Forest Grove offers further assistance for local small businesses
Forest Grove is continuing to offer financial assistance for local businesses.
The city recently announced a second round of its Marketing Design Services Assistance Program through the Washington County Business Recovery Center, hosted by Adelante Mujeres.
The Business Recovery Center is partnering with local designers to support re-entry to the local market through design services including the creation of menus, flyers, logos, brand identity and website development.
The latest round of aid is one of more than a handful of assistance programs offered by the organization since the onset of the pandemic, including but not limited to:
• Free legal services, which in addition to individual business legal counseling, offered — by way of the Small Business Legal Clinic — presentations on topics such as risk reduction and navigating COVID-19 regulations.
• Electronical mapping of local businesses so as to provide consumers necessary information about participating merchants' products and services in a centralized location.
• Small business outdoor expansion permits, which allowed small businesses to expand into one adjacent public parking stall for dining and retail sales.
• Free and discounted marketing services via Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, which allowed for existing or burgeoning businesses with a product or service to gain access to the type of valuable research for little or no cost, opposed to what might normally cost them a relatively significant amount.
The Marketing Design Services Assistance Program is a temporary program and the BRC has a total of $6,000 that will be invested to support various businesses.
Forest Grove economic development manager Jeff King spoke to the importance of the various programs late last year.
"Obviously, a lot of people are struggling to stay in business," King said. "So we want to help as much as we can. Is it enough? We don't know that, but it's helping people from closing their doors, and that's a good place to start."
Funding and capacity are limited, so interested business owners need to apply by completing the application form at forestgrove-or.gov.
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