Chamber News

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.

Nominations OPEN

RACC Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 First Citizens, Businesses of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year Honors

Nominations are now open for outstanding businesses, chamber volunteer of the year and first citizen recognitions.  Honorees will be announced on March 24, 2022. 

         We know what you’re thinking.  “Did I somehow miss the 2020 first citizens’ honors, along with the business of the year awards?”  You did not!  Since the pandemic shuttered the chamber’s 2021 event scheduled for last March (and then rescheduled a couple of times), the chamber decided to recognize all our 2020 and 2021 honorees at our event in March of 2022.  Recognizing these incredible community volunteer leaders and our local businesses is just too important to not do so properly, and publicly.  To answer your second question, “Yes, we know who the 2020 recipients are, and you’re right, we are very good at keeping secrets. So, SAVE THE DATE . . . March 24, 2022!

        “Business of the year” recognitions include three categories: small, medium and large-size Roseburg Area Chamber-member businesses.  The chamber will also recognize an outstanding individual as its volunteer of the year and a local business for its innovation.  The chamber is also seeking nominations for deserving individuals for our community’s highest honor, first citizens.  For nomination criteria and forms:  Business of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Business Innovator and First Citizens nomination forms.  Nomination deadline is 5:00 pm on February 4, 2022.

Grow Business in 2022 with "Shop Chamber & Save" Member-to-Member Program

There are so many reasons why it is great…and beneficial…to be a member of the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  We live here…we work here…we play here…we do business here…and, most importantly, we love this community.  As part of the Roseburg Chamber, we all share a common goal to see our local businesses grow and succeed.  We can accomplish this together.

          One of the ways we do this is through the “Shop Chamber & Save” member-to-member discount program.  Build clients, customers and rapport in our local business community and support other member businesses by shopping locally.  To offer a chamber member-to-member discount in 2022, complete the SHOP CHAMBER FORM and return it to the chamber by December 15, 2021.

What Does the 2022 Economy Have in Store for Douglas County Businesses?

          On November 15 a distinguished panel of experts will forecast and attempt to answer this question and more.  The chamber’s Economic Forecast 2022 program will take a look back at 2021 and its economic impacts on our businesses, our county and our state.  Our presenters will explore issues having the most significant economic impacts and share valuable information about ongoing impacts and trends to help assist members strategically plan the best they can for 2022 and beyond.

          This year’s noteworthy presenters  will discuss the medical/health care industry; restaurants, lodging and general hospitality industry; workforce shortages and more.  Addressing the overall economy, will be keynote speaker, Dr. Bill Conerly.  Dr. Conerly is an Oregon economist with a global reputation. He is a Senior Contributor to Forbes with a Duke University Ph.D. As a consultant, he connects the dots between the economy and business. He is also chairman of the board of directors of Cascade Policy Institute and has served on the Council of Economic Advisors to Governors Kitzhaber, Roberts, Kulongoski and Brown.

          Dr. Conerly has spoken to over 1300 business audiences from Moscow Russia to Moscow Idaho.  Dr. Conerly’s articles can be found at Forbes.com. He is the author of The Flexible Stance: Thriving in a Boom/Bust Economy (2017) as well as Businomics (2007). He has been interviewed on PBS, CNN and CNBC, and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and USA Today.

          Economic Forecast 2022 is Monday, November 15 from 8:45 to 11:30 am at the Douglas County fairgrounds.  Advance ticket purchase is required.  Online ticket sales only.  Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, November 10 by 5:00 p.m.

          Thank you to Economic Forecast 2022 Title Sponsor First Interstate Bank and to all our EF 2022 program sponsors:  Addcox Heating Center, Con-Vey, Gordon Wood Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., Lone Rock Resources and Tyree Oil.

          The chamber has, of course, not forgotten the importance of the Douglas County industry which still leads our local economy, the timber and wood products industry.  Our annual timber/wood products industry update, presented this year by Lone Rock Resources president and CEO Toby Luther, will be featured at the chamber’s November membership lunch meeting, following Economic Forecast 2022.  Tickets for the lunch are sold separately HERE!

Timber & Wood Products Industry Update Featured at November Lunch Meeting

        The annual timber and wood products industry update will be presented by Lone Rock Resources president and CEO, Toby Luther at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 15 membership meeting luncheon.  The event, at the Douglas County fairgrounds has an 11:45 am start time.  The November program is generously sponsored by Pacific Power.  Check out details in the chamber’s September/October issue of Business Perspectives e-newsletter.   Tickets are on sale now!

Chamber Seeks Outgoing, Organized Individual to Manage Programs, Events & Special Projects

The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce is Hiring.  The chamber is looking for a professional individual to be primary staff for the planning, implementation and management of chamber programs and events, as well as special projects as needed. 

          The part-time, on-site position is 21-25 hours per week, depending on off-site programs and events.  Starting hourly wage is $17-20/hour DOE.  

          Check out the detailed job description.  Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter by email to:  roseburg@roseburgareachamber.org  or by mail to:

          Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce

          ATTN:  President & CEO

          P.O. Box 1026

          Roseburg, OR  97470

Please no in-person delivery.  

COVID-19 Pandemic News & Information

                  For the most current news, resource information and updates pertinent to our local businesses about the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s “COVID-19 Business Recovery Resource Center Library.”

2021 Roseburg Chamber Member-to-Members Discounts

         Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce members can download their 2021 “Shop Chamber & Save” member-to-member discount list HERE.  Please note, discount cards must be shown to claim member offers.  RACC members can request discount cards for themselves and their employees by calling (541) 672-2648 Ext. 17 or email us to request.  

Statewide Mask Mandate Extended to Outdoors

In an announcement on August 24, Governor Brown stated that masks will be required in all public outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status.  Following the announcement last week from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released the accompanying rules for all indoor and outdoor spaces, excluding private homes.

          The outdoor mask mandate went into effect Friday, August 27. Essentially, OHA has amended the indoor mask rule to include outdoor areas (the indoor mask mandate has been in effect since August 13).

          All individuals five and over are required to wear a mask, face covering or face shield at all times when in indoor spaces and in an outdoor space if they cannot or do not consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from others. The rules apply to most outdoor spaces but not private homes or homeless camps. There are also the usual exceptions (sleeping, eating, drinking, etc.).

          As with indoor spaces, people responsible for outdoor areas will have to post signs at all entrances and are expected to enforce the requirements for employees.

          The requirements will be enforced by Oregon OSHA in most cases, but OHA does have penalty authority in the rule and may assess penalties against individuals who refuse to comply.

          The OHA is also strongly recommending masking for outdoor gatherings at private residences when maintaining physical distance is not possible with individuals from different households.  

 

 

Statewide Mask Mandate Effective August 13

Following the Governor’s reinstatement of the statewide mask mandate, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have published new rules and guidance for indoor public settings. Check out OHA’s Indoor Masking FAQs.

View the new OHA mask rules here. The OSHA enforcement guidance can be found here and a memo on the change in COVID rules can be found here.

Here’s what our businesses need to know.

