Grants and Loans for 2021

Loans SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): Paycheck Protection Program: Free Matching Service: After taking info from you, they match you to lenders who specialize in your industry. Nav PPP Matching Service: Lendio PPP Matching Service: Or contact a local bank or credit union Or apply through your bank or credit union […]

FEMA – April is Financial Capability Month

In this issue: Virtual Financial Capability Events Money Smart Week Webinars: April 10-17 Penny Pincher’s Tips to Financial Preparedness: April 22 Fifth Third Bank and Operation Hope Financial Literacy Month Series Financial Preparedness Resources Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) Flood Insurance Information Be Prepared for a Financial Emergency Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Worksheet   Virtual Financial […]

What You Need to Know about the SVOG

By Kathy Bazan, Small Business Consultant What is the SVOG? Created by the December stimulus bill, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program funds $16 billion in grants (not loans) for those who operate venues which were closed by the pandemic. $2 billion in grants are set aside for entities with up to 50 employees […]

Vaccine Timeline Accelerated Again for Frontline Workers – 3/29/21

Frontline workers are eligible to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations on April 5, according to an accelerated schedule announced by Gov. Kate Brown last week. Who qualifies as “frontline?” Here’s a simple test OBI worked out with the governor’s office: Does the employee have routine contact (15 minutes or more) with others outside of their household because […]

Legislative Update: March 29, 2021

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) Last week, a COVID outbreak in the House chamber shut down floor sessions. Members were sent home to quarantine, resulting in a full lost week of activity on the House floor. The House is expected to reconvene sometime this week, but a second positive COVID test has pushed that back until at […]

Serving up New Info on the Restaurant Grants

By Kathy Bazan, BRC Business Consultant In the American Rescue Plan, there is $29 billion set aside for grants to independent restaurants, Food trucks. Food stands, food carts, caterers, inns, airport terminal food vendors, tribally-owned businesses offering food and/or alcohol, bars, saloons, taverns, lounges, brew pubs, beer tap rooms, craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and wine […]