Workplace vaccination clinics are available throughout Ohio
SBA says the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant will reopen Saturday
SBA releases information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Ohio TechCred applications are being accepted until April 30
Profit Mastery course can help Ohio businesses manage finances
More Ohioans Vaccinated, but Virus is More Contagious
As of Wednesday, 38 percent of Ohioans have received at least one coronavirus vaccination shot. Although cases have plateaued, virus variants are more contagious among those who have not been vaccinated.
“Just because the numbers are getting better and more people are getting vaccinated, the virus is now more dangerous than it was a few months ago for those who haven’t been vaccinated,” Governor Mike DeWine said this week.
“Unvaccinated Ohioans lack the same protection against this virus as those who are vaccinated,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health. “The virus is now in more contagious forms that put younger people at much greater risk, including the risk of ending up in the hospital. Essentially, the new variants have evolved to stick much more easily to our cells, so it takes less of the virus and less exposure to make one sick. Add to that the fact that more older Ohioans have been vaccinated, and it adds up to mean that if you’re young and unvaccinated, what may not have been much of a concern to you this fall should be a concern now."
The vaccine is now more widely available and there is no shortage. Ohioans can visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to look for open appointments or call 833-4-ASK-ODH to book an appointment over the phone.
COVID-19 Cases Per 100,000 Drop in Past Week
Ohio's statewide case incidence number has dropped to 185.8 cases per 100,000 people. That compares to 200 cases per 100,000 a week ago. Five weeks ago, the rate was 144 cases per 100,000 people.
Franklin County continues to be at Alert Level 4 (purple) on Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Two counties are at Level 1 (Yellow), 33 are at Level 2 (Orange), and 52 are at Level 3 (Red). To review the Ohio Public Health Advisory System information, click here.
Ohio has begun working with employers and other organizations to offer workplace vaccination clinics. Vaccine providers can allot up to 25 percent of their vaccine allocation to be used to vaccinate their own employees or to partner with local employers, labor unions, churches, and other organizations to vaccinate their employees at their work locations. Employers and organizations are encouraged to reach out to their local health department and vaccine providers to set up vaccination clinics.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has updated its vaccination guidance for employers and organizations. To read it, click here (PDF). ODH also has guidance for vaccine providers working with Ohio employers and organizations. To read it, click here (PDF).
All Ohioans 16 years old and older are eligible for vaccinations at clinics and sites across the state. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH).
Three New PSAs Urge Ohioans to be Vaccinated
Governor DeWine introduced three new public service announcements this week that encourage Ohioans to get vaccinated.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it would reopen the application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Although applications can be filed beginning Saturday, the SBA said, applicants still can register a new account today to prepare for the opening. To register a new account, click here.
Here are steps businesses can take to prepare for the reopening of the program portal:
To review frequently asked questions, application checklists, and additional information, click here. New documents were posted today.
To view a sample of the online application, click here.
The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are prepared to help businesses through the process. SBDCs are located throughout the state. To find one in your city or region, click here.
Applicants also will be required to register in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM.gov). Ohio SBDC advisors can help businesses with the registration process. The Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center recently hosted a webinar about registering for SAM.gov. To view a recording of the webinar, click here.
SBA Posts Restaurant Revitalization Fund Web Page
Restaurant owners waiting to learn more about the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund can find it now on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website.
The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants.
Details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available in English at sba.gov/restaurants or in Spanish at sba.gov/restaurantes. The web pages also include a sample application form. To sign up for emails with updates on the fund, click here.
Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training. The pilot period will be used to address technical issues ahead of the public launch.
Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. The official application launch date will be announced at a later date. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications.
Eligible restaurants and other food establishments will be able to access the application or data they need to fill out the application through their point-of-sale (POS) service providers or directly to the SBA. So far, SBA has partnerships with Clover®, NCR Corporation, Square, and Toast in an effort to provide a customer-centric approach to the delivery of relief funds. A full list of official point-of-sale service providers will be continually updated and can be found at restaurants.sba.gov.
Federal Government Provides Small Business Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) current relief efforts can be found at sba.gov/coronavirusrelief. Here are two key programs:
Paycheck Protection Program: The deadline for applying for federal financial help through the Paycheck Protection Program has been pushed back to May 31. For more information, click here.