            Employers are required to ensure that employees, contractors and volunteers wear face masks and make “reasonable efforts” to ensure that customers, guests, visitors and others comply with the requirement. Employers must post signs at every entrance informing individuals that face masks are required. OHA has produced a sign that employers may use, but you are permitted to use your own sign as long as it clearly states the requirements of the OHA rule.

In the enforcement memo OSHA describes what they will consider as evidence that an employer is making a “reasonable effort” to ensure customers, guests, visitors and others are complying if the employer:

  • Ensures employees are wearing face coverings
  • If practical, provides a regular audio reminder using existing systems – for example, if a store traditionally makes announcements to customers over an audio system, the face mask requirement should also be provided. If a business does not traditionally have such a system or make announcements over a system, they are not required to do so.
  • Does not actively contradict the rule requirements – such as posting signs that undercut the message that masks are required or that suggest the business disagrees with the requirement.

Some modifications to the COVID rules included in the memo:

  • Physical distancing is no longer required outside of healthcare workplaces.
  • Mask requirements will be back in effect after being repealed on June 30.
  • Regular cleaning and sanitization requirements are not being enforced outside of healthcare workplaces.

OHA’s rule provides for a $500 per day per violation against individuals who violate the mask requirement and for businesses who fail to abide by the rules. OSHA also has penalty authority against employers and may assess penalties. However, OSHA will be enforcing on a complaint basis and has said they will give employers a grace period of two weeks to come into compliance before conducting inspections. OSHA’s penalty structure is based on the severity of the violation, the employer’s history of compliance and employer size. Temporary mask rules from Oregon OSHA were issued late Friday afternoon.

 

 

New Indoor Masking Rules Released

Today, new masking rules were released, which apply broadly to nearly all indoor spaces.  Read the new mask rules here.

            Effective tomorrow, August 13, masks must be worn in indoor spaces, broadly defined as: public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services and other indoor space where people may gather for any purpose. An indoor space does not include a private residence or a private automobile being used for personal use and that is not used for ride sharing.

            The new mask rules apply regardless of vaccination status, although the rules provide an exemption for a workspace that is fully enclosed by walls and a door. We want to draw your attention to a requirement that a person responsible for an indoor space must (section 5a-c):

  1. Ensure that employees, contractors, and volunteers comply with this rule within the indoor space
  2. Make reasonable efforts to ensure customers, guests, visitors and other individuals comply with this rule within the indoor space.
  3. Post signs at every entrance to the indoor space that face coverings are required as described in this rule.

 We anticipate the release of OR-OSHA rules tomorrow, further explaining enforcement, as well as new signage released by OHA or OR-OSHA tomorrow.  

 

 

Oregon is Open for Business

COVID Restrictions Lifted.  Oregon’s risk-based system for COVID-19 regulations ended at midnight on June 29/12:00 AM June 30.

            Oregon Health Authority (“OHA”) is still working on a few documents clarifying the following items:

  • What falls under the health care system (and therefore is still subject to mask requirements).
  • A definition of transit (and therefore is still subject to mask requirements) and the remaining rules there.
  • Isolation/quarantine rules and recommendations.
  • Travel advisory updates.

 These should be posted on June 30 athttps://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

            Oregon OSHA has issued temporary rules that repeal the mask and distancing requirements.  Members can find the rule here and the appendices here

            Many of the other elements of the OSHA rule related to quarantine, isolation, public health notification of positive tests, maintenance of infection control plans, etc. will remain in effect for the time being. The rule will continue to make clear that any employee that wishes to wear a face covering must be allowed to do so.

 

Business Recovery Resource Center Library Re: COVID-19 Pandemic

First Point of Information on Coronavirus:

211 Info: 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: COVID-19 Fact Sheet / Use of DPA

FEMA: COVID-19 Materials in Spanish 

FEMA: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA:  COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FAQ

FEMA: How to Help

FEMA: Manufacturing of PPE

FEMA: Private Sector PPE Exchange Dashboard

FEMA: Public Assistance – Emergency Manager Contacts

FEMA: Rumor Control

FEMA: Vaccine Information and Resources Guide

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

     Email: children@211info.org

Oregon Health Authority: Case Tracker Dashboard

Oregon Health Authority: Statewide Face Mask, Face Covering, Face Shield Guidance (Updated: 10.19.20)

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

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-38

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-56 

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-58

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-59

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-65

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-66

Travel Oregon: COVID-19 Resources & Updates

Washington Department of Health: ASL/Captioned COVID-19 Educational Videos

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak 

 

Business/Employer Recovery Resources:

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce: Business Resource Guide for Reopening

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce: Free PPE Program for Roseburg Businesses

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 & Small Business Grants

CARES Act: Background and State and Local Allocations

CCD: COVID-19 Loan Program and Emergency Small Business & Microenterprise Grant Program

CDC: Cleaning Disinfection Decision Tool

CDC: Reopening America Guidance

CDC Website for Employers: CDC Business Guide 

CISA: Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 

CISA: Operations Center & Control Room Guide

Douglas County:  COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program 

Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook Grant Application

Lowe’s Home Improvement: Grants for Small Business

National Main Street Center: Small Business Assessment Impacts of COVID-19

OSHA Temporary Rule Adressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks

OSHA Temporary COVID-19 Rules (11/16/20-5/4/21) Resource Sheet

OSHA Fact Sheet for COVID-19 Temporary Rule for All Workplaces

OSHA Question & Answers Regarding OSHA COVID-19 Temporary Rule for All Workplaces

OSHA Online Education Course for Employers Re: COVID-19 Temporary Rule for All Workplaces 

OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Poster-English

OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Poster-Spanish

OSHA Exposure Risk Assessment Template

OSHA Infectious Disease Rulemaking

OSHA Overview Table for COVID-19 Temporary Rule

OSHA Model Policy for Notification of Employees When COVID-19 Exposure Occurs

OSHA Model Policy for Notification of Employees When COVID-19 Exposure Occurs-Spanish

OSHA 3990: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OSHA: COVID-19 Workplace Advisory Memo Regarding Face Masks / Covering

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries: COVID-19 Resources

     Call Line for Employers: 971-673-0824

Oregon Community Foundation: Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program

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

OMEP: COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers 

OMEP: Email for Grant Funding for Businesses Retooling to Supply COVID-19 Related Products 

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

SBA: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

SBA: Disaster Assistance Resources

SBA: Disaster Assistance Worksheet

SBA: Disaster Loan Application

SBA: Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA: Faith Based Organizations FAQ

SBA: Oregon Lenders 2020

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Borrower Application Form

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application 

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S (PPP Loans Less than $50K) 

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S Instructions for Borrowers

SBDC: Guide for Navigating a Business Crisis

SAIF: What Employers Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation and Cornoavirus

Senator Jeff Merkley Office: Economic Recovery Page

SOWIB: COVID-19 Resources & Information

State of Oregon: $55 Million Dedicated to Businesses Impacted by “Freeze”

