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Many of you have seen this already, but if not, Business Oregon is offering PPE for small businesses.  

Here is the link - https://supplyconnector.org/states/oregon/free-ppe/

 



OREGON FIRE RESOURCES
   
   
TRAVEL OREGON WILDFIRE UPDATES & RESOURCES

We want to help you feel equipped to update your websites and provide your community and potential visitors with the most up-to-date information. Travel Oregon's Oregon Wildfire Information page has helpful resources on roads, smoke, evacuations and active fires, as well as messaging and opportunities to help fellow Oregonians.


WAYS TO HELP

Across the state, communities are being impacted by wildfires, and many of us are looking for ways to personally help. A good place to start, beyond checking with your county emergency office to learn more about the needs of your community, is to visit Travel Oregon's Ways to Help pages.

The state's official disaster declaration in all Southern Oregon counties (except Lake at this point) has also freed up resources for individuals needing immediate help due to wildfire losses.

Please share these important links with individuals needing assistance:









FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2020

Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses

Today Governor Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies. The state of Oregon is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted.

“We want our businesses to be able to operate in the safest manner possible right now so that we can get out of this health crisis, and get them back to full operations,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “Our small businesses are the hardest hit, so we want to help them get the tools they need at no cost to them.”

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees that are headquartered in Oregon with principal operations in Oregon are eligible. Business Oregon — the state’s economic development agency — and the Department of Administrative Services are collaborating to create the order and distribution process. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees will receive a box of 200 gloves and 100 masks, with larger businesses receiving up to 500 masks and 800 gloves. For now, businesses are limited to one order, with additional orders possible at a later date depending on availability

In addition to the small business program, the Early Learning Division (ELD) is providing supplies such as gloves, disinfecting wipes, masks and more to child care providers around the state as part of the effort. The Governor set aside $1.3 million from the federal Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund to purchase supplies for this critical service. Child care providers have been operating under emergency conditions since March and are following increased safety and health guidelines. Child care providers approved by ELD to operate Emergency Child Care are eligible to order supplies and will need a license/provider number to do so.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, child care providers have been doing critical work to support families and other businesses in Oregon,” said ELD Director Miriam Calderon, “These items will help providers continue operating with a focus on safety for children, parents and their staff.”

The order form is online and is now accepting orders. Businesses and child care providers can access the form here:https://supplyconnector.org/states/oregon/free-ppe/





Making a Marketing Plan that Works for Your Business
Marketing takes time, money, and preparation. One of the best ways to stay on schedule and on budget is to make a marketing plan. It describes the actions you’ll take to persuade potential customers to buy your products or services.

Your business plan should contain the central elements of your marketing strategy. Your marketing plan turns your strategy into action.

A good marketing plan will include topics that will help your business better reach people who will buy your good or service. These topics are your target market, your competitive advantage, how you will sell to your target market or your sales plan, the goals you have for your marketing and sales plan, your marketing action plan or what you will do to reach your target market, and how much it all will cost or your budget.

For more information on marketing and sales, click the link here:  SBA Marketing and Sales

Local expertise from your SBDC
Contact Dr. John Bacon
Dr. Bacon serves as the Executive Director of the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center and is dedicated to helping educate and develop the entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and supervisors of Oregon’s South Coast.




CCD will launch Round 3 of the CCD/State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020.

Businesses can obtain the Grant Application on September 1st by visiting CCD's website at www.ccdbusiness.org or by contacting CCD at 541-756-4101.


From Travel Oregon:  

Website Optimization for Tourism Businesses During COVID-19

COVID-19 is forcing us all to get creative, so let’s channel that energy towards making your website the best and most useful it has ever been.
Thursday, Sept. 10 from 12-1 p.m., join Jessica Tate, Senior Art Director at ThinkShout and Kate Jorgensen, Products & Platforms Manager at Travel Oregon, for a discussion about website best practices during COVID-19. With the world turning to the internet for ideas on what can be done (and safely) during a global pandemic, your website just got a major promotion. This webinar is the first of a Small Business Marketing Series being developed and hosted by Travel Oregon and is best suited for small and medium size businesses and destination management organizations.
Register here.


