Tigard Commercial Assistance & Relief for Economic Stability

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The City of Tigard in partnership with Micro Enterprise Solutions of Oregon (MESO) has awarded 94 grants to small businesses impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. Given the city's limited funds, the small grants of up to $1,500 were awarded to firms with limited access to commercial banks and federal support.

The Tigard CARES program continues the city’s ongoing commitment to equitable development and inclusion by awarding 36% of the grants to women led businesses and 24% to minority owned businesses. Grants were awarded for assistance with rent, payroll, recurring costs and future inventory with a strong focus on resources for businesses that most need help accessing federal and state programs.

MESO is also administering another $50,000 in “40/60 Open for Business” micro-loans between $500 and $9,000. These loans are targeted to small businesses owned by individuals who are unable to access credit from traditional banks. 40% of the loan will be forgiven during the first four years with 60% repaid by the borrower, for firms working with MESO.

In partnership with Craft3, Tigard CARES is also providing loans between $10,000 to $50,000 for firms that need a larger amount of bridge funding. Thus far, more than $400,000 in loan funding has been issued to 13 local firms.



The City of Tigard in partnership with Micro Enterprise Solutions of Oregon (MESO) has awarded 94 grants to small businesses impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. Given the city's limited funds, the small grants of up to $1,500 were awarded to firms with limited access to commercial banks and federal support.

The Tigard CARES program continues the city’s ongoing commitment to equitable development and inclusion by awarding 36% of the grants to women led businesses and 24% to minority owned businesses. Grants were awarded for assistance with rent, payroll, recurring costs and future inventory with a strong focus on resources for businesses that most need help accessing federal and state programs.

MESO is also administering another $50,000 in “40/60 Open for Business” micro-loans between $500 and $9,000. These loans are targeted to small businesses owned by individuals who are unable to access credit from traditional banks. 40% of the loan will be forgiven during the first four years with 60% repaid by the borrower, for firms working with MESO.

In partnership with Craft3, Tigard CARES is also providing loans between $10,000 to $50,000 for firms that need a larger amount of bridge funding. Thus far, more than $400,000 in loan funding has been issued to 13 local firms.

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    Pacific Northwest Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic

    about 5 hours ago

    Abby Drinkard and Marianna Dubova (pictured) opened Pacific Northwest Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in October 2001 after graduating from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Marianna and Abby had been study partners at school and opened their clinic with a vision to provide complementary and alternative medicine treatments and educate the community about the importance of mind and body healing and wellness.

    “We are a very small business, women run and operated,” says Abby and Marianna. “This coming October we will be starting our 20th year in business and we’ve been in Tigard the whole time. We get patients from... Continue reading

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    Mai's Travel Service

    about 5 hours ago

    Mai Harlan started Mai’s Travel Service 26 years ago to break out on her own after being employed by another travel company for seven years. Working with both business and leisure travelers, Mai builds highly customized travel arrangements that save time and make travel fun and hassle free. Mai loves helping people embark on new adventures by experiencing and exploring the world. She prides herself on timely, efficient service for her clients and works hard to provide the best travel options available.

    Mai’s began experiencing difficulties related to COVID-19 in mid-February, when her clients began cancelling trips due to flight... Continue reading

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    Fido's

    about 8 hours ago

    Combining beer and dogs, two things Pacific Northwesterners love best, Fido’s is “The World’s First Dog Tap House” and anything but your typical brewpub. Sure, they have adult beverages (40 taps of beer, wine and cider to be exact) and a wide-ranging food menu, but the main attraction is on four legs. Dedicated to world class beer and the welfare of dogs, Fido’s is the first (and still only) bar in the world that fosters rescue dogs, featuring anywhere from four to six pooches who live at the bar until they’re adopted. Dogs reside in a special “fido room,” where... Continue reading

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    Vaughan Computer Networking

    6 days ago


    Henry “Hank” Vaughan (pictured) started Vaughan Computer Networking out of necessity. Let go from his job at a large firm, Hank decided to open his own company with the niche of maintaining computer systems exclusively for dental offices. This includes specialized digital imaging and x-ray equipment that dental offices rely on to diagnose patients.

    Starting out with four clients Hank knew from his previous job, Vaughan Computer Networking has grown by word of mouth since opening in 2003. “Most of my customers have been with me almost two decades,” Hank says. “At one point we had 150 clients in three... Continue reading

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    The Tamale House

    20 days ago


    The Tamale House has been in Tigard for nearly 10 years. Owner Maria Magdalena Jump learned about the emergency relief grant after the City of Tigard and the Tigard Chamber of Commerce reached out to her. If it hadn’t been for that intentional contact, she likely would not have known about the grant opportunity.

    Two major barriers that kept The Tamale House from being able to get funding in the past were not having the right documentation to fill the requirements and not being able to navigate the traditional banking system.

    With a $1,500 Tigard CARES grant, The Tamale House... Continue reading

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    GDL Screen Printing

    20 days ago

    Brothers Ramón and Carlos Diaz dreamed of starting their own screen printing business in Oregon. They had years of experience, so in 2015 they started their business in the garage of Ramón's house. By combining their efforts in the sales and production area, in a short time the business grew.

    In 2017, the garage space was no longer sufficient. So, with a loan from MESO, they moved to a commercial space in Tigard and acquired more equipment that allowed them to increase their production and gave more reliability to the business. In just a few months, production doubled.

    Unfortunately, due... Continue reading

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    The House

    21 days ago


    With over 14 years of fitness industry experience under his belt, owner Mike Van Tassel started The House to offer a workout space “with no mirrors, no judgement, and full of hard-working individuals determined to get things done.” Since opening his doors in Tigard in 2016, Mike has created a popular small group fitness studio built on a foundation of family and community. “We give individuals a place to gain strength, knowledge, and empowerment through proper education and coaching,” says Mike. “We seek to empower you to be able to come into a place as you are, where you are... Continue reading

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    Tiger Auto Detail

    21 days ago


    Thomas Campbell (pictured) has always kept his vehicles spotless and loves the sense of pride that comes with driving around in a sparkling car. Thomas opened Tiger Auto Detail to provide this same sense of pride to the Tigard community, offering full-service interior and exterior cleaning and conditioning services at his shop in downtown Tigard. Going on three years in business, Thomas enjoys meeting the variety of people that come through his doors and learning more about why they are getting their vehicle detailed. “It’s interesting to see the types of vehicles that come in, Thomas says. “Dirty, not... Continue reading

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    Clarity Direct NW

    21 days ago


    Elizabeth Sloan started Clarity Direct NW because she felt a strong draw to help people with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental fog. Having previously dealt with some of these issues herself, Elizabeth learned about effective treatment methods and invested in the training and equipment to become a practitioner. Elizabeth opened Clarity Direct NW in the 2018 and has been using alternative therapies such as neurofeedback and EFT tapping to help her clients ever since. “I love to see how people really change their lives when they become free of ongoing anxiety, stress, PTSD or depression,” says Elizabeth.

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    Buster & Lilly’s Doggie Daycare and Boarding

    27 days ago

    Like many dog owners, Brian Tennison (pictured) dreamed of a job where he could be with his dogs all the time. When the company he was employed with for more than 16 years closed its Portland office in 2010, Brian seized the opportunity to bring his dream to life by opening Buster & Lilly’s Doggie Daycare and Boarding. “It was certainly frightening to leave the corporate world and step outside of my comfort zone, but it has most certainly paid off,” Brian says.

    Named after Brian’s first two dogs (both of whom are featured prominently in the company logo)... Continue reading

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