COVID-19 Resources

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber is continuing to monitor information associated with COVID-19 and committed to assisting the business community during this national pandemic. The following list of resources will be continually updated. 



Reported Cases and Deaths: 

The graphs provided depict the total number of COVID-19 reported cases and deaths in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio, as well as Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania. 




All data displayed is preliminary and subject to change as more information is reported to health authorities. Active cases and reported deaths are collected from daily reporting by county on the Ohio Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health websites.  Preliminary case data is likely under reported because of the delay between initial contact with a health care provider, testing and diagnosis.  Definitive cause of death can take weeks to determine.  Data displayed illustrates current states.  Reporting area is Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio; and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania. 



Global:
This website provides an up-to-date look at the number of cases around the world, as well as in each state.




Ohio Response: 

Ohio Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 response in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local offices. The Ohio Department of Health has a call center ready to answer questions about COVID-19, staffed from 9am to 8pm daily: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH


Public Health Orders:

Read the public health and executive orders signed by the governor and health director in response to COVID-19.

  • Director's Stay at Home Order
    • APRIL 28 UPDATE: Ohio's Stay At Home order will remain in effect to encourage Ohioans "to continue making reasonable, rational decisions about leaving home." Gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.


Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS):
SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows business owners to cut employee pay between 10 percent and 50 percent and provides a portion of the benefit the employee would receive through unemployment to that employee. This program is designed to allow employers to reduce payroll costs during times of business decline, without having to lay off employees.
Ohio law prohibits individuals from receiving unemployment benefits if they refuse to accept offers of suitable work, or quit work, without good cause. Employers that have workers who refuse to return to their jobs or quit work are asked to let ODJFS know so it can make accurate eligibility determinations. To report these occurrences, please click here.


Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI):
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 for up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured.


JobsOhio:

JobsOhio is committed to supporting the well-being of Ohio businesses, especially now as they navigate the changing landscape created by the Coronavirus disease 2019.
This page provides a list of resources for Ohio businesses, and will be continually updated as more resources are made available.


Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC):
The Ohio BWC has announced that employers may defer insurance premium installment payments for March, April and May until June 1, 2020.
Frequently asked questions and more information are available here.

On Friday, April 10, the Ohio BWC Board of Directors approved to send up to $1.6 billion to Ohio employers this spring to ease the economic impact on Ohio's economy and business community. Of the $1.6 billion dividend, $1.4 billion would go to private employers and approximately $200 million would go to local governments. See the news release and updated BWC FAQs page for more information.

APRIL 22 UPDATE: The Ohio BWC will send 170,000 checks to employers over the next week. This is 100 percent of the dividends of 2018. The BWC will disburse $1.4 billion to private employers and $200 million to local governments and schools.

APRIL 23 UPDATE: The Ohio BWC dividends being sent to employers this week will infuse $53.9 million into the Mahoning Valley economy. That breaks down to $32.9 million for Mahoning County employers and $21 million for Trumbull County employers. An FAQ page for employers is available here.



Ohio Department of Transportation:
In an effort to assist in the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers
 carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products and other household goods.

The federal government has also cut red tape around obtaining or renewing Commercial Drivers' Licenses and other licenses to prevent interruption of essential shipping. The Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Public Utilities Commission have adjusted their enforcement practices to avoid confusion.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new permit from the Ohio Department of Transportation, allowing food vendors to temporarily serve food at Ohio's 86 rest areas. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) temporarily lifted regulations prohibiting commercial activity at rest areas, with limited exceptions. The permit is of no cost to the vendor, and can be found on ODOT's website.



Ohio Department of Commerce:
The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This is intended to aid those establishments that have stocked up on high proof liquor, but are now facing closure to in-house patrons. Bars and restaurants can return unopened, high proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. Questions about this program should be directed to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center at 1-877-812-0013 or
ohioliquorinfo@com.ohio.gov.



