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Updated Nov. 20,  2020

The Oregon Wine Board is committed to supporting our industry partners during this time of unprecedented hardship and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In response, we have created a toolkit for the Oregon wine industry that points to resources from national and state organizations, offers ways to stay connected, and shares ideas for helping your community, your employees, and your business.

Questions? Email us.

General inquiries: OWB Team

Media inquiries: Sally Murdoch

FINDING CURRENT GUIDANCE

  • Two Week Freeze guidance can be found below under Resources and Guidance Documents | Tasting Room Resources
  • OSHA Temporary Rule guidance can be found under Resources and Guidance Documents | Operating Resources for All Businesses

RECENT NEWS

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RESOURCES & GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

Workplace Information

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Paid Leave:

Umemployment:

Note: See the Education section of this toolkit for upcoming and previously recorded webinars pertaining to this information.

CARES Act Financial Assistance

PPP Overview (U.S. Treasury)
Overview of key provisions of the PPP Flexibility Act, approved June 4 (Oregon Winegrowers Association)
Borrower Information Sheet (U.S. Treasury)
PPP Application Form
Find a Local Participating Lender (SBA)
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application (SBA)
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application short form for qualifying recipients (SBA) | Checklist & instructions
PPP Calculator Workbook (.xlsx) (Columbia Bank)
Lending options if your bank does not participate: SmartBiz | Lendio | Kabbage | Funding Circle | Divvy | biz2credit
Article: SBA publishes new PPP guidance for the self-employed and general partners (Journal of Accountancy, April 14, 2020)

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

Overview of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (Davis Wright Tremaine, March 30)
EIDL Application Form

Other Small Business Resources

Ag Operation Resources:

Production Facility Resources:

Guidance Documents

Signage and Handouts

Workplace Safety

General Reopening Information

COVID-19 HARVEST & CRUSH SAFETY GUIDELINES

See the recording and other materials from the Aug. 18 all-industry meeting on COVID-19 Harvest & Crush Safety Guidelines.

Key Documents:

See the “Resources and Guidance Documents” section below for additional resources specific to agriculture and food production, as well as information relevant to all employers.

EDUCATION

Previously recorded learning opportunities:

  • Webinar Recording: Navigating the CARES Act, Part II | Presented by the Oregon Wine Board | April 21 | Watch here | Read Q&A transcript

  • Webinar recording: SBA’s EIDL and PPP Loan Programs  | Presented by National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) | April 10 | Watch here

  • Webinar recording: CARES Act Overview for the Oregon Wine Industry | Presented by the Oregon Wine Board | April 9 | Watch here | Read Q&A transcript

  • Webinar recording: How to Apply for a Coronavirus Small Business Loan | Presented by National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) | April 3 | Watch here

  • Webinar recording: Financial Resources and Updates for Small Business | Presented by National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) | March 30 | Watch here

Upcoming learning opportunities:

OWB has negotiated a discount for all Oregon wineries on the current offerings from education partner DTC Wine Workshops. Their catalog includes “Virtual Wine Tasting Setup in 5 Steps or Less” and “Direct Wine Telesales & Account Management.” Use code OWB20 to get $25 off when you register.

Industry forum notes:

WISE Academy hosted three community conversations with Oregon tasting room managers regarding challenges and opportunities presented by reopening tasting rooms during the pandemic. The notes from these discussions are available and include ideas generated and key points to takeaway.

Pre-recorded learning opportunities:

  • Replay: Virtual Wine Tasting Best Practices – The Technologies, Training and Techniques Wineries are Using | Wine Business Monthly | March 25, 2020 | Watch here

  • Recorded webinars: Wine Club Management | Presented by VingDirect | Recorded June 2019 | View here

  • Oregon Wine Symposium recordings – We’ve removed the password protection to make Symposium 2020 content available to all immediately
  • Napa Valley Wine Academy online courses – Use code OREGON20 to receive 20% off on select courses including Oregon Wine Expert and American Wine Expert
  • Study Oregon Wine through the in-depth materials in the Oregon Wine Resource Studio, including the 4-part Learn Oregon trade curriculum

INSIGHTS

STAY IN TOUCH

Our resident millennial has put together some advice on virtual meetings make our new virtual life just a little more manageable.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

While front-of-house staff at tasting rooms, bars and restaurants across the state are being heavily impacted by mandated closures, many wineries are in a busy season for bottling.

If you have temporary positions to fill, post them to the OWB’s Marketplace and we’ll help get the word out to industry members looking for work.

In times of financial insecurity the guarantee of a simple meal can provide a lot of comfort. The Oregon Food Bank offers 21 regional food banks and 1,200 food assistance sites around the state. Share this resource and if you are able, consider making a donation. Please note, OFB is requesting financial donations instead of food donations to avoid virus transmission at this time.
The Oregonian has compiled a list (see bottom of article) of facilities around the state that are collecting donations of personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks. For a location closer to you, contact your local fire department.
While this difficult time presents unexpected strain and hardship on many within our community, it’s also in times like these that Oregonians shine.

Seen or heard of people / businesses in our community going out of their way to help others? We’re looking for anecdotes, so please let us know what positive examples you know of so that in turn we can help spotlight the good being done.

KEEP BUSINESS GOING

Many wineries are implementing creative techniques in light of social distancing, including:

  • Shipping included with 6-bottle purchase
  • Offering tasting room exclusive wines for sale
  • Including branded swag with purchase
  • Complimentary delivery within a certain radius
  • Curb-side pick-up at the tasting room

What are you doing, or seeing others do, to help keep sales going at this time? Let us know.

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Consider if online events – such as tastings, education, taking people behind the scenes in the cellar, or winemaker conversations – make sense for your businesses. Social platforms allow easy live-streaming to bring viewers inside your winery walls from anywhere in the world. A “Virtual Events” category has been added to the oregonwine.org consumer calendar. Click here to add your event and select “Virtual Events” so we can help promote.