Is the coronavirus situation impacting your business?

Published Thursday, March 12, 2020
Today, Gov. Kate Brown put forward an executive order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. She issued Executive Order 20-05, which outlines rules that limit large gatherings and ensure social distancing for the next four weeks. In her comments this morning, the Governor affirmed her commitment, not only to public health, but to ensuring that local business have the support they need to weather this health crisis. This includes support for small businesses who may be unduly impacted and face financial hardship.
In order to meet the threshold for federal small business assistance, Oregon businesses that have been impacted need to come forward and tell their story. OBI joins other chambers and business associations in requesting that these impacts be submitted to the Governor’s Office as soon as possible. 
We ask our members to collect local stories and examples of economic hardship and submit them to Leah Horner at, Gov. Brown’s Jobs and Economy Policy Advisor. And please copy to
Our ability to access federal assistance is contingent on local businesses speaking up and letting the state know that they are struggling through these tough times. We thank you for your efforts to support the business community.
For any questions, email Samantha Tipler, OBI communication specialist, at