Covid-19 Business Resources

Port Authority Receives $2.4 Million Cares Act Recovery Assistance Grant to Create Revolving Loan Fund for Northwest Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced yesterday the award of a $2.4 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to create a Revolving Loan Fund for businesses in Northwest Ohio. The EDA grant will be matched with $600,000 in local investment in establishing a $3 million loan fund.

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SBA RESOURCES

Ohio Personal Protective Equipment Database

Several Ohio companies are working to increase the supply of in-demand medical PPE. JobsOhio has partnered with OMA, the Administration and with our Regional Network partners to provide assistance. Please use the Link below to find lists of manufacturers, distributors and potential contract manufacturers to connect with these resources.

https://www.jobsohio.com/ohio-safe-ohio-working/

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Save Small Business Fund

To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the “Save Small Business Fund”. The “Save Small Business Fund” is a grant-making initiative to offer $5,000 grants that provide short-term relief for employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between 3-20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community (you can search eligibility by zip code here). I know your business may not fit in this small business category, but I encourage you to forward to a friend, neighbor or supplier who may benefit. The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3 p.m.

Visit savesmallbusiness.com for more details about the fund, to get an email reminder when the application launches and to apply for a grant.

To The Business and Organizations

Letter to the Business Leader

March 25, 2020

Hello Business Leader,

We have heard from a number of businesses and organizations who have wanted to step up and help our community during this COVID-19 pandemic. During this difficult time, we appreciate any and all assistance to help protect frontline workers and others from further spread of this virus.

On Monday Lucas County Emergency Management was able to secure a warehouse to collect, organize, and distribute essential supplies for the community. Given the uncertainty of the coming days and weeks, below is a list of supplies needed to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The resources collected will be distributed to front line organizations; for example, first responders, like medical, fire, and police, and nonprofits, like homeless shelters. All resources collected will stay here in Lucas County and support operations in our community.

Hard Goods: Bleach, Temporal Thermometers, Hand Sanitizer, Spray Bottles, Paper Towels, Cleaning Towels,Toilet Paper, Cleaning Wipes, Deodorant Soap, Shampoo, Body Wash, Toothpaste, Hygiene wipes, Baby Diapers, Incontinence Supplies, Volunteers

PPE: N95 Masks, Gloves, Gowns, Surgical Masks, Face Shields, Goggles, PPE Kits, Disposable Scrubs, Traction Socks

Arrangements for donations can be made by emailing donations@co.lucas.oh.us

Cash donations can be made to the Rapid Response Fund through the Greater Toledo Community Foundation using this link: https://toledocf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=2815

Again, we sincerely appreciate your willingness to assist the front line providers in Lucas County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Tim Jakacki Donations Manager

If organizations are looking for PPE, including the following items: gloves, face shields, gowns, N-95 masks, surgical masks, eye protection, Tyvek suits, hand sanitizer, etc., please fill out the form and email it to eoc@co.lucas.oh.us. In the subject line, please write the name of your organization and the words “PPE request”.

Give/Donate

Looking to GIVE? All resources collected will stay here in Lucas County and support operations in our community.

Needed Hard Goods:
Bleach Temporal Thermometers Hand Sanitizer Spray Bottles Paper Towels Cleaning Towels Toilet Paper Cleaning Wipes Deodorant Soap Shampoo Body Wash Toothpaste Hygiene wipes Baby Diapers Incontinence Supplies Volunteers

Needed PPE:
N95 Masks Gloves Gowns Surgical Masks Face Shields Goggles PPE Kits Disposable Scrubs Traction Socks

A Donations Management System and Center has been established to accept and distribute donations.  Established a landing page to direct donors to the appropriate place to provide their donation – Volunteer, Food, Financial Assistance, Goods.

https://donatetlc.org/

Arrangements for donations can be made by emailing donations@co.lucas.oh.us

Cash donations can be made to the Rapid Response Fund through the Greater Toledo Community Foundation using this link: https://toledocf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=2815

Toledo Community Foundation is accepting financial donations to support the response to COVID-19

United Way is coordinating food donations and volunteers https://www.unitedwaytoledo.org/

Medical and Public Safety organizations should email EOC@co.lucas.oh.us  with PPE and other resource needs

All other non-profit organizations should submit identified needs through the following link: https://bit.ly/COVID-19NeedsSurvey

COVID-19 Job Search Resource

Accurate and Valid Covid-19 Websites

**Please be wary of unusual emails and fake websites. There are sites and links being sent in attempts to steal information. For example [corona-virus-map]dot[com]

Coronavirus Response Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. They continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. In the link above, you’ll find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. We encourage you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to your colleagues and employees.
Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond
Customizable Workplace Flyers

​Information and Resources on Coronavirus/COVID-19

SHAREDWORK OHIO

Ohio’s Shared Work Program is managed by ODJFS. This program could be a powerful tool for employers facing a temporary layoff due to impacts of the coronavirus. In short, this program gives participating employers the opportunity to reduce the number of hours worked by its employees in lieu of laying off its workforce. So the company doesn’t have to lose a good employee, while at the same time employees retain their employment and maintain their retirement and health benefits while collecting shared work compensation for the hours they lose. The only downside is an application process at ODJFS that can take time, so the faster a company acts, the better.
SharedWork Ohio Fact Sheet
SharedWork Ohio Guide for Employers and Employees
(includes instructions on how to apply)
For more information, please visit JFS.Ohio.gov/SharedWorkOhio.

TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS ON COMMUNICATING WITH CUSTOMERS & EMPLOYEES

Google for Small Business has created a page with tips and links on communicating with your customers, communicating with your employees and resources for working remotely.
Google for Small Business, “Resources to help your small business manage through uncertainty



Oregon Area Business COVID-19 Ongoing Impacts Survey


The Oregon Economic Development Foundation and the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce is seeking confidential feedback from our local business community in an ongoing effort to address the negative impacts of COVID-19. Please fill out this short business survey (1-2 Minustes).

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