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Reopening Washington County 

Gov. Kate Brown announced information about the process for reopening Oregon counties on May 7. Washington County is now working toward reopening as well. To find more information about that process please visit Reopening Washington County.  You can also check out Workplace Guidance for reopening guidance for many businesses.
 
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

The Governor has indicated that there are still funds for Oregon businesses through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - about $100 billion in partially forgivable loans.  To help connect businesses to banks, the Governor’s office put together the following lists of Oregon financial institutions providing PPP loans:
 
The state is also providing assistance through the Small Business Navigator hotline: 833-604-0880. (Se habla español) 
 
 

Ongoing assistance

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
Jurisdiction Number Percent
Unincorporated (rural and urban) 34 33%
Beaverton 31 31%
Hillsboro 18 18%
Tigard 6 6%
Tualatin 6 6%
Forest Grove 2 2%
Sherwood 2 2%
Banks 1 1%
Cornelius 1 1%
Durham 1 1%

 

 

Recipient businesses by industry
Industry Number Percent
Professional services 25 25%
Food services 14 14%
Other 19 19%
Personal services (barber, dry cleaner, salon) 15 15%
Retail 9 9%
Construction 8 8%
Adult care/child care 7 7%
IT/technology 2 2%
Manufacturing 2 2%
Social services 1 1%

 

Other Resources
  • The Oregonian/OregonLive has announced a program providing up to $2.5 million for marketing services to Oregon businesses.  Learn more

  • 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.

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