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COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

Everything your business needs to know about COVID-19

On Sunday, March 22nd, under the direction of the Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton issued a directors order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID_19 beginning 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020.  This includes closing all nonessential businesses. Click here for the order.   Click here for the FAQ’s from ODH

Mike Dewine

Governor, State of Ohio

federal resources

SBA Disaster Loan Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state of Ohio’s application to qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio can now apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov.
 
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest \\rate for nonprofits is 2.75%.
 
The federal agency offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
For more information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or email  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for healthcare workers.
3/24/20-  Denny Camp, NEDC Treasurer shared the following:
There is truly an overload of information coming at all of us daily. As for the Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave Act there have been some clarifications in the last two days. First and most important is that the Governors order to “Stay at Home” will not qualify as a quarantine. So the only employees that will qualify are those sick from the virus, caring for someone sick or needed to stay at home to care for their children because they have lost their day care services. Also it appears that the employee must be employed on the effective date of the of the new law, which is to be 4/2/20 or sooner. The DOL will announce this date. So if someone is already unemployed before this date it looks like they will not qualify.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Combating the Coronavirus
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.  Visit our live blog for the lates updates.
 

state resources

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in instructing Ohio employers planning layoffs or shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to share the following mass lay-off number with their employees to speed the processing of unemployment benefits: 2000180.
 
Ohioans can apply for unemployment online at unemployment.ohio.gov.  You can also file by phone at (877) OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Health
Coronavirus.oho.gov – the one website with all of the State Of Ohio info that you need.
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Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The Ohio SBDC will continue to provide business advice and assistance to companies in need, including financial projections development, strategic business planning, market feasibility and research, and more.https://clients.ohiosbdc.ohio.gov/

LOCAL RESOURCES

WORKFORCE

SBA Disaster Loan Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state of Ohio’s application to qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio can now apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov.
 
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest \\rate for nonprofits is 2.75%.
 
The federal agency offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
For more information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or email  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
ODJFS SharedWork Ohio
SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program.  It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity.  The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES
 
 
Unemployment
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in instructing Ohio employers planning layoffs or shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to share the following mass lay-off number with their employees to speed the processing of unemployment benefits: 2000180.
 
Ohioans can apply for unemployment online at unemployment.ohio.gov.  You can also file by phone at (877) OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov
MANUFACTURING RESOURCES
  • Manufacturing Best Practices for COVID-19
    • MAGNET is focused on finding ways to help manufacturers stay strong.  This list compiled through hundreds of conversations across the country of what they have heard is important during this time.
  • The Ohio Manufacturers Association COVID-19 Resources
    • The OMA’s mission is to protect and grow Ohio manufacturing.  We created this page to share content that we believe is relevant to your challenges related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 

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