding with priority given to the entertainment and hospitality sector impacted by the Governor’s recent ‘freeze’ mandate,” says Colleen Padilla, Executive Director of SOREDI.
Applications will open for Jackson County at 12 pm PST on Friday, December 4. Applications will open for Josephine County at 12 pm PST on Saturday, December 5. Applications will be accepted until funding is exhausted or 12 pm PST on Tuesday, December 29, whichever comes first. ONLY complete applications, with all required documentation, will be considered. Southern Oregon CARES Business Grant applications may be accessed here: https://soredi.org/socares/
Click Here for full press release.
November 19, 2020 - A new round of Small Business funding will be available today. The application form and additional details will be available on Business Oregon’s website - CLICK HERE. They plan to update this page on Thursday, November 19 at 3 PM PST with additional program information and eligibility requirements, as well as an application form. They will update content on that webpage if that timeline changes.
November 18, 2020 - COVID-19/FREEZE:
Please click here for new guidance from the OHA site under the guidance tab.
Please click here for the Executive Order.
November 9, 2020: “OSHA Rules for businesses during “Pause”:
The Governor announced on Friday that several counties (including Jackson County) are taking a two week “pause” (reduction in allowed activities) to try to get COVID-19 transmission rates down. The new rules take effect on Wednesday: Here is the link for the Reopening Guidance for Counties on Pause: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.
OSHA Has Issued a Temporary Rule: “OAR 437-001-0744 Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks”
The rule: https://osha.oregon.gov/
A video by Dr. Shames: “What we think we know about Covid-19”
As we work to get back on a better trajectory, you may want to watch a video by Dr. Shames, Jackson County’s Medical Director/Health Officer: “What we think we know about Covid-19.” The video is a broad spectrum account of what we know about Covid-19 as of September 2020. He explains the complexity of this virus by breaking down various areas from the basics of how the virus spreads, who gets sick, and what we can do about it, to the Socio-Economic and Racial disparities which exist within Covid-19. He addresses topics such as Sensitivity, Specificity, and Mitigation Strategies and where one can go for further information. YouTube Link
November 6, 2020: Today, Governor Kate Brown announced a '2 Week Pause' on social activities for Marion, Multnomah, Malheur, Jackson, and Umatilla counties. These measures include: encouraging all people to work from home when possible, limiting gatherings to members of your own household, and reducing the number of patrons of indoor activities such as dining and fitness facilities, to 50 maximum (this number does not apply to houses of worship at this time). Please see the Governor's COVID-19 website for additional guidance: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19
October 19, 2020: OHA (Oregon Health Authority) revises face covering guidance
OHA has revised its guidance on face coverings to include the following new provisions:
The guidance now requires that people wear face coverings in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace.
The revised guidance also requires that people wear face coverings in outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, private career schools and public and private colleges and universities.
Finally, the revised guidance also recommends wearing a face covering instead of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield is appropriate such as when communicating with someone who is deaf or hearing impaired and needs to read lips.
COVID-19 is surging again. Oregonians can lower the risk to themselves, their families and their communities by:
Wearing a face covering
Keeping 6 or more feet away from others
Avoiding large gatherings and limiting social gatherings
Frequently washing our hands.
For more information about face coverings and face masks visit healthoregon.org/masks.
Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses (09/16/2020). Click here for more information
Governor Kate Brown Extends Foreclosure Moratorium to Protect Oregon Homeowners and Business Owners until December 31. Click here to read more
SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
For business assistance, contact our local SBDC: click here
More than $23.4 billion in PPP loans were approved for small businesses in the Pacific Northwest. As the SBA continues working with lenders nationwide on the Paycheck Protection Program, small business owners should take note of the following things when it comes to PPP loan forgiveness:
Earlier in October, the SBA and Treasury released a simpler forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP loan forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. A majority of PPP loans are eligible for this option.
The simplified application has only seven items for a PPP borrower to verify and significantly reduces the time and paperwork needed for PPP loan forgiveness.
Since a key part of forgiveness for PPP loans is using the money for eligible expenses, borrowers need to provide documentation with the forgiveness application. This can include:
Borrowers can download PPP loan forgiveness applications from sba.gov/
The SBA began approving PPP loan forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to lenders for PPP borrowers Oct. 2, 2020. The SBA will continue to process all PPP loan forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.
To ease small businesses through the forgiveness process and empower businesses to confidently move their business forward, the SBA Resource Partner Network – which includes Small Business Development Centers, SCORE Mentors, Women’s Business Centers and the Veterans Business Outreach Center – provide one-on-one business advising and technical assistance to small businesses at no- or low-cost.
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
WORKPLACES AND EMPLOYERS - https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19 Community Resources by Topic: Workplaces and Employers, including:
FAQ related to workplace outbreaks:
Indoor Air Safety and COVID-19 guidance:
♦ https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2748.pdf (English)
♦ https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/ls2748.pdf (Spanish)
EMPLOYERS- Oregon WorkShare Information- Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation.
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.
The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has provided a list of resources for Artists (including visual arts, musicians, writers, dance), Theatres, Galleries, and Museums impacted by COVID-19. The information can be found by clicking here.
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:
Financial & Educational Opportunities Available for Businesses. Sent 1/15/2021 https://conta.cc/38PT4jP
SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance. Sent 1/8/2021 https://conta.cc/3q6wol9
SO CARES Covid19 Funding applications open soon - $3.6 million in our region, Sent 12/3/2020
PPE Available Beginning Thursday, Sent 12/1/2020
New round of funding available tomorrow, Sent 11/18/2020
Governor’s statewide freeze to start November 18th, Sent 11/13/2020
“OSHA Rules for businesses during “Pause” & Video from Dr. Jim Shames, Sent 10/9/2020
Additional COVID-19 Emergency Business Grants Available Now, Sent 10/7/2020
Jackson County Emergency Small Business Grant Program - New Round Opens Tuesday 9/23 Sent 9/21/2020
CARES Act Funding for Black-owned businesses, Black-led nonprofits & Black individuals Sent 8/26/2020
Jackson County Public Health Guidance for Employers if an Employee has COVID-19 Sent 8/21/2020
United Way of Jackson County COVID-19 Fund for Small Businesses & Individuals Sent 8/12/2020
City of Ashland- State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant Program- Applications Due 4pm Wednesday, July 8th Sent 6/23/2020
Chamber Update 6.5.2020 Sent 6/5/2020
Chamber Update 5.15.2020 Sent 5/9/2020
Culinary Industry Outreach from Ashland Chamber and Travel Ashland. Sent 5/9/2020
Retail Industry Outreach from Ashland Chamber and Travel Ashland. Sent 5/92020
Webinar Series for Retail, Restaurant & Personal Service businesses Opening in Phase 1. Sent 5/8/2020
May 7 Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update. Sent 5/7/2020
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.