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 Resources & Updates

Travel Oregon: Tourism Industry Businesses – How Can We Help? Online Form  

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Corporate Aid Tracker

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:  Covid-19 Vaccine Resource Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guidance for Employers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide for Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

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: COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA Rural Development: Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

USDA Rural Development: Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses & Communities 

USDA Farmers.gov Food Assistance Program 2

Workers Comp & COVID:  Employer Responsibilities

WorkShare Oregon: Leverage Unemployment Insurance

WorkSource Oregon: Contact Information

RACC Urges Members of Congressional Delegation to Oppose PRO Act

                  The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce asked members of our Congressional delegation to oppose the Protect the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act).  The PRO Act would dramatically change the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in ways harmful to workers, employers and the economy.  Among other things, the PRO Act would negatively impact workers by (1) threatening private ballots during union organizing votes; (2) nullifying Right-to-Work laws, and; (3) undermining the gig economy.  CLICK HERE to read the March 8 letter to members of our Congressional delegation.   Unfortunately, the PRO Act passed out of the House and moves to the Senate.  On April 8, the Roseburg Area Chamber sent a letter to Senators Merkley and Wyden urging they oppose this proposed legislation.

Chamber Urges Immediate Post-Wildfire Recovery and Reforestation on Federal Lands

            In a February 17 letter to members of our Congressional delegation, the Roseburg Chamber urged federal action to “re-green” our forests after devastating fires. 

            RACC believes that in response to last year’s devastating wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management should take quick action to remove dead and dying trees from burned federal lands.  Swift recovery of these dead and dying trees will provide funding to help replant new trees on these devastated forests, among other benefits.

            The chamber is disappointed to learn these federal agencies face opposition from anti-forestry activists when they have proposed removal on less than two percent of the total acres burned in last year’s wildfires. This means that over 120,000 acres of federally managed land in Oregon will be choked with dead and dying trees, left to fuel future wildfires.

            Our “ask,” of our congressional representatives, is to urge the Forest Service and the BLM to recover and reforest these federal lands. In addition to supporting reforestation efforts, removal of dead and dying trees assures safer access on public lands, supports Oregon jobs, generates new revenues for local public services, and removes fuels and reduces the risks of “re-burns” in the future.

            The chamber supports post-fire recovery of dead and dying trees and reforestation on federal lands. Prompt removal of dead and dying trees:

 

  • Provides funding for re-replanting and other post-fire rehabilitation.
  • Assures safer access on public lands.
  • Supports Oregon jobs when dead and dying trees are made into wood products.
  • Generates revenues for local public services such as Sheriff’s deputies and public health.
  • Removes fuels and reduces the risks of “re-burns” in the future.

RACC Joins Coalition Urging Liability Protections Related to Pandemic

                  The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce joined hundreds of local and state chambers of commerce and business organizations across the country urging the members of the United States Congress to pass temporary liability protections related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  CLICK HERE to read the February 1 letter to Congress.  

Archived News (9/1/2021)

Project Leadership Roseburg is Back!

                  Applications Accepted Until August 27.  The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for its distinguished 2021-22 Project Leadership program.  The 32nd year of Project Leadership Roseburg will begin on Thursday, September 9, 2021.  Project Leadership Roseburg provides participants with comprehensive insight of Douglas County and an understanding of how our community works directly from public and private-sector leaders from throughout our county.  The chamber is proud to have graduated nearly 650 community leaders from its leadership program and looks forward to welcoming and working with a new group of future community-minded individuals.  For more information about Project Leadership, the 2021-22 workshop schedule and to download an application, CLICK HERE!

Archived News (6/30/2021)

Chamber Offers No-Cost PPE to Roseburg Businesses

Partnership between the City of Roseburg and the Roseburg Area Chamber is providing personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost to Roseburg businesses.  The limited-quantity PPE offered includes:  3-ply ear-loop disposal masks, washable reusable cloth masks, non-surgical KN95 masks, pump-bottle hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and disposable nitrile gloves. 

          To order no-cost PPE, businesses can find criteria information and PPE order form HERE.  

Archived News (6/29/2021)

House and Senate Bills Still "In Play" After April 13 Deadline

April 13 was the hard deadline for Oregon House and Senate bills to be advanced out of their policy committee of origin or, be considered dead for the 2021 legislative session.  On April 14, the chamber had a better idea of the existing bills potentially impacting our local businesses.  Following is a brief recap of the bills RACC previously weighed in on, planned/plans to in the future and/or bills we’re still watching.

 

Bills Still Alive

Good Bills

HB 2343:  Authorizes local government to adopt resolution suspending enterprise zone employment requirements otherwise imposed as a condition of receiving enterprise zone tax abatements.

 

HB 2433 / SB 842:  Exempts federal stimulus benefits from taxation up to maximum allowed deduction of state taxes.

 

HB 3389:  Unemployment tax rate relief on employers, particularly those whose experience ratings were negatively impacted by pandemic.

 

SB 330:  Establishes income tax credit for amount of unpaid rent forgiven by landlord and certified by Housing and Community Services Department. Amortizes tax credit over five years.

 

Bad Bills

HB 2021:  100% Clean Energy bill; phases out electricity generation by natural gas.

 

HB 2238Disallows compensation to property owners or businesses whose property or businesses are taken or ordered closed under emergency rules or orders.

 

HB 2253 / HB 2457:  Imposes a tax/assessment of forgiven PPP loans.

 

HB 2358:  Overtime wages for agriculture workers.

 

HB 2379Imposes severance tax on owner of timber at time of harvest at five percent of value of timber.

 

HB 2598Imposes severance tax on all timber harvested from public and private forestland.

 

HB 2474Expands eligibility under Oregon Family Leave Act.

 

HB 2814:  Requires DEQ to study program and policy approaches to reducing diesel engine emissions attributable to “indirect sources” of air contamination including construction sites.

 

HB 2839 / SB 137:  Disconnects from Federal CARES Act business tax benefits.

 

HB 2840:  Suspends all tax abatement programs (Opportunity zones, Enterprise Zones, etc)

 

HB 3296Increases privilege taxes imposed upon manufacturer or importing distributor of malt beverages, wine or cider.

 

HB 3305:  Bans the retail sale of diesel fuel in Oregon by January 2027.

 

SB 139Eliminates Oregon’s “small business tax cut” and reinstates personal income tax rates for pass-through businesses.

 

SB 483:  Creates presumption that any adverse employment action taken on an employee within 60 days of that employee lodging a “whistleblower” complaint is considered prohibited retaliatory conduct.

 

SB 582Creates new $100 million recycling system in Oregon in which every store, restaurant, warehouse, office, publisher, manufacturer, or delivery service will be impacted and required to help pay for these new programs.  

 

 

Bills That Died

Good Bills

HB 2638:  COVID liability protections for businesses following state health directives.

 

HB 3177Disallows closure of restaurants and gyms during future emergency declarations

 

SB 531:  Establishes right to reimbursement for actual damages resulting from business closures required by emergency rules or orders.

 

Bad Bills

HB 2043:  Bill restricting insurance companies tools for determining automobile insurance rates. 

