Help for Businesses
OHIO OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF
The Ohio Office of Small Business Relief was announced April 7 to help you navigate state assistance.
Thanks to the CARES Act, additional monies are available for businesses in the travel economy. Thanks also to our friends at US Travel who put together much of the information presented here.
US Travel provides the following resources for understanding options available for your business through the CARES Act.
- Navigating the CARES Act for DMOs Webinar Recording (4/9)
- Webinar 3/30 CARES Act Program Summaries
- CARES Act FAQ (Updated 4/17/20)
- US Travel COVID-19 Resource Page
- Relief for Airports and Community Block Grants (Updated 4/16/20)
- Payroll Tax Relief
The Ohio Travel Association will be adding relief and assistance programs to this list as we identify them through foundations, corporate giving, and local and state efforts.
IF YOU ARE A: Small Business that meets SBA size standards (any businesses that have 500 or less employees
IF YOU ARE A: Mid-sized Business or Nonprofit (generally 500-10,000 employees)
IF YOU ARE A: 501(c)(3) Nonprofit
IF YOU ARE A: 501(c)(4) Nonprofit
IF YOU ARE A: 501(c)(6) Nonprofit
IF YOU ARE A: 501(c)(7) Nonprofit
IF YOU ARE A: 501(c)(19) Nonprofit
IF YOU ARE A: Political Subdivision, State or Municipality
IF YOU ARE A: Franchise or Small Business with Multiple Locations
IF YOU ARE A: Business or Corporation with more than 500 employees
IF YOU ARE A: Large business or corporation
IF YOU ARE AN: Airport
IF YOU ARE A: Self-employed individual
PRESERVING CASH FLOW
Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums
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 up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured.
Deferred Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Premiums
Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers. To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio BWC is announcing the deferment of insurance premium installment payments for March, April and May until June 1, 2020.
Sell Back Liquor
The Ohio Department of Commerce is 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 now are 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.
Internet Provider Assistance
The following internet providers have taken a “Keep America Connected” pledge to help small businesses through this time by not terminating service for inability to pay, waiving late fees, and opening WiFi Hot Spots as needed. Contact your local internet provider if it is on this list for specific details: Arcadia, AT&T, Bresco Broadband, Cable One, CenturyLink, Charter Communications (Spectrum), Cincinnati Bell, Continental, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, Cox Communications, Frontier, Little Miami, Mediacom, Oakwood, Ohio Rural Broadband Association, Ohio Telcom Association, Sprint, TMobile, TracFone Wireless, US Cellular, Van Lue, Verizon, and Windstream.
Program Paying Workers During Reduced Hours
SharedWork Ohio allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
The Cliff Bar Foundation is offering grants to 501 ( c ) 3 organizations for several priorities, including encouraging outdoor recreation and building strong communities. Access the RFP here.
Businesses who have advertised directly with Google or through partners since 2019 will receive notification of ad credits available. This includes ad purchases across all forms - Search, YouTube and Display. Ad credits will expire Dec. 31, 2020. No action is needed on your part. You will be notified by Google.
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. They released the eligibility guidelines; up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where Facebook operates will be able to receive the grant. See eligibility requirements and prepare to apply here. You can click here for more information and guidelines for applying to these grants.