Publicly-Funded Daycares:
An
executive order issued last week increased the number of children allowed to be supervised by child care staff, depending on the type of program and ages of the children. The order also increased from 10 to 20 the number of paid absent days for providers serving children in the Publicly Funded Child Care program, and it provides child care programs with 21 paid pandemic days if they must close their programs because of the pandemic. 



Ohio Department of Taxation:
Ohio will be following the federal government and IRS in extending the deadline to file and pay the state income tax. The new deadline is July 15. In addition to the extension, Ohio will be waiving penalty on tax due payments made during the extension. Also, thanks to a legislative agreement between Governor Mike DeWine and the General Assembly, there will be no interest charges on payments made during the extension.



Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation:
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. Applicants can search through jobs in their area, region and the entire state through two main links: one for essential businesses and one for job seekers.



Telehealth Executive Order:
Governor Mike DeWine recently signed an
executive order that will allow Ohioans to more easily access telehealth services from individual counselors, social workers and marriage and family counselors. In normal circumstances, patients must have had a face-to-face meeting with providers prior to receiving a telehealth appointment, and providers are required to receive special training. This order will enable those requirements to be removed so that patients can more easily access these needed services.



Hotspot Locator:
Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently announced that BroadbandOhio has been working with providers to find public wi-fi hotspot locations for Ohioans who may not otherwise have access to the internet from home. Service providers offering public wi-fi hotspots that are not listed on the website are encouraged to get on the list by emailing together@governor.ohio.gov with contact information.


Business Survey:
With discussions about reopening the economy intensifying, the Regional Chamber along with its Ohio Metro Chambers Coalition partners will be advocating for businesses to Ohio's state policymakers. So that we can better serve our nearly 2,500 members here in the Valley, we ask that you please complete this survey. This will help ensure that the voice of the Valley businesses is heard in Columbus.


Ohio 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force:
The Ohio 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force is seeking small businesses willing to share their stories via virtual testimony. We encourage the Valley businesses to share their stories. They can do this by sending an email to ohio2020@ohiohouse.gov with the following information:
  • Name and location of business
  • Number of employees
  • Years in business
  • Contact information
  • Brief description of the business
The Task Force wants to know if/how they are able to operate during the crisis; financial strains compared to previous economic downturns; obstacles that will be in the way after they are able to fully return to business; governmental roadblocks and ideas on protocols for returning to work safely.


Self-Employed Workers:
Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that by the end of next week (week of April 19-25), the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will be able to begin processing the additional $600-a-week payments authorized by the federal CARES Act. JFS also plans to launch an online tool that will allow self-employed, 1099 workers to get in line early, so that as soon as they have the technological ability to process their claims, they will already have their paperwork in and in line for review. The department expects to be able to begin processing those claims by May 15, 2020.

A useful guide for independent contractors or self-employed individuals to help them access assistance under the Federal CARES Act is now available. This includes loans through the Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, as well as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The guide was published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Additional Loans for Ohio Small Businesses:
JobsOhio, Peoples Bank (headquartered in Marietta) and the recently-merged First Federal Bank and Home Savings Bank (headquartered in Defiance and Youngstown) announced a new partnership to support those banks' existing small business clients in Ohio. The application is available here.

The partnership will help small businesses maintain operations and payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. JobsOhio has committed up to $50 million to assist Peoples Bank and First Federal Home Savings Bank.

"This assistance bolsters each bank's ability to provide additional financing on favorable terms for local businesses in good standing that would otherwise not be able to access this credit due to the COVID-19 crisis," said Gov. Mike DeWine. "I thank these Ohio banks and JobsOhio for their partnership, which will get much-needed capital in the hands of small businesses that are so critical to Ohio's economy."

Only businesses with existing relationships with these banks are eligible. That includes businesses whose owners have a personal banking relationship. Eligible businesses can use the loans for working capital, including payroll, rent, mortgages or other fixed debts, utilities and other bills.


Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services:
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced the launch of a new mental health COVID CareLine for Ohioans. Trained staff will be available to provide emotional assistance to anyone struggling with mental health concerns due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic. The number to call is 800-720-9616. All calls will be confidential.

