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COVID-19 Information for businesses

The Chamber is here for all of our businesses during this difficult time. Below please find resources that could help your businesses survive COVID. Together we can get through this!

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Free PPE From The Your Chamber

The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce has received PPE from Business Oregon (The State of Oregon’s economic development agency) which will be distributed at no cost to local businesses in our area. PPE available includes: wipes (alcohol and non-alcohol), hand sanitizer, masks and gloves (medium and large). If your business has 100 or fewer employees and you are located in the Brownsville, Halsey or Shedd area you could be eligible to receive free PPE for use at your business. Supplies are limited and a portion has already been distributed so please contact us at 541-928-0831 to check availability. Alternatively you can check from 11am – 4pm Wednesdays at The Times office and 1:30pm -4pm on Wed and Thursdays at the Visitor Center.

SBA EIDL Back Open For New Applicants

From : U.S. Small Business Administration (

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Recipients do not have to be approved for a loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total loan eligibility. SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on June 15 to qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for U.S. agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

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Oregon Business Survey – We are open!

The Reopen Oregon Business Survey is ready for use! This ~voluntary~ survey is meant for businesses to identify that they are open, provide details about their hours of operation, customer and employee requirements (such as mask wearing) and to describe what services they provide. The information entered will automatically appear on a public facing mapping application that allows the public to search a business by name or address.


  • Under the Business and Volunteering header, select “Register Your Business is Open” and complete the survey

  • For the public facing site, under the COVID-19 Information header, select “Businesses Open in Your Community” and enter in a name or address in the search box

Unemployment Application Portal Opens for Self-Employed Oregonians

FROM: Oregon Small Business Development Center

The Oregon Employment Department has opened a new portal for contractors and self-employed workers who are filing for unemployment for the first time as part of the expanded unemployment benefits available through the federal CARES Act. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits for those who are not normally eligible to receive these benefits but who are out of work due to COVID-19.
The minimum weekly benefit is $205, with an additional benefit amount of 1.25% of your total base year earnings (if eligible for the higher benefit). Those who are eligible for unemployment will also receive an additional Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit of $600 per week, paid in a separate payment. This additional $600 is potentially payable for the weeks March 29 through July 25, 2020.

These benefits last for up to 39 weeks. Possible eligible weeks begin on the week starting February 2, 2020.

The Oregon Employment Department estimates that it could take between one week and one month to process claims.

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