Is the City of Tigard offering any grants or relief funds for businesses?
Yes. Tigard CARES (Commercial Assistance & Relief for Economic Stability) will provide financial assistance to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue from the COVID-19 crisis. More information about this program can be found here.
All the resources for assistance are a bit overwhelming to me; can you offer any suggestions on where to even start?
We recommend you email the Portland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at email@example.com to set up a free advising session. You can also use their online intake form. SBDC is offering online / video call advising for quick responses. The SBDC staff are well positioned to help you navigate the thorny issues of federal assistance and business advising.
Is there a listing somewhere of businesses that are open in Tigard? And if so, how do I get on that list?
Yes. We are developing a crowd-sourced list of businesses that are still open on our Shop Tigard! website, which you can add your business information to. Visit the website and add your business, or your favorite business: www.engage.tigard-or.gov/shoptigard. We are promoting this site to the public to encourage people to support local businesses during this tough time.
How do I apply for, or renew, my business license?
Business License applications/renewals are still being accepted over the phone, by email and through the mail. For more information please visit: www.tigard-or.gov/business/business_licenses.php
My company offers a product or service the government can use. Who can I talk to about offering such services or products?
An excellent resource for businesses wanting to help out by donating or selling to the government is https://oregon-coronavirus-geo.hub.arcgis.com/. This is a page set up by the Office of Emergency Management where businesses can offer to donate or sell products by taking a survey which asks for details about products or services being offered.
How can I donate personal protective equipment?
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) is encouraging residents and local businesses to consider sharing new items, including surgical masks, N95 respirators and filters, other respirators (P100s, PAPRs), face shields, splash shields, and gowns. To donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup or delivery.