Meanwhile, the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board has coordinated with several agencies to provide assistance.


Responsible RestartOhio Plan:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine revealed these details about businesses reopening in Ohio:

Additional information:


The general safe business practices that all businesses must follow as they reopen are:
  • Requiring face coverings for all employees, and recommending them for clients and customers at all times;
  • Conducting daily health assessments or self-evaluations of employees to determine if they should work;
  • Maintaining good hygiene at all times, such as hand washing and social distancing;
  • Cleaning and sanitizing workplaces throughout the day and at the close of business or between shifts; and
  • Limiting capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.

MAY 8 UPDATES:


JUNE 8 UPDATES:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the reopening of certain facilities, including some entertainment facilities with health and safety restrictions. Day camps and residential camps may open at any time. Entertainment venues listed below may open beginning Wednesday, June 10 if they are able to follow Retail, Consumer, Service & Entertainment Guidelines and other applicable additional guidance:
  • Aquariums
  • Art galleries
  • Country clubs
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor sports facilities
  • Laser tag facilities
  • Movie theaters (indoor)
  • Museums
  • Playgrounds (outdoor)
  • Public recreation centers
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Social clubs
  • Trampoline parks
  • Zoos
DeWine also announced that the following sectors are permitted to reopen on June 19:
DeWine also authorized the Memorial Golf Tournament to be held July 13-19.
   

Continued Closures:
Greater detail on the types of businesses that must stay closed is available here.


Ohio Grants:
DeWine announced that nearly $16 million in grant funding is available for local law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, local courts, victim service providers and adult, juvenile and community corrections agencies. This funding was awarded to the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) as part of the CARES Act. OCJS will accept applications on a continual basis while funding is available. More information is available here.


Reopening Plumbing:
The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio EPA issued a letter and guidance to landlords and building owners for premise plumbing water service restoration. 


Ohio Business Guidance:
To help our members, we are providing the following documents: guidance on Ohio travel and a guide for businesses that are preparing to open.


Legal Protection for Ohio Businesses:
The Regional Chamber threw its support behind two bills pending in the Ohio General Assembly that would help businesses as they reopen. House Bill 606 and Senate Bill 308 would provide businesses with legal protection from Coronavirus-related lawsuits. Both bills will have their second hearings this week.


National Response: 

COVID Volunteers Sought:
If you're COVID-free and willing to participate in an antibody study, the National Institute of Health is recruiting 10,000 volunteers to gauge the extent of disease progress. Click on this link if interested.


U.S. Economic Reopening:

The White House issued this fact sheet on the federal guidelines.


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Most current updated information can be found at the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) page. The page offers guidance for the public on how to protect yourself, what you can do if you think you are sick and what you need to know.
The CDC recently issued a recommendation that citizens wear face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.



U.S. Department of Labor:
The Department of Labor is providing ongoing guidance to employers on how this emergency affects both the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will help the U.S. combat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The Department of Labor has released the following information about FFCRA:


The Department of Labor is requiring all employers to make the Employee Rights poster, which provides information about paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA, visible to its employees.

The Department of Labor announced interim guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on employer "good faith" efforts. This will be tricky for employers to figure out because state OSHAs and regulations from other state and federal agencies to have reconciled, but this link should provide a good starting point.

MAY 7 UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Labor has created a forum for dialogue on six topics: Reopening businesses; Commuting safely; Working safely; Accommodating members of vulnerable populations; Supporting America's families; and Reducing regulatory burdens. Click here to participate.

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
This page offers information for workers and employers on prevention and safety in the workplace.
 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
The IRS has a page for taxpayers impacted by the Coronavirus.
If you are eligible for the payment of stimulus checks and the IRS does not already have your bank information, you can provide it online to get your payment electronically. Americans who filed 2018 or 2019 tax returns with direct deposit information or receive Social Security do not need to take action.

 

U.S. Department of Treasury:
The Treasury Department is supporting American workers and businesses who are impacted by the Coronavirus. In February, Secretary Mnuchin was appointed to the President's Coronavirus Task Force, where he meets daily with the Vice President and our nation's top health officials. Click here for the latest information from the Task Force.



Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

Scammers are constantly adapting and the recent COVID-19 emergency is no exception. The FCC has learned of a number of ways fraudsters are seeking to take advantage of consumers and has worked to develop a COVID-19 scams page. This page will be continually updated and includes tips to assist consumers with protecting themselves and their loved ones. 

The FCC recently announced a
96-page order with the intent to provide $200 million in pilot telehealth grants to help healthcare providers furnish connected care services to patients at their homes or in mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, April 13, the grant application portal opened. The application is also available here.

With so many companies instituting work-from-home policies for their employees, this FCC page with links on optimizing home broadband connection is seeing increased use and importance.



Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
In order to increase cash flow to providers of services and suppliers impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has
expanded its current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A and Part B suppliers.

For businesses that receive Medicaid reimbursements, there is an updated FAQ document that is now available.



Coronavirus Emergency Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act:
The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARE) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.


The CARES Act resulted in changes to Department of Labor paid leave provisions. The major change is to allow particularly vulnerable people to claim leave without illness.
The prepublished draft for the federal register is available here.

According to an article published in the CFO Dive newsletter, businesses accepting forgivable loans made available in the CARES Act may lose tax benefits made available in the CARES Act. 

SHARED WORK PROGRAM: The CARES Act contained a provision that allowed 100 percent federal reimbursement of certain state Short Term Compensation (STC) or "shared work" payments. STC is a concept in which employers, in an effort to reduce layoffs, reduce hours for a pool of employees and an STC payment can help keep the employee whole. The DOL issued new guidance. Click here for the news release.


JUNE 18 UPDATE: This four-page guide to the Paycheck Protection Program reflects recent changes to the program.


Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program:

Congress specifically added money for the fire department grant program in the CARES Act. This existing program is familiar to most fire departments and is easy to process. Money was added in an effort to help fire departments access additional equipment necessary for dealing with COVID-19. Details should be announced on this page soon. Incidentally, the SAFER grant process opens on April 13.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $186 million through CDC for COVID-19 response in funding to state and local jurisdictions hardest hit by the virus. This website has all of the relevant information.


National Endowment for the Arts:
Grants that range from $50,000 to $250,000 for salary support for the nonprofit arts industry are now available as a result of the CARES Act. Applicants must have been a previous NEA grant recipient. The application deadline is April 22. More information is available here.


National Endowment for the Humanities:
Similarly, the National Endowment for the Humanities received an additional $75 million for COVID-19 response. $30 million is earmarked via formula for the 56 state and territorial humanities councils to support local nonprofits and education programming. The remaining money will be available to at-risk concerns directly via NEH. There is no grant application yet, but details for interested parties are available here.


Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund:
The CARES Act invested $100 billion into the Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund for healthcare providers. The first tranche of $30 billion is going out the door now, with allocations going to providers proportionately based on how much a given provider billed Medicare fee-for-service in 2019. Providers can find more information here.

These dollars will provide critical cash flow and flexibility to providers that billed Medicare fee-for-service last year, including rural hospitals that are dependent on Medicare.


National Science Foundation (NSF):
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the federal organizations that supports R&D and has been supported with additional money by Congress to address immediate COVID-19 issues. The Director sent a Dear Colleague letter to collaborators in the scientific community and this FAQ addresses some questions regarding the letter. NSF has a RAPID process in place to support scientific inquiry on COVID-19.

For small businesses that may not have worked with the NSF before, here is some information about proposing processes, products, services, etc. to NSF for review/support that have the ability to help with COVID-19.


Institute of Museums and Libraries Services:
The Institute of Museums and Libraries Services released guidance on the first $30 million (of $50 million) available to qualifying museums and libraries made available through the CARES Act.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development updated information for owners of multifamily affordable hosing impacted by mortgage relief for tenants. It is available here.


U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Here is a document from the U.S. Department of Agriculture with information on programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has wide-ranging contract opportunities for businesses selling merchandise. Businesses have to have an existing account in System Award Management (SAM), which is replacing FedBizOpps, to participate. More information is available here.


