Keizer Chamber Update: 3/19/2020

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March 19, 2020
Dear Keizer Area/Valley Businesses:

First, thank you for taking the time to read this message.  I realize you are chasing and receiving an overload of information as this COVID-19 crisis unfolds throughout our community, while working to maintain your businesses and securing stability for your families.  This week has been filled with remarkable challenges for many small business owners,  especially in our food service industry and our local schools.  Typically these messages are sent to members of the chamber only, but due to the impact we are all feeling the Keizer Chamber team wants to support as many businesses as we can reach, if you believe someone you know did not receive this email please forward it and ask them to email us, and Corri will  add them to our communication list.

What are we up to?
Myself and other directors of our local chambers of commerce are participating in what is being called the, "Mid-Valley Regional Economic Recovery Team".  What this means for small businesses in the valley is we are working with a member of Governor Kate Brown's staff to move necessary-urgent information to her response team, while receiving critical information as it becomes available and then turning around and sharing that with you all through various sources, as well as processing it to be able to best support you where you are.  The Keizer Chamber is utilizing our website, through press releases found on our home page:, our Facebook page, and emails direct to your inbox.

Economic Impact
We are being asked to collect information as this process unfolds.  Earlier in the week some of you were asked to complete an SBA impact form for your specific county.  You may have noticed, Oregon is not yet listed as an area eligible for participation.  We were notified yesterday the Governor is waiting for all counties to weigh in before she submits her statewide impact request.  There are a few Oregon counties listed (under other states) but that is due to their geographical distance to those states (Washington & Nevada) who have submitted their emergency requests. Oregon is soon to follow in the coming days.

***Additionally, we recently requested through social media and our website for ALL businesses to complete a survey to provide necessary economic impact information to the Governor's Office.   You can take that SURVEY HERE.

Statewide Notices
We are also frequently watching for updates on the Governor's facebook page, and monitoring the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Employment Department COVID-19 pages. 

The latest press release from the Governor's Office regarding business layoffs, closures and unemployment insurance benefits can be found here (also posted earlier today on

Local (Keizer) Government
The City of Keizer has a webpage dedicated to updates and information that pertains to our city. They also are sharing information via their Facebook page.

Grants for Non-Profits
The Oregon Community Foundation has launched a new grant for non-profits impacted by COVID-19.  "Established in collaboration with partners throughout the state, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organization at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak".  APPLY HERE

Supporting our Restaurants
Both the Keizer Chamber and the Salem Area Chamber have taken additional steps to engage our community through social media pages to bring information to you from our food service industry.  Keizer's Hungry and Salem Eats are both very active pages; I encourage you to go "join" and engage in supporting the creativity of sales for these business who are on mandatory closure for dine in access, which has seriously hindered their operations.  You may have read or heard that within 24hrs of the Governor's Executive Order more than 60% of Oregon's food service industry, hourly workers had been laid off. 

As news becomes available and actions are being taken in regards to school closures I encourage you to follow along through information sources provided by our local school district.  Updates are shared through various formats, SKSD website, SKSD Facebook Page and you can follow along with emergency meetings of the board of directors by viewing, and or listening in through the SKSD CCTV YouTube page.

Human Resources
If you are like the Keizer Chamber of Commerce you don't have a human resource expert on hand, and wonder where do you turn to be in the know, how do you support your employees, and yourself, while protecting your business.  We lean to Cascade Employers Association.  Although they are a membership organization their website offers great content for you without membership.

What's ahead
As more information presents itself we will be sending out notifications and updates through the Keizer Chamber sources listed above.  If you wish to not receive regular "mass" emails from us during this time we encourage you to simply "delete" rather than unsubscribe, once this crisis is over we will be back to sending regular community wide details of community event and activities - of which we hope to see you participate in.

I know this is a lot of information to take in, but I want you to have at your finger tips as much information as possible to make the most informed decision you can to support your business, your employees and yourselves.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have a question or concern.  If we do not have the answer we will work to get it!

Together we will get through this -
Danielle Bethell, Executive Director

Keizer Chamber of Commerce
(503) 393-9111
4118 River Rd N Keizer Oregon 97303
Danielle Bethell, Executive Director, (503) 393-9111