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The Union County Chamber of Commerce works to keep businesses and residents informed of the latest information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to its impact on businesses.  This page will be updated as information becomes available.


Oregon Department of Health - Latest Covid-19 Updates

Feb 24 - Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will be lifting Oregon’s COVID-19 emergency declaration, effective April 1. COVID-19 hospitalizations and case numbers continue to drop rapidly across Oregon as the Omicron variant recedes...Read More

Feb 28 - Salem, OR—With declining case rates and hospitalizations across the West, California, Oregon, and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, California, Oregon, and Washington....Read More


City of La Grande, Union County & Beyond

Ignite:  Center for Entrepreneurship located in Downtown La Grande.  Grant information and applications for business support operations are located here.

Union County & Northeast Oregon Joint Information Center:  The Incident Command Center for Union County and regional partners.

State of Oregon and Oregon Health Authority:  COVID-19 Updates and Information.

Center for Human Development:  Public health authority of Union County.

Grande Ronde Hospital & Associated Clinics

Eastern Oregon University:  Oregon's Rural University - Pandemic Resumption Plan and Testing Dashboard.

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District:  Nonprofit regional agency offering technical support, resources, and training to businesses, entrepreneurs, and communities for success (Baker, Union, Wallowa Counties).

Federal Resources State & Local Resources
Paycheck Protection Program Oregon COVID Response
Economic Injury Disaster Loans Business Oregon's Small Business Navigator
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Combating Coronavirus Oregon COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program
CDC Business & Workplace Resources Small Business Advocate Information & Resources
Printable Posters for the Workplace Union County COVID Resources
Farmer Relief Fund COVID-19 Scam & Fraud Prevention
USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Sign-up for Oregon Health Authority Email Updates
FEMA Lost Wage Assistance program Oregon Vaccine Information


Other Resources

5 Unexpected Places To Buy Cleaning Supplies

U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Path Forward, Navigating the Return to Work Webinar Series

U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

Free Masks & Gloves For Small Businesses

GoFundMe's Small Business Relief Fund

Additional Resources

  • Business Adaptation Training hosted by the Mid-Columbia Economic Resiliency Team on May 14 have put together the main training session, as well as links to the sector specific trainings included in the Phase 1 reopening Virtual Business Response links from May 14.
  • The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has released COVID-19 Non-Health Related FAQs covering a wide range of topics, including blood donation, volunteering, guidance on cloth masks and much, much more. Read the FAQs.
  • USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19
  • Travel Oregon: In an effort to support our partners in a time when up-to-date information is crucial, Travel Oregon has created a toolkit that points to resources from national and state public health organizations to give you all the information you need around COVID-19.
    • Tell Travel Oregon your story – share your immediate needs, as well as any special promotions or inspirational stories happening during this challenging time
  • Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA): Has created a Hospitality Action Center to help drive relief solutions for small businesses and employees.  You can sign up for text updates, too.  Visit for more information on the Hospitality Action Center and how to sign up for text updates.
  • Small Business Administration:  Oregon Counties are listed on the SBA’s Economic Injury Development Loan.  For more information visit
  • Oregon Community FoundationSupport for nonprofits impacted by Covid-19
  • Eastern Oregon Workforce Board (​​​serving Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties): Has funding to help area businesses that are at risk of laying off employees due to COVID-19. More information and how to apply at
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the NRAEF. Subject to the availability of funds contributed to the Fund, a one-time grant of $500 will be disbursed directly to the applicant following NRAEF’s review and confirmation that their submitted application meets the prescribed guidelines. Awards will be limited to one grant per person. All grant approvals are at the discretion of the NRAEF.  Fore more information and to apply visit
  • Oregon Farmers Market Association: Covid 19 Resources
  • Federal Resources for Small Business 4-8-2020
  • SAIF Safety fund
  • SBDC_Business_Crisis_Guide
  • 2020 The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
  • Small Farms, Local Food
  • Business Survival_English / Business Survival_Spanish
  • Back to Work Business Planner by Maury Forman: “This is a checklist to help businesses in the Post-Pandemic period, the time when business returns to a “new normal” and businesses can catch their collective breath, if even for a moment.” Click Here
  • Cash Flow Worksheet for Nonprofits: Interesting blog on financial leadership Click Here
  • Facebook – is looking to provide grants for small businesses, more info here 
  • FaireImpact Calculator for Retailers – a straightforward calculator to help you make business predictions amid COVID-19 (no spreadsheets needed!)


    • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI): During this difficult time in our industry, AHLEI is offering the opportunity for hospitality professionals to make good use of their time at home to develop skills that can help take your hospitality career to the next level. Now through April 30, you can access complimentary online training. Employees who are currently furloughed or laid off are eligible to apply for AHLEI certifications as long as they were employed as of March 1, 2020. All other certification eligibility requirements are still in place. 
      • Free Hospitality Career Training 
        • Travel Oregon: Join Travel Oregon CEO, Todd Davidson, along with Alana Hughson, Managing Director of Oregon Destination Association, and Jason Brandt, President & CEO, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:30pm, for an in-depth discussion to inform the industry of our efforts to address the needs of travelers, partners, stakeholders and residents in a time when up-to-date information is crucial. Takeaways include a look at overall economic outlook, recovery strategies and opportunities that will guide us in preparing for the next phase of this crisis. To register Click Here.
    • EOU SBDC hosted a webinar on Monday, April to share information about the Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan for businesses.  Access the webinar HERE; Additional Covid19 resources from EOU SBDC HERE.
    • Verizon Business Webinar Series: Verizon Business is providing free webinars designed to provide small business owners with knowledge and trends to help your business grow.  Access past and upcoming webinars.
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