May 20th COVID-19 Toplines from Senator Merkley’s Office
The Latest from Senator Merkley:
·Standing up for students: Senator Merkley joined a bipartisan groupof 27 Senators, is urging Senate leadership to include robust funding for America’s schools, educators, and students in the next round of coronavirus relief funding.
·Protecting America’s farmworkers: Senator Merkley is leading a group of fellow senators in urging Senate leadership to establish and enforce adequate protections for America’s farmworkers—whose essential work enables families across America to keep food on the table during the coronavirus crisis. The letter comes as reports highlight farmworkers’ critical need for additional health and safety safeguards to protect themselves, their families, other workers, and the stability of the food supply amid the pandemic.
Helpful Resources from Senator Merkley’s Coronavirus Website:
You can see the regularly updated information the Senator and his team are posting about COVID-19 by visiting his website.
Helpful Resources from Senator Merkley’s Operation: Main Street Economic Recovery Hub:
Senator Merkley’s COVID-19 economic recovery hub webpage includes regularly updated information he’s posting there for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
No updates in today’s running list of resources but please feel free to share the following funding opportunities with people in your region who may be interested:
·Information from the US Economic Development Administration about COVID-19 related funding opportunities
·FDIC’s webinar about Consumer Protection for Native Americans in the Age of COVID-19 on May 28th
·Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants application (due May 22nd)
5/19 Email from Summer Matteson, Econ. Dev., Curry County
We hope that is going well and ask that you let us know if we can help in any way.
·A reminder that you can purchase PPE at cost from SOWIB: https://www.sowibsupply.com/
·SOU webinar on how to account for your PPP forgivable loan with measures on how to reduce compliance burdens, and simplify the process for borrowers. Plenty of time for Q&A:
·REGISTER HERE FOR THIS FREE WEBINAR: June 1, 2:00PM to 3:00PM -- Accounting for Recording and Reporting Your PPP Loan Webinar
·Helpful summaries of what life is supposed to look like in Phase 1, from Travel Oregon: https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/what-reopening-oregon-means-for-you/
·OPB reopening outlook: https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-coronavirus-reopen-questionandanswer/
·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 Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury released Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness applications. Borrowers can find instructions and the PPP loan forgiveness application here.
·Oregon State Parks has a new tool for Oregonians on how and where to recreate outdoors as some areas reopen. Some state parks are now open for limited day-use, while all overnight camping remains closed. View the status of parks and recreation facilities here
5/20/20 HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED YOUR BUSINESS - SURVEY:
Oregon State Chamber memo: We are continuing to collect feedback from businesses regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.
OSCC has the opportunity to present this information to the House Economic Development Committee next week. Feedback from local businesses is both timely and critical.
The Governor and state legislature needs to hear from impacted businesses today to secure the support they need to reopen and recover!Please take the survey below and share this link to the survey with local businesses in your community:https://conta.cc/3bMO2nb
Stories are being collected as part of an "...In Their Own Words" effort by the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce to collect unfiltered and real feedback from local businesses to help policymakers both understand what's happening to local businesses and adopt policies that hit the mark in helping with recovery.
5/14/20 - Email received from Merkley Press Office:
Good afternoon: I wanted to update you on Sen. Merkley’s efforts to get desperately needed relief to small businesses in Oregon.
Sen. Merkley today detailed new legislation that would expand the existing work share program, allowing employers to share their payroll costs with the federal government while receiving grants to help cover other fixed costs, like rent, and needs for reopening safely, like cleaning and protective equipment. This bill is based on feedback Sen. Merkley has heard from you and other small businesses across the state—so thank you for connecting with our office.
Click here for a link to the press release and a Facebook message from Sen. Merkley.
From: Merkley, Merkley Press Office (Merkley)
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2020 3:35 PM
To: Merkley, Merkley Press Office (Merkley) <MerkleyPressOffice@merkley.senate.gov>
Subject: Merkley, Colleagues Announce New Work Share Proposal to Help Employers and Workers Weather the Storm
News Release . . .
United States Senate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2020
Contact: Sara Hottman (Merkley) – 503-326-3386
Merkley, Colleagues Announce New Work Share Proposal to Help Employers and Workers Weather the Storm
Unemployment numbers out today show nearly 36.5 million Americans have filed for unemployment since early march
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, along with U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), today announced new legislation to help small businesses, nonprofits, and workers weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and support a safe reopening.
On a press conference call,the senators laid out the details of their proposal, the Rebuilding Main Street Act, which would expand the existing work share program to allow employers to share their payroll costs with the federal government, while receiving grant help to cover other fixed costs like rent and needs for reopening safely like cleaning and protective equipment.
Employers and workers across the country are reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic shutdown. While Congress worked to pass four bipartisan legislative packages, large segments of the workforce and business sectors have not benefitted from the economic relief programs.
