Business Support

Business Support

(Updated January 13, 2021)


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.


Notice: Paycheck Protection Program Resumes January 11

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, has announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.  Learn more in the Federal CARES Act and Other Financial Relief tab below. 


Tax Relief for Small Businesses Affected by Pandemic

The Oregon Department of Revenue will eliminate penalties and interest on 2019 income tax due from Oregon businesses that are struggling to pay tax bills during COVID-19 restrictions.

 

The following tax relief will apply to personal income, corporate excise, and corporate income taxes:

  • 100% penalty waivers on 2019 income tax due from businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • 100% interest waivers on 2019 income tax due from small businesses impacted by COVID-19 that  have less than $5 million in gross receipts.
  • Continuing to provide extended payment plans of up 36 months for any taxpayer impacted.

In addition, Brown has directed the Department of Revenue to extend the due date of the amusement device tax (lottery machines) for the second quarter of tax year 2020 from Jan. 14, 2021 to April 14, 2021. This will provide additional relief for Oregon restaurants and bars experiencing economic hardship.

 

See additional information about tax relief from the Department of Revenue

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

Eugene Business Recovery Strategies


City Distributing Millions of Pieces of FREE PPE for Eugene Nonprofit and Small Businesses

Eligible businesses must meet specific requirements to receive supplies and make an appointment for pick-up. Learn more and make appointment online.


Updates to the Streatery Program

Eugene’s Streatery program has been extended through the end of April 2021.

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


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. 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 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 distributed close to 28,000 KN95 masks from Business Oregon to help support local businesses as they continue serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with under 50 employees qualified to receive free masks.