Governor DeWine Releases New Public Awareness Campaign
June 29, 2020
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Governor DeWine Releases New Public Awareness CampaignGovernor Mike DeWine unveiled two public awareness campaigns this week aimed at spreading awareness of COVID-19 prevention measures that affect the well-being of Ohioans and the Ohio economy.
“The messages of these ads are clear,” Governor DeWine said. “Ohioans, by continuing to practice good prevention, can do two things at once: help stop the spread of COVID-19 and responsibly and safely get back to work.”
The first campaign, called “I Believe,” focuses on real Ohioans and the prevention measures they take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These 15-second ads, provided by the Ohio Department of Health, will air for three weeks on broadcast, cable, and social media across the state. The PSAs feature two Ohio health care professionals.
I Believe 1: Dr. Kevin Sharrett, MD, is a primary care physician with Cedarville and Jamestown Family Practice. He is the Medical Director for the Greene County Health Department and the Medical Director for Rural Health for the Kettering Health Network. He has served as the Greene County Coroner since 1997. A graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine, Dr. Sharrett also is a farmer and has dedicated his career to serving rural Ohioans.
I Believe 2: Shareece Mashiska, RN, has been caring for patients in the Youngstown/Warren communities for more than 15 years. A nurse manager at Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Shareece began her career in the intermediate unit at Mercy Health – St. Joseph Warren Hospital before becoming an intensive care nurse working both in-patient and on Mercy Health’s mobile intensive care unit. Currently residing in the Mahoning Valley, Shareece believes social distancing remains a critical piece of keeping our communities safe, which includes her own husband and three children.
Up to All of Us: The second campaign, called “Up to All of Us,” focuses on the importance of taking proper preventative precautions, such as maintaining social distance and washing hands, to get Ohioans back to work and Ohio's economy working again. The ad, provided by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, will air for three weeks on broadcast and cable television and features an emergency room physician and a local restaurant owner and operator.
Laura Espy-Bell, MD, MHA, FACEP, is a board-certified Emergency physician and a native of Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2003. Dr. Espy-Bell received her Master of health care Administration (MHA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. Dr. Espy-Bell graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2011. Dr. Espy-Bell has been an active member of the OhioHealth medical staff for the past six years as an Emergency Medicine attending physician with Mid-Ohio Emergency Services (MOES) and has provided quality health care in several OhioHealth emergency departments.
Gary Callicoat is the president of Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, which he first opened in 2002. Reflecting a long record of giving back to the hospitality industry, Callicoat serves on the board of the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) and is equally committed to supporting charitable causes of the communities in which he does business. He is also on the board of the ORA’s Education Foundation.
Governor, Lt. Governor Visit Lordstown MotorsGovernor Mike DeWine, First Lady Fran DeWine, and Lt. Governor Jon Husted toured the Lordstown Motors plant on Wednesday and got an early look at the 2020 Endurance All-Electric Pickup Truck, which was officially unveiled Thursday.
“This is the future,” Governor DeWine told Spectrum News 1. “I think this truck really has a great competitive advantage.”
The Governor said he was impressed at how fast Lordstown Motors was able to begin production.
To read more of the story, click here.
Lowe’s Donates Face Coverings to Columbus MBACSmall businesses in the region served by the Columbus Minority Business Assistance Center will be able to acquire face masks for their employees thanks to a donation by the Lowe’s store at 4141 Morse Crossing, Columbus.
On Tuesday, Store Manager Scott Irby delivered 4,000 face masks to the MBAC, which is housed at the Columbus Urban League’s Huntington Empowerment Center. Columbus Regional MBAC Director Kimberly Gayle accepted the donation along with Monica Womack, Manager in Development’s Minority Business Development Division.
Tech Internship Program Open for Company ApplicationsThe Development Services Agency’s Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program is a great opportunity for Ohio companies to get tech-related help. These paid internships give college students great experience in business and entrepreneurship, while companies get great young, diverse talent to help them compete and grow.
Because of disruption caused by COVID-19, Development has opened another application round for both companies and students.
Development will reimburse two-thirds of the intern's wages up to $10,000. Businesses can be a technology company or simply a company with a technological need.
For more information and to apply, click here.
More Businesses and Venues Open Under Responsible RestartOhioAmusement parks, museums, and other popular destinations across Ohio are preparing to reopen under Governor DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio plan. State guidelines for opening businesses and venues are available at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov.
