Business and Non-Profit Help During COVID-19


Coronavirus resources for businesses and nonprofits in our community are available. Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

Learn more about suspending your commercial utility account with the City of Salem. 

Loan program 

Businesses and nonprofit organizations in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties (and statewide) are eligible to apply to the US Small Business Administration Emergency Impact Disaster Loan program. This program provides working capital assistance to small businesses and nonprofits who are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Direct questions and requests for technical assistance to [email protected]. Get more information at SEDCOR's coronavirus web page. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications and information is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Business owners needing application help can call the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 503-399-5088 or the Mid-Willamette Council of Governments (MWVCOG) at 503-588-6177. You can also email SEDCOR [email protected].  Due to COVID-19, no in-person assistance can be provided at this time. 

Other resources

Other sources of information include: 

A list of business resources is available at Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Small Business Development Center, and at SEDCOR's coronavirus web page  Manufacturers can also connect with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership's (OMEP) Business Continuity Planning Team to help support manufacturers.  Visit OMEP to access free webinars and contact their Team for support.

Child Care providers should visit the Department of Education's Early Learning Division website to learn more and apply to be registered as an emergency provider.

Employer Related Questions and other resources for business offered by Business Oregon.

Unemployment Related Questions:  State of Oregon's Department of Employment page.

Grant Funded for Salem non-profits impacted by COVID-19: Help is now available for a cultural or heritage focused 501.c3 with a physical presence open to the public that have been under a mandatory change in service, or closure due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. 

Virtual Rapid Response Assistance for Unemployed:   Special assistance is available for unemployed individuals in Marion and Yamhill County, including a free, weekly advising session, each Friday through May 29 from 11:00am to 12:30pm.  Register for the Rapid Response Information Session at Willamette Workforce Partnership or

Health Related Questions: Oregon Health Authority.

Grants for Businesses Involved in Product Repair/Reuse:  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is offering grants of up to $10,000 per business to cover expenses related to employee training, retention, and/or equipment, to help businesses in the repair and reuse business.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: Grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or lost employment. Funding for the first round of grants has been disbursed and currently fundraising to be able to offer additional grants.

Free online courses for lodging and restaurant employees: Scholarships are being offered to hotel and restaurant industry employees to help pay for certifications and career advancement courses that normally are not free.

Reopen Mainstreet has compiled a variety of resources on its website, including potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as they enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.

The Internal Revenue Service has developed a resource with details and support for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Questions on Governor Brown's Executive Orders, including which businesses can remain openState of Oregon Coronavirus information.

For businesses to sell or donate supplies, goods or services:  Complete this online form to add your supplies, goods and services so it can be matched up with a current need.

SAIF Coronavirus Worker Safety Fund: funding to help Oregon businesses respond to COVID impacts. SAIF policy holders are eligible.

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) issued a temporary order for Oregon's manufacturing facilities, removing overtime limitations in the manufacturing sector, allowing for up to a 91-hour workweek. This order is in effect from March 27, 2020 to September 22, 2020. 

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and PBA Charities have created a new fund, the COVID-19 Relief Fund, and will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. 

The National Restaurant Association has developed a guidance document to help restaurants to prepare for reopening, when allowed to do so.