Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief within the Ohio Development Services Agency. The Office will coordinate state efforts to identify and provide direct support for Ohio's nearly 950,000 small businesses.
The Office will initially focus on three key areas:
- It will serve as the state's designated agency for administrating federal recovery funds awarded to Ohio for small business support and recovery.
- It will work with federal, state, and local partners to evaluate and determine possible regulatory reforms that encourage employment and job creation.
- It will coordinate efforts of the Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Minority Business Assistance Centers at local levels.
Resources for small businesses are now available online at coronavirus.ohio.gov/businesshelp. New services and support identified by the Office of Small Business Relief will be added to the site.
The Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis.
Both essential businesses and job seekers can visit the site to post and search -->GO TO WEBSITE
The State of Ohio is requesting information from manufacturers able or willing to make PPE
Important documents from the Ohio Department of Health as well as a Letter from the Salem City Health District
- State guidelines for essential businesses and suppliers
- Latest updates and resources from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
- ODH Checklist for Employers-Protecting against COVID-19
- Guidance for Screening Employees for COVID-19
- Read Ohio Dept of Health Stay-at-Home Orders
- ODH Resources for Economic Support
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has released a mass layoff number to include with any unemployment claims that are the result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations-->GO TO WEBSITE
- Coronavirus & Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Ohio Department of Job & Family Services --> GO TO WEBSITE
- Mass Layoff Form to Distribute to Employees -->PDF FORM DOWLOAD
- SharedWorks Ohio - Voluntary layoff aversion program allowing workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity --> GO TO WEBSITE
Economic impact ReportFrom JP Nauseef, President and CEO, JobsOhioAs we see the global landscape greatly impacted by this pandemic, we are reminded of the important ways that companies in Ohio are doing their part to flatten the curve and provide resources to those in need. -->Economic Impact Report - JobsOhioThis page will continue to be updated with information as will our social media feed with key updates for the business community. Remember, we are in this together. #InThisTogetherOhio
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Ohio Safe. Ohio Working. -->GO TO WEBSITE
- To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio BWC is announcing that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. At that time the matter will be reconsidered."BWC will not cancel coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the coronavirus pandemic," said Lt. Governor Husted. "Installment payments due for the three-month period are totaled at approximately $200 million, and that money will now stay in the economy." For more information, visit the --> BWC website.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted suggests Employers use Ohio Tech Cred now to upskill workforce and have them ready for future growth when we are past this crisis.
The TechCred program gives businesses the chance to upskill current and future employees in today’s tech-infused economy. Credentials that are eligible under TechCred must be short-term, industry-recognized, and technology-focused. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential. Many of these trainings can be completed online!
Ohio Tech Cred program is enrolling now through March 31st --> GO TO WEBSITE
Ohio Department of Transportation Waiver
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is modifying the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods.
To assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, ODOT will modify the process for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods. -->Download and Print Permit
Ohio Department of Insurance
Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums - All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured. -->View Bulletin
- Appalachian Regional Commission has provided new resources documenting COVID-19 spread in Appalachia in relation to the rest of the nationCOVID-19 Cases in Appalachia Interactive Map (Click on map)This interactive map displays the current number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, and throughout the United States. By clicking on a location, users can also see confirmed COVID-19 cases, and any related deaths, at the county level. This map is automatically updated throughout the day by drawing on data collected by the Johns Hopkins University. Click on map to useSearchable Database Interactive Tool by County (Click on image)This tool presents a demographic data snapshot of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in relation to hospital bed counts, population and businesses, and categories of people at risk for COVID-19 in infographic form for each one of the nation’s counties. By clicking on each statistical icon, users can learn more about the supporting data. COVID-19 related data is updated daily. Click on image to use tool