Save Small Business Fund:
The U.S. Chamber Foundation has created a "Save Small Business" $5,000 grant for companies of 3 - 20 employees located in a distressed community who have been impacted by COVID-19. Applications will be accepted starting Monday, April 20. Click here to learn more.


U.S. Economic Reopening:
For anyone interested, the federal guidelines for reopening the economy can be found here, but the processes will be determined by each state.


Rural Telemedicine:
The second window of funding has gone live in Grants.gov for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's infusion of cash from the CARES Act. Here is the link.


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working with states, industry and other stakeholders to distribute 1 million protective face masks to commercial truck drivers. This distribution is taking place on the nation's highways. Use this link to get more information.




Social Response: 

The following social groups have been created to collaboratively provide information to the community:



Utility and Service Providers: 

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation:
In an effort to assist those organizations engaged in disaster relief, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is currently taking requests through its web portal for projects related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as they have a plan in place to help with food, emergency assistance or other COVID-19 related issues. Please visit the Foundation page to learn more about funding priorities before completing the eligibility quiz. Any non-profit IRS-designated 501(c) organization can apply.


Business Recommendations: 



Industry Association Resources: 



SBA Response & Other Financial Resources: 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing business owners with low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million for businesses that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Additional guidance is available for businesses and employers, as well as access to other SBA information and programs.


For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center:
Phone: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Emaildisastercustomerservice@sba.gov



Local SBA Assistance is available at:
Ohio SBDC at Youngstown State University - Small Business Development Center
One University Plaza, 100 West Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44403
330-941-2140

SBA Cleveland District Office
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 211, Cleveland, OH 44115
216-522-4180  //  216-522-2038



The SBA and SBDC also provide a variety of export assistance services and loan programs to companies dealing with trade disruptions caused by COVID-19. For more information, contact Mousa Kassis at 330-941-2145.

The U.S. Senate approved additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as the SBA Economic Disaster Loan Program. Called stimulus "3.5," the House is expected to vote on this on Thursday, April 23. Click here to urge your member of Congress to support this desperately needed funding.

APRIL 24 UPDATE: Now that Congress approved a stimulus recharge, these links are important for small businesses seeking to use the Paycheck Protection Program and the Emergency Injury Disaster Loans. Keep in mind, there is some speculation that the new money will run out almost immediately after it is available.
New Paycheck Protection Program guidance came out on Thursday from the U.S. Treasury Department. 


"EZ" Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application:
After receiving a letter from numerous business organizations including the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, the Small Business Administration (SBA) implemented a streamlined process that will help many Valley businesses.

The SBA recently released a three-page "EZ" Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application requiring less documentation and fewer calculations than previously required. Form 3508EZ applies to borrowers who meet any of these criteria:

  • Applied for the PPP loan as self-employed, an independent contractor or a sole proprietor with no employees.

  • Did not reduce salary or wages for any employee by more than 25 percent and did not reduce the number of hours their employees (excepting laid-off employees who refused an offer to return).

  • Did not reduce salary or wages for any employee by more than 25 percent during the covered period and experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19.

The instructions and sign-on letter can be found here.



Local Banking Resources:
The DeWine-Husted Administration has worked with representatives from Ohio's banking community. These companies recognize the hardships that many Ohioans are facing, and they have committed to working through creative ways to help. Ohioans can be confident that banks, both big and small, will be there for them as we move through the crisis and are offering a number of measures to help customers.

  • Banks and credit unions across the state are taking steps to offer loan payment deferrals, fee waivers or refunds and extend credit lines to both businesses and individuals. Many banks are also suspending foreclosures where possible. Recent federal guidelines give financial institutions more tools to help Ohioans and the banking industry has welcomed these changes.

  • Banks are also showing customers how to protect themselves from Coronavirus-related scams and are encouraging Ohioans to use digital banking features like mobile apps, online banking or banking by phone. If you need help, please reach out to your bank for assistance.