 

HB 2205:  Private Attorney General Act allows attorney and/or nonprofits to bring suit against employers for violations of OSHA or BOLI regulations on behalf of the state.

 

HB 2489:  Re-classification of independent contractors as W-2 employees.

 

HB 2588:  Requires employers to monitor daily outdoor air quality and determine whether employees who perform outdoor work activities will be at risk of exposure to unhealthy air quality

 

HB 2674:  The -1 amendment created multiple taxes to fund diesel engine retrofits and replacements.

 

HB 2974:  Provides that conditioning employment on refraining from using any substance that is lawful to use in Oregon is unlawful employment practice.

 

HB 3025 / SB 488:  Presumption of workplace exposure of Covid-19 for workers’ compensation claims.

 

HB 3171:  Added insurance in to Unlawful Trade Practices Act, resulting in added litigation and increased premiums.

 

HB 3351:  Would have increased minimum wage to $17/hr in 2023.

 

SB 208:  Insurance “bad faith” legislation that would result in added litigation and increases premiums.

 

SB 335:  Requires State Forestry Department to study and make recommendations to interim committee of Legislative Assembly regarding operation of State Board of Forestry.

 

SB 477Provides that employee need not prove that alleged unlawful conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive, only that employee was treated less favorably than another similarly situated employee for discrimination claims.

 

SB 489:  Workers’ comp – removes restriction on authorization of retroactive temporary disability compensation.

 

SB 650Would have allowed the Oregon Health Authority to levy “fair share” tax assessments on employers that do not provide health insurance.

 

SB 802:  This bill would have effectively prohibited the ability to self-insure for workers’ compensation as it required all self-insured companies to use SAIF Corporation for claims processing.

Archived News (6/29/2021)

RACC Adds Voice to Coalition Urging Congress to Extend PPP Deadline

                  The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce joined hundreds of local and state chambers of commerce and business organizations across the country urging the members of the United States Congress to extend the current PPP application deadline from March 31 to December 31, 2021.  Our small local businesses continue to struggle and will need access to those funds long past the current deadline at the end of this month.  CLICK HERE to read the March 3 letter to Congress.  

Archived News (6/29/2021)

Chamber Testimony Opposing HB 2674-1 Amendment Adverse to Local Business

RACC submitted written testimony opposing HB 2674-1 Amendment, which would levy a full suite of new taxes to fund diesel engine retrofits and replacements with large impacts on construction, trucking and agriculture. CLICK HERE TO READ BILL AMENDMENTS

                In 2019, legislators on both sides of the aisle passed legislation to phase out older diesel engines in the Portland metropolitan area and make smart investments in newer technologies. The bill that ultimately passed, HB 2007, was a compromise to encourage the retrofit and replacement of older on-road engines in heavy traffic areas, while exempting ag trucks, log trucks and small truck fleets. 

                Unfortunately, just two years later, that agreement is already falling apart.  The amendment to HB 2674 completely rewrites the bill imposing a suite of new taxes on Oregonians to fund clean diesel engine retrofits and replacements: 

  • 3% excise tax on the retail sale of tires;
  • 5% privilege tax for businesses who sell or lease off-road equipment;
  • 5% use tax on off-road diesel equipment purchased outside of Oregon;
  • 5% rental tax for rentals of off-road diesel equipment;
  • 2% rental tax for rentals of all other qualified heavy equipment (note: this tax goes to counties not diesel retrofits);
  • Privilege tax on heavy-duty trucks and light-duty vehicles; and
  • Gas tax on all red dyed diesel used in off-road equipment.

                This is an appalling overreach by our policymakers, particularly when many Oregon families are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating wildfires in 2020, and the recent ice storms.

                At its core, this amendment creates a suite of new taxes on construction, forestry and agriculture to fund engine upgrades in Oregon’s most populous metropolitan areas. It’s fundamentally unfair to working families who are barely struggling to get by. 

                HB 2674-1 is being heard by the House Committee on Energy and Environment on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. 

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                The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on several proposed bills during Oregon’s Legislative Session, which the chamber believes is bad for our local businesses.  So far, those bills include:

 

  • SB 137 and HB 2839:  Disconnects businesses from Federal CARES Act tax benefits.  RACC Opposes.
  • SB 139: Repeals the Oregon Small Business Tax Cut.  RACC Opposes. 
  • SB 137-1:  This amendment is a tax increase on Oregon businesses, as the proposed amendment would disconnect Oregon businesses from the benefits of the bipartisan CARES Act legislation, which would raise taxes by $115 million on Oregon businesses.  RACC Opposed. 
  • SB 335: Reduces number of forest and land management representatives on Oregon’s Board of Forestry.  RACC Opposed. 
  • SB 483: Retaliation presumption for employment actions taken within 60 days of whistleblower complaint.  RACC Opposes
  • SB 716:  Requires employers to reasonably accommodate employee’s work schedule availability related to childcare.  RACC Opposes. 
  • SB 801 and SB 802:  Workers’ comp COVID presumption. RACC Opposes. 
  • HB 2043:  Directs insurer to consider only specified information in determining rates for motor vehicle liability insurance policy, disallowing tools such as credit, education and occupation, resulting in higher automobile insurance costs.  RACC Opposes.  
  • HB 2205: If passed, this bill would deputize third parties/plaintiffs attorneys to file class action lawsuits against employers for any violation of Oregon law–wage and hour, workplace safety, etc.  RACC Opposes. 
  • HB 2253 and HB 2457: Related to taxing of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)/Levies state tax on PPP loans.  RACC Opposes.
  • HB 2358: Overtime payments for agriculture workers. RACC Opposes. 
  • HB 2474: This bill would fundamentally change the law on family leave in Oregon. Among the proposed changes are reducing the number of employees from 25 to 1 for purposes of eligibility of employers subject to the law, amending the definition of “family member” and reducing the waiting period for employee eligibility under OFLA from 180 days to 30 days.  RACC Opposes
  • HB 2489: Reclassification of independent contractors as employees.  RACC Opposes. 
  • HB 2379 and HB 2598:   These bills propose new timber taxes at the worst possible time in light of the pandemic and the devastating wildfires of 2020.  RACC Opposed. 
  • HB 2839:  House counterpart to SB 137, which would disconnect Oregon from Federal CARES Act tax provisions that allow for the immediate monetization of businesses losses through the tax code to help with cash flow issues as a result of the pandemic.  RACC Opposes.
  • HB 3296:  If passed, this bill would increase beer and wine taxes to nearly 30 times their current levels.  This bill is the largest tax on beer, wine, cider and spirits ever proposed in the U.S.  RACC Opposes.
  • HB 3305: Proposed legislation would begin to ban the sale of “petroleum” diesel by “non-retail dealers” as soon as 2024 in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties and statewide by 2027.  RACC Opposes.   

Archived News (6/29/2021)

Chamber Testimony in Support of SB 330 Income Tax Credit for Rent Forgiveness

          The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony in support of SB 330, which would provide tax credit for local property owners for the rent they have forgiven over this past year due to the pandemic, while also providing immediate relief to tenants.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL.

