Small Business Assistance Grants available from Clackamas County

Applications will be accepted June 29 through July 3

Clackamas County is offering Small Business Assistance grants to help businesses owners pay rent, payroll, and bills to help them recover from the effects of the global pandemic.

The program, provided in cooperation with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will provide a total of $420,000 in grants, with individual grants starting at $2,500.

Clackamas County encourages applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses, and sole proprietorships. MESO, the county and the grant review committee will work to ensure equitable distribution of the grants.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a grant, a business must:

  • Serve Clackamas County residents
  • Employed fewer than 25 employees on Feb. 29, 2020
  • Affected economically by COVID-19 in at least ONE of the following categories:
    • Had to close because of Governor’s Executive Order 20-12.
    • For-profit businesses can demonstrate a one-month decline in revenue of more than 50% in the month of March 2020 or April 2020 as compared with revenue in the month of January 2020 or February 2020.
    • Non-profit businesses can demonstrate a decline in revenue greater than 50% across the months of March 2020 and April 2020 as compared with the same period of time in 2019.
  • Have been unable to access federal CARES Act funds, including:
    • Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program
    • Other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding
  • If part of a chain, must be an individually-owned franchise.

For Questions
Jon Legarza
Business and Economic Development Coordinator
Business and Community Services
503-742-4BIZ

Application

Applications are available beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, June 29. All applications that are complete and received by the 5 p.m., Friday, July 3 will be considered.

For information on determining eligibility, how to complete the form or what documents may be needed, contact Linda Tran at MESO, clackamasgrants@mesopdx.org or 503-489-7410

 

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CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE 2020 RECRUITMENT

CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE 2020 RECRUITMENT

The Portland City Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) is responsible for the civilian oversight of the Portland Police Bureau (Police Bureau). The Citizen Review Committee (CRC) is an advisory body to IPR and the Police Bureau. CRC members are appointed by Portland City Council to serve three-year terms. Candidates must be Portland, Oregon residents or business owners as well as be impartial and objective in regard to law enforcement. Application here.

CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

• Hold public meetings to hear community and Police Bureau member appeals of police misconduct investigations;

• Listen to community concerns regarding police conduct;

• Participate in trainings and activities to increase cultural awareness and responsiveness;

• Engage in training and other activities to learn about policing;

• Review Police Bureau policies and procedures;

• Advise IPR on complaint handling processes;

• Interact with elected officials; and

• Periodically serve on the Police Review Board, an advisory body to the Chief of Police that makes recommendations as to findings and propose officer discipline of sworn members.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS

• Demonstrate ability to be impartial and objective;

• Possess sound communication and listening skills;

• Lead and function well in a group;

• Maintain high standards of confidentiality;

• Act as an appeal body member and become familiar with the relevant City Code and protocols in conducting appeal hearings and other duties; and

• Be willing to make a substantial time commitment—including trainings, monthly evening meetings, workgroup meetings, and independent review of complaint files.

Every effort is made to select qualified persons who represent the demographic and ethnic diversity of Portland. Applications are evaluated and scored by a selection committee and the most qualified applicants are asked to appear for an interview. Selected applicants are asked to submit to a background check (each applicant is reviewed individually and results of a background check do not necessarily preclude service on CRC), and are then submitted by the City Auditor for City Council appointment to a three-year term.

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