“Throughout this pandemic, I’ve been in frequent touch with small business owners and workers in every corner of Oregon, and what I’ve heard time and time again is the need for flexibility and financial support as they work to re-open their business,” said Merkley. “Any effort to rebuild our economy must happen from Main Street up, not Wall Street down.”
The senators’ proposalencourages and expandswork sharing—an existing program supported by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that helps participating employers avoid layoffs by instead reducing the hours of their employees. The plan allows employers to scale their workers’ hours down—or up—with unemployment insurance funded by the federal government making up the difference. Instead of turning unemployment insurance on or off, it acts like a dimmer for businesses willing and able to keep employees on, just not at full time or salary.
In return, those businesses receive a grant for some of the costs of weathering this crisis and reopening once it’s safe to do so.
For a full summary of the Rebuilding Main Street Act, click here.
5/14/20 Email from Shaun Gibbs, E.D., South Coast Development Council:
...Also, we are still trying to collect surveys from businesses in the region. SCDC eblasted to approx. 2500 regional business emails, and we have received a decent response, but we need more. These responses will be aggregated with CCD Business and their application to Business Oregon for potential matching grant dollars of $200,000. Please share with businesses and tenants if possible.
“Southern Oregon Coast regional economic development partners have put together a simple google form/survey meant to gauge the impact of SBA programs, such as the EIDL and PPP, for businesses and organizations located in Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties. The focus of this survey is to help us identify gaps of businesses/orgs who were not successful with the CAREs act programs, so resources such as potential Business Oregon matching grant dollars.
Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey - https://forms.gle/RtGyMRiQE1sbEVHB8”
5/8/20 Email from Curry County Econ. Dev.
The President signed a new Executive Order promoting American seafood competitiveness and economic growth. This Executive Order will propel the United States forward as a seafood superpower by strengthening the American economy; improving the competitiveness of American industry; ensuring food security; providing environmentally safe and sustainable seafood; supporting American workers; and ensuring coordinated and transparent federal actions.
Specifically, the Executive Order calls for the expansion of sustainable U.S. seafood production through:
*More efficient and predictable aquaculture permitting
*Cutting-edge research and development
*Regulatory reform to maximize commercial fishing
*Enforcement of common-sense restrictions on seafood imports that do not meet American standards
Final sector guidance documents
Guidelines Regarding Face Covering Use in Public:
Phase One Reopening Guidance for the Public:
Sector Guidance: RETAIL:
Sector Guidance: RESTAURANTS/BARS/BREWERIES/TASTING ROOMS/DISTILLERIES:
Sector Guidance: OUTDOOR RECREATION:
Sector Guidance: PERSONAL SERVICES:
General Guidance for Employers:
The Governor’s Office, in cooperation with local Chambers of Commerce, is offering a series of webinars to help small business owners understand the guidelines for the first phase (Phase 1) of re-opening businesses despite the continued risk of COVID-19 transmission.
(The written version of the information that we will review is available on the OHA website at: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19. Look for “OHA Guidance and Rules” beneath Governor’s Orders and OHA Guidance about half-way down the page.)
Each webinar will include:
¨A review of the time-line (it is likely that counties in Southern Oregon will be entering Phase 1 on May 15)
¨A review of general business guidelines
¨A review of guidance for your specific industry sector
¨An opportunity to ask questions (and perhaps get answers!)
The webinars will be offered on Tuesday, May 12th.
9 AM: Re-Opening Retail
10 AM: Re-Opening Restaurants/Bars/Tasting Rooms
11 AM: Re-Opening Personal Services Businesses (hair and nail salons, massage, tattoo parlors, etc.)
Webinar access information:
Topic: Re-Opening Retail
Time: May 12, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 916 6756 3867
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Topic: Re-Opening Restaurants/Bars/Tasting Rooms
Time: May 12, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 924 7382 6007
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Topic: Re-Opening Personal Services
Time: May 12, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 972 9301 5975
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If you are unable to attend the webinar, please let us know and we will share the information with you.
* The Business Oregon Small Business Navigator is updated daily, with many resources open to nonprofits.
* Travel Oregon has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program. It has a short opening window to apply – May 11-15th. The fund is $800,000 and specifically targets rural/small businesses and those who have NOT received funds from EIDL or PPP. Details can be found here: https://industry.traveloregon.com/opportunities/grants/covid-19-emergency-response-grant-program/ Need assistance with the application process? We can help!
|4/30/20 - Email received from Oregon State Chamber of Commerce:
The following are draft documents of the general guidance for the Phase 1 reopening of Oregon put together by the Governor's office.
