Resources for Business
|Our office is working directly with businesses seeking answers and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to address some of the questions being asked, we’re providing this Frequently Asked Question sheet. Please know that there are many resources available, and local resources may differ from those offered by the state or federal government. For information about a specific program, it’s best to contact the provider of that resource directly.
Q: I have employees who have had their hours reduced or eliminated. What resources are available for them and me?
Unemployment Insurance is an insurance paid through Unemployment Insurance taxes by employers. Business owners without employees who have not specifically elected to subject themselves to Unemployment Insurance taxes over the past two years are not likely to have a valid unemployment claim. However, these conditions are constantly changing and the Employment Department has modified many of their own rules to adjust Unemployment eligibility. Many people are filing a claim for unemployment in case the program is expanded at a later date. There’s no harm in filing a claim, beyond the time it takes to go through the process. The Employment Department website ishttp://www.oregon.gov/employ. Please note there are different tabs on their page depending on if you are a business or an individual seeking benefits.
Q: What financial assistance is available for me and/or my business?
Additional financial resources for businesses can be found at Business Oregon, which is Oregon’s economic development agency. Their website created for businesses experiencing problems due to COVID-19 is https://www.oregon4biz.com/
The Department of Human Services offers programs to assist those in need through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/
The Oregon Health Authority offers the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program (https://www.oregon.gov/oha/
The latest information on resources for workers and business owners is available athttps://www.oregon.gov/gov/
Q: I can’t get in touch with an agency to apply for a loan or assistance program. Who else can I ask?
Q: My company offers a product or service the government can use. Who can I talk to about offering such services or products?
Q: Is my business considered “essential”? Can I be considered “essential” and continue operating?
The federal government also provides guidance on essential versus non-essential online at https://www.cisa.gov/news/
Q: Can I get an extension on filing my tax returns?