Business

Bend Chamber Advocates for Return-to-Work Bonuses

Virtually every industry in the state is experiencing a workforce challenge. Quality jobs are going unfilled: if this continues, it could hinder economic recovery for Oregon. We know that qualified workers are not yet returning to their jobs for several reasons.

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Safe Haven Parking Project

The Bend City Council adopted the Safe Parking Programs into the municipal code on April 7, 2021, that enable property owners or lessees within the City of Bend to allow limited overnight parking for people experiencing homelessness. Code changes provide additional...

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SBA Launches $100M Community Navigator Pilot Program

This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach our nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority focus on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.

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Oregon Employment Department Announces Return to Work Timeline

Certain requirements for receiving regular UI benefits were paused or modified during the pandemic, like being able to work, actively looking for work, and being available for work, and registering for work in their iMatchSkills® system. These requirements will soon start back up again.

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Extreme Risk Impact – Business Relief Funds

Deschutes County has $1.3 million in relief funds available for eligible businesses that were directly impacted by the County’s weeklong return to the “Extreme Risk” level. Applications for the relief funds are open now through Thursday, May 27.

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Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) Q1 Payments Due April 30

Corporate Activitey Tax Update First-quarter 2021 estimated payments for Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax are due by Friday, April 30, 2021. Taxpayers expecting to owe $5,000 or more of Corporate Activity Tax for the 2021 calendar year must make estimated payments....

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Oregon’s Labor Gap

As restaurants, the entertainment and recreation industry, hospitality and others prepare for more customers once our risk level declines, they are finding that a lack of labor is their next big hurdle to overcome.

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