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COVID-19

The Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide you resources and information that we come across to best protect the health and well-being of your workers and your business.  We encourage you to continue to use the US Chamber of Commerce Resources for Combating the Coronavirus.  https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus. This site has workplace tips for employees, guidance for employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus and a COVID-19 Business Preparedness Checklist.

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Small Business Adminsitration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Lake County representative: Kelly Conrad,MEACO/City of Mentor, at [email protected]


Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.  
 
ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT AID FOR OHIOANS:
The Governor will issue an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.
 
This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Governor issued an Executive Order waiving certain unemployment insurance (UI) requirements. The measure was taken in order to expedite the processing of benefits for individuals who lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic and allow them to receive their first benefit payments as quickly as possible.

While claimants must still meet the weekly requirements that they be “able and available for work,” the requirement that they actively search for work while receiving benefits has been waived. By law (Ohio Revised Code Section 4141.29), when an individual has been waived from the work search requirement, they are also exempt from completing their reemployment requirements. These are commonly known as the “8 week and 20 week” requirements. Once exempted, the exemption remains for the entire benefit claim.”

 
For more information, please go to Unemployment.Ohio.gov or JFS.Ohio.gov/Coronavirus.   

You can also call 877-644-6562 for information, open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm

Individuals with  disability, can call TTY at 614-387-8408
 
ONE-TIME LIQUOR BUYBACK:
The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick's Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.
 
Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their 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. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing [email protected].

Manufacturing and Best Practices for COVID-19

https://www.manufacturingsuccess.org/COVID-19?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=84998815&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_rDMYv3vAA4SQcgmJQ8KN_6oxcYIwn1k0VG38mhSm2kQlrQAzKVrNy0C8V7N8PhNHz7rnq041cZiLBas8OeiY2VCSMiDmItExvip5faIuWDkqbU4s&_hsmi=84998815