Deadline for Paycheck Protection Program Funding is June 30Time is running out for business to apply for help through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Small businesses must apply with a lender to be eligible for funding by June 30. SBA has about $100 billion available for relief, so businesses should act quickly to secure funding.
Through June 6, 131,887 Ohio businesses have been approved for $18.1 billion in loans, placing Ohio in the top 10 in the country for both the number loans and funding amount.
The SBA also has issued a revised, borrower-friendly PPP loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020.
The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.
For more information, click here.
SBA Reopens COVID-19 Disaster Loan PortalThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this month reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts because of COVID-19.
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low-interest assistance for a small business or nonprofit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt, or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
For additional information, visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.
Through June 6, 25,378 Ohio businesses have been approved for $1.7 million in loans. Additionally, nearly 73,000 Ohio businesses have received disaster loan advances totaling more than $252 million.
Reminder: Ohio Manufacturing Alliance Helps Businesses Find PPEThe Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 created the Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange as an online marketplace where organizations that need personal protective equipment (PPE) and related equipment can find a wide selection offered by Ohio manufacturers. This online service is especially well-suited for organizations that may have lower-volume needs.
For more information and to participate in the Exchange, click here.
The Alliance is a public-private partnership led by The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership and its partner organization MAGNET, the Ohio Hospital Association, and JobsOhio, in partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, and the Ohio Department of Health.
The Alliance also has created this list of practical things manufacturers need to be thinking about and do to prepare for COVID-19.
A list of Ohio Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) certified companies selling PPE and related products and services is available here (PDF).
In addition to the resources available via the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance Makers’ Exchange, another list of vendors providing various PPE is available here (PDF).
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We’re Here to Help Businesses Get AssistanceThe Ohio Development Services Agency has many resources to help business owners make it through the current crisis and prepare for a strong future. Here are some of the resources, and most of them are offered at no cost to businesses.
Tempagenix Experiences Rapid Growth with Wearable, Disposable Thermometer StripsWhile some companies have had to find a pivot in order to succeed amid COVID-19, Dayton’s Tempagenix has been thriving since the moment the country became aware of the virus. The company created a wearable, disposable thermometer strip in 2016, a product that has become a necessity in retail, home, and health care use in recent months.
Since the beginning of March, Tempagenix has grown from about a $300,000 company to a $3 million success story in just two months, with no signs of slowing down. For co-owners April Pollock and Shelly Heller, it’s been a hectic but empowering ride to reaffirm their strong business and make a difference when it’s needed most.
“We’ve just had an insane amount of growth,” Pollock said. “We’ve had to expand our product lines and come up with new product offerings like a bulk thermometer roll and custom designs for hospitals with their logo. It’s not only our signature product, but what we’ve carried to help meet the demand. As soon as Governor DeWine said, ‘Everybody needs to take their temperature,’ we just exploded.”
With Tempagenix’s overnight growth has come a whole new wave of challenges. The company is now responding to more bulk orders than ever and has companies such as Home Depot ordering a million thermometers at a time. But for Pollock and Heller, the challenge has been a welcome one. Not only are they able to provide a useful service, they’re finding out how nimble and adaptable their business can be.
“We have been innovating on the fly since this started, and we’ve really learned how agile we can be,” Heller said. “We’ve gone from selling small retail packs to now selling to Target, Kroger, CVS, and Walmart. We’re working with large companies in the automotive, retail, and gas industries that want to protect their employees by putting a thermometer on their heads to check them coming in and out. Being helpful is what drives us every day, knowing that we’re helping people, even just by relieving their fear of standing next to someone.”
Community is important for Tempagenix. Pollock and Heller are longtime Dayton residents and said they take pride in not only establishing their business there but being part of a new generation of Dayton entrepreneurs who are continuing the city’s tradition of invention and innovation.
“It’s been brought up a few times now: Do we want to get it to a point where we can sell the company? The answer has always been no,” Pollock said. “This has been our brainchild, and we are so passionate about being able to create jobs in the Dayton area. Everything in this product is sourced and manufactured in Ohio, primarily in Dayton. So, to be able to do something for our community and our region while growing and evolving the company is pretty important to us.”
To read more about Tempagenix, click here.
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