          SB 330 is being heard by the Senate Committee on Housing and Development on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 

          Following is a list of bills the Roseburg Area Chamber supports and either has or will at the appropriate time submit written testimony in support:

  • SB 330:  Income Tax Credit for Rent Forgiveness.  RACC Supports
  • SB 531: Would establish a right to reimbursement for actual damages resulting from cessation of business operations required by emergency rules or orders.  RACC Supports.
  • SB 727: May allow Oregon businesses to claim federal ‘State & Local Tax’ (SALT) deduction in excess of $10,000 federal limit.  RACC Supports.
  • SB 780: COVID liability protections for health care facilities and providers.  RACC Supports.
  • SB 842:  Tax exemption for federal stimulus payment to Oregon taxpayers.  RACC Supports. 
  • HB 2343:  Allows local government to suspend Enterprise Zone requirements.  RACC Supports.
  • HB 2638:  Would limited liability fro Oregon employers following COVID directives.  RACC Supports.
  • HB 3177:  This bill, if passed, would prevent the Governor from shutting down restaurants and gyms in any further emergency declaration.  RACC Supports. 

Archived News (6/29/2021)

Chamber Testimony Supporting HB 2638 in Defense of Local Businesses

          The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony in support of HB 2638, COVID Liability Protections for Business, which would offer COVID liability protection for businesses, frontline medical providers and other entities.  HB 2638 would ensure that businesses acting in good faith would be protected from unwarranted lawsuits. It recognizes the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 emergency and provides timely and targeetd protections for businesses at a time when they need it most. CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL

          HB 2638 is being heard by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Law on Wednesday , February 24. 

 

Archived News (6/29/2021)

Roseburg Chamber Provides Testimony in Support of SB 531

                  The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony in support of SB 531, which would establish a right to reimbursement for actual damages resulting from cessation of business operations required by emergency rules or orders.  The written testimony was presented to Oregon’s Senate Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness at its February 18, 2021 hearing. 

Archived News (6/28/2021)

Chamber Weighs In On Proposed "Bad-for-Business" Legislation

                  The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on several proposed bills during Oregon’s Legislative Session, which the chamber believes is bad for our local businesses.  So far, those bills include:

 

  • -1 amendment to SB 137:  This amendment is a tax increase on Oregon businesses, as the proposed amendment would disconnect Oregon businesses from the benefits of the bipartisan CARES Act legislation, which would raise taxes by $115 million on Oregon businesses.  RACC Opposed. 
  • HB 2379 and HB 2598:   These bills propose new timber taxes at the worst possible time in light of the pandemic and the devastating wildfires of 2020.  RACC Opposed. 
  • HB 2839:  House counterpart to SB 137, which would disconnect Oregon from Federal CARES Act tax provisions that allow for the immediate monetization of businesses losses through the tax code to help with cash flow issues as a result of the pandemic.  RACC Opposes.
  • HB 2205: If passed, this bill would deputize third parties/plaintiffs attorneys to file class action lawsuits against employers for any violation of Oregon law–wage and hour, workplace safety, etc.  RACC Opposes.

Archived News (6/28/2021)

Let's Make Sure the Voice of Businesses in Rural Oregon are Heard!

          It is so important that our members testify on bills that are important to them, their industry(ies) and our local, rural business community. The Oregon Legislative Assembly has established a process to accept remote verbal public testimony on bills by video or phone during this time, in addition to written public testimony.

          Detailed information about how to testify in the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session is outlined in this “How to Testify” guideline.  Be sure and download it for use during the session!

Archived News (5/25/2021)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens

PPP Application Deadline Extended to May 31, 2021.  Earlier this week the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am EST. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

            To promote access to capital, SBA provided early PPP access for first-time applicants through community financial institutions. These community financial institutions began providing PPP loans to first-time applicants on January 11, and opened up to second-time PPP applicants on January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

            Businesses interested in a PPP loan (first or second), particularly those unable to access PPP with a traditional bank or credit union, are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible. One such participating CDFI is MoFi.org. You can contact your local SBA office for more information on community financial institutions offering early access to PPP here.

            If you received a initial PPP loan from a bank or credit union during the first round, please contact them regarding a second loan.

            Updated PPP guidance can be found here:

            The U.S. Chamber created a new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans to provide local chambers and our members with the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress passed and which is tentatively slated to become law.

            Click here to view the U.S. Chamber’s new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans. As the year-end federal pandemic relief package evolves and, we are confident, ultimately authorized and signed into law, we will continue to provide updates as the information becomes available. 

Archived News (5/15/2021)

Statewide Modifications to "Extreme Risk" Level Mandates

         Effective January 29, the state of Oregon “slightly” modified guidance for counties deemed to be at the extreme risk level. 

In general, any/all indoor spaces, except restaurants, are allowed to have up to six people in a space of more than 500 square feet, under the modified guidelines.  If owners/operators have more than 1000 square feet and can effectively divide the space internally, there can be as many as four distinct areas, each having up to six customers at a time. 

 

Specifics include:

 

         Douglas County remains a the high risk level until at least May 6.

Archived News (2/1/2021)

Douglas County Downgraded to "High" Risk and That's Good News!

Lowered Risk Level Allows for Opening of Restaurants, Bars, Wineries, Gyms, Theaters, Bowling Alleys and More

On Wednesday, November 25, Governor Brown announced a new safety framework for all 36 Oregon counties after the “two-week freeze” ended on December 2. The framework utilizes the latest science and data to classify counties into four different risk categories: “Lower,” “Moderate,” “High,” and “Extreme.”  

           On Tuesday, December 1, Governor Brown announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s new public health framework to reduce transmission of COVID-19.  As stated above, the framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk and Lower Risk.  Each risk level has assigned health and safety measure mandates.  Douglas County remained in the “Extreme” risk level from December 3 through December 31.  Due to a reduction in COVID-10 cases, Douglas County’s risk level was lowered to “High” effective January first, allowing in-person dining at restaurants and bars, opening of tasting rooms, gyms, bowling alleys and theaters, with restrictions, to name a few.   

          County risk levels are reassigned every two weeks.  An updated list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.   

            For more information about the risk levels and activity guidanceguidance based on county risk level or read the full press release.  State of Oregon, Office of the Governor Executive Order 20-66.

Archived News (2/1/2021)

Oregon OSHA Grants Grace-Period for Compliance with New COVID-19 Rules

The recently adopted Oregon OSHA Temporary COVID-19 rule includes a series of deadlines, including three inter-related requirements. Under the rule, employers must complete both the required Risk Assessment and the Infection Control Plan based on that Risk Assessment by December 7, 2020 and must complete the required Infection Control Training (based in part on the Infection Control Plan) by December 21, 2020.

            A three-week implementation delay has been granted for certain employers – including restaurants, gyms and other businesses impacted the recent “freeze” and by the newly adopted risk levels. All other employers who have been working to comply but have not yet completed that work are granted a one-week grace period. You can read more about this in OR-OSHA’s memo.

