Coronavirus Business Resources & Assistance
Bend’s business community has confronted an ever-changing landscape of business assistance programs, closure orders, and reopening plans as the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed. Below you’ll find up to date information
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Page last updated: 5/8/2020 at 12:11 pm.
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
- The May 1 announcement of an extension of Oregon’s State of Emergency Declaration through July 6 has generated plenty of confusion. This emergency declaration does not impact the timeline for reopening. State of Emergency declarations must be renewed every 60 days, this renewed order provides the Governor with the legal authority to maintain a number of Executive Orders, including the stay-home order, a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions and other financial stimulus measures. You can find more information at bendoregon.gov/reopening.
- The Small Business Development Center at COCC has no-cost business advisors available to assist your business with accessing loans, incentives, and planning for how to reopen. You can contact the Small Business Development Center directly here.
On May 7, the Governor’s office released phased re-opening guidelines for certain Oregon businesses as counties and regions seek to meet public health benchmarks outlined in the Governor’s plan. You can find information on these initial guidelines at bendoregon.gov/reopening.
As guidance changes or new rules are released we’ll continue to update the page.
If you are a business that is reopening, complying with these new guidelines may require significant changes to the way you operate. If you have questions about city requirements or are seeking additional guidance to allow your business to operate, please call our Business Assistance Hotline at 541-323-7151.
- Central Oregon SOS continues to post updates and funding assistance opportunities for employees, employers, and the community as we move through this crisis. You can find more information at www.centraloregonsos.com
- SOS Bend provides an opportunity for businesses in Bend to receive immediate funds via the sale of gift cards for future use. The site went live for the purchase of gift cards on May 5 and continues to accept new businesses. You can find more information and register your business at sosbend.com.
City of Bend Utility Assistance Program: On April 15th the Bend City Council approved a program aimed at reducing costs for Bend businesses served by City of Bend sewer and/or water service. Businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for up to $250 in credit each on sewer and water bills up to a total of $500. Note that some areas in Bend are served by private water utilities, businesses in those locations are only eligible for a credit of up to $250 toward your City of Bend sewer bill.
Due to expected demand for assistance an application does not guarantee that funding will be provided. Priority will be given to businesses that:
- Are open and/or operational in the City of Bend, or closed due to forced closure.
- Are a food and drink establishment, education or daycare facility, or businesses that are reliant on large gatherings of people.
- Have 10 or fewer employees.
- Women, Veteran and Minority owned businesses.
- First time requestors.
- Account holders that have not received federal or state assistance for water and sewer utility bills
Please have your City of Bend utility account number and your Business Registration number before you begin the application. Click here to view an FAQ on the application process.
Applications will be reviewed and responded to within three business days.
Both private lenders and public agencies continue to roll out dedicated resources for businesses seeking financial assistance during the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Find additional information here.