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COVID-19 Resources for Business Owners

In the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), Portland’s business community is coming together to support each other and find ways to recover and stay afloat throughout the duration of this situation.

We’ve compiled a list of resources that may be of use to local business owners and created specialized social media graphics that can be used across your social platforms to bring awareness and traffic to your business’ website.

Resources for Reopening

Access to Vaccines

Employer Toolkit: Helping Your Employees Get COVID-19 Vaccinations.


The hashtag #reopeningpdx encourages support for Portland attractions, experiences and businesses.

Business Reopening Tools

Resources and guidance from Multnomah County

Google My Business

Use this quick reference guide to utilize Google's most recent functionality to help represent your business accurately.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Free and confidential consultation services for businesses to aid compliance with COVID guidelines

Open for Business

Initiative connecting brands with experienced storyteller volunteers to develop video messages that assure the world they're open for business

PBOT Business Toolkit

Apply for a temporary pickup/drop-off parking space for your business or a Healthy Businesses permit for larger use of the public right-of-way.

Prosper Portland

Tools and resources to help small businesses open with care

Spatio Metrics

Use this free spatial analytics tool to evaluate social distancing potential within a floor plan.

Take the COVID-19 Safety Pledge

Show your commitment to safety and be added to our list of businesses that are opening with care.

COVID-19 Informational Updates

Greater Portland Inc.

A resource guide for local businesses

Oregon Health Authority

Find the latest on the situation in Oregon.

Portland Business Alliance

Updates on advocacy on regional economic impacts

Prosper Portland

Round-up of links and resources for local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Travel Oregon COVID-19 Toolkit

This toolkit points to resources from national and state public health organizations.

Promote Your Business With #reopeningpdx

The hashtag #reopeningpdx encourages support for Portland attractions, experiences and businesses.

COVID-19 Financial Assistance

Business Economic Resources

Resource list from Multnomah County

Business Oregon

Resources for Oregon businesses looking for assistance with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

FedEx #SupportSmallGrants

FedEx is offering $5,000 grants plus a $500 credit from FedEx Office for grantees.

Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve is providing roughly $600 billion in loans to businesses, with interest rates ranging from 2.5% to 4%.

Oregon Community Foundation

Learn about the fund created to support nonprofits impacted by the virus.

The Oregonian

Apply for marketing matching grants for advertising through The Oregonian.

Pamplin Media Group

Apply for marketing matching grants for advertising through Pamplin Media Group

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Assistance for self-employed, contract, gig and other workers not eligible for regular unemployment benefits

Portland Small Business Relief Fund

Prosper Portland is offering over $2 million in grants and no-interest loans to local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 (applications closed as of April 11).

Pregame HQ

Access free and discounted coaching for impacted small businesses.

Private For-Hire Transportation Program

Company, vehicle, and driver permit renewal fees may be deferred until the end of December 2020.

U.S. Small Business Association

Apply for small business loans and access other COVID-19 resources

Work Share Oregon

Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation.

Promote Your Business With #pdxtogo

The hashtag #pdxtogo encourages support for Portland restaurants and businesses via take out or delivery. Download free graphics to use on social media.

Local Networks and Connections

Business for a Better Portland

Ask members for advice on the organization’s website.

Connecting Dots PDX

Join small businesses, freelancers and local creatives impacted by COVID-19 and share resources.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Connect with businesses in need with the OEN member network.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Make a donation, offer services or volunteer.

Partners in Diversity

The "Open Jobs Board" connects professionals of color with employers in Oregon and Southwest Washington

PDX Mutual Aid

Offer or request support via this grassroots group.


Join this group of businesses offering specials and discounts.

Local Fundraising Efforts

COVID-19 Oregon Musicians' Relief Fund

Foundation to support Oregon musicians and music industry workers affected by COVID-19, created by the Jeremy Wilson Foundation.

Family Meal

Portland-based, volunteer-run nonprofit providing financial relief to Oregon’s food service and agricultural workers in medical debt crisis.

Float – Support Small Business

Online directory of links to support local businesses through crowdfunding campaigns and gift card purchases.

Oregon Worker Relief Fund

Fund providing financial support directly to Oregonians who have lost their jobs yet are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance and federal stimulus relief due to their immigration status.

Portland Coronavirus Mutual Aid Fund

Fundraiser to support those who have lost their employment, assist with healthcare costs and provide supplies to vulnerable communities.

Portland Virtual Tip Jar

Spreadsheet of local service industry workers with ways to "tip" them through online payment platforms, such as Venmo and Cashapp.

Resources for Restaurants and Restaurant Workers

Guide to Cocktails to Go

Learn the dos and don'ts of Oregon's new OLCC guidance

Forbes Travel Guide

As a resource for hospitality professionals during this time, Forbes Travel Guide is providing complimentary live training webinars and videos to help you continue to hone your skills and prepare for the future.

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Safety guidelines and checklist for reopening under phase one

PDX Restaurant Alliance

Resources for employers and employees

Restaurants and Food Service COVID-19 Guidance

Reopening guidance from Multnomah County for restaurants

Restaurant Employee Relief Form

Grant program providing financial support to restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Free technical consultation for restaurants, including online ordering solutions

Winterize Your Business

Tips for winterizing your outdoor dining areas

COVID-19 Social Media Tools for Business Owners

Local business owners are invited to use the hashtag #PortlandTogether and the specialized graphics below to share across their social media platforms and drive customers to purchase gift cards and other products on their websites.

#Portland Together Feed Posts

These graphics are specially sized to fit into your social media feed’s grid format. (Click here to view and download them all.)

#Portland Together Stories

These graphics are specially sized to fit into your social media’s vertical “stories.” (Click here to view and download them all.)