Important timelines to remember:

  • Base RuleEffective November 16, 2020
  • Physical Distancing
  • Masks
  • Cleaning & Sanitation
  • Poster Posted
  • Building Operator Rules: November 23, 2020
  • Exposure Risk Assessment: December 7, 2020*
  • Infection Control Plan: December 7, 2020*
  • Employee Training:December 21, 2020
  • Ventilation Requirements (all workplaces): January 6, 2021

You can find additional materials on Oregon OSHA’s website.

Archived News (2/1/2021)

Oregon OSHA-Adopted COVID-19 Rules Go Into Effect November 16

OSHA has adopted the COVID-19 rules for ALL workplaces.  The temporary rules go into effect next Monday, November 16 (and currently will be in effect through May 4, 2021).  CLICK HERE to view the full rules. 

Here is what employers will have to do:

Posters

Distancing

  • Ensure work activities eliminate the need for employees to be within six feet of each other.

Cleaning

  • Clean or sanitize high-touch surfaces and shared equipment at least every 24 hours for workplaces occupied less than 12 hours a day;
  • If workplaces are occupied more than 12 hours a day, cleaning must be done every 8 hours;
  • Employers must provide employees with sufficient hand washing supplies and facilities; and
  • Employees must provide employees with supplies to clean work surfaces.

Face Coverings

  • Employers must ensure employees wear face coverings in workplaces consistent with Oregon Health Authority Guidance;
  • Employees must also wear face coverings in vehicles; and
  • Employers must provide face coverings to employees.

Ventilation

  • Businesses must repair and maintain heating and cooling systems to maximize air flow. This likely involves replacing filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

Exposure Risk Assessment

  • Employers must conduct an Exposure Risk Assessment by December 7, 2020.
  • OSHA has created an exposure risk assessment template for employers to use.
  • Employers must give employees an opportunity to provide feedback.

Infection Control Plan

  • Employers must establish an Infection Control Plan by December 7, 2020.
  • NEW! OSHA has created a model Policy for Notification of Employees When COVID-19 Exposure Occurs and sample Infection Control Plan.  The new Oregon OSHA Temporary COVID-19 rules require that businesses establish a notification process that provides notice within 24-hours if an employee has been exposed to someone confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. This requirement goes into effect on Monday, November 16th. The COVID-19 infection notification process includes: Employers must establish a process to notify exposed employees that they had a work-related contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, as well as to notify affected employees that an individual who was present in the facility has confirmed COVID-19.
  • Exposed employees include: 
  • Those who were within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, regardless of whether one or both of them were wearing source control. 
  • Those who worked in the same facility or in the same well-defined portion of the facility such as a particular floor. 

This excludes settings where patients are hospitalized on the basis that they are known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19.

The notification process must include the following elements:

  • A mechanism for notifying both exposed and affected employees within 24 hours of the employer being made aware that an individual with COVID-19 was present in the workplace while infectious or otherwise may have had work-related contact with its employee(s) while infectious; and 
  • This notification process must be established and implemented in accordance with all applicable federal and Oregon laws and regulations. Note: Employers can satisfy this requirement by adopting the model procedure to be published by Oregon OSHA before the effective date of the rule.

Note: OAR 333-018-0016 requires such cases to be reported by healthcare providers and laboratories within 24 hours of identification.

Employee Training

  • Training must be completed by December 21, 2020.
  • Training can be done through a safety meeting.

Exposure or Infection Response

  • Employers must adopt policies about how to notify employees if they have been exposed to someone who is known to have been infected with COVID-19.  Model Policy for Notification of Employees when COVID-19 Exposure Occurs and in Spanish.
  • Employers must remove individuals from the workplace if public health officials direct the employees to isolate or quarantine. Employees are entitled to return to their previous position after the isolation or quarantine time period.     

Overview Table/Timelines for Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Temporary RuleFor more information about Oregon OSHA’s new COVID-19 rules.

Archived News (2/1/2021)

Nominations OPEN

RACC Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 First Citizens, Businesses of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year Honors

Nominations are now open for outstanding businesses, chamber volunteer of the year and first citizen recognitions.  Honorees will be announced on March 18, 2021.

        “Business of the year” recognitions include three categories: small, medium and large-size chamber-member businesses.  The chamber will also recognize an outstanding individual as its volunteer of the year and a local business for its innovation.  The chamber is also seeking nominations for deserving individuals for our community’s highest honor, first citizens.  For nomination criteria and forms:  Business of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Business Innovator and First Citizens nomination forms.  Nomination deadline is 5:00 pm on January 29, 2021.

Resource Information For Recovery Related to 2020 Wildfires

For those impacted by the September 2020 wildfires, the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce maintains the following list of resources and information to assist our local businesses and residents during recovery.  Please check back often, as the information below is frequently updated. 

 

FEMA Resources and Fact Sheets Related to Oregon Wildfires:

U.S. Department of Agriculture 
U.S. Small Business Administration

State of Oregon

Douglas County:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Community Resilience and Disaster Response program is closely monitoring the wildfires across the west. The Foundation provides support for local chambers, employees, our members, and our community during these uncertain times.  Please find resources below provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help you prepare and recover from a disaster.

  • Disaster Help Desk for Business—Businesses and chambers can call 1-888-My-Biz-Help (888-692-4943) for direct support from disaster recovery experts. 
  • Resilience in a Box—Resource guide based on best practices designed to help educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. 
  • Disaster Recovery Quick Guides—Made possible by Shell, has tailored tips for small businesses and chambers looking to prepare and recover.

New COVID-19 Safety Mandates Effective December 3

Douglas County Deemed to be at Extreme Risk 

On Wednesday, November 25, Governor Brown announced a new safety framework for all 36 Oregon counties once the “two-week freeze” ends next Wednesday, December 2. The framework will utilize the latest science and data to classify counties into four different risk categories: “Lower,” “Moderate,” “High,” and “Extreme.”  

           On Tuesday, December 1, Governor Brown announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s new public health framework to reduce transmission of COVID-19.  As we stated above, the framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk and Lower Risk.  Each risk level has assigned health and safety measure mandates.  These mandated measures are effective Thursday, December 3 and will remain through December 17.  The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly.  County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks, with the next risk assignment levels taking effect on December 18. 

            Twenty-five counties have been determined to be in the Extreme Risk, including Douglas County, which means we will continue with the economic shutdown currently in place.  A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.   

            For more information about the risk levels and activity guidanceguidance based on county risk level or read the full press release.  State of Oregon, Office of the Governor Executive Order 20-66.

            A change from the two-week “freeze,” bars and restaurants will be allowed to have a maximum of 50 customers dining outdoors, with tables limited to parties of six. Service must stop at 11 p.m. 

            Retail capacity limitations are also changing. Under the “two-week freeze” requirements, all retail was limited to 75% capacity. Now, those counties classified as at “extreme” or “high” risk are curtailed to 50%. 

CCD Business Development Corporation (CCD) has contracted with Douglas County to deploy the approximately $1,470,000 in CARES Act funds allotted to the county for a COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program.

