State of Ohio Resources

Posted 3/24/2020

Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Insurance policy payments for March, April, and May can be deferred until June 1st, 2020. More information on the announcement may be found here.


Department of Commerce

The Ohio Department of Commerce is offering a one-time liquor buyback program for bars and restaurants. Products must have been obtained in the last 30 days and applies to select F2 permit holders too. 


Department of Insurance

Insurers must permit employers to continue covering employees under group policies even if the employee would become ineligible due to a decrease in hours worked per week. View the full bulletin released on March 20th here.


Department of Jobs and Family Services

SharedWork Ohio is a layoff aversion initiative for businesses aimed at curtailing unemployment during economic downturns. Interested businesses must submit the names and the hourly schedules of employees to be uniformly reduced. JFS will then compensate these employees with unemployment benefits. Employers can find more information on eligibility here. Common questions and answers on evolving JFS policies may be found here.


Department of Transportation

ACTION: A special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods has been approved. More information on the order and the permit can be
found here.


TechCred

ACTION: Provides reimbursement for business upskilling employees through a select list of verified skill development programs.
Keep employees engaged from home or utilize downtime by growing employee knowledge. More information and how to apply can be found here.

 

Federal Resources

Posted 3/25/2020

SBA

Low-interest federal loans for working capital for small businesses and non-profits are now available. Business owners should apply here.

SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program

The EBL Pilot Program is designed to supplement the Agency’s direct disaster loan capabilities and authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis. Amounts are available of up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses located in communities affected by Presidentially-declared disasters while those small businesses apply for and await long-term financing (including through SBA’s direct Disaster Loan Program, if eligible).


Department of Labor (DOL)

Their Wage and Hour Division has pages up for question on how this emergency affects both the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Department of Labor is working to provide information on labor and employee relations relating to wages and employment as COVID-19 continues to create challenges in the workplace. Click here for more information.


Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

The EXIM is offering three kinds of relief measures to banks, exporters, and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. More information on the measures may be found here.


Government-Wide Updates

Federal government updates are being linked and concentrated here. Check for updates daily.


Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Deadlines for filing taxes and any payments of due federal income tax have been delayed until July 15th, 2020. The internal Revenue Service has created a special section to assist taxpayers and businesses affected by the coronavirus. 

 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

The CFPB is providing recommendations for individuals to mitigate and contain the damage of any financial fallout due to the coronavirus. Click here for details. Government-Wide Updates Federal government updates are being linked and concentrated here. Check for updates daily.

Employee Resources

Posted 3/24/2020

State of Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

Unemployment benefits have been expanded to those workers who have been quarantined, laid off, or otherwise rendered inoperative due to the coronavirus and/or health crisis.
The normal one-week waiting period for benefits has also been suspended. Common questions and answers on evolving JFS policies may be found here.

Utilities Companies

Posted 3/24/2020

AEP

Suspension of service for nonpayment has been stopped until further notice and repayment plans have been implemented. More information can be found here.
 

Columbia Gas

Suspension of service for nonpayment has been stopped until further notice and repayment plans have been implemented. More information can be found here.


Dayton Power & Light

Suspension of service for nonpayment has been stopped until further notice and repayment plans have been implemented. More information can be found here.


Dominion Energy

Suspension of service for nonpayment has been stopped until further notice and repayment options are available. Grants funds for nonprofits addressing direct needs in the communities across the Dominion Energy footprint are available. More information can be found here.


Duke Energy

Suspension of service for nonpayment has been stopped until further notice and repayment plans have been implemented. More information can be found here.


FirstEnergy

Suspension of service for nonpayment has been stopped until further notice and repayment plans have been implemented. More information can be found here.
 

Private Sector Resources

Posted 3/24/2020

AT&T

Suspension of service for nonpayment has been stopped for the next 60 days and repayment late fees will be waived. More information can be found here.

 

Charter Communications 

Offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Those interested in enrolling should call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. 


Economic & Community Development Institute

Offering microloans from $750 to $350,000 for startups and small businesses.
More information on terms and how to apply can be found here.
Facebook. Applications for cash grants and ad credits for businesses will open in the coming weeks. 


Fifth Third Bank

Payment deferrals for small businesses are being offered across their products.
More information on their programs can be found here. HFLA of Northeast Ohio

Individuals and families may apply for an emergency loan of up to $1,500.
Monthly repayments of $100 would begin May 1, 2020. 


Honeycomb Credit

Loan options for working capital through its proprietary crowdfunding platform are being offered from $10,000 to $25,000. Additional loans amounts may be considered. Check website for details.


Huntington Bank

Payment deferrals for small businesses and individuals are being offered across their products. 

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All services extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact SBDC at 330.308.7479 or visit our website: www.sbdc.development.ohio.gov. SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity. Kent State University at Tuscarawas (SBDC) reserves the right to cancel any course or activity due to insufficient enrollment or for other unforeseen reasons. In the event a program is canceled, the University (SBDC) is not responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses.