Tigard Business Support

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The City of Tigard is committed to supporting businesses and employees and recognizes the business impacts of the coronavirus measures being implemented.

We understand that business owners and employees have many questions surrounding the virus and its effect on business operations and economic security. We have compiled resources from national, state, and regional organizations for your reference.

This information is changing almost daily; please check back often for updates.

For general information about the City's response to the coronavirus, visit the COVID-19 Information page.


The City of Tigard is committed to supporting businesses and employees and recognizes the business impacts of the coronavirus measures being implemented.

We understand that business owners and employees have many questions surrounding the virus and its effect on business operations and economic security. We have compiled resources from national, state, and regional organizations for your reference.

This information is changing almost daily; please check back often for updates.

For general information about the City's response to the coronavirus, visit the COVID-19 Information page.

  • New City of Tigard Economic Development Programs

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    Because running a small business is challenging, the City of Tigard's economic development division has created three new programs to help you succeed in business. Each of the programs outlined below connects you to resources to build and grow your business in Tigard by building a business support network.

    1. Business Support Scholarship is a reimbursement which can cover up to 50 percent of the cost of advising services, training, and course work for business owners. This program saves you money, helps you build a business support network and improve your business management skills. More information: www.engage.tigard-or.gov/bizscholarships
    2. Advance Tigard is a career advancement program that helps Tigard residents advance their careers at Tigard-based businesses. This program provides a matching grant for career education/training expenses when an employer and employee develop a career pathway plan and make a financial commitment to advancing an employee's career. More information: https://www.engage.tigard-or.gov/advancetigard
    3. Business License Fee Waiver is a one-time, one-year City of Tigard business license fee waiver for new business owners who complete a business-focused training. More information: www.tigard-or.gov/business_license_fee_waiver/index.php
  • Upcoming Webinar: Cash Flow Planning for Small Businesses

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    Do you ever find yourself asking “If I’m making a profit, why is my bank account is so low?” Cash planning and management is the key to keeping your profits flowing and your bank account full. This webinar will help you understand your cash flow, take steps to manage your cash and keep your business strong.

    Join us October 7 for the next in our business education webinar series.

    Topic: Cash Flow Planning for Small Businesses

    Date/time: October 7, 9am-10:30am

    Presenter: Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Capital Access Team

    Cost: Free

    Access webinar on October 7 via Zoom: https://Bizcenter.zoom.us/j/93888894036

    Presented by Bruce Melzer, Strategic Advisor with Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network’s Capital Access Team. Bruce specializes in helping small businesses owners with business planning, finance strategy development and accessing funding.

  • Upcoming Webinar: Solving Manufacturing Workforce Challenges Through Technology

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    Manufacturers are facing significant challenges as they seek to retain and recruit skilled workers. Attend this webinar with OMEP to get practical tips on how small and mid-sized manufacturers can:

    • Utilize affordable technologies to enhance training
    • Improve retention in your existing workforce
    • Build stronger supply chains through domestic sourcing

    Join us November 3rd for the next in our business education webinar series to learn skills to help your business thrive.

    Topic: Solving Manufacturing Workforce Challenges Through Technology

    Date/time: November 3, 9am-10am

    Presenter: Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP)

    Cost: Free

    Pre-register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3vSGpYQdSpG0uhRlzgKRYA

    During the webinar, we'll hear from local manufacturer Alan Weddenbern, who is using several retention and training strategies, including a unique utilization of technology to combat workforce challenges common to businesses today.

    Presented by Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) and co-hosted by the cities of Forest Grove, Sherwood, Wilsonville and Tigard.

  • Covid-19 Safety Protocols

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    For the latest updates on statewide COVID-19 safety protocols and mandates, visit https://coronavirus.oregon.gov/

  • Federal Business Assistance

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    The Federal Small Business Administration offers help for small businesses affected by COVID-19. For more information on available programs, visit www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options

  • Free PPE Supplies for Small Businesses

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    Washington County Program

    Washington County is making available to Washington County businesses limited quantities of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you need to reopen and recover. This program is part of Washington County’s Small Business Emergency Assistance (SBEA) program.

    Learn more and order supplies

    State of Oregon Program

    Governor Brown has announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small businesses and child care providers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies. The state of Oregon is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted.

    Learn more and order supplies



  • Tigard CARES

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    In April 2020, the City of Tigard introduced Tigard CARES (Commercial Assistance & Relief for Economic Stability), an emergency assistance program to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. In collaboration with community development financial institution (CDFI) partners Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) and Craft3, Tigard CARES has leveraged local, state, and federal funding for business assistance in the form of grants and loans.

    More information at: www.engage.tigard-or.gov/cares

  • Tigard AID Program

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    The Tigard AID Program provides relief from city utility fees and charges during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tigard City Council recently approved $2.2 million in customer assistance as part of the Tigard AID Program, including:

    • Commercial & residential utility billing credits
    • Deferral of alarm permit fees
    • Suspending water shutoffs for nonpayment
    • Delaying utility bill rate increases

    To learn more about benefits business owners and employees may qualify for, visit https://tigard-or.gov/aid/

  • Tigard Outside

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    Temporary Outdoor Business Activities Program

    To support local businesses during the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19, the City of Tigard is implementing a program to temporarily relax some rules related to outdoor business activities in commercial zones. There are two components to this program.

    • Expansion of business activities onto outdoor private property does not require a permit, but does require that certain standards are met.
    • Expansion of business activities into the public right-of-way, such as sidewalks and plazas requires a temporary permit. The application for that permit.

    Click here for more information on the outdoor business program.

  • Local Resources

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    Tigard Resources

    • Tigard CARES - The City of Tigard's emergency business assistance program. Tigard CARES provided financial assistance to help firms overcome the temporary loss of revenue from the COVID-19 crisis.
    • Shop Tigard! - Add your business to a list of Tigard businesses offering takeout, delivery, gift cards or otherwise getting creative to continue operating.
    • Tigard Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Updates

    Regional Resources