            Grant applications will be accepted beginning at Noon on Friday, December 4.  The application deadline is December 11 at 5:00 pm.

            Businesses need to act fast and apply now!  According to CCD executive director Theresa Haga, “There is a very short window of time to disburse a large amount of money. If you are hesitant to apply, don’t be. We are still facing an unknown future with winter ahead of us. We want to help as many of our local businesses as possible while the money is available.”

            These funds are intended to be equally accessible to all businesses within the following categories:

  • Hospitality within the service industry: Hotels and Motels, Bed-and-Breakfast Inns, RV Parks, Recreational and Vacation Camps, Caterers, Wineries, Breweries, Event Planning, Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, Theme Parks, Bowling Alleys and Theaters;
  • Restaurants that do not have a drive-up option; and,
  • Gyms & Fitness Facilities

Eligible Applicants must be a small business located in Douglas County, Oregon.

Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon. 
  • If required by Oregon law to be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State to do business in Oregon, the Business is so registered.
  • The business has 100 or fewer employees.
  • The business was affected in either one of the following two ways:
    • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operations as directed by Executive Orders 20-12 or 20-65.
    • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of 25% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020 as compared against the same period of time in 2019.

The following businesses are NOT eligible to apply for or receive funding:

  • Passive real estate holding companies and entities holding passive investments.
  • Non-profit entities that do not have federal 501(c)(3) status.
  • Businesses that experience a decline in revenues for reasons other than those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. seasonal or cyclical business cycles.)
  • Businesses delinquent on federal, state or local taxes due on or before the date of application.
  • Businesses that do not comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Businesses that have closed and do not intend to reopen.

Eligible Grant Amounts: $5,000 – $75,000

 

To ApplyThe application will be available at www.ccdbusiness.org on Friday, December 4, 2020 at noon (12:00 p.m.) and applications will be accepted through 5:00 pm on Friday, December 11, 2020. 

            These funds were made available when the Oregon Legislature, in partnership with the Governor, allocated $55 Million of federal CARES Act funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to small businesses affected by economic conditions as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds were allocated to counties to deploy in the form of grants to small businesses that have been financially impacted.

Archived News (December 12, 2020)

State Commits $75 Million in Business Assistance Grant Funds as "Freeze" Begins

Archive News 12/12/20–County Grant Application Closes

Governor Brown Directs $55 Million to Counties

To help mitigate the financial impact of her new restrictions will have on Oregon businesses, Governor Brown announced yesterday afternoon that she has directed $55 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to help those that must close today.

The funds will be allocated to counties, with each county receiving a base of $500,000 plus a per capita allocation of the remainder of the funds. The counties will be responsible for deciding how businesses apply to receive funds and communicating the application process to businesses. The Governor’s office anticipates that the funds will be distributed to counties within the next several weeks.

Douglas County share of those funds for local business assistance will be $1,473,569.  County leadership is currently developing its business assistance grant application criteria and process.  If your business has been impacted by these new restrictions, contact Douglas County at dcinfo@douglas.or.us and ask to be added to the COVID Business Funding Program mailing list to receive the latest updates and information. 

 

Archived News 11/20–Funds Exhausted in 19 Minutes

Oregon Legislature & Governor Add Additional $20 Million to Business Assistance Grants

On Wednesday afternoon, November 18, it was announced that the Oregon Legislature and Governor Brown approved $20 million more to Business Oregon’s Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund. The application for this new round of funds will be available beginning this Thursday, November 19 on Business Oregon’s websiteApplications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis.

The grants are available to small businesses that have seen lost revenue due to the pandemic, and that meet a minimal set of requirements.

Businesses are eligible to receive up to $200,000 in grant funding as detailed in the grant application. To be eligible, a business must show it was prohibited from operations by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12, or demonstrate a 25% reduction in sales over a 30-day period in 2020 compared to a comparable period in 2019.

On Thursday, November 19, the application form and additional details will be found on Business Oregon’s website in multiple languages. Grants will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis, and will be allocated so that there is an equitable geographic distribution of funds as dictated by the Oregon Legislature.

 

Archived News (December 5, 2020)

Governor Issues Two-Week Statewide Freeze Beginning Wednesday, November 18

Statewide “freeze” from November 18 through December 2 . . . at Least

At a noon press conference on Friday, November 13, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a two-week statewide “freeze” to try to curtail the recent significant spikes of COVID-19 cases throughout Oregon.

The two-week “freeze” measures include:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting churches and other faith-based venues to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting restaurants to take-out only. This applies to wineries, tasting rooms, etc. 
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pool.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Closing venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events.
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.     

The two-week freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed to operate, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education—all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority. 

          The Governor also announced a travel advisory, recommending self-quarantine of two weeks after any recreational travel out-of-state. 

 

New Guidance from the Oregon Health Authority

Executive Order 20-65 

 

Archived News (December 5, 2020)

Grow Business in 2021 with "Shop Chamber & Save" Member-to-Member Program

There are so many reasons why it is great…and beneficial…to be a member of the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  We live here…we work here…we play here…we do business here…and, most importantly, we love this community.  As part of the Roseburg Chamber, we all share a common goal to see our local businesses grow and succeed.  We can accomplish this together.

          One of the ways we do this is through the “Shop Chamber & Save” member-to-member discount program.  Build clients, customers and rapport in our local business community and support other member businesses by shopping locally.  To offer a chamber member-to-member discount in 2021, complete the SHOP CHAMBER FORM and return it to the chamber by December 4, 2020.

Archived News (November 2020)

RESERVATIONS OPEN for Economic Forecast 2021 Program

The chamber’s virtual Economic Forecast 2021 program on November 12 will take a look at 2020 and the economic impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, civil discord, devastating wildfires and a national election.  Our presenters will explore these issues, and more, having significant economic impact on our businesses.  Our panel of experts will share crucial information about ongoing impacts and trends to help assist members to strategically plan the best they can for 2021 and beyond.

                This year’s noteworthy presenters include, John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest, John Horvich, director of client relations and political research with DHM Research and we are pleased to welcome back, from a few years’ absence, member-favorite Brian Rooney, with the Oregon Employment Department.  This year’s virtual program is Thursday, November 12 from 9:00 to 11:15 am.  Reservation deadline is 5:00 pm on November 10.  Make your reservation now.

                Thank you to our generous Economic Forecast 2021 program sponsors:  Addcox Heating Center, Bowers Industrial, Gordon Wood Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., Lone Rock Resources, Roseburg Forest Products and Umpqua Bank.

Archived News (November 2020)

RESERVATIONS OPEN for Chamber's November Membership Meeting Program

The chamber’s virtual November membership meeting program will feature post-election Insights to what business can expect to see from the Oregon Legislature and United States Congress in 2021. 

                Join use virtually on Monday, November 16 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm and hear firsthand from those on the ground in Salem and Washington DC about what issues and agendas appear to be on the legislative horizon post November’s general election. 

