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January 13, 2021
                                             

First and foremost, we are moving two categories down, from EXTREME to MODERATE as of this Friday!

That is not a typo. We are not moving down to just high, but moderate.

Here is the matrix as a reminder of what operations look like in the Moderate category:

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le3461.pdf


The Oregon legislative “E-Board”
is considering creating a program to assist commercial tenants and landlords with unpaid rent. I know our small businesses are not the only needing support with leases, but also finding cost effective locations to operate out of. To follow that discussion, see: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2019I1/Committees/EB/2021-01-08-13-00/Agenda

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance
Assistance in processing applications can be found here: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/IMPORTANT---PPP-Available-Beginning-January-11th---Prepare-NOW.html?soid=1132745622331&aid=T_jXYfGUx6Q

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) opens for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers this week. This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. 

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The new guidance released includes:

PPP Guidance from SBA Administrator Carranza on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran, and Women-owned Business Concerns

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares


Dine to Stay Gift Card Program

It’s going great! This week, we are working towards promotion of those participating restaurants that have not sold out. If you need some assistance in marketing the program, please let us know. https://lovecurrycounty.com/ The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $15,000 investment in this program and we want every restaurant to benefit without leaving money on the table.

One last leap forward to share. The Board of Commissioners unanimously supported the movement forward to protect our small businesses from closures based on accurate and scientific data. We will be moving this effort through Circuit Court. I also produced a Resolution in support of Douglas County’s Business Reopening Plan that the Board signed. That Resolution will be sent to the Governor and lawmakers.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Here is important information regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund for small businesses in Curry County, opening tomorrow at noon.

Commissioner Boice and Summer Matteson will be north to south through the county over the next few days, connecting with as many of you as possible.

Deadlines
* Monday, December 7, 2020
- Grant application opens at 12pm
    (noon) https://www.ccdbusiness.org/
 * Friday, December 11, 2020 - Be fully allocated for distribution
 * December 14-18, 2020 - Grant Award Notices & Acceptance
    documentation sent/received
 * December 21-23 and 28-30 of 2020 - Start deploying checks

The deadline for submission of your grant application is narrow. The sooner your application is submitted to CCD, the faster it can be processed.

Your economic development team is here to help. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions in the application process. We don’t want any of these funds going back to the state. We are only a phone call away!

CCD Grant Admins, Krisha Rasmussen (541) 756-4101 x2 / Theresa Haga 541-756-4101 x1
Curry County Commissioner and Economic Development Liaison, Court Boice (541) 661-6150
Economic Development Coordinator, Summer Matteson (541) 373-9027
Economic Development Assistant, Miranda Plagge (541) 247-3222

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Thursday, December 3, 2020


PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2020

 For additional information contact:

Theresa Haga, Executive Director/Finance Manager

541-756-4101 x1

Curry County COVID-19 Business Grant Program

Curry County, Oregon – The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with the Governor, allocated $55 Million of federal CARES Act funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to small businesses affected by economic conditions as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  These funds were allocated to counties to deploy in the form of grants to small businesses who have been financially impacted.

CCD Business Development Corporation (CCD) was contracted to deploy the Curry County COVID-19 Business Grant Program. 

It is intended that these funds are equally accessible to all businesses including the historically disadvantaged population groups (Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Women-Owned Businesses). 

These federal funds are directed to affected businesses with 100 or fewer employees.  Curry County Business Grant awards will be made to eligible businesses that have received less than $500,000 in federal funding.  Businesses may use the grant proceeds for any business-related operating expenses.

Eligible Applicants:  Small business must be located in Curry County.

Businesses that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon.
  • If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the Business is so registered.
  • The business has 100 or fewer employees.
  • The business was affected in either one of the following two ways:
  • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operations as directed by Executive Orders 20-12 or 20-65.
  • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of 25% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020 as compared against the same period of time in 2019.

The following businesses are ineligible to apply for or receive funding:

  • Passive real estate holding companies and entities holding passive investments.
  • Non-profit entities that do not have federal 501(c)(3) status.
  • Businesses that experience a decline in revenues for reasons other than those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. seasonal or cyclical business cycles.)
  • Businesses that are delinquent on federal, state or local taxes that were due on or before the date of application.
  • Businesses that do not comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Businesses that have received more than $500,000 of federal CARES funding (e.g. PPP, EIDL, and/or EIDL Advance).
  • Businesses that have closed and do not intend to reopen.

Eligible Grant Amounts:  $5,000 - $50,000

You may be wondering what’s the catch and how do I qualify. Theresa Haga, Executive Director for CCD comments, “The catch is CCD needs businesses to apply and act fast. There is a very short window of time to disburse a large amount of money. We have a small staff working hard to contact as many local businesses as possible, but we really need the community to step up and help us spread the word again. If you are hesitant to apply, don’t be. We are still facing an unknown future with winter ahead of us. We want to help as many of our local businesses as possible while the money is available.”

To Apply:  The application will be available at www.ccdbusiness.org on Monday, December 7th, 2020 at noon (12:00 p.m.).

