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McMinnville, Oregon Area Business Navigation During COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020

Businesses Complete this FORM for Economic Injury:  


It is important we work with our Local Emergency Managers (LEM) to gather the forms, and this worksheet be submitted to the LEM by the end of this week (March 20, 2020). The managers can also answer eligibility and other clarifying questions. The LEM will forward the forms to the Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) agency. OEM is working with the Governor’s Office on the disaster declaration steps. In order to request assistance, Governor Brown will need a minimum of five Worksheets statewide that make a good case for economic injury, and at least one for each county that wants to be included in the declaration request.

City of McMinnville and Yamhill County businesses will need to submit the form directly to our LEM, Brian Young, Director, Yamhill County Emergency The mailing address is 535 NE 5th St. McMinnville, OR  97128


March 13, 2020

I know the news with the COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, so I wanted to push some information out about resources for our businesses. We will do our best to assist and provide contact information for any business affected by the current situation.

At 1:00 PM today, March 13th, Yamhill County Public Health will be hosting a community call for business highlighting their efforts, discussing new information, actions which your organizations are taking, and answering questions. The call will last about 30 minutes If interested, please call in and use the GoTo Webinar link:

COVID - Business Community

Fri, Mar 13, 2020 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

 Access Code: 875-203-709


The City of McMinnville Informational Page


State of Oregon Resources

The Oregon Employment Department's COVID page offers information for workers, job-seekers and employers. Employer resources include:

  • Temporary layoffs or closures: If you need to temporarily close or lay off employees due to COVID-19, those workers may be available to those who are on a temporary layoff. These benefits occur for claimants whose employer stops operation for a short period of time, such as cleaning following a coronavirus exposure. In these cases, employees expect to be back to work in four weeks or less. Workers can get UI benefits, and do not need to seek work with other employers. They must be able to work, stay in contact with you as their employer, and be available to work when you call them back to the job.​
  • Partial unemployment: The Work Share program helps employers prevent layoffs by reducing the schedules of workers instead of laying them off. It also provides benefits to help offset employees' lost wages. ​Learn more here.
  • Rapid response in the event of permanent closure: ​The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has rapid response services to plan for job transitions needed when a business closure or layoff occurs, including cases of natural and other disasters. Local Rapid Response teams coordinate with employer, worker representative, Trade Act and Labor.
  • Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, has published a list of resources, summarized here:
    • Contact your local Small Business Development Center for business assistance. Find their contact information here.
    • Consider purchasing business interruption insurance, available from many major insurance companies. Law firm Tonkon Torp breaks down the definition of interruption insurance here.
    • Financing, loans, loan guarantees, etc.. Find a list on Business Oregon's resources page.
    • Contact your regional development officer to locate more resources in your area. Find them here.


SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The SBA also has a program for businesses directly affected. Please review the information provided here:


Oregon Economic Development Association


As always, if you have any questions, please contact us.

Scott Cooper, Executive Director

McMinnville Economic Development Partnership | 503.474.6814



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