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$100M Set Aside for Business Rent Relief

By Oregon Small Business Association Business owners who have fallen behind on their rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic may receive help from Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, which is managing the $100 million set aside by state lawmakers for rent relief. But receiving the money may take four to six weeks as […]

Landlords Sue Portland, Multnomah Cty and State

By Oregon Small Business Association Multifamily Northwest, a group of landlords contending that renters are between $800 million and $900 million behind in payments, filed a lawsuit in federal court against Oregon State, Multnomah County, and the city of Portland. The suit was filed after the Oregon State Legislature approved more money for landlords whose […]

No Cases Tied to Gyms. Time to Re-Open

By Oregon Small Business Association, Citing a University of Oregon study, the owners of Planet Fitness have urged Gov. Kate Brown to reopen gyms because they pose fewer risks of spreading coronavirus than bars or restaurants. While accepting the need for some restrictions, the owners say Oregon is one of only five states to close […]

70,000 Oregonians face Christmas Day Expiration of Jobless Benefits

By Oregon Small Business Association While Scrooge may tear unemployment benefits from up to 70,000 Oregonians the day after Christmas, when the federal CARES Act expires, most may be given a 13-week reprieve with a shift to a new program. Congress extended the unemployment benefits awarded under the CARES Act passed in March from 26 […]

Gresham firm to make millions of N95 masks

By Oregon Small Business Association The global spike in coronavirus cases is paying off for a manufacturing company in Gresham, which has switched from creating recycled containers to making N96 masks and face shields.

Metro wage tax to hit 70% of all workers

By Oregon Small Business Association One of the biggest businesses taxes is before METRO-area voters this week. It is Ballot Measure 26-218, and it is a wage tax that will hit larger employers, which represent nearly 70% of all workers in the Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County.

Oregon’s famous doughnut chain, Bluestar, enters bankruptcy

By Oregon Small Business Association The coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge bite out of Blue Star Doughnuts, forcing the Portland bakery into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Blue Star owners announced the company is restructuring after permanently closing four of its eight Portland outlets this year because of COVID-19, according to the Portland Business Journal. After […]

Small business comes to rescue of wildfire victims

Photo: Left: Bar West, Portland, Right: Ruddick Wood, Newberg By Oregon Small Business Association As wildfires rage across Oregon, restaurants—already struggling after shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic—have stepped forward to feed firefighters, evacuees and others in need.

List of business, home lootings during fire

By Oregon Small Business Association, – In Molalla a man was arrested for breaking into a towing company and then stealing a utility terrain vehicle from a local school.

Possible special session to extend eviction ban for non-paying tenants

By Oregon Small Business Association Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek wants the state to extend its ban on evictions of tenants who can’t pay their rents because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the ban, scheduled to end Sept. 30, also prevents foreclosures of property when owners fall behind on payments. Kotek, a Portland lawmaker, […]