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We will be adding to these frequently. Last updated 5/20/20

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New: Governor DeWine has released details of the new "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory" which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020. The health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit. More details TBA.

New: PPP Loan forgiveness Application. PPP recipients will need to submit this form and additional documentation with their PPP lender. Individual banks may require additional specific information based on their policies or interpretation of SBA/Treasury guidance: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/3245-0407%20SBA%20Form%203508%20PPP%20Forgiveness%20Application.pdf

Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren and Clinton Counties has expanded hotline services to help residents feeling isolated by COVID-19 Read more.  
A checklist for businesses and employers.

Ohio's updated Stay Safe Ohio Order   (April 30, 2020) This has been lifted; see above.

If you applied for the SBA EIDL and were rejected, this article may provide some insight. 

Update on additional federal funding: A supplemental $484 billion Coronavirus aid bill passed the Senate and House. 

$60 billion in additional funds for the SBA’s disaster loans and grants programs (EIDLs);
$50 billion in the form of loans and $10 billion in grants.
$75 billion for hospitals
$25 billion for coronavirus testing. Of that testing money, $11 billion will go to states and some will also go to the federal government.

The Treasury Department's PPP Guidelines

PPP Loans FAQ. Updated April 23. 

SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff program. SharedWork Ohio (SWO) is a voluntary layoff avoidance program that allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Learn more

If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, you may be eligible for federal stimulus programs.  Read this guide from the US Chamber of Commerce

In addition to banks, PayPal, Intuit, and Square are all currently accepting PPP applications. PayPal: https://www.loanbuilder.com/ppp-loan-application  Quickbooks: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/small-business/coronavirus/paycheck-protection-program/    Square: Applications will be shared via the online dashboard once it's available.

The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) is focused on identifying and providing direct support to the state's nearly 950,000 small businesses to help during the current public health crisis and to position them for a strong rebound. Resources, Q & A, and more. 

Everything you want to know about SBA Economic Pandemic Disaster Loans has been provided  by the Small Business Development Center Commerce Hub at Voice of America Learning Center: Information about all of the SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster Loans

Wesbanco resources: COVID-19 Support programsInformation for Small Business CustomersSBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) CUSTOMER LOAN INFORMATION SHEET

Peoples Bank offers the PPP loans; see this page for information.

A Guide to Economic Injury Disaster Loans 
A Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit
The SBA has provided additional guidance regarding the $10,000 forgivable loan advance under the CARES Act. To be eligible, businesses must complete the new application that launched March 30. The new web site address is https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ .  Questions? Please call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.
An excellent description and comparison of PPP loans and the EIDL loans
COVID-19 Update for Businesses from Premier Health
Beware of scams in relation to your COVID-19 stimulus money.

Tips for applying for unemployment.

An update from Duke Energy.

Resources about SBA Loans: Ohio Small Business Center's webpage on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans   What kind of businesses can applySBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Small Businesses  Disaster Loans FAQ  Disaster Assistance Loans for Businesses and Non-profits  Disaster Assistance Loans: Community Impact

From Franklin Area Community Services: The Pantry is open normal hours to serve you: Monday through Friday, 12 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. 

If you need to sanitize your home or work space: Dry Patrol can completely disinfect any personal or commercial property regardless of square feet using the state of the art Steramist System by Tomi.

A word from Huntington Bank: The bank is open to serve you via the drive-thru and also in the lobby by appointment only. We are also looking to help businesses with lines of credit or loans. We have streamlined our approval process to get the money to them faster.

How to Approach CV19- (Families First Emergency Response Act and FMLA Expansion)

Guidance for screening employees.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Comp payments deferred

Important Travel Update for Ohioans at Home and Abroad from Senator Brown

A summary of Unemployment & COVID-19 FAQ, from Hunter Consulting.

Ohio Department of Education's COVID-19's page
Press release from Ohio Dept of Jobs and Family Services... Mass Layoffs due to Coronavirus (COVID-19
Duke Energy implements additional steps to protect customers and employees during virus pandemic
Middletown Community Foundation has established a fund to provide grants to area nonprofits helping individuals and families adversely affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The grant application has been streamlined. See more here.
An update from Anthem regarding changes in benefits related to COVID-19, of interest to our those Franklin Area Chamber members who are enrolled in the SOCA benefit plan. Please contact your broker if you have questions.
Information from the State of Ohio about about COVID-19 resources for businesses including advanced unemployment aid, Tech Cred, SharedWork (an alternative to layoffs), one-time liquor buyback, and more.
Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 resources
Centers for Disease Control information for businesses
Small Business Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources