At the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce it’s our priority to keep our members informed of any current legislation, member calls to action and upcoming events and programs. If you have any questions about current news please call 541-672-2648.
Business Resources During Coronavirus Pandemic
First Point of Information on Coronavirus:
211Info: Novel Coronavirus
American Red Cross: COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Coronavirus Website
COVID-19 Guidelines for America: coronavirus.gov
Douglas County Official News Releases: Local Updates COVID-19
Douglas Public Health Network: COVID-19
FEMA: How to Help
FEMA: Manufacturing of PPE
FEMA: Rumor Control
Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Tax Relief
Internal Revenue Service: Economic Impact Payments
League of Oregon Cities: Resource Center
Oregon Department of Agriculture: COVID-19 Information
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife: Hunting & Fishing Regulations Amid COVID-19 Restrictions
Oregon Department of Forestry: ODF Updates Around COVID-19 Restrictions
Oregon Department of Revenue: Tax Relief Options
Oregon Early Learning: Individuals Seeking Child Care can use the following:
Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155, listen for “Child Care” prompt or
Oregon Health Authority: Case Tracker Dashboard
Oregon Health Authority: Face Covering Mandatory Use Indoor & Outdoor
Oregon Health Authority: Oregon Coronavirus Updates
Oregon Health Authority: Phase 1 Reopening Guidance for the Public
OHSU Website: Resources for Coronavirus in Oregon
Senator Jeff Merkley Office: Coronavirus Resource Page
State of Oregon: COVID-19 FAQs in Spanish
State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel
State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-12
State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-13
State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-14
State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-25
State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-27
State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-30
Travel Oregon: COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Washington Department of Health: ASL/Captioned COVID-19 Educational Videos
World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Main Street Lending Program
Building Owners and Managers Association: Getting Back to Work
Business Oregon: Small Business Resource Navigator
CARES Act: Background and State and Local Allocations
CDC Website for Employers: CDC Business Guide
Council of Development Finance Agencies: Webinar Series
Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook Grant Application
Lowe’s Home Improvement: Grant’s for Small Business
National Main Street Center: Small Business Assessment Impacts of COVID-19
Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries: COVID-19 Resources
Call Line for Employers: 971-673-0824
Oregon Community Foundation: Oregon Community Recovery Fund
Oregon Economic Development Association: ODEA Assistance
Oregon Employment Department: COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures & Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Oregon Employment Department Email for Employer Questions: Email
Oregon Employment Department: Federal CARES Act (makes self-employed & independent contractors eligible)
Oregon Employment Department: Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed & Contract Workers
Oregon Health Authority: GENERAL GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS
Oregon Health Authority: General Guidance for Employers – MAX OCCUPANCY SIGN
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – GYMS & FITNESS FACILITIES
Oregon Health Authority: Gyms & Fitness Facilities Reopening FAQ
Oregon Health Authority: Mask & Face Covering Guidance
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – OUTDOOR RECREATION
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – PERSONAL SERVICES
Oregon Health Authority: Personal Services FAQ
Oregon Health Authority: Recreational Sports FAQ
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – RESTAURANTS/BARS/BREWERIES/TASTING ROOMS/DISTILLERIES
Oregon Health Authority: Restaurants/Bars Reopening FAQ
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – RETAIL
Oregon Health Authority: Retail FAQ
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – SUMMER CAMPS
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – SUMMER SCHOOLS & SUMMER PROGRAMS
Oregon Health Authority: Swimming Pools, Spas & Sports courts FAQ
Oregon Health Authority: Sector Guidance – TRANSIT AGENCIES
Oregon Health Authority: Venue & Event Operator FAQ
Oregon Home Builders Association: COVID-19 Construction Industry Job Site Recommendations
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association: Safety Checklist for Restaurants & Lodging
Oregon State Chamber of Commerce: OCSS’s Coronavirus Resource Guide
Oregon Water Enhancement Board: Grant Funding for Water-related Project Impacts
Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce: Business Resource Guide for Reopening
SBA: Oregon Lenders 2020
Senator Jeff Merkley Office: Economic Recovery Page
SOWIB: Layoff Aversion Funds
State of Oregon: Coronavirus Resources, Student Loans
State of Oregon: Office of Small Business Assistance
State of Oregon: PPE Portal
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – County Guidance
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Douglas County Approved
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Gatherings
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Facilities Guidance
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Outdoor Recreation
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Recreational Sport Guidance
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Restaurants & Bars Guidance
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Swimming Pools, Spas & Sports Courts Guidance
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Venues & Event Operators
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening – Zoos/Museums/Gardens
State of Oregon: Phase II Reopening PowerPoint
State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – PERSONAL SERVICES
State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – RECREATIONAL SPORTS/POOLS/SPORTS COURTS
State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – RESTAURANTS/BARS/TASTING ROOMS
State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – RETAIL
State of Oregon: Reopening Webinar – VENUES & EVENTS
State of Oregon: Utility and Telecommunications Assistance
Travel Oregon: COVID-19 Travel & Tourism Research Resources
Travel Oregon: Tourism Industry Businesses – Online Form
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Corporate Aid Tracker
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guidance for Employers
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Employee Retention Tax Credit
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Independent Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Independent Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief (In Spanish)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Guide
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness Process (Help Video)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Reopening Business Digital Resources Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Reopening Business Digital Resource Center Toolkit
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Resilience in a Box
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business ELA Loan Guide
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Reopening Playbook (English)
U.S. Chamber if Commerce: Small Business Reopening Playbook (Spanish)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Workplace Tips
U.S. Department of Labor: New Guidance for Unemployment Insurance
USDA Rural Development: Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants
USDA Rural Development: Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses & Communities
Workers Comp & COVID: Employer Responsibilities
WorkShare Oregon: Leverage Unemployment Insurance
WorkSource Oregon: Contact Information
Four Endorsed by Chamber for Oregon Legislature
At its August meeting, the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously to endorse four incumbent Oregon state legislators seeking reelection in the November general election. The four legislators earning the chamber’s endorsement are:
The Honorable Dallas Heard, State Senator District 1
The Honorable David Brock Smith, State Representative District 1
The Honorable Gary Leif, State Representative District 2
The Honorable Cedric Hayden, State Representative District 7
The chamber’s support is based on board-established criteria that includes, first and foremost, that these distinguished legislators earned and have maintained the chamber’s confidence by their steadfast support of business, business initiatives, and by embracing the chamber’s pro-business agenda during their tenure of public service in the state legislature and before. These legislators voting records, track records, reputation and leadership in their respective elected positions speaks volumes about the significant level of their advocacy for and representation of not just Douglas County businesses, but all Oregon businesses. The chamber is also much appreciative of these individuals eagerness to work with chamber staff, leadership and members. Their willingness to make themselves available and take the initiative to reach out has proven extremely beneficial to Douglas County businesses.
Sign the Petition . . . Roseburg Chamber Endorses “People Not Politicians”/Joins Coalition Supporting IP 57
At its May meeting, the chamber board of directors voted unanimously to endorse the “People Not Politicians” campaign and joined the coalition working to get IP 57 on the November general election ballot. The chamber supports IP 57 because it believes redistricting reform is important for Oregon and the businesses we represent.
The chamber believes Oregon voters should choose their politicians—politicians should not choose their voters. The process for drawing congressional and legislative district boundaries has for too long been controlled by elected officials who should not be drawing their own district maps. It’s time to end gerrymandering.
IP 57 call for an independent, citizen-led redistricting commission.
· The commission would be made up of 12 citizens: 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 4 people who are not affiliated with either party.
· Incumbent politicians, lobbyists, and political operatives cannot serve on the commission.
· Commissioners may not favor or discriminate against any candidate, elected official or political party.
Want to learn more about the measure? Check out its website at https://www.peoplenotpoliticiansoregon.com/
Joint News Release(s) from our Douglas County Officials
Two to three times a day joint releases from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas County Public Health Network are released, see Special Local Updates COVID-19
STAY HEALTHY & SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS
Your chamber strives to be your number one business resource in the community. Workplace safety and economic vitality are high priorities. Below you will find some helpful resources to keep you and your business protected during the current COVID-19 situation.
REMEMBER…SHOP LOCAL! If not shopping in person, shop local small businesses–especially small retailers and restaurants–online or find them on Facebook, purchase gift cards and call in your food orders for pick-up or delivery.
Resources for our members from the US Chamber of Commerce:
Douglas County Emergency Management is collecting information from small businesses in Douglas County who may be financially suffering from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The information is being compiled and will be provided to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management in the event that Governor Brown requests assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL can provide low-interest working capital loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations. The loans cannot be made to governmental entities, including tribes. Further information may be found by Clicking Here
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Wayne Stinson
1036 SE Douglas Ave.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Those completing the form should be aware there is no guarantee of funding at this time.
Additional guidance and resources are available from the websites of the Douglas Public Health Network, Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.
RACC Program Changes/Cancellations
Our information floor here at the chamber of commerce remains open to visitors and local residents. However, to exercise social distancing, (who would’ve thought that would be part of our vernacular) the information floor will be self-serve/unstaffed until further notice.
