Help for Businesses
State of Ohio Business Resources
Businesses and employees are able to access resources related to COVID-19 at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/BusinessHelp. This site includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc.
- Amended Director’s Stay at Home Order – amended 4/2/20
- Guidelines for Essential Businesses and Operations Employers
- Responsible Restart Ohio - Ohio Department of Health
- Stay at Home Order FAQ
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is available to assist small businesses with accessing federal resources. Resources are available at www.sba.gov.
Local SBA Office: Cascade Capital Corp, One Cascade Place, 7th Floor, Akron, OH 44308 (330-379-3169)
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency (EIDL) Advance: This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
- Paycheck Protection Program: This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
- SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- SBA Express Bridge Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
Summit County Public Health
Ohio Means Jobs Summit County
Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program
The Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program (the “Program”) will provide small business grants of up to $5K for Summit County small businesses that have been economically disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds in excess of $1.2 million have been committed to the grant program with a combination of general fund dollars and Community Development Block Grant funds. Summit County is leading this investment with more than $750,000 committed. The City of Akron has committed $100,000 and Jump Start in collaboration and partnership with the KeyBank Boost and Build Program (https://boostandbuild.org/) has also committed $100K. In addition, a number of communities including Barberton, Bath Township, Copley Township, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Green, Mogadore, Norton, and Tallmadge have also committed funds to the grant program.
updated program guidelines (MODIFIED MAY 11, 2020)
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- Greater Akron COVID-19 Resource Guide
- 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.
- One-Time Liquor Rebate Program: The one-time Liquor Rebate Program is designed to help Ohio bars and restaurants as they navigate reopening in the coming weeks.
- US Chamber Emergency Loans Small Business Guide
- US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration COVID-19 information