  • Learn more at ohiobankersleague.com and ohiocreditunion.org.



Export Import Bank of the United States:
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is announcing relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the United States that may have been affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). EXIM is offering the relief measures, including waivers, deadline extensions, streamlined processing and flexibility, to customers for an initial period of 30 days (with the possibility of a further extension of the period, at EXIM's discretion) to enable businesses and financial institutions that participate in our programs to return to their business concerns and EXIM-related obligations at an appropriate time without penalty.


Trumbull County's Revolving Loan Fund Program:
The Trumbull County Commissioners offer businesses located within the County, outside the Cities of Warren, Niles and Girard, low-interest financing through Trumbull County's Revolving Loan Fund Program. This unique financing tool offers loans to small businesses operating in Trumbull County that have been negatively affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. 

Retail, commercial and entertainment businesses that rely on customers making purchases at their establishments are especially affected; this program is designed to provide relief to those types of businesses. Businesses must demonstrate hardship caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

The Trumbull County Commissioners' goal is to create access to working capital for COVID-19-impacted businesses. Businesses are eligible to apply for funds which will be used to pay for normal business expenses that have been made more difficult due to declining revenues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses must have a physical location in Trumbull County, outside the Cities of Warren, Niles and Girard and have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.



Training/Retraining Options: 

Ohio Technical Centers:
Ohio Technical Centers provide post-secondary career and technical education (CTE) at 54 career centers centers across Ohio. These institutions offer programming in the skill trades (i.e. HVAC, Phlebotomy, Police Training, EMT, etc.) that prepare adult learners for certificates, industry-recognized certifications and state licenses.



Community Colleges:
Ohio's two-year college system is made up of 23 technical and community colleges. These institutions allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree and/or pursue a technical certificate, Associate degree or microcredential. At an affordable rate, employers can utilize two-year colleges for upskilling and retraining their employees in a variety of skills. Two-year colleges also offer certification prep and customized training in Ohio's most in-demand industries.


Universities:
Ohio is a national leader in postsecondary education with 14 public universities and 51 private colleges and universities. Many universities offer certificate programs that can be completed in less than a year, giving employees the opportunity to upskill in the short-term.
 

Microcredentials:
Microcredentials indicate an understanding or mastery in a specific skill or set of skills. Most microcredentials can be earned online and in a self-paced format. They provide an opportunity for employee development that leads to increased business productivity without the time commitment of other traditional educational programs.


TechCred:
TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a tech-infused economy. TechCred offers employers up to $2,000 in reimbursement for every technology-focused credential earned by an employee, up to $30,000 per employer per round. Credentials can be offered by a provider of the company's choice and many of these trainings can be completed online.
 


OhioMeansJobs:

OhioMeansJobs centers are located within each of Ohio's counties and assist job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training and more. Many of these centers help subsidize the cost of employee training and upskilling through their Incumbent Worker Training and On-The-Job Training programs. Employers can connect with their local OhioMeansJobs center to connect with new talent or learn more about opportunities to upskill their current workforce.

The OhioMeansJobs website provides all Ohioans with access to free online training and assessments, including courses on business and computer topics such as Microsoft and Adobe products. 



LinkedIn Learning:
LinkedIn Learning is an online tool where users can take courses to earn business, creative and tech skills. LinkedIn Learning has over 15,000 expert-led courses and is available for free to any Ohioan with a valid public library card.


eBasedAcademy:
The eBasedAcademy is an online learning platform hosted by OhioMHAS. From behavioral science to the science of addiction, eBasedAcademy offers classes from Ohio's top educators, professors and professionals. Through the eBasedAcademy you can earn Continuing Education Credits in a variety of fields, including psychology, nursing and social work.


Other free online education and training sources:



Pennsylvania Resources: 

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's COVID-19 Business Resources webpage houses a variety of information for companies located in PA.






What You Can Do:

Ohio Department of Health suggests that the best thing you can do in the face of COVID-19 is to take precautions to protect yourself, your family and your community:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; day hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, tablets, etc.