COVID-19 Business Community Resources

SAIF Coronavirus Workers Safety Fund

SAIF unveiled a $10 million coronavirus worker safety fund that will help Oregon employers pay for expenses tied to making workplaces safer. The fund is designed to support employee safety, reduce injuries, and decrease hazardous exposures by helping businesses most impacted by the coronavirus. More than 53,000 SAIF policyholders across the state are eligible for funds. Link to the press release for more information:

Business Oregon 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. 

Take the survey here

CARES Small Business Loan Guide

CARES Small Business Loan Guide

CARES Act Flow Chart from Committe on Small Business

For small business operators, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) allocated $350 billion to assist businesses in keeping workforces employed during the pandemic.

Willamette Workforce Partnership

The Marion County Immediate Economic Stimulus Funding Program is being managed through the Willamette Workforce Partnership. Applications will be available Tuesday, April 7, and can be submitted on Thursday, April 9. Up to $5,000 grants are available for small business owners with up to five employees. Additional criteria will be available with the application.

Employment, Legal and Tax Concerns for Businesses Conference Call for March 24

Saalfeld Griggs PC & Aldrich Advisors + CPAs  Presentation

Link to the webinar

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

Emergency Exemption to Maximum Working Hours in Certain Manufacturing Establishments

View as a PDF here As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has issued a temporary order applicable to Oregon’s manufacturing facilities in regards to the maximum hours employees in manufacturing are allowed to work....

First Wave of Support from Business Oregon for Business and Communities in the wake of COVID-19

This week, Business Oregon and the Oregon Growth Board announced a series of efforts to assist businesses and communities impacted by COVID-19. Business Oregon is working under the direction of Governor Kate Brown to provide support to Oregon businesses in the wake of...

Early Learning Division Supports Emergency Child Care Programs in Response to COVID-19

(Salem, Ore) – As part of Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-12, child care providers have been ordered to close unless they are providing emergency child care. While the executive order was issued to ensure the safety and health of Oregonians, the governor and...

Governor Kate Brown Tightens Social Distancing Measures, Tells Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives”

NEWS RELEASEMarch 23, 2020Media Contact:Charles Boyle, 503-931-7773  Governor Kate Brown Tightens Social Distancing Measures, Tells Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives” Updated orders for individuals, businesses, public organizations, and outdoor spaces to prevent...

Employment update for Mid-Valley Economic Recovery Team

March 20, 2020 Patrick O’Connor Regional Economist (503) 400-4374 Statewide, the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) has taken a first look at the relative sizes of the industries most impacted by social distancing. These include air,...

Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 – Regional Solutions Office, Governor Kate Brown

  Daily Digest Friday, March 20 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...

Department of Homeland Security defines essential industries in agriculture & food supply system

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday afternoon, 03/19/20 defined industries deemed essential in continuing to operate, specific to our nation’s agriculture and food supply system. A number of Salem-area companies fall within these essential services and we...

Alert – Federal Government Allows Remote Form I-9 Verification

Originally sent by the Cascade Employers Association On March 20, 2020, due to the urge for employers to practice social distancing in regards to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will exercise discretion to defer the physical presence...

Temporary OFLA Amendments for COVID-19

Originally sent by the Cascade Employer's Association Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has issued a temporary order expanding the reach of the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) in response to COVID-19. Effective March 18, 2020 through September 13, 2020,...

Emergency COVID-19 Bill Signed into Law: What Employers Need to Know

This post is from the Cascade Employers Association Emergency COVID-19 Bill Signed into Law: What Employers Need to Know The effective date of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave is April 2, 2020. On March 18, 2020, President Trump...

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Paycheck Protection Program Information

Financial Institutions Participating the Paycheck Protection Program


Workshare Oregon

Work Share provides Oregon businesses an alternative to layoffs. This program allows employers to leverage unemployment insurance (UI) to subsidize a portion of lost wages for employers whose work time is reduced due to market downturns or other business stressors.


Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Grants will be made available, starting April 2, to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 financially.


Cascade Employers Assocation Layoff Preparation & Administration Guides

Coronavirus Resource for Employers

Layoff Preparation and Administration Quick Guide


Emergency Child Care Programs

Emergency Child Care Facility Application

Early Learning Division Supports Emergency Child Care Programs

Society of Human Resources Management


Center for Disease Control’s Business Guidance and Recommendations:



Local and Tribal Emergency Managers

Oregon Local Emergency Managers pdf


Saalfeld Griggs Law Firm:


Marion County Guide for Businesses:


Share Business Testimony on Coronavirus impact with Oregon State Chamber of Commerce




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