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Newly-funded program by the CARES Act; Clackamas County has six sites to address struggling economy.

PHOTO COURTESY: TRIESTE ANDREWS - Sam Mungar (from left), Victoria Meinig and Kevin Guillen work in the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce's newly created Business Recovery Center.Walk into the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce these days, and you enter into a bevy of excitement and activity. People adhering to the strictest of COVID requirements masked 6 feet apart but intent on the tasks they are performing. Two people clicking away on laptops, an administrator working on a website, and a personable voice with a phone in hand asking, "How have the COVID restrictions affected your business? I may be able to help." This is a snapshot of the new Business Recovery Center — a much-needed resource for our struggling local economy. ­­

Business Recovery Centers are a newly funded program by the CARES Act. Clackamas County has six different Business Recovery Centers and affiliated with seven Chamber of Commerce organizations. These include Oregon City, Canby, Lake Oswego/West Linn, North Clackamas, Sandy, and Wilsonville. The services are free to businesses in need and are offered in different languages. They were created with the specific purpose of helping meet the short- and long-term needs of businesses impacted by the COVID pandemic. One company may need legal advice regarding past due rent. Another may need help creating a virtual marketplace or maybe grant writing skills for available funding. The program's beauty is that all these needs can be met with a "one-stop shopping" center. Customers are first interviewed by a friendly BRC specialist who helps determine their exact requirements. They are then directed to a specific resource partner who is familiar with BRC. There is even the possibility of funding if that is an issue.

As Americans, we seem to shine our best when times are hard. Confronting problems with innovative solutions brings a certain hope and knowledge that we will surely survive this. The new Business Recovery Centers are just that — a way to pull our resources together and help ourselves and others. Whether you need assistance yourself, or know someone who does, your Oregon City BRC can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-656-1619 or clackamasbusiness.org.

Trieste Andrews is the operations manager for the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce.


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