This page provides a list of tools and resources to support our workers and business community during and after the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Unemployment information for Oregon and Washington residents or contact your local workforce organization (OR: East Cascade Works, WA: South Central Workforce Council)
- Insurance information for businesses and individuals (Oregon, Washington)
- On March 29 the CARES act was signed into law, which will expand Unemployment Insurance benefits. States are evaluating the details and working to incorporate them into their resources. Eligibility for unemployment benefits is expanded to include many currently not eligible, including many self-employed people and those that don’t have the typically required 680 hours. An additional $600 per week will be available to everyone on unemployment through July 31, 2020. Benefits will be extended by 13 weeks, to a total of 39 (which is about nine months). This includes people who were already on unemployment as well as those who are newly eligible.
- Employment department guidance (Oregon, Washington)
- Sick leave guidance during coronavirus (Oregon, Washington)
- Health department guidance for keeping employees safe, keeping the workplace clean (Oregon, Washington)
- Looking for alternatives to laying people off?
Information for individuals and businesses about the new legislation:
- Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants up to $10,000
- Business department information about financial resources (Oregon, Washington)
- MCEDD’s business loan program (Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat, Skamania counties)
- Oregon Investment Board emergency relief loans of up to $35,000. (Oregon businesses in National Scenic Area)
- Washington Investment Board emergency relief loans of up to $40,000 (Skamania County; visit Skamania County EDC for details)
- Grant funding opportunity for Gilliam County businesses
- Oregon SBDC COVID-19 funding sources (national sources also listed)
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- Loan resources for small businesses and consumer resources from banks (WaFd; US Bank; Bank of America)
- Grant and funding sources for food and beverage businesses and workers here.
- Relief funds for musicians (here and here) and artists (here).
- Relief fund for licensed beauty professionals.
If you need assistance with putting together a business plan, financial projections or applying for the SBA’s loans, make an appointment to see a counselor at the nearest Small Business Development Center Office (Sherman, Wasco, Hood River counties, Skamania County, Klickitat County)
- Contact your financial institution and inquire about any debt modification or special loan programs they are offering. Most are assisting their existing clients with some type of help through this time. Many of them will also be the source of funding for some of the programs coming out of the CARES Act.
- Connect with your local economic development organization.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers a coronavirus toolkit and a Small Business Guide .
- Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs can help minority small businesses in identifying appropriate sources of financing
- Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub
- Oregon SBDC’s Guide to Navigating a Business Crisis
- Business Survival Tips (Spanish)
- Resources and webinars for manufacturing businesses.
- Job site health and safety resources for contractors.
- Grant programs specific to the Gorge:
- Grant programs from the Oregon Community Foundation
- Healthy Gorge Initiative
- Funding opportunities for nonprofits here
- National Council of Nonprofits chart to help nonprofits decide which loan program is right for your organization
- Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington COVID-19 resource page
- Additional guidance for nonprofits here
- State Department of Agriculture (Oregon, Washington)
- Small farm information (Oregon, Washington)
- Farm Bureau guidance (Oregon, Washington)
- Food safety information from OSU and WSU
- Cleaning tips for food service businesses.
- Guidance for farmers markets
- COVID-19 resource page for Treaty Fishing Access Site and In-Lieu Site residents and Tribal Fishers
- County public health department pages – Klickitat, Skamania, Hood River, Wasco and Sherman
- Emergency Management pages for Klickitat, Skamania, Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties.
- Gorge Love
- Show WA Love. Buy Now, Play Later.
- Main Street America COVID-19 resources page for communities