2020 Oregon Outdoor Recreation Summit - Register Here

This fall we're bringing the summit to you. Registration is now open for the 2020 Oregon Outdoor Recreation Summit, an entirely virtual experience offering dynamic, weekly programming Sept. 28-Oct. 19, including plenary sessions, webinars, community forums and outdoor-themed film nights. Hosted by the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Trails Coalition, the 2020 summit will bring together two of Oregon’s premier outdoor recreation events: the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Summit and Oregon Trails Summit. The virtual format will offer unprecedented access and connection opportunities for all of Oregon's outdoor recreation communities and sectors.
Join us as we convene Oregon’s diverse outdoor community to learn, build relationships and find solutions to the challenges in developing and elevating outdoor recreation opportunities for all. View the full agenda and register at www.oregonoutdoorsummit.com.


Southwestern SBDC Monthly Update
Monthly updates from your SBDC!
We want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information, access to resources, and helpful tips to make your business all it can be. The best place to start is at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center website.

Do you need information on classes?
As we go through this unprecedented time, we want to ensure our small businesses are getting the help they need through our classes. You can access all of the classes offered by our nineteen Oregon centers all in one place by following the link below.






7/24 Email from Shaun Gibbs, South Coast Development Council:

To clarify a few of the changes announced this week … the new rules on wearing face coverings, include:

The maximum INDOOR occupancy for restaurants, venues, or indoor entertainment providers (bowling alleys) is reduced to 100.

 

Restaurants and bars must close by 10 PM. (All on-site consumption of food and beverages must be complete by 10 PM. Businesses can continue to provide take-out or delivery until midnight.)

 

New websites with assistance resources:

The Worker Relief Fund, which provides unemployment compensation for folks who cannot access unemployment insurance: https://workerrelief.org/

The Quarantine Fund provides temporary financial assistance to Oregon agricultural workers who are recovering from COVID-19, seeking healthcare, and/or practicing quarantine and isolation.: http://workerrelief.org/quarantine-fund/

The Food Security Food Safety Program helps pay for housing, transportation, and sanitation for agricultural producers and workers: https://www.oregon.gov/oweb/fsfs/Pages/index.aspx

 

Draft new rules for childcare are out for comment. They should help make providing child care more economically viable: https://oregonearlylearning.com/COVID-19-Resources/For-Providers

 

OHA has funded 170 community based organizations around the state to help prevent and mitigate COVID-19 in communities that are most impacted: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/Community-Engagement.aspx

 

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19

Daily Digest: Thursday, July 23

This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.

The Oregon Department of Education has posted updated guidance for the upcoming school year. The Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance details the impacts of COVID-19 on education and explains mitigation measures. Find more education-related resources from the department here.







Press Release from John Bacon, SBDC:



Recovery Help Available from the Southwestern Oregon  Community College Small Business Development Center

 

COOS BAY, Ore—Assistance is available for small businesses working on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic through the Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Oregon Community College. This assistance includes confidential advising available at no-cost to business owners, online trainings and connections with experts and resources from around the region and the state.

“Our team is dedicated to helping businesses through the pandemic, recovery and beyond,” said John Bacon, director of the Southwestern Small Business Development Center. “We have helped many small businesses navigate the various state and federal resources, finding the best solutions and helping them find long-term success.”

All advising at the Small Business Development Center is available at no-cost to business owners and is confidential. Advising is paid for by the Small Business Administration and the State of Oregon with the goal of helping businesses gain the resources and knowledge to thrive. Online classes are also available to help business owners hone specific skills to run their businesses successfully. The Small Business Development Center also offers advising and classes in Spanish.

“Talking with John from the SBDC cleared up some important details to help us pivot and thrive. He was very helpful helping us figure out the EIDL and PPP programs and most recently helping direct me to new hire opportunities and resources,” said Kevin Shaw of Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates and Desserts. “In a nutshell, the SBDC has been a treasure trove of information vital to our business’s survival and we are very grateful for John’s knowledge and help!”

To learn more about SBDC services or make an appointment, visit https://bizcenter.org/centers/southwestern-sbdc/or call 541-888-7001.