Category Archives: Covid-19

Grant for Businesses in Clackamas County

Clackamas County is offering another $600,000 in grants to businesses located in Clackamas County that have been adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants, provided in partnership with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will be for a maximum of $7,500.

Application Opens: Friday, June 18 at 8:00 AM
Application Closes: Wednesday, June 23 at 5:00 PM

In order to be eligible, a business must meet the following criteria:
 Be headquartered in Clackamas County and have its principal operations in Clackamas County.If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, is so registered.Is either for-profit or an entity tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.During
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Dealing with Angry Customers When You’re Short Staffed

The scene is a common one these days. Lines of people waiting to pay in a restaurant, retail establishment, or grocery store. Tempers flare. Customers yell at staff and wonder why there’s only one person checking people out. Your staff thinks, “Who needs this?” and they’re not wrong. They feel overworked and underappreciated. Customers are demanding and loud. Customers vow not to return. It makes for a bad situation for everyone.

So what can you do to ensure it doesn’t happen in your business?

Dealing with angry people during a staffing shortage is not easy, especially since one problem creates the other. People are angry because they have to wait. People have to wait because you are short staffed. No one wants to work in an environment filled with angry people.… Read the rest

Business Oregon Operational Cost Assistance Grant Program

This Wednesday, May 26, Business Oregon will open the final portion of a program to provide grants for small businesses to help with commercial rent and operational costs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oregon Legislative Emergency Board allocated approximately $100 million for the program to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic and the restrictions it necessitated. Following two rounds of distribution of Commercial Rent Relief assistance grants, approximately $28 million remains to be distributed in this final round through the Operational Cost Assistance Grant.

The Operational Cost Assistance Grant is designed for businesses with 100 or fewer employees in industries that were particularly affected by the pandemic, including those that:

1.     offer the consumption of food and or drink on premise;

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Oregon Health Authority Covid-19 News (5/18)

A word from Oregon Health Authority...

Oregon adjusts guidelines for wearing masks and physical distancing indoors and outdoors

Salem, Ore. - Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today released updated guidance about mask and physical distancing requirements for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the updated guidance, people who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors, in most public settings where vaccination status is checked. In public settings where vaccination status is not checked, masks will still be required. Finally, businesses and venue operators remain free to establish their own, more restrictive policies regarding mask usage. Learn more here.

In addition to exempting people who are fully vaccinated from mask requirements in most indoor settings, OHA health experts announced that mask requirements no longer apply to anyone who is outdoors.

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5/17: US Chamber Covid Relief Updates

The latest news from U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations)

It’s crunch time in the Legislature as we move into the final six weeks of the 2021 session.
We keep thinking the pace will pick up anytime now. There is some evidence this is starting to happen. Last Friday was the ‘posting deadline’ for the second chamber. Bills had to be posted for a work session on Friday, May 14th in order to advance out of the second chamber committees. Any bill not posted is considered dead.
Those bills that were posted must be officially voted out of committee by Friday, May 28th, otherwise they too will die.
Policy committees will shut down on May 28th - leaving only Rules, Revenue and the Joint Ways and Means Committees open for business.
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