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Local Business Partners with PPE for Sale

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We recently received this list of businesses in the metro area that have PPE for sale.  This is not an exhaustive list but is being shared to help business as you prepare for Phase 1 reopening if applicable.

From Business Oregon

Subject: FW: Business partners with PPE

Below are manufacturers verified last week with product ready to sell in the Portland metro area. Not an exclusive list.

Polypropylene face masks / Cloth masks/ washable/ reusable face coverings

  1. Portland Garment Factory Britt Howard 503-257-2905
  2. Looptworks  Scott Hamlin 503-830-1546
  3. Blue Sky Filters Michael Fogoros 503-867-7254
  4. Prink Made Garrett Staples 541-914-7018
  5. Hydra Research  Zachary Rose 503-849-4879
  6. Spooltown Sara Tunstall  (503) 974-6246
  7. Gentox Medical Services Tom Lukovich 503.679.6789
  8. D6 Inc. Respirator Face Mask (Currently pending NIOSH N95 Approval) (503) 867-1430

Plastic Face shields

  1. Miles Fiberglass & Composites Lori Miles-Olund
  2. D6 Inc. (503) 867-1430
  3. Multi-Craft Plastics MCPPE.COM Kevin Lachnmeier            503-352-0970
  4. Hydra Research  Zachary Rose 503-849-4879
  5. Laird Plastics Bob Dalpe 503-233-4861
  6. Toast, Inc.    Matias Brecher 503-206-7398
  7. Wavecel Bill McAtee 503-839-0525


  1. Looptworks  (use mask order form for gown inquiry) Scott Hamlin 503-830-1546    
  2. Exceed Enterprises Scott Sander      971-998-0279      

Acrylic point-of service/sale shields

  1. Laird Plastics Bob Dalpe 503-233-4861
  2. Multi-Craft Plastics MCPPE.COM Kevin Lachnmeier            503-352-0970

Bryan Guiney

Regional Development Officer

Covering the Portland Metro Area

Business Oregon  |
503-307-3662 mobile



Reopening Oregon – Governor and OHA Criteria and Guidelines as of May 7, 2020

Reopening Oregon

Governor Kate Brown held a media conference this morning at 11 a.m. and in that released what is needed for the reopening of Oregon by phase, by county and by health region.

We have downloaded the resources provided from that briefing directly from the State of Oregon Oregon Health Authority Site.  These downloads include an overall presentation/framework, required health hurdles that we must clear, general guidelines for the public and employees and sector specific guidelines for multiple sectors included in a Phase 1 reopening.

Phase 1 reopening will be controlled at a county level based on specified criteria and in conjunction with the overlapping health region.  Counties may apply for permission to reopen as early as May 15 beginning tomorrow. 

At this time based on information from the Washington County Commissioner Chair, Washington County will most likely not meet the criteria to reopen until late May/early June.

Until the end of September or when a vaccine/treatment becomes available, large scale events are not allowed. This includes sporting events, concerts, fairs etc.

Find PDF links below for the guidance released today .  Is recommended you review them in order presented as they support each other.  There is a Youtube version of the reopening framework PDF which will also be provided below as an option.

Reopening Oregon Framework Presentation 5.7.20

Video version of the Re-Opening Oregon Framework

Prerequisites for Phased Reopening of Oregon

Three Health Signs We Must See to Reopen Oregon

Phase One Reopening General Guidance for:

Sector Guidance:
Outdoor Recreation

Personal Services

OHA Phase 1 Reopening Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Brewpubs, Wineries, Tasting Rooms…

OHA Phase 1 Reopening Guidance for Retail

A Letter to our Federal Delegation – Support Implementation of America’s Recovery Fund Now!


May 5th, 2020

Subj:   Please Support Implementation of America’s Recovery Fund Now!

Dear Congresswoman Bonamici and Senators Merkley and Wyden,

Thank you for the work you are doing in this unprecedented time of a global pandemic. There has never been a more urgent time for your focused leadership, and I can’t imagine the depth and breadth of the requests you are getting from all over. We’ll be brief and get straight to the point. 

In recent weeks, millions of small businesses across the country have been forced to close their doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden loss in revenue has been devastating – putting paychecks, employees, and hard-working families at risk. Businesses forced to close for the responsible social distancing mandates and to support public health safety as we work together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will never recover without business continuity funding in their hands ASAP. The long-term impacts to their employees, families, business owners and the trickle effect through our economy will create irreparable harm if we don’t band together as a country and get them the economic help they need rapidly. We believe that there is a potentially viable solution in the wings, and we are asking for unified and expedited support of and need your help now.

That’s why we created America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, comprised of more than 100 organizations representing over 58 million American workers and 45% of the American workforce. We are calling on Congress to create America’s Recovery Fund – a relief fund for businesses to operate during this unprecedented crisis, retain and rehire employees, pay rent, meet debt obligations, and pay taxes. America’s Recovery Fund will be a vital lifeline to business, communities, workers, and state and local governments which rely on our success to fund local economies.

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce signed onto the Save Small Business Coalition, which has now formally joined America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, who is working with members of Congress right now.

Can we count on you to act on America’s Recovery Fund now? We need your help– our businesses’ survival depends on it.  You can learn more here,

Stay well,

Debi Mollahan

CEO, Tigard Chamber

Cc: Representative Suzanne Bonamici

Senator Jeff Merkley

Senator Ron Wyden

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Available in Oregon

Gail Kiles Krumenauer, Communications Director
Phone: (503) 947-1268

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Available in Oregon

Starting yesterday, the Oregon Employment Department is providing unemployment benefits through the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. In preparation, the agency has recruited and trained staff to process PUA claims.

