April 1, 2020

    1.  NARi National Webinar Recording:  "The Economy in the Time of Virus and How It Might Impact Remodelers"  Click Here for Recording

    2.  A couple weeks ago congress passed the CARES Act which, among other things, designates $349 billion in forgivable loans to help with payroll and rent. The Program is administered through the SBA so most likely your local bank of approved SBA lender is who to contact.  
    The final Payroll Protection Application is set to be released on Friday however we have the draft version so you will be ready to go on Friday. If you would like a copy of the draft version please email the office. [email protected] If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.


    March 30, 2020

    1  Prepared by the U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY PLANS. To apply for funds see attachment.
    Small Business Guide and Checklist Is Click Here.    
    If you would like to read the entire bill just Click Here.

    2  The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are now available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the loss of revenue due to the Coronavirus.

    SBA Office of Disaster Assistance Contacts for the Public
    For More Information about SBA disaster
    assistance programs, go to: www.sba.gov/disaster or contact SBA's
    Customer Service Center at: 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY) Or by email at: [email protected]gov

    3  Small business and COVID-19 Employer Requirements presentation. If you would like a copy emailed to you please email [email protected]

    We will also be highlighting these topics on our Zoom meeting on Wednesday April 1, 2020. Register and I will send you the meeting link.  Click Here

    City of Portland - Bureau of Development Services

    Many of our services are available to you from your home. Using Development Hub PDX (https://devhub.portlandoregon.gov/permits/sfjsp?interviewID=Landing&workspace=portland⟨=en) , you can apply online for electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits that do not require plan review (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/337489) . You can also schedule inspections for trade permits obtained online (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/735600) , update contact information (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/735599) , pay a variety of fees (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/735892) and download billing statements all from a computer or mobile device. BDS also offers a Remote Video Re-inspection (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/730010) service for simple on-site inspections involving minor corrections.

    For the latest information on our service availability (for the week of March 30), please click on the links below according to your interest.
    1. New Permit Intakes (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#new-permit-intakes)
    2. Plan Review for Current Permits (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#plan-review)
    3. Corrections to Plans (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#corrections)
    4. Inspections (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#inspections)
    5. Land Use Services (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#land-use)
    6. FIR and FPP Programs (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#fir-fpp)
    7. Questions about Property, Projects and Records (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#questions)
    8. Trade Permits (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#trade-permits)
    9. Payments (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#payments)
    10. Property Compliance - Enforcement and Liens (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#compliance)
    11. Permitting and Inspections Services from Other Bureaus (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/756804#other)

    March 27, 2020

    What financial assistance is available for me and/or my business?
    A: The most common source of funding comes in the form of loans, but this may change with federal legislation. Even if loans aren’t desirable, there are many different types of loans out there which can be used to pay rent, utilities, payroll, and more. The US Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of SBA loans to designated states. Information about these loans is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index.
    Additional financial resources for businesses can be found at Business Oregon, which is Oregon’s economic development agency. Their website created for businesses experiencing problems due to COVID-19 is https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/.
    The Department of Human Services offers programs to assist those in need through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/About-SNAP.aspx) as well as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program (https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ASSISTANCE/CASH/Pages/index.aspx).
    The latest information on resources for workers and business owners is available at https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/coronavirus2020.aspx.


    1. Clackamas County Small Business Grants  To avoid lyoffs and/or closure,  Grants up to $5000.  For more Information email [email protected] or call the office, 503-788-2274

    2.  WorkSource Oregon We want to make sure you are aware of all the programs and resources that could provide support for your immediate needs during the COVID-19 coronavirus situation.

    Here are some key resources/information:

    • Workers can initiate filing an Unemployment Insurance claim by applying online or by calling 877-345-3484. Our video resources can help explain Unemployment Insurance.
    • WorkShare Oregon is a key program that helps you keep skilled employees during slow times by providing partial Unemployment Insurance benefits to supplement employees' reduced hours.
    • Another resource for small businesses and employers planning and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is the National Business Emergency Operations Center.
    • The Employment Department is committed to the health and safety of our customers and the public and has created a COVID-19 Resource Guide.
    • The State of Oregon offers COVID-19 information.
    • If your business or employees have questions related to COVID-19, please email us.


    3.  Video “Keep Your Business Growing during Coronavirus”
    Discussion on immediate and longer term strategies that will help you sustain and even continue to grow your business. Click on the link View the 12pm webinar recording
    4.  Online NARI Webinars
    I want to remind you of one of our key benefits that may be of more value today – our on-demand webinars with topics ranging from leading your team to managing business financials.

    Click here to view a full list of upcoming NARI webinars.
    Click here to view previously recorded on-demand webinars.


    5.  COVID-19 Update: Families First Coronovirus Response Act
    Learn about the key provisions related to your obligations as an employer in our online summary at:  H.R.6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
    6.  Does anyone have any N95 masks you would like to donate?
    If you do Jenn Mahoney from Tom Miller Remodeling is happy to pick them up and take them to the hospital.
    [email protected]                          (503) 777-9080
    Also:   Places to drop off any spare N95 masks:
                Salem PPE Coordinator

    7.  Link to IRS Update on tax filing     Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020 - Updated Statement


    8.  Articles: Coronavirus – Leading and Working Through a Pandemic, Harvard Business Review

    9.  COVID-19 Suggestions for Consumer Interaction
    Whether it is a first conversation or a project currently in progress, setting some new procedures for you and your team for COVID-19 will only help your business reputation today and in the future. NARI has compiled helpful suggestions for interaction with consumers.  I have attached it here or you can


    10.  Complimentary COVID-19 Action Plan
    Get a complimentary COVID-19 action plan for business owners, courtesy of T/C Risk Management. This document is a sample for you to use when communicating with employees about the virus. I have attached it here or you can

    11.  March 23, 2020    CCB Update: Governor's Executive Order, COVID-19 Heath and Safety Resources     https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORCCB/bulletins/282c7ad