Reopening Washington County
Washington County does not approve businesses for reopening under the Governor's framework or the County's reopening plan. All businesses must follow OSHA guidelines for reopening. Please visit Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Updates for more details and find reopening guidance in multiple languages about halfway down the Oregon Health Authority webpage under "OHA Guidance and Signage." If you still have questions about whether your business is allowed to reopen, please email Washington County or call 503-846-8390.
More PPP funds available
Washington County has partnered with Worksystems Inc. to provide a support line to help locate assistance for businesses. Any Washington County based business can call 971-512-6787 to talk with someone about locating a variety of types of assistance. The line is staffed Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-Noon, but there is a voicemail box if you call at another time. Callers can indicate their preferred language and a language/translation service supported by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization will assist
Grants provided to 102 Washington County businesses
Washington County is pleased that it could provide 102 County businesses with grants of $3,000, with two grants provided by funds from NW Natural and Qorvo – community businesses helping other businesses. All recipients were selected using a lottery of random numbers.
To ensure that the program meets the Washington County’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals, a set aside number of slots were guaranteed for businesses owned by individuals who are covered under the County’s resolution. After selection, a final review determined that the businesses selected were geographically representative of the businesses within the county.
The tables below provide some information about the breakdown of businesses that received grants:
|Recipient businesses by location|
|Unincorporated (rural and urban)||34||33%|
|Recipient businesses by industry|
|Personal services (barber, dry cleaner, salon)||15||15%|
|Adult care/child care||7||7%|
Business Oregon has put together two resources for those seeking to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Please not that Washington County has not vetted the availability or qualification of any of the vendors for the types of PPE listed. Washington County is not endorsing the use or consideration of any of these vendors. All businesses should perform further research into other options. Business Oregon has a matrix of potential sources of PPE and a website to connect those who are able to provide PPE and those who need it.
Greater Portland Inc. COVID-19 Business Resources
Regional private-public economic development entity providing local state and federal resources.
Portland Community College Oregon Business Adversity Response Plan Regarding COVID-19
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