COVID-19 disaster loans: The SBA is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and nonprofit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The SBA has raised the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from six months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Also, the SBA extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the EIDL program, until 2022.
Ohio Business Centers Can Help with SBA Applications
Remember that Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) across the state are available to help businesses with the federal application process, including SAM.gov registration. To find a local SBDC, click here. To find a local MBAC, click here.
New Round for Ohio TechCred Open Until April 30
A new application period for Ohio’s TechCred program is open, and companies can apply until 3 p.m. April 30. Since the program started, 1,168 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 19,841 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees. To learn more about the program, visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov.
Financial Planning Course Available to Ohio Businesses
Beginning June 3, Ohio small business owners may participate in a six-session virtual course in financial management that will give participants the tools and confidence needed to manage their businesses by the numbers.
The program is called Profit Mastery, and it provides independent business owners financial perspective and tools to take advantage of opportunities and deal with challenges.
Participants will attend six virtual sessions and will have access to the Profit Mastery online video curriculum. Any business that has been open at least one year and is interested in exploring new opportunities to increase profitability and manage cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic should attend.
The cost for the course normally is $895, but the Ohio Small Business Development Centers have worked with Profit Mastery so that 400 Ohio businesses will be able to participate at no cost.
Companies selling processed food, beverages, and agricultural products can benefit from an upcoming online seminar.
The Development Services Agency and the Food Export Association of the Midwest will host the event, titled Best Practices to Start Exporting. The seminar will be led by Dennis Lynch, the Food Export Helpline counselor and experienced professional in international trade.
Companies will learn valuable insights, skills, and requirements on how to export food products into international markets. The seminar will prepare companies to become export-ready, avoid common mistakes, and navigate the tools of the trade, including classification, duties, regulations, and documentation for exports.
The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 5. For more information and to register, click here. The cost is $25.
Resources for Ohio Businesses and Venues
For up-to-date information on sector-specific operating requirements, continued closures, and other business resources, click here.
Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange Helps Businesses Find PPE
The Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange is 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.
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!
The 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.
Startup is Creating Solution to Hospital Bed Shortages
For many Americans, 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic marked the first time that a shortage of hospital beds was something to be concerned about. But outside the States, in areas with active military conflict or in rural and impoverished populations, a lack of space for care is an old and ongoing problem. MustER, a Lancaster startup, is working to change that by creating a mobile space that can be assembled quickly and serve as an emergency room or ICU during a pandemic-style outbreak or natural-disaster response.
“MustER was born out of need and necessity as COVID-19 exposed a lot of our deficiencies when delivering health care in a pandemic-type situation,” said Al Burzynski, co-founder and chief executive strategy officer. “Early in the pandemic, there was a bed shortage. We started realizing that if patients couldn’t be seen at their locations, how are they going to receive the care they need? In central Ohio, agencies came up with the idea to use the Columbus Convention Center as an alternate site. But the Convention Center isn’t really set up to handle the airborne nature of COVID-19. With MustER, we’ve created a solution that allows us to deliver medical care anywhere."
Burzynski, an Army veteran who regularly volunteers with medical and veteran organizations, doesn’t just see it as a strong business idea, he thinks it can change emergency medical treatment and close gaps of care.
MustER creates custom-engineered modular sites that feature an ICU that can be hermetically sealed, air filtration to control infectious diseases, 24 to 250 beds depending on size, secure sleeping pods, solar and wind generators, an HVAC system, and a sanitary sewer system. Ultimately, MustER is designed to save lives. The company’s broad mission is to extend the “golden hour,” defined as the period of time following a traumatic injury during which treatment could prevent death or even more serious injury.
As they continue to bring their idea to life, the MustER team has worked closely with state of Ohio agencies to grow their groundbreaking concept. They received funded technical support from the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence at The Ohio State University.
We’re Pushing News and Information on Social Media
Development also is using its social media channels to raise awareness of programs and assistance available through the state and federal governments. We also are urging small businesses to reach out to Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Minority Business Assistance Centers around the state for help in applying for federal assistance and to plan for the future.