(Updated 6/24/2020 2:30 pm) – This page will be updated with new and relevant resources as they become available. If you have information you’d like to share with the Dayton Region’s business community regarding (COVID-19), please email us.
STATE OF OHIO SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the creation of new programs to help small and medium-sized businesses in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs outlined below will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.
Ohio small businesses can learn more about these and other resources available through the Office of Small Business Relief and Development at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp. For information about the grant programs listed below, click “Business and Nonprofit Support” once on the state’s page.
Ohio PPE Retooling & Reshoring Grant Program: This program will provide awards of up to $500,000 to small and medium-sized manufacturers so they can repurpose existing facilities to make PPE or reshore PPE production to Ohio. These grants will allow small manufacturers and other entities an opportunity to create new business while contributing to the fight against COVID-19.
Grant funds can be used to offset costs incurred to acquire equipment necessary to manufacture PPE, retool, or construct facilities in Ohio to manufacture PPE (including, but not limited to, building costs, design/engineering costs, facility expansion, complying with FDA requirements) and technological upgrades. Only costs incurred after March 21, 2020, (the date of Governor DeWine’s state of emergency declaration in Ohio due to COVID-19) will be eligible for reimbursement.
The grant program will be funded with $20 million, and eligible manufacturers may be awarded grants of up to $500,000 per facility. Up to 20 percent of available funding may be reserved for manufacturers with fewer than 25 employees and registered nonprofits.
Companies must meet program requirements, including:
Development will administer the grant program in coordination with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, JobsOhio, and the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program: The $5 million program will provide grants to help businesses owned and operated by minorities and women in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible businesses can apply for grants of $10,000 per business on a first-come, first-served basis. This will provide access to much needed capital for up to 500 minority- and women-owned businesses to continue operating now and to prepare for the future.
State-certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and/or women-owned businesses with state certification in the Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) Program with up to $500,000 in annual revenue and 10 or fewer employees are eligible. Businesses that have received federal assistance through the federal CARES Act are not eligible.
PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
The State of Ohio launched a new public awareness campaign aimed at spreading awareness of COVID-19 prevention measures that impact the well-being of Ohioans and the Ohio economy.
The first campaign, called “I Believe,” focuses on real Ohioans and the prevention measures they take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The second campaign, called “Up to All of Us,” focuses on the importance of taking proper preventative precautions, such as maintaining social distance and washing hands, to get Ohioans back to work and Ohio’s economy working again.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
2020 CARES Grants: Through the Office of CARES Act, Montgomery County will distribute $40 million to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses will have until November 30, 2020 to apply, or until CARES Act funds are depleted. Read the complete details, including eligibility requirements, and submit an online application
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
The SBA will continue to support small businesses through this difficult time, and are urged to visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus and follow @SBA_Columbus on Twitter or sign up for their newsletter for more updates.
Ohio utility companies are providing relief for business and residential ratepayers during the COVID-19 pandemic by developing payment options and ceasing disconnections for overdue customers. Although all Ohio utilities have ceased suspensions, some of them were unable to stop the disconnection notices. The utilities will not follow through with those disconnections.
If you have any questions or concerns about your utility connections, please contact your utility provider, or visit the PUCO website.
FEDERAL TAX RELIEF
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the deadline for filing 2019 federal tax returns will be postponed 3 months to July 15, 2020. The due date for estimated federal tax for 2020 has also been postponed from April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020 as described in section III of the IRS publication. Read more.
DISASTER PAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES
Employers Can Immediately Provide Tax-free Qualified Disaster Payments to Employees in Connection with COVID-19. Read more from chamber member Brixey & Meyer.
SHAREDWORK OHIO – ALTERNATIVE TO LAYOFFS FOR EMPLOYERS
Allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. Read more.
OHIO TECHCRED PROGRAM
Please encourage employees to be trained during this downtime. The TechCred program will reimburse employers up to $2,000 per credential (cap of $30,000 per company). Trainings/credentials can be taken right away but the application needs to be completed before March 31. Learn more.
The link above contains a brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
This page offers current travel warning, alert and watches, as well as destinations with risk of community spread.
An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving Coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention, by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
A resource page by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, including links to Resilience in a Box and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses. It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies.
The United States Government has created the following guide to help U.S. businesses with overseas operations prepare and implement pandemic business continuity. This is a list of suggestions and can serve as a starting point for developing a comprehensive plan. The checklist highlights actions applicable to businesses of all sizes, although each item does not necessarily apply to every overseas business.
This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace. It identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning such as: