Covid Links & Resources
During this unprecedented time of turmoil in our hyperlocal business economy, we continue to look for ways to support businesses and connect them to resources. Our Economic Vitality Committee has compiled this list of resources for our Downtown businesses. If you know of other resources that you would like to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to maintaining a healthy and balanced business climate in Hillsboro. It has the been the local lead in supporting businesses during this crisis. We encourage you to sign up for their email newsletter and check out the calendar of online presentations and forums.
City of Hillsboro
The Economic Development Department advocates for businesses locating or expanding in Hillsboro and creates a favorable business climate for companies to succeed. This includes resources and support specifically for small businesses that are recovering from mandatory business closures during the Covid pandemic.
The County, as the lead organization in public health policy and services for our community, holds the resources and keys to entering each stage of reopening Hillsboro for business. Follow their progress in meeting the state requirements and the status of applications to the state.
One of the most important resources, this is the site with the latest statewide information about the Stay Home, Save Lives order and the phased in reopening of Oregon. It has the industry specific details on reopening your business as well as updates and lives feeds of press conferences.
Travel Oregon inspires travel that drives community enhancement and economic development. In an effort to support their partners in tourism in a time when up-to-date information is crucial, Travel Oregon has created a toolkit that points to resources from national and state public health organizations to give you all the information you need around COVID-19.
Business Oregon is the state’s economic development agency. Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. Business Oregon has compiled information to assist Oregon small business owners, employees, and others dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Homeland Security, and the White House have pulled all of the national resources and educational links into one site for ease of use. This is where to look for the real science of the pandemic.
Institute for local self reliance (ILSR)
Looking through a lens that focuses on local self-reliance, ILSR believes that communities are healthiest when they possess the authority, capacity, and responsibility to chart their own course. They have been sharing resources and case studies that show how small businesses can find the silver lining and come out of this crisis more resilient than ever.
MAIN STREET AMERICA
Building on Main Street’s 40-year history of cultivating a strategic and comprehensive approach to problem solving through innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, the National Main Street Center features a wide range of free resources for Main Street leaders, including recovery planning tools, research, advocacy efforts, and best practices and examples from around the Network.
POTENTIAL FUNDING SOURCES
GRANTS FROM PRIVATE INDUSTRY
Small business grants from private funding sources seem to exceed capacity for applicants before they are even on our radar, but we will provide links to upcoming grant opportunities as we hear about them. If you qualify, apply for these as soon as possible!
LOCAL GOVERMENT GRANTS
Our County and City are working on ways to distribute both there own funding programs and redistribute funds coming direct from the Federal Government. These programs have only been accepting applications for a couple of days at a time.
STATE OF OREGON GRANTS
Our State is also distributing funds coming direct from the Federal Government. In an effort to ensure that funds are reaching underserved individuals and businesses, these programs have mostly been demographic or industry-specific.
From SBA to crowdfunded loans, we will keep this list updated with low/no interest loan options. Please consider one of these business loans before resorting to the use of a high-interest credit cards. Many of them include free business consulting services.
A potentially forgivable loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Administered through banks, credit unions, and other participating lenders.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. Administered through the Small Business Association (SBA).
ADJUSTING TO COVID-TIMES
Whether you are just reopening or looking for more tips to help keep you employees and customers safe, here are a couple of webinars full of ideas and recommendations.
OPEN BUSINESSES LISTS
There are a variety of websites listing businesses that are open with apporpriate modifications. We encourage you to sign up for as many of these as possible, because it seems as if the media outlets are using these lists for leads to stories.
FREE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Washington County is making available to Washington County businesses limited quantities of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you need to reopen and recover.