Business Resource Center Now Open

Area businesses needing assistance understanding how to apply for the federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (including up to $10,000 grant), and the Paycheck Protection Program, now have a professional asset in the UEC Business Resource Center.

The center opened April 9 at 1475 N. First St. in Hermiston.

Staff include Emily Cecil as the lead business advisor and Ashley Garcia Sandoval as the business intake counselor. They will be available to provide free assistance to area business owners in applying for federal grants and low-interest loans available to businesses experiencing negative effects from COVID-19.

Robert Echenrode, General Manager for UEC said, “During this period of uncertainty, I’m pleased the newly developed UEC Business Resource Center can offer assistance to our business community.” UEC Board member Bryan Wolfe added, “Although we cannot change what is occurring globally, we do have the ability to work towards improving the economic viability of our communities. UEC is committed to this.”

For more information, call the center at (541) 289-3000. Staff are available to advise businesses by phone, video conferencing, or at the office from behind a glass divider to protect from germs. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8-5 p.m., with a closure for lunch from 1-2 p.m.