COVID Information & Links
The Small Business Administration (SBA)
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 more information please click
The Small Business Owner's Guide
This detailed guide provides information about programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information click here.
Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet
With the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders. Click here for more information.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Fact Sheet
Small businesses, non-profits, and owners of rental property are eligible to apply for the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan. If you are looking for solid information about the SBA's 'EIDL,' be sure to read this document from the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, containing known facts from source documents. Click here for more information.
Confused about EIDL vs PPP? This chart may help...
The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are the federal government's two primary relief programs for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs can be tricky to understand, and this chart may help as we move into the new round of funding, and might even prove useful for those who have already applied. For more information click here. Thank you Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for sharing this information.
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. For more information click here.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SBDC is updating their site
daily with new resources available to small businesses during the COVID-19
Pandemic. Click here
for more information.
Employment and Economic Responses to COVID-19
The Oregon Employment Department has released FAQs about the Pandemic Uninsurance Assistance Program, designed to provide unemployment benefits to workers not typically covered by regular unemployment insurance benefits. This includes the self-employed, contract workers, gig workers and others. Read more.
The National Restaurant Association has new guidance for restaurants on how they can safely and successfully reopen when stay-at-home orders are lifted. The association partnered with the Food and Drug Administration, public health officials and others to develop the guidelines.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has analyzed the impact of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order on statewide traffic volume patterns. The data show Oregonians are driving about 40 percent less than one year ago. Read the report. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis then blogged about the data, with an eye on economic forecasting.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis looks at the importance of cash flow and federal relief lending on small businesses during the stay-at-home order. Read the blog post.
FEMA released guidance summarizing how non-healthcare organizations should manage their personal protective equipment (PPE) needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the coronavirus pandemic response. Read the guidance.
Oregon Business Plan partners hosted a special COVID-19 Recovery Roundtable with Oregon Governor Kate Brown. This event focused on Oregon's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting economic downturn. View the recording here.
The Oregon Employment Department received 36,700 initial claims for unemployment benefits for the week of April 12 through April 18. Read the news release.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Portland District (CENWP), is seeking information for Potential Retrofit of Pre-existing Buildings and Facilities for Increased Medical Capacity - COVID-19. For more information please click here.
Virtual Incident Procurement (VIPR)
Covid-19 Information - In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the VIPR website is posting updates related to Covid-19 that may directly impact VIPR vendors. Because of the dynamic nature of this pandemic, updates may be posted frequently in order to provide current information and keep vendors informed of recent developments. There are also links to regional websites to provide regional specific information related to Covid-19 and it is recommended to check the website frequently. To see Covid-19 information specific to VIPR vendors, click here.
Wildfire Training Adjustments - The US Forest Service recently made adjustments to some wildfire training requirements for VIPR vendors that are required by agreement to complete the Work Capacity Test (WCT) and/or RT-130 Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR). These adjustments were made in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic and communicated to all VIPR Contracting Officers and Regional Contract Operations personnel who provide fire support for VIPR agreements in their respective region or geographic area. To see guidance regarding the adjustments to WCT and RT-130 training delivered to Contracting Officers and Regional Contract Operations personnel, click here.
Guidance for Government Contracting Officers & Contractors
Federal Government’s recent announcements mean that Government contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers who are a part of the country’s “critical infrastructure sector” allow their employees to continue reporting to work even if local and state governments order citizens to stay home amid theCOVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more information.