Oregonians who are eligible for this program include individuals who do not qualify for or cannot collect benefits on a regular unemployment insurance claim. This includes Oregonians who:
• are self-employed and not subject to unemployment insurance tax;
• perform work as an independent contractor;
• perform work not subject to unemployment insurance tax, such as agricultural workers;
• did not earn enough in wages or work enough hours to qualify for regular unemployment benefits;
• exhausted regular unemployment benefits, and are not eligible for another extension.

In addition, to be eligible, you must be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable and unavailable for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covered situations include individuals who:
• are directly caring for a member of the household diagnosed with COVID-19;
• have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are seeking a medical diagnosis for COVID-19;
• are unable to reach the place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
• are primary caregivers for a child or person in the household who is unable to attend school or another facility closed due to COVID-19, and that attendance is required for their work;
• were scheduled to start a new job and were unable to because the business closed as a direct result of COVID-19 public health emergency; or
• owned or worked for a business that closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal law provides that PUA benefits are retroactive to the first week a worker was impacted by a qualifying COVID-19 reason, potentially from the week starting February 2, 2020 through the week ending December 26, 2020. The PUA process can take as little as one week or several weeks, depending on the claim complexity.

How to Apply
Please access the PUA application and certification forms on the CARES Act section of the Employment Department’s COVID-19 web page. There are three ways to start a new application for PUA benefits.

E-mail: You can email to request a secure email link, then attach your PUA application and weekly claim reports to the secure email. Please only use the secure e-mail link we send to provide personal identifying information relevant to your claim.

Mail: You can mail your PUA application and weekly claim reports to Oregon Employment Department at P.O. Box 14165, Salem, OR 97311.

Fax: We have several fax machines linked to the 503-371-2893 fax number for your PUA application and weekly claim reports.

The CARES Act page also provides information for self-employed, contract, gig, and other PUA-eligible workers who filed regular claims for unemployment benefits prior to the start of the program.
Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Tigard Chamber Letter to Elected Officials on Save Small Business Coalition




March 30, 2020

Dear Congresswoman Bonamici and Senators Merkley and Wyden,

Thank you for your service and the important work you do, especially in difficult times as this. We are writing today to ask for your help to Save Small Business.

As a Chamber of Commerce, we view ourselves as first responders to the Business Community. During times a such as these, we are a reliable source of important information, have connections to important resources and have flexibility and agility to change as the needs of our community change. We are closest in touch with what information and help our businesses need. With the deluge of information everyone is experiencing, we serve as a sieve to disseminate and help effectively target necessary info for our businesses.

Our connections with our members brought to light how many businesses have had to reduce hours, layoff employees, and sadly, in some cases, close their doors for good. Many businesses do not qualify for disaster loan programs and some can’t afford to incur additional debt. As the voice of the business community, we need to take immediate action to assist business community to stay afloat during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Together, with over 80 chambers of commerce and business associations, we joined the Save Small Business Coalition. The Save Small Business Coalition is committed to the survival of a vibrant business community as businesses across the US are feeling severe economic hardships as government mandates force restrictions and closures on business.

We know as our elected leaders you are aligned with our desire to keep our small business afloat, maintaining their employees, making recovery plans and be at the ready to do business as soon as possible and is allowed.

• This coalition is not about one single industry, this is about all small businesses across the nation.
• Small Businesses need funds right now to stay afloat, period. Getting small businesses, the funds to maintain the continuity of their business in the most expeditious way is of paramount importance. Many are in critical condition or on life support as it is.
• There is nothing in any business’s insurance that covers this unprecedented event of the Civil Authority of closing of businesses. Trying to reform the policy contracts after-the-fact will likely end up in protracted legal battles and debate while businesses fail and the families they employ suffer irreparable harm.
• We want to empower a potential solution for small businesses that works with the insurance industry backed by the federal government.
• We believe that with a federally funded backstop to cover the business continuity expenses through defined grants to business owners impacted, insurance carriers and agents could potentially act as a distribution center for funds and likely help define the terms of the grants based on their experience as claims payors and policy writers.
• We are advocating that Government funding be provided to the insurance carriers for a streamlined process without adversely impacting the overall insurance safety net.
• We are not asking our carriers to break or ignore contracts that are held by businesses with their current coverage. We are asking for extraordinary emergency action by the Government to empower an urgent solution that currently doesn’t exist.
• In addition to engaging you as our elected leaders we are seeking the collaborative support of not only Chamber of Commerce members across the country but many of the largest insurance industry associations representing carriers, agents and brokers including but not limited to: the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, the American Property and Casualty Insurance Association.
• We believe that the faster we can collaborate and work together to find a federally funded solution for small business continuity that can be dispersed immediately to small businesses the better we will be able to save this vital heartbeat of the American economy.

On a regular basis, the Chamber is a constant advocate for business. The work we do together is more important than ever.

We hope you’ll work with us on a solution to help the many businesses and nonprofits negatively affected by this crisis as we push for a Federal solution. Will you join us?

Debi Mollahan, CEO Tigard Chamber

Megan De Salvo, Chair of the Board, Co-Owner, Edge One Media





Tigard Mayor Jason Snider
Tigard City Councilors: John Goodhouse, Tom Anderson, Heidi Lueb, Liz Newton
Washington County Chair Kathryn Harrington
Washington County Commissioners: Roy Rogers, Dick Schouten, Pam Treece, Jerry Willey State Representatives: Margaret Doherty, Courtney Neron
State Senators: Ginny Burdick, Kim Thatcher, Mark Hass, Rob Wagner
Oregon Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi
Executive Branch: Governor Brown, Secretary of State Bev Clarno, Treasurer Tobias Read