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Monday, November 30, 2020

The Curry County Board of Commissioners have a business meeting scheduled this Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 9am. Economic Development has submitted for discussion and possible action, the acceptance of an agreement from the State, a contract for administration through CCD and review of the application process and timeline of deliverables. You can see the meeting live on Charter channel 182 or on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWs5LGw47-ceVCiRgTrZPlQ

 

Curry County COVID-19 Business Grant Program

The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with the Governor, allocated $55 Million of federal CARES Act funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to small businesses affected by economic conditions as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  These funds were allocated to counties to deploy in the form of grants to small businesses who have been financially impacted. Curry County will receive $701,109 for distribution. We anticipate opening up the application as soon as December 4th, 2020.

It is intended that these funds are equally accessible to all businesses including the historically disadvantaged population groups (Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Women-Owned Businesses).  Curry County will prioritize businesses within the hospitality industry, businesses impacted by the freeze, small businesses, and women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Tribal-owned businesses.

 These federal funds are directed to affected businesses with 100 or fewer employees.  Curry County Business Grant awards will be made to eligible businesses that have received less than $500,000 in federal funding.  Businesses may use the grant proceeds for any business-related operating expenses.

Eligible Applicants:  Small business must be located in Curry County.

Businesses that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon.
  • If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the business is so registered.
  • The business has 100 or fewer employees.
  • The business was affected in either one of the following two ways:
  • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operations as directed by Executive Orders 20-12 or 20-65.
  • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of 25% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020 as compared against the same period of time in 2019.

The following businesses are ineligible to apply for or receive funding:

  • Passive real estate holding companies and entities holding passive investments.
  • Non-profit entities that do not have federal 501(c)(3) status.
  • Businesses that experience a decline in revenues for reasons other than those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. seasonal or cyclical business cycles.)
  • Businesses that are delinquent on federal, state or local taxes that were due on or before the date of application.
  • Businesses that do not comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Businesses that have received more than $500,000 of federal CARES funding (e.g. PPP, EIDL, and/or EIDL Advance).
  • Businesses that have closed and do not intend to reopen.

There will be a very short window of time to disburse a large amount of money so you will need to act fast! We have a small staff that will work hard to contact as many local businesses as possible, but we really need the community to step up and help us spread the word again. If you are hesitant to apply, don’t be. We are still facing an unknown future with winter ahead of us. We want to help as many of our local businesses as possible while the money is available.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020


Time Sensitive - Statewide Small Business Emergency Grant Application Opens Today (Thurs.)

Governor Brown and the Oregon legislature recently approved $20 million more to Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund. Applications for this funding will be made available TODAY (November 19) on Business Oregon's website so check the website early and submit your application quickly. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis with a geographic overlay to ensure statewide distribution of proceeds. 

Note, these funds are separate from the $55 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds approved yesterday by the Governor for distribution to small businesses through county jurisdictions.
 
 Grants will be available to small businesses that have seen lost revenue due to the pandemic, and that meet a minimal set of requirements. This round of funding makes some changes to previous rounds of grant funding under the program so that businesses not eligible in earlier rounds can now access grant funding. Businesses with up to 100 employees can apply, whereas previous funding was limited to those with up to 25 employees, to ensure the smallest business could access the funds first.
  
  Within this round of funding, awards will be made to eligible businesses with: 


  •       Up to 25 FTE that have accepted between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in CARES Act funding (such as PPP, EIDL, the Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief + Resiliency and other programs funded with CARES Act funds). 

  •       26 to 100 FTE that have accepted up to $1,000,000 in federal funding as specified below

The program will provide grants up to $200,000 for eligible businesses (including 501(c)(3)s). Business Oregon anticipates that the funds will go very quickly and will be oversubscribed, forecasting that the portal will be closed within 24-48 hours.
 
 Funds are slated to be fully deployed and out to small businesses by December 15.
   
 Should you have any questions, please contact Business Oregon Regional Development Officer Michael Held at Michael.held@oregon.gov or 971-599-9489.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Executive Order implementing the statewide “freeze” to limit COVID-19 transmission is up (detailed sector guidance, applying the EO to each set of guidance, will be posted tomorrow): https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Documents/executive_orders/eo_20-65.pdf

Workers who may be laid off by the freeze—if they previously made a COVID-related unemployment claim and have benefit eligibility remaining–can re-start their claim, rather than filing a new one. See: https://unemployment.oregon.gov/frequently-asked-questions#faqTopic-113980

Contractors and gig workers
impacted by the “freeze,” can seek Pandemic Unemployment Assistance by calling: 833-410-1004


Round 5 business funding
Governor Kate Brown announced today that the state will commit $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. These funds will be allocated to counties to distribute to businesses who have been financially impacted, with a priority for the hospitality industry, businesses impacted by the freeze, small businesses, and women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Tribal-owned businesses.

The $55 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds will be allocated to counties, with each county receiving a base of $500,000 plus a per capita allocation of the remainder of the funds. The counties will be responsible for deciding how businesses apply to receive funds and communicating the application process to businesses. Get the scoop here: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=37731

OSHA has put up a new web page where they will be posting resources to assist with compliance with their new temporary rule: https://osha.oregon.gov/news/2020/Pages/nr2020-41.aspx

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Friday, November 13, 2020

From November 18 to December 2, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care.

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The Two-Week Freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for...

Personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education — all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

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Curry County Office of Emergency Management
website for COVID-19 resources and updates

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