Survey shows COVID-19 impacts on businessesThe Umpqua Economic Development Partnership has released a survey it conducted of Douglas County businesses and how they have been impacted by COVID-19. The 2020 Douglas County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey was taken from May 12 through May 26. More than two-thirds of those who responded were an owner/operator of a company.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • One-third of the companies who answered the survey said they are fearful they might have to close permanently.
  • Nearly half of the companies said they are experiencing some kind of challenge related to COVID-19.
  • More than 40% of the respondents said they could use assistance with cash flow.
  • More than 50% of companies said they had cut back employee hours in response to COVID-19 and 43% said they had laid off or furloughed employees.

For more information on the survey go to the Partnership’s web site at


New robotics company launchedCon-Vey Holdings, a Roseburg company that produces robotic and automated systems in the wood products industry, has launched a new company called 7robotics.

As 7robotics launches, a small team of Con-Vey employees will be working on new automation projects, according to a news release from the company

“Con-Vey is known in the wood products industry as a high-quality material handling equipment supplier, but not known much outside that industry,” Con-Vey Holdings CEO Dave Larecy said in the release. “We wanted to expand into new markets and felt that transition needed a new name.”

Con-Vey Holdings, Inc., is the parent corporation to Con-Vey, LLC and 7robotics, LLC. Both are headquartered at a 100,000 square-foot facility at 526 NE Chestnut Ave., in Roseburg. For more information, go to


County looking for a few good food trucksDouglas County is looking for food truck vendors to provide lunch service near the courthouse. Food trucks that are selected will serve to-go meals to customers, including employees of the courthouse and justice building, according to a county news release.

Only one truck a day will be allowed and those wishing to apply need to submit an application, as well as provide proof of insurance in order to be considered for service.

The City of Roseburg has in place a popular food truck program that currently has 19 registered food trucks in. The food trucks in that program need to obtain a business license from the city and get permits from Roseburg Fire Department, Douglas County Health, and RUSA.

Those interested in joining the Douglas County program need to submit a mobile food truck vendor application, complete with required documentation, and be approved prior to beginning service. To get an application or learn more about the program contact the county building facilities department via email at, or by phone at 541-440-6001.


Reedsport puts business license fees on holdThe City of Reedsport has decided to give local businesses a break and not collect business license fees for the fiscal year 2020-21, which begins July 1. The city posted the following note on its Facebook page:

“On Monday June 1, 2020, Reedsport City Council voted to suspend the business license fee for fiscal year 20-21. This recommendation was made in an effort to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to our businesses.

“Existing businesses will be receiving the license renewal forms in the mail shortly. This in no way means that a license is not required to do business in the City of Reedsport it is just that for this year there will be no fees. Please fill out and return the forms as usual. Thank you.”

Scott Carroll can be reached at or 541-957-4204. Or follow him on Twitter @scottcarroll15.

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