JULY 9, 2020

Governor Brown announced that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning today. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. View updated statewide guidance on masks, face shields, and face coverings.

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) will take the lead, along with other state and local agencies, is enforcing face covering requirements for all covered Oregon businesses. View the Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Guidance.

Our partners at OBI have synthesized the expectations for businesses below:

• Post clear signs at every entrance to your business stating that masks are required indoors.

• Post a staff member at each entrance telling customers that masks are required.

• If customers do not have a mask, provide one.

• If the customer refuses the mask, ask if they have a medical condition that would make wearing a mask difficult.

• If the customer indicates a medical condition exists, ask no further questions and allow the customer to enter.

• If the customer has no medical condition and still refuses a mask, tell them they may not enter the facility.

In addition, the Governor extended her coronavirus emergency order to September 4th. Compliance with her new statewide mask order will determine whether she will need to follow the lead of other states and reinstate business closures.
Join us for a talk with Alex Campbell, State of Oregon Regional Solutions Coordinator.
  • Hear from Alex about the ever changing landscape of COVID-19 rules and regulations for your business or organization.
  • Alex has a direct line to Governor Kate Brown so this is your opportunity to ask questions!

Join the Oregon South Coast Regional Tourism Network on Facebook and keep up to date with issues and information pertinent to you, our network partners.

The forum is for South Coast tourism businesses to talk and discuss issues and ideas for a better South Coast! You're invited to engage with one another, share your knowledge, and ask questions. We hope you'll participate and have fun.

We encourage you to invite your South Coast tourism colleagues into the group as well.

Cash flow is the oxygen for a growing business. As a small business owner, you MUST have a firm grasp of cash flow mechanics to keep your “baby” breathing.

In this webinar, SCORE Certified Mentor and serial entrepreneur Julie Brander will help you to get real with money, understand your costs, and manage your cash to create and maintain stability and profitability.

Attend this session and learn how to:

  • Understand cash flow and unrealized costs
  • Identify cash flow problems
  • Create more cash
  • Increase profit margins
OLCC finds 'widespread non-compliance' with COVID-19 restrictions on central Oregon Coast

Inspectors found "widespread non-compliance" on the central Oregon Coast while checking for social distancing and face coverings over the Fourth of July weekend.

State inspectors visited 800 businesses as part of stepped up enforcement directed by Gov. Kate Brown. Of those, 20 percent were outside of the Portland and Salem areas - but they accounted for half of the verbal instructions on compliance issued by inspectors, according to state statistics.

It won’t make up for everything you lost during the shutdown, but it does help. 
Apply for the COVID -19 Emergency Grant today:  Link to Grant

If you do not think you are eligible for the State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant, think again.

Many independent contractors, small owner operated businesses and LLC/Corporations who don’t have employees thought they did not qualify and were wrong.

Why wouldn’t you qualify? You received PPP or EDIL. If you did not receive either of those, you are more than likely eligible to apply.

Here’s what local businesses in the region are saying about how easy it is to apply for and receive this grant.

Bombshell Tanning:  “Our experience with the CCD business grant program was one of the best! Quick response time, easy process, no waiting game, no being on hold for hours, GREAT SERVICE!”

Boxcar Hill Campground:   “I found the State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Grant application process extremely easy and fast to complete. Thanks CCD for providing small business enterprises located in Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties a hassle free way to apply for this grant program.”

Local Vacation Rental: “We applied for the grant on the day it started; the whole process was really easy. I sent them our Jan/ Feb 2020 bills, the application (which was really simple) and a P & L statement for Jan/ Feb 2020 vs March/ April 2020. I originally made a mistake and sent the bills for the wrong months, Krisha contacted me to let me know, she was very helpful. I ended up calling her and she told me on the phone that we had been approved. It didn't make up for everything we lost during the shut down, but it does help. The amount received was based on January/ February bills.”  

Bandon Museum: "When the Bandon Museum decided to pursue the Grant Opportunity email from the Chamber of Commerce, I assumed we would be looking at dozens of hours of gathering information and composing grant narratives, but that was not the case. Essentially, the application is a checklist. The documentation called for was already in our files. The whole process took about an hour and a half and would have been quicker if I were a little more tech-savvy. We filed via e-mail and had a response by the end of the day. The less-tech-savvy could print an application and file a paper copy but the process would be no more difficult."
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
PHOTO CREDITS: Masked person illustration via United Nations, "Money" illustration by Didier Weemaels, OLCC Map via OLCC, People working via CCD, Our Town Map via National Endowment of the Arts