                Discussing state election recaps and the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session will be J.L. Wilson, principal with Public Affairs Counsel and lead for the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce in Salem.  Addressing the national results, as they are known, and what we can expect to see from the United States Congress in 2021 and possibly 2022, will be Chris Eyler.  Eyler is executive director for congressional and public affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

                The chamber’s virtual November membership meeting program, sponsored by Pacific Power, is from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm.  The cost for members is $10 per person; for non-member businesses and the general public, the cost of registration $20 per person. Reservation deadline is November 11.  MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS

Archived News (October 2020)

Chamber Launches Countywide "State of Business" Survey

In order to continue to serve our business community, there is a need to better understand local businesses specific circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to best assist those businesses.  To ascertain that much-needed information, the chamber has initiated the “Douglas County State of Business Survey” and encourages any business adversely impacted by the pandemic to take a few minutes to respond to the survey.  TAKE THE SURVEY

Archived News/Past Event (October 2020)

RESERVATIONS OPEN for Chamber's October Membership Meeting Program

The chamber’s virtual October membership meeting program, “COVID-19: Eight Months and Counting” will be presented by Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman and Douglas County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer. 

            Season pass holders need to do nothing.  You are registered for the October 19 program. Access links to the virtual event will be made available to you prior to October 19.  Our October program is sponsored by CSO Financial.  

            For those without season passes, advanced registration is required and the deadline to register is 5:00 p.m. on October 13 at 5:00 p.m.  A one-time access code/link will be forwarded per registration prior to the October 19 program.  MAKE MY RESERVATION

Archived News (November 2020)

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 – RE-ELECTED

               The Honorable David Brock Smith, State Representative District 1 – RE-ELECTED

               The Honorable Gary Leif, State Representative District 2 – RE-ELECTED

               The Honorable Cedric Hayden, State Representative District 7 – RE-ELECTED 


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.

Chamber Supports Aid to Local Fairs...Urges Passage of HR 7883

In a letter to Congressman Peter DeFazio, the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce requested support and passage of HR 7883, the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act.  The letter went on to say:

 

“As you well know, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic hardship for citizens, businesses–large and small, government entities and non-profit organizations throughout Oregon and our entire country.  As you are also aware, it has created a very rough time for the fair and entertainment industries.  

       Most local fair/fairgrounds operations, like our Douglas County Fairgrounds, have been unable to secure state or federal funding from COVID-19 resources to help sustain the operations and industry through these difficult times.

       However, a current bill, HR 7883, the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, before the United States House of Representatives may actually bring relief to struggling local fairgrounds facilities through grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Agricultural. This bill would not only help our Douglas County Fair/fairgrounds operations, but it would help these facilities/operations throughout our country.

       We are not only proud of what our local Douglas County fairgrounds complex does to support our local agricultural community, we also understand the important role it plays in our local economy with respect to tourism with events such as a national dog show, car show, annual county fair, the Christmas Fair and the Sportsman/Outdoors Show; to name a few.   The Douglas County fairgrounds complex also supports numerous local non-profits and charitable organizations as a venue for community fundraising events, having building capacity which only exists at our fairgrounds.  Most of these fundraising events support our citizens facing the greatest challenges and having most need. 

       Finally, there are not enough adjectives to describe how vital the Douglas County fairgrounds complex is to our community during natural disasters or other emergencies.  It is a refuge for evacuees, a landing point for first responders and has served as a command center during crisis.  This has never been more evident than right now, as our fairgrounds is providing this immeasurable service in response to the devastating and catastrophic wildfires in our county. 

       For these reasons and so many more, we respectfully request your support for HR 7883.  Thank you.”

Joint News Release(s) from our Douglas County Officials

Douglas County and the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team issues daily updates and joint news releases related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For the most current information from local officials, see Special Local Updates COVID-19

Archived News (November 2020)
Chamber Programs "Go Virtual" for Remainder of 2020
Project Leadership Roseburg to Commence January 2021

Monthly Membership Programs Go VIRTUAL!  As public event guidelines are an ever-moving target, with a number of our member companies disallowing employee attendance of group events and in the interest of both safety and continuity, the chamber’s fall membership meeting programs will be virtual.  The chamber’s annual timber and wood products industry update with Roseburg Forest Products CEO, Grady Mulbery will be Monday, September 14 (rather than the previously released, tentative date of August 17).

            Season pass holders and those who already purchased tickets for this program, need to do nothing more.  You are already registered for the September 14 program.  Per “ticket” purchase access codes will be made available to you prior to September 14 and arrangements are currently in process to make sure you get lunch!

            For those who have not yet registered, you now have a little extra time to do so.  But, don’t delay.  Advanced registration is still required and the deadline to register is Friday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.  A one-time access code/link will be forwarded per registration prior to the September 14 program. 

Project Leadership Roseburg . . . Oh, it’s Happening!  Just a little later than originally hoped.  Again, due to a number of safety guidelines and restrictions currently in place and the uncertainty of potential future changes, the chamber is moving the start of the 32nd year of this distinguished leadership program to January 2021.  Upon reviewing the number of changes that would need to be made to the curriculum and the number of businesses and organization our participants would NOT be able to tour and/or experience, the decision was made to delay our start date.  The only thing more important to chamber leadership than wanting to deliver a quality program is our responsibility to our participants, their employers and our community that Project Leadership Roseburg delivers what it promises and what it has over the past 31 years.  Integrity is everything. 

            To those who have submitted applications for the program, you need to do nothing more.  Your application is in.  The changes to the program (other than starting in January) include ending in June (rather than May) and having two workshops in the month of April (second and fourth Thursdays).  If you are still interested in being a Project Leadership participant, you’re in and more information will follow in the coming months.  To those potential participants who have emailed and called to say your application is ready but you’re just waiting for the $50 application fee check, please feel free to mail in your application without the fee.  Since time now allows, we can bill you/your employer for the application fee. 

            The new deadline for submitting a Project Leadership participant application is Friday, November 6, 2020. For more information and an application form, see PROJECT LEADERSHIP

Archived News (May 2020)

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.

PLEASE JOIN US AND SIGN IP 57

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/

Archived News (March 2020)

What Businesses Can Stay Open/What Businesses Must Close

Archived News (March 2020)

3/16/20 Governor Bans Gatherings of More Than 25

Archived News (March 2020)

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:

Guidance for Employers

Workplace Tips

Corporate Aid Tracker

Resilience in a Box

OSHA3990 – Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

 

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 

 

Those eligible for the program in Douglas County are asked to fill out This Form and return it by Email to  or by US Mail to:

 

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.

Archived News (March 2020)

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)

Archived News (February 2020)

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

Archived News (February 2020)

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

Archived News (February 2020)

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

Archived News (February 2020)

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

Archived News (February 2020)

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

Archived News (February 2020)

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:

Wintergreen Nursery

 

Medium Business of the Year:

Riverview Terrace

 

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: 

Alex Palm 

 

Female First Citizen: 

Rene Coen

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

Shop Chamber & Save 2020 Discount Agreement

Chamber Opposes South Umpqua Scenic Waterway Designation Study

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.