State reopens Covid relief fund program for medium-sized businesses in eastern Oregon

Small businesses in eastern Oregon are eligible for a new round of state relief money. Interested merchants have until 3 p.m. Tuesday to get their applications in. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Small businesses in Malheur County can tap into $2 million in a new round of state relief but they have to act quick to get any of the money.

Biz Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, will offer up to $200,000 in funding for small businesses in eastern Oregon that meet requirements.

To qualify, a business must show it was barred from operating by Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders or saw a 25% drop in sales over a 30-day period in 2020 compared to 2019. The program also requires that small businesses already have received at least $100,000 in . . .