Email from Amy Amrhein, Office of US Senator Jeff Merkley:
Will have a press release about this shortly, but wanted to give you a heads up…
$250 billion for PPP
- $60 billion additional for PPP targeting unbanked and underserved small businesses, including $30 billion set aside for CDFIs, minority depository institutions, and the smallest community banks and credit unions
- $50 billion for EIDL
- $10 billion for EEIG
- $75 billion for additional funding for hospitals and other providers
- $25 billion for testing
AMY AMRHEIN, Southern Oregon Field Representative
Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
10 S. Bartlett St. #201 Medford, OR 97501
For coronavirus information and updates, visit Senator Merkely’s resource page, https://www.merkley.senate.gov/coronavirus. For small business resources and information, visit Senator Merkley’s economic recovery page: merkley.senate.gov/mainstreet.
US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES SAVE SMALL BUSINESS FUND
To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation - in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors - is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund.
The Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees, and operate in an economically vulnerable community. Read full press release here
The grant application went live on Monday, April 20 at 12:00pm. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit: www.savesmallbusiness.com.
We encourage you to share this information with your membership, and any small business that you know needs this immediate relief. To help spread the word on social media, your website, or any of your publications, you can download the marketing toolkit here.
USDA IMPLEMENTS IMMEDIATE MEASURES TO HELP RURAL RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
Read the full announcement to learn more about the opportunities USDA Rural Development is implementing to provide immediate relief to our customers, partners, and stakeholders.
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
Email from Summer Matteson, Curry County Econ. Dev.
The SBA has reached its cap on the EIDL and PPP lending options for the COVID-19 crisis and applications are closed for the time being. While we look for an additional surge of funding to become available, here is a list of items you will want to have prepared before you apply:
·Create a forecast
·Examine your expenses
·Assess staffing needs
·Forecast your cash
·Apply for a loan
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Relief Grants and Funds
·$38 million dollars in child care development block grants:
·Currently, CCD has been able to set aside $200,000 with approval from EDA of their revolving loan funds for this COVID-19 loan program. Information about the loan program is attached and can be found at the CCD website:
https://www.ccdbusiness.org/ccd-covid-19-loan-program/ An example of a loan/grant to a small business would be, a business request of $20,000 to address issues created for the COVID-19 pandemic.
oCCD Loan for $15,000
oPotential grant for $5,000 (For jobs retained, created or health industry related.)
oGrant contributions could be allocated to businesses in your specific district/service area if so desired.
·Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and Small Business Association Micro Loan Program: OAME and SBA's microloan program is available during this time:
·Immigration & Refuge Community Organization: https://irco.org/news-and-press/covid-19-resources.html
·Ports with an existing loan through Business Oregon, you may be eligible for relief: https://www.oregon4biz.com/assets/docs/portReliefCOVID19.pdf
·Another round of Layoff Aversion funds has been released to the workforce investment boards. These grant funds are not a good source for wage replacement, but can assist with purchasing supplies and/or equipment to allow continued business operations and avoid layoffs. For Coos/Curry/Douglas, contact SOWIB: https://www.sowib.org/covid-19
Resources and Educational Opportunities
·The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) are both offering complimentary access to several food safety and professional development online courses: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bFXhb00llnw2_pW1YntFbgZV6J86AycD/view
Email from Oregon State Chamber of Commerce:
State of Oregon COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
STATE OF OREGON COVID-19 BUSINESS IMPACT SURVEY
Business Oregon, in partnership with Travel Oregon and Small Business Development Centers, would like to help assess how COVID-19 is impacting businesses. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policy-makers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis. Individual responses to this survey are completely confidential and will not be shared publicly, only aggregate information will be shared.
We are working to target businesses specifically to capture estimated revenue impacts as well as information around canceled events, employee impacts, and more. We recognize that you may be receiving survey requests from multiple agencies and organizations. The intention of this short survey is to serve the needs of businesses impacted by COVID-19. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policymakers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. In the event you receive this questionnaire more than once, please provide only one response.
California, Washington and Oregon Announce Western States Pact
West Coast States Agree Region Will Move Toward Reopening Based On Health Outcomes
Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.
Joint statement from the Governors:
COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 - with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.
We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies - one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business.
While each state is building a state-specific plan, our states have agreed to the following principles as we build out a West Coast framework:
Our residents' health comes first. As home to one in six Americans and gateway to the rest of the world, the West Coast has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19.
Health outcomes and science - not politics - will guide these decisions. Modifications to our states' stay at home orders must be made based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19, including: the direct impact of the disease on our communities; the health impact of measures introduced to control the spread in communities-particularly felt by those already experiencing social disadvantage prior to COVID-19; and our health care systems' ability to ensure care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This effort will be guided by data. We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this.
Our states will only be effective by working together. Each state will work with it's local leaders and communities within its borders to understand what's happening on the ground and adhere to our agreed upon approach.
Through quick and decisive action, each of our states has made significant progress in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the broader public. Now, our public health leaders will focus on four goals that will be critical for controlling the virus in the future.
- Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
- Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment.
- Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.
- Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.
