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.

Business Resources During Coronavirus Pandemic

First Point of Information on Coronavirus:

211Info: Novel Coronavirus

American Red Cross Asking for Blood Donations: See Cancellation Stats

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 Materials in Spanish 

FEMA: How to Help

FEMA: Manufacturing of PPE

FEMA: Public Assistance – Emergency Manager Contacts

FEMA: Rumor Control

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Tax Relief

League of Oregon Cities: Resource Center

Oregon Department of Agriculture: COVID-19 Information

Oregon Department of Revenue: Tax Relief Options

Oregon Early Learning: Child Care and Essential Workers

     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: Oregon Coronavirus Updates

OHSU Website: Resources for Coronavirus in Oregon

Oregon Office of Emergency Management: Goods & Services Donations

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-12

State of Oregon, Office of the Governor: Executive Order 20-13

What Businesses Can Stay Open/What Businesses Must Close (3/23/20): Business List

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

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

 

Employer Resources:

CDC Website for Employers: CDC Business Guide 

CISA: Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 

CISA: Region 10 COVID-19 Dashboard

Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook Grant Application

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Expanded Emergency Declaration

OSHA3990: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries:

     Advice for Predictive Scheduling 

     FAQ Page for Coronavirus Issues

     Call Line for Employers: 971-673-0824

Oregon Community Foundation: Oregon Community Recovery Fund

Oregon Community Foundation: Small Business Stabilization Fund

Oregon Economic Development Association: ODEA Assistance

Oregon Employment Department: Federal CARES Act (makes self-employed & independent contractors eligible)

Oregon Employment Department Email for Employer Questions: OED_COVID19_INFO@Oregon.gov

Oregon Farmer’s Market Association: Guidance Around Farmer’s Market’s

Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership: COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers 

Oregon State Chamber of Commerce: OCSS’s Coronavirus Resource Guide

National Main Street Center: Webinar Series for Businesses 

SBA: Backed Loan Relief, Paycheck Protection & Employee Retention Credit

SBA: Disaster Assistance Resources

SBA: Disaster Assistance Worksheet

SBA: Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA: Oregon Lenders 2020

SBDC: Guide for Navigating a Business Crisis

SAIF: New Fund to Help Oregon Businesses Respond to Coronavirus

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

SOWIB: Layoff Aversion Funds

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act (updated)

     CARES-Act-FAQ Page

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 SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Employee Retention Tax Credit

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: Workplace Tips

U.S. Department of Labor: New Guidance for Unemployment Insurance

WorkShare Oregon: Leverage Unemployment Insurance

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

As most of you know, Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help our small businesses through the process. 

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

What Businesses Can Stay Open/What Businesses Must Close

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

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.

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:

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.