Outdoor Business Resource


Oregon’s state agencies are continuing to roll out or modify programs to address business impacts.

The State economic development agency has a list of available financial products here.

The Oregon Employment Department has a list of resources for businesses and workers planning for, or experiencing layoffs due to COVID-19 disruptions.

If you’re a business experiencing scheduling reductions, Oregon’s Work Share Program helps employers prevent layoffs by reducing the schedules of workers, instead of laying them off, while benefits help to offset employees' lost wages.

Oregon Department of Revenue: The state’s tax collection agency is allowing extensions for personal income tax payment and will not penalize businesses for underpayment of the Corporate Activity Tax due to difficulty estimating revenue at this time. You can find a brief overview of the current plans here.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industry has waived predictive scheduling rules affecting employers with more than 500 employeesYou can find more information here.

Senator Jeff Merkley COVID-19 Resource Site.



The Internal Revenue Service has a list of COVID-19 tax relief options here. On March 17 the federal government announced they will defer taxes owed of up to $1 million for individuals and $10 million for corporations for up to 90 days beyond April 15. You can view an article on that announcement here.


Prosper Portland Business Resource Page.

Central Oregon SOS Resource Site.

Sisters City Council Business Resource Page.

Bend City Council Business Resource Page.

City of Medford Resource Page.

City of Ashland Resource Page.


A number of financial institutions are offering reduced rates, if you have an existing relationship with a commercial lender, it’s best to check in with them first to see what programs they’re offering for existing customers.
  • Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Assistance LoansThe SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The Governor must request federal assistance for these loans and is in the process of doing so.
  • US Bank is offering a number of reduced-rate loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. More information available here.
  • WAFD Bank is offering 5-year business lines of credit with the first 90 days interest-free. Those who have seen a 10% or greater drop in revenues can apply to receive up to $200,000 on business lines of credit with 90 days interest-free. You can find more information here.
  • Additional Financial Resources for Businesses                   


The Centers for Disease Control website has information on the virus along with guidelines for businesses seeking to disinfect shared surfaces here.
COVID-19 Dashboard


 Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership:  Latest Press Release to Support Oregon Manufacturers - main Resource Page.


  • ScaleHouse Consulting is offering free one-on-one consultations for companies struggling to stay afloat or who need brainstorming support.
  • If you or your business are in need of a tech-savvy partner, Hand in Hand Productions is skilled in setting up webinars and remote events, among many other services.
  • 23 Essential Tips for Working Remotelyby 2020 EDCO Annual Luncheon Keynote, Lindsey Pollak
  • The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association is posting updates and resources for the restaurant industry here.
  • The Oregon Economic Development Association has a list of business tips available here.


During the next few weeks, you may find yourself working from a computer more often and spending less time socializing.  Here are a few reading and listening suggestions that can help provide more information about the health crisis, as well as some interesting and fun, and outdoor-themed media to fill some of the time you might otherwise be spending interacting in-person with others. 

OPB- Hiking Safe During Corona Virus 
How Coronavirus Is Impacting the Outdoor Industry
Corona Virus Resources from Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)
Outdoor Alliance - Conservation in the Time of COVID-19

CNN Podcasts 
MtnMeister Podcast 
Lewis Howes 
TED Talks Business
Outside/In Radio 
She Explores
The Outdoor Biz Podcast
How I Built This with Guy Raz
The Tim Ferriss Show
American Alpine Club - The Sharp End
Dirt Bag Diaries 
Shelby Stanger
Women on the Road
The Trail Show 
Picky Bars Podcast 

Oregon Outdoor Alliance

PO Box 1913

Bend, OR 97709

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