COVID-19

We will keep you up to date with the news we receive from the State and the communities we serve in Southern Oregon. The financial impact, as well as the social impact, will be felt for a long time.  If your business has been impacted, please let us know.

Here are a few links to government information about COVID-19.

New Small Business SOCARES Grant 2021 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

May 17, 2021

SO CARES COVID19 Small Business Grants JACKSON COUNTY: Applications will be accepted for Jackson County businesses between 12 pm PST on Friday, May 14 – 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, May 20. (extended from 5/17 to 5/20)   These funds are designated to businesses who were impacted by the April 30th COVID19 risk rating change to “Extreme”. Businesses…

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Breaking Down the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021

February 4, 2021

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 is a follow-on to such actions as the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program passed in the spring of 2020, and comes after eight months of mostly little progress in negotiations between the different parties and houses of Congress. On January 14, the Congressional Budget Office released its scoring with Division M…

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Not-for-Profit Entities Could Benefit from Latest COVID-19 Stimulus Package

February 4, 2021

by Steve Talbot, Manager, and Wendy Campos, Partner, Not-for-Profit Practice wendy.campos@mossadams.com Moss Adams https://www.mossadams.com/articles/2021/01/federal-covid-19-relief-for-not-for-profits The latest COVID-19-related federal stimulus package contained several provisions to benefit not-for-profits, including: Expanding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to 501(c)(6) organizations Opening another round of PPP loans Setting aside funding specifically for performance venues and other cultural organizations The stimulus package, called the Consolidated Appropriations…

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The second stimulus bill and impact on housing

January 5, 2021

By Brad Cartier  stessa.com Diana Olick of CNBC opened up the week with some interesting real estate data to put 2020 to a close. Although mortgage applications fell 5% last week, they are still 26% higher than they were at the same time last year. Refinance volume jumped 4% as well last week and is…

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HOW COVID IS CHANGING OUR BUYING HABITS

January 5, 2021

By Josh Lehner, Oregon Office of Economic Analysis OK, this was fun. Willamette Week is out with a set of articles highlighting some of the sectors of the economy that are doing quite well this year, despite the pandemic and recession. My hat’s off the Aaron Mesh and company for their ability to turn my…

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Pandemic Enrollment Declines at Oregon Community Colleges

January 5, 2021

By Jessica Nelson State of Oregon Employment Department Employment Economist jessica.r.nelson@oregon.gov Enrollment at Oregon higher education institutions declined in fall 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s economic fallout. The enrollment drop affected community colleges much more significantly, declining 23% since fall 2019. Every Oregon community college had a lower headcount compared with last year,…

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FREE Personal Protective Equipment Distributed to Local Businesses in Jackson County

December 9, 2020

Jackson County EOC & Business Oregon Partner to get PPE distributed to Businesses Event date: 12/9/2020 7:30 AM – 12/16/2020 9:30 AM Event Location: Jackson County Expo Business Oregon and the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) have set up a depot to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Jackson County Businesses to help curb the current…

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Labor Underutilization and the Effects of COVID-19

December 8, 2020

Public health measures related to COVID-19 began in Oregon in mid-March. Social distancing practices and workplace and gathering changes have severely impacted business practices all around the state. The National Bureau of Economic Research declared an official recession in the United States, beginning in February 2020. In October 2020, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.…

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FREE PPE SUPPLIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

December 8, 2020

The Governor’s office in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 Million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of supplies including masks and gloves for small business. The State of Oregon is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted. Due to impacts from wildfires across the region there…

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Over $3.6 million in grant funds are now available for eligible businesses impacted by COVID19 in Jackson and Josephine Counties

December 8, 2020

Applications for this new “Southern Oregon CARES Business Grant” (“SOCARES”) fund may be accessed through SOREDI, which has contracted as grant administrator for both counties. These new grant funds are available in all 36 Oregon counties through a $55 million allocation made by the State of Oregon. These funds are intended to be equally accessible to…

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Governor Kate Brown Announces Launch of ‘Give the Gift of Oregon’ Campaign to Support Local Businesses

December 8, 2020

Oregon retailers are prepared for Oregonians to shop safe, shop local Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the launch of the “Give the Gift of Oregon” campaign as part of a comprehensive effort to support local businesses statewide. Shopping local is more important than ever due to the significant economic hardships that COVID-19 has created…

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Working from Home on the Decline, and Outlook for Downtowns

December 8, 2020

Working from home has been a key economic response to the pandemic. As detailed before, about 1 in 3 workers are theoretically work remotely. We know that number was higher earlier this year as working from home wasn’t so much about optimal business operations as it was to stop the spread of the virus and…

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