April Newsletter

  • DMA Response to COVID-19
    • Message from the Executive Director
  •  DMA Resources for the Community
    • DMA COVID-19 Resources
  • Business Survey
    • Division Midway District Business Survey
  • Business Resources
    • Livelihood Northwest
    • Small Business Association
  • DMA March Updates
    • Storefront Grant
    • Meet new Staff Members
    • Census Outreach Program
    • Youth Leadership Program
  • Other Resources
    • Intro to Bookkeeping
    • Business Development Workshop Series
    • Multnomah County Health Department
    • Congressman Earl Blumenauer


Dear Friends of DMA, community and local businesses,
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER! Division Midway Alliance (DMA) understands the challenges our communities are facing due to COVID-19. This moment of crisis has strengthened our commitment to you and our mission to serve our communities and local businesses.
In order to ensure safety of our community and staff, DMA has temporarily stopped all in-person support. We are available to provide support and services virtually. Over the past several weeks, DMA’s team have been hard at work adapting our services. We have created innovative and creatives ways to reach and support you.  We have reached out to more than 100 businesses to understand the impact through our online survey and shared available resources. 15 businesses from DMA district successfully applied to Portland Small Business Relief Grant.  Our community liaisons are providing virtual and over the phone support to community members complete the unemployment insurance claim. Our team is also making sure that our community are represented through Census 2020.

We are constantly monitoring the situation, following public health officials’ guidelines, and informing the community through our
social media outlets. Please also check DMA's complied resource list. We are also assessing the COVID-19 impact on our residents especially the most vulnerable and refugee groups.

Our team members are available through emails and for meetings via phone or video conference. If you have any concerns or questions, please email us at
info@divisionmidway.org or call us at 503-841-5201. We encourage you to be strong, reach out to one another and share the resources listed below.
Take care,
Lisha Shrestha
Executive Director
Division Midway Alliance


DMA COVID-19 Resource List

As our community is struggling to navigate through the impact that COVID-19 has caused many DMA employees are hard at work in identifying resources that provides both businesses and residents immediate relief. Our resource list will be updated with brand new information when available. The resource list may be accessed @DMAResourceList.


Business Survey

Division Midway District Business Impact

As a community impacted by COVID-19, DMA would like to know more about how your business is navigating through these difficult times, therefore, we developed a survey to learn about the experiences of businesses within the Division neighborhood. In order to gather more information, DMA developed a survey to help assess how the COVID-19 is impacting local retailers and product companies in order to help provide an accurate picture to state & local officials and also our community partners & funders.

Some excerpts from the survey includes:

  • “We have lost a little above 50% of sales, but are doing the best we can to keep our doors opened and keep our employees. 
  • “Publicity would be nice to let the neighbors know that we are still open. A loan to keep up with the bills would be really helpful”. 
  • “I need money to cover the lease and insurance for my business and money for living costs” .

The survey may be accessed @https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc83u0OLThWnAAZYMtueDAoCEEPsc8wrTMXBrLkyn_sPBcHLA/viewform

Business Resources

Livelihood Northwest

Virtual Advising Session: Our program partner Livelihood NW continues to be a (virtual) resource hub to small businesses, by offering intensive one-on-one consulting to enrolled clients, adapting all our workshops and trainings to online delivery, expanding accessibility for crucial peer-to-peer entrepreneurial support through virtual platforms, and opening new channels for small business owners to seek professional business advisory services through our new and exciting “Chat will a Business Advisor” portal and “Virtual 1:1 Business Advising” scheduling through their website.
Small Business Association
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Under this program, small businesses and nonprofit organizations are eligible for an emergency advance loan of up to $10,000 with no requirement for repayment.
The SBA is also making the Paycheck Protection Program available on Friday, April 3 to help businesses keep their workforce employed during this crisis.
Application information and details on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program are available on SBA’s website.


Storefront Grant
Division Smiles Family Dental

We are excited to share that Division Smiles Family Dental has successfully completed their storefront grant improvements project. With the help of Division Midway Alliance Storefront Improvement Grants, the business completed the following projects-- The Window Project

For more information: Please visit @https://www.divisionsmiles.com/

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NEW Staff

Meet our new Operations & Communications Coordinator: Austin Delos Santos

Austin is a Portland State University graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Community Development. After transferring from a local community college from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in 2018, he joined the BUILD EXITO scholar program. At PSU, he was a part of the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research & Education (AASPIRE), where he analyzed employment and burnout data to develop a burnout measurement tool. As a Chamorro, he understands the need to deescalate situations  through gentle personalism and acknowledging the hidden issues, so we can heal from oppression. In his free time, Austin enjoys volunteering at food pantries to give back to the Portland community.

Meet our new DMA 2020 US Census Staff: Mohammad Khalid & Kamoera Htook

"Mohammad Khalid is a first generation immigrant and a citizen of the United State. He studies accounting at Portland State University. His number one goal is to help and support the Iraqi community in Oregon. In his spare time, Mohammad loves to cook and to play soccer".


"Kamoera is a refugee from Thailand. She loves helping people from her community, whether it be filling out forms and acting as a translator for the non-English speakers in her community".



As a Census Assistance center, Division Midway Alliance is providing assistance to community members to complete the Census application. Our goal is to ensure that every community member is counted for the 2020 Census by updating our social media page and reaching out to community members via phone and messaging. Check out one video created by DMA Staff member, Mohammad Khalid, that highlights the importance of Iraqi community in Oregon to get counted. You can find the video @ https://www.facebook.com/DivisionMidwayAlliance/videos/319510562344175/

Youth Environmental Leadership Program

Due to the current situation, Division Midway Alliance has taken the difficult decision to cancel our Clean Up Day on April 4th. This was a difficult decision to make, but we want to ensure the safety and the well-being of our community. We are hoping to hold this event in the near future.



Intro to Bookkeeping
1-Night Class
Date: April 27, 2020

Time: 4:00-6:00
Cost: $5 client / $25 non-client (subsidies available)

Location: ZOOM virtual meeting (a link will be sent to registered participants)

Does your business accounting system consist of a shoe-box of receipts? Are you ready to face the accounting side of your business? Join Livelihood NW at our Intro to Small Business Bookkeeping Workshop!




Business Development Workshop Series

5-Week Series

Date: April 22, 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $25 client / $175 non-client (subsidies available)
Do you want to grow your business or business idea? 

This series includes instruction, discussion, resource referrals and templates that will help you develop, communicate, and execute your existing business or new business idea.

Other Resources for Community & Businesses

Multnomah County Health Department 

The County Health Department has been hard at work translating COVID-19 resources into different languages for the diverse communities in Oregon. This is beneficial for non-native English speakers in our community. Big thanks to all at the health department that took part in translating resources into other languages. Additional translations may be sought @ https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Additional resources are available through the office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office. They have compiled a list of resources that is accessible for all Oregonians and businesses in need of assistance. The resource can be accessed @ https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_vxTr5ze9Po3noASrmc3075x9EMsKZQczUe-QHsWADQ/edit?ts=5e754ac3#gid=0

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