Business Support

Business Support

(Updated Oct. 21, 2020)


The City of Eugene has created a specialized Business Help Team to assist employers as they seek to keep their businesses afloat by answering questions about financing options, reopening guidelines and other topics. The team is working to be flexible to meet the needs of different businesses as rules change and needs evolve.


Winter is Coming – Updates to the Streatery Program

Eugene’s Streatery program has been extended through the end of April.

Email the City’s Business Help Team if you have questions about the Streatery program.


Small Business and Non-Profit Grants—New Funds Available

The state of Oregon has released funds for its Emergency Business Grant Program, to support businesses that have been hurt by COVID-19. The state has changed its eligibility criteria, so it’s easier for affected employers to receive funds. Businesses that were previously found to be ineligible may be eligible now.


Grants up to $50,000 are available to Oregon businesses with fewer than 25 employees and who have received less than $100,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) awards. To be eligible, the business must meet these requirements:

  • The business is headquartered in Oregon and has its principal operations in Oregon. 
  • The business has 25 or fewer employees.  
  • The business was adversely affected in either one of the following two ways:
    • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that were prohibited from operation as directed by Oregon’s Executive Order 20-12. 
    • For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses that can demonstrate a one-month decline in sales of 25% or more, incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 as compared against the same period of time in 2019. 

Where to Apply:

Funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Contact the above agencies quickly to determine if your business is eligible. 

 

PPE for Small Businesses and Child Care Providers in Oregon

The state of Oregon has allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective equipment. The state of Oregon is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted. Small businesses and child care providers can submit orders online

  1. Business Recovery Strategies
  2. Oregon Rules and Guidance on Reopening
  3. Federal CARES Act & Other Disaster Relief
  4. Layoffs
  5. Additional Resources

City of Eugene Business Recovery Strategies


Public Spaces for Outdoor Fitness Classes

  • Parks: Parks and Open Space is adapting the low-cost park rental program to make it easier for local businesses and organizations to rent spaces for health and fitness activities. If approved, businesses can reserve space for up to two hours per day, five days a week for $40 per month. The standard $150 deposit has been temporarily waived. This program will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to determine whether it is having a positive impact on long-term recovery efforts. Security deposits will be waived through at least October 15, 2020. Learn more about the Park Rental Program.
  • Parking Garages and Sidewalks: In early August, the Downtown Athletic Club began offering something unusual – outdoor exercise and spin classes. An agreement with the City allows the club to use the upper levels of the adjacent Overpark public parking garage for exercise classes. The City also permitted the DAC to offer spin sessions on the public sidewalk in front of the Willamette Street athletic club. Contact Operations Manager Travis Hargitt about using City parking garages and the City’s Business Help Team about sidewalk permits.


Kesey Square “Food Hall”

As part of the City’s reopening and recovery efforts, the Downtown Ambassadors have re-opened Kesey Square to offer space for the public to sit, eat lunch and order food from downtown restaurants and food carts. Tables and chairs are out from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and sanitized regularly, spaced 6-feet apart. Masks are required when physical distancing is not possible. 


Parking Accommodations to Support Carry-Out Customers and Delivery Companies

City of Eugene’s Parking Services created a new service for restaurants and business owners open for carry-out and delivery orders. Businesses can request the designation of 1-2 parking spots in front of their location to provide a dedicated free parking spot for carry-out customers and/or delivery companies. This service is free for the business and free for the customers. To request this new service please email parking@eugene-or.gov. See a map of the businesses that are using this service.


City Distributed Free KN95 Masks to Support Local Small Businesses

The City of Eugene’s Planning and Development received close to 28,000 KN95 masks from Business Oregon to help support local businesses as they reopen and continue serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with under 50 employees qualified to receive up to 80 free masks. Nearly 20,000 KN95 masks were previously delivered to small businesses in Downtown Eugene. Lane County also received a supply of masks and distributed them throughout the County. They anticipate that more masks will arrive in sometime in the future.