COVID-19 doesn't follow state or national boundaries. It will take every level of government, working together, and a full picture of what's happening on the ground.
In the coming days the governors, their staff and health officials will continue conversations about this regional pact to recovery.
Message from Oregon State Representative, David Brock Smith:
Hello Oregon Ports & Small Businesses,
Below and attached you will find useful links regarding Small Business Assistance. Please feel free to forward this information on.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office via email if you need further assistance.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application:
Small Business Resource Navigator:
State of Oregon COVID-19 Business Impact Survey:
David Brock Smith
Oregon State Representative
4/8/20 Message from Summer Matteson, Curry County Economic Development:
Today, Senator Merkley expressed alarm that PPP funding was not reaching the small, Main Street businesses, especially minority-owned firms, that Congress intended. The $349 billion forgivable loan program, which was included in Congress’ most recent coronavirus relief legislation, is designed to provide much-needed relief to American businesses dealing with the severe economic impacts of the pandemic. Today we learned there has been a backlog building with applications for the SBA PPP program. A temporary suspension of applications has been made until lenders gain capacity for catching up.
If you have yet to apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, please visit: https://bizcenter.org/covid-19/ or email the director at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest updates
CARES Act support for local governments. The Budget and Management Office of the State of Oregon is still working through the dozens of different funding streams embedded within the CARES Act. Once that is complete, the State will turn to developing a plan for how to handle the State/Local Fiscal Stabilization Fund. For more information, see: The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act, Title V): Background and State and Local Allocations
Travel Oregon has compiled state and national data on how COVID-19 has impacted the travel and tourism industries. The report will be updated weekly and is available here.
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has a new blogpost on unemployment insurance claims. Initial claims last week set new records at the state and national level, with 92,700 claims received statewide last week.
The U.S. Small Business Administrations has FAQs regarding participation of faith-based organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
Good resources and information
Are you an essential employee in need of childcare? https://orm.naccrraware.net/orm/ormSearch
Some resources for non-profits from a coalition of tech companies - https://www.impactcloud.org/covid19
When can we START to get back to normal? This New York Times piece is helpful in understanding how/when we may begin to lift restrictions (which will be a gradual, phased process): https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/upshot/coronavirus-four-benchmarks-reopening.html
Food banks in Curry County: https://89066abf-ee61-4039-990e-29fd6d464398.filesusr.com/ugd/d6707a_5c76442d7e524d43943d0b41c647acec.pdf
Don’t miss out in sharing how this pandemic has affected your business. The State is listening: https://industry.traveloregon.com/opportunities/marketing-co-ops-toolkits/toolkits/covid-19-toolkit/survey-opportunities-data/
SCDC and regional partners are working with CCD Business Development to raise funds for their COVID-19 loan/grant fund to help small businesses. If you are interested in donating to this small business fund and would like more information please send me an email. The mission is to raise additional funds to add an element of loan forgiveness/grants to the CCD loan program. Currently, CCD has been able to set aside $200,000 with approval from EDA of their revolving loan funds for this COVID-19 loan program. Information about the loan program is attached and can be found at the CCD website - https://www.ccdbusiness.org/ccd-covid-19-loan-program/
An example of a loan/grant to a small business would be, a business request of $20,000 to address issues created for the COVID-19 pandemic. The business needs funds to cover operating expenses or to purchase a piece of equipment to retool their operations. (Like a distillery now producing hand sanitizer.)
CCD Loan for $15,000
Potential grant for $5,000 (For jobs retained, created or health industry related.)
Grant contributions could be allocated to businesses in your specific district/service area if so desired.
This will be a great tool for our region and our small businesses if we can help raise more funds to pull together and make these resources available. If you(utilities, banks, etc.) would like to donate please let us know.
FROM THE US CENSUS BUREAU:
The US Census Bureau monitors COVID-19 developments to support the health and safety of the public and our staff. Census Bureau personnel adhere to national, state, and local authorities’ guidance and constantly work to keep you informed of precautions we take and of operational adjustments as we launch the 2020 Census. Right now, almost all Census personnel telework from home.
The 2020 Census voluntary self-response feature is now available online in 13 languages (click Respond, and click the globe icon in the top right corner of the main page to view language options), and over the phone in 13 languages (English 844-330-2020; Spanish 844-468-2020).
Please encourage all your customers, clients or constituents, as well as your neighbors, friends, family, and relatives to complete the online self-response for their household right now. It’s important, easy, and safe, and the 2020 Census self-response is one small diversion from today’s news that will positively affect our communities for the next ten years.
Updated response rates for the 2020 Census in your community can be seen at this page on our website. Let’s work to get the highest response rate in the US!
Thank you for your work in supporting this monumental effort, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to get a complete and accurate count this year.
With wishes for health and wellness,
Your local 2020 Census Partnership Specialist on the Oregon Coast
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