Additional changes to chamber programs/events:
3/18 — Chamber 101 — Postponed (Date TBA)
4/13 — Membership Meeting Luncheon — Cancelled (May be rescheduled in summer)
Chamber Leadership Program Community Benefit Project
This year’s Project Leadership class has selected a project to create an exploration garden at the Family Development Center which will provide long lasting benefits to the students, parents and Douglas County community. For a list of materials needed for the project please contact Laura at 541-672-2648 Ext. 23 or, to make your tax deductible contribution please download the Project Flyer
CHAMBER OPPOSES HB 4167 CAP & TRADE LEGISLATION
February 19, 2020 Roseburg Chamber submits written testimony to the House Committee on Rules opposing HB 4167 (the House-version of SB 1530), proposed Cap and Trade legislation in defense of local business, citizens, and rural Oregon Click Here
CHAMBER OPPOSES SB 1530 ADDING COMMENTS ON AMENDMENTS
February 19, 2020 Roseburg Chamber submits written testimony to Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources opposing SB 1530, proposed Cap and Trade legislation and commenting on amendments Click Here
CHAMBER OPPOSES HB 4010 LEGISLATION ELIMINATING STATE INCENTIVES FOR OPPORTUNITY ZONES
February 12, 2020 The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony to the House Committee on Revenue opposing HB 4010, which if passed would disconnect Oregon from the federal Opporunity Zone tax incentive that is included in the federal ‘Tax Cut & Jobs Act’ passed by congress in 2017. The chamber recognizes the importance of maintaining Opportunity Zones as a tool to support local economic development. To see the chambers detailed opposition letter Click Here
CHAMBER OPPOSES SB 1530 CAP & TRADE LEGISLATION
February 6, 2020 The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources opposing proposed cap and trade legislation, SB 1530. The chambers opposition is in defense of local business and families in Douglas County and rural Oregon. To see letter of opposition Click Here
ACTION ALERT! STOP CAP & TRADE SB 1530
The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce joins with the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC) other business organizations and chambers of commerce throughout the state of Oregon in its opposition to proposed Cap and Trade legislation, Senate Bill 1530.
Let our business voice be heard! Join us in opposing SB 1530. Testify, submit written testimony and/or write your legislator. Details about the bill and how you can help defeat SB 1530 from OSCC, below!
CLICK HERE.. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
And, the 2019 Honorees are...
Small Business of the Year:
Medium Business of the Year:
Large Business of the Year:
Sherm’s Thunderbird Market
Business Innovator of the Year:
Rogue Credit Union
Chamber Volunteer of the Year:
Allen Pike, Board Chair
Male First Citizen:
Female First Citizen:
Member to Member Discount Program 2020
It’s great to be a Roseburg Area Chamber member! Why? Because we work, live and do business in the same community with one common goal. “To see businesses succeed!” We can accomplish this together by offering member-to-member discounts. To offer member-to-member discounts in 2020 please download the form below or call (541) 672-2648 Ext. 23
Chamber Commencing Comprehensive Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Study in Fall of 2019
In order to better serve our business members and all businesses in Douglas County, the chamber is undertaking a comprehensive BR&E study this fall. Results from the survey will definitely show what needs to be done now and in the future to ensure our businesses have the resources, talent, infrastructure and whatever else they need to grow. Strong businesses mean a strong community.
The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to working with our businesses, local governments and other partners to help grow a strong local economy. If you’re business is interested in participating, and willing to be interviewed….please say “Yes”… in our BR&E study, please let us know! Count me in!
Chamber Launches New Website
After months…but what felt like years…the chamber launched its new website. The new RACC website was developed to better serve our members and the local business community, as well as local citizens, visitors and individuals and businesses looking to relocate to beautiful Douglas County.
Members will now have member-only access to resources, information and opportunities offered by the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Resources and information the chamber expect to only grow with time.
The new website also give the chamber a perfect opportunity to tell its story. Our history, our leadership, what we stand for and how hard we fight to protect and represent the interests of our local businesses, are front and center on the new site. Check it out!
Chamber Responds to City RFP for Visitor Services/Destination Promotion
As an advocate and in support of our local hospitality and tourism industries, the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted a proposal in response to the city of Roseburg’s RFP for visitor services and destination promotion.
For a look at the chamber’s complete proposal for services…Click Here.
Chamber Opposes HB 2020 . . . and More!
Your Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce joined with Douglas County businesses, chambers of commerce, the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce and business organizations across the state to opposed HB 2020, Cap and Trade legislation. The chamber joined opposition coalitions and submitted written testimony opposing the bill from early on in the legislative session.
The RACC took a position on many pieces of legislation it felt impacted local business during the 2019 session. For more information….Click Here.