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.

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

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 is, as we speak, 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. 

 

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. 

 

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 

 

Oregon OSHA-Adopted COVID-19 Rules Go Into Effect November 16, 2020

Oregon 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. 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.
  • 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.

For more information about Oregon OSHA’s new COVID-19 rules.

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.

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 YearChamber 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

The chamber maintains an updated list of wildfire recovery resources for our businesses and residents.  Please scroll down to the section immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic resource section, below.  

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: How to Help

FEMA: Manufacturing of PPE

FEMA: Private Sector PPE Exchange Dashboard

FEMA: Public Assistance – Emergency Manager Contacts

FEMA: Rumor Control

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Tax Relief

Internal Revenue Service: Economic Impact Payments

League of Oregon Cities: Resource Center

Oregon Department of Agriculture: COVID-19 Information

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife: Hunting & Fishing Regulations Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Oregon Department of Forestry: ODF Updates Around COVID-19 Restrictions

Oregon Department of Revenue: Tax Relief Options

Oregon Early Learning: Individuals Seeking Child Care can use the following:

     Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155, listen for “Child Care” prompt or

     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

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

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

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 Business Funding 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 COVID-19 Workplace Poster-English

OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Poster-Spanish

OSHA Exposure Risk Assessment Template

OSHA Infectious Disease Rulemaking

OSHA3990: 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 Progam

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: Guidance for Employers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

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

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Independent Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Independent Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief (In Spanish)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness Process (Help Video)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Reopening Business Digital Resources Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Reopening Business Digital Resource Center Toolkit

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Resilience in a Box

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business ELA Loan Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Reopening Playbook (English)

U.S. Chamber if Commerce: Small Business Reopening Playbook (Spanish)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Workplace Tips

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

USDA: 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

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. 

 

Upcoming Deadlines:

11/30 (Extended)FEMA Individual Assistance Application

11/27 (Extended)Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline

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.

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

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS For Chamber's Project Leadership Roseburg

November 6 Application Deadline.  As most of you know, due to safety guidelines and restrictions currently in place, the chamber moved the start of the 32nd year of its distinguished professional development leadership program to January 2021. 

            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).  More detailed information regarding workshop schedules for 2021 will be available in by mid-November.          

            The new deadline for submitting a Project Leadership participant application is Friday, November 6, 2020.  Check out more information about our leadership program and the application at PROJECT LEADERSHIP.

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.