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· Disaster Preparedness Factsheet (English | Spanish)
· Disaster Mitigation Factsheet (English | Spanish)
· Disaster Assistance Loans: Businesses & Nonprofits (English | Spanish)
· Disaster Assistance Loans: Homeowners & Renters (English | Spanish)
· Disaster Assistance Loans: Community Impact (English | Spanish)
PLEASE FIND BELOW THE US CHAMBER'S SUMMARY OF THE COVID-19 STIMULUS PASSED IN THE SENATE AS OF 3.27.20
Monday, March 16, 2020 10:00 a.m.
From the Chamber President & CEO, Josh Torres
To our valuable business, education, and residential community members:
Our world and most importantly the local economy is changing and WILL change. Therefore, I have as President & CEO of The Chamber Partnership activated The Chamber Partnership's C-19 Economic Task Force on Sunday, March 15th. This is compromised of our local Hispanic Chamber business council executive leadership teams and the Chamber's administration team.
Our first duty of care will be to navigate our businesses, followed by a recovery mode, and finally a road back to prosperity. This will take time and we shall get through this.
With this said, I have had calls daily with our liaisons' at The White House with the United States Chamber, and the Ohio Chamber.
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
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Bar/Restaurant Owner Support
The Lt. Governor announced a temporary buy-back of high proof liquor products purchased within the last 30 days. The goal of this is to ease cash flow for bar/restaurant owners. Here is a release by the Department of Commerce that shares more. It should be returned to the Agency where it was purchased. If you have questions you may call 1-877-812-0013 or email email@example.com
Additionally, Congress acted late last week to pass legislation to support businesses and families affected by the disruption. Here is a great overview by the US Chamber which breaks down what is included.
Here in Ohio, the Development Services Agency is helping to take the lead and they have asked that any small business owners who have been affected please send your contact information to the following email address: BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov and they will follow up with you.
Impacted Employee Support
Your employees may be affected by the temporary restrictions put in place. The Governor’s office also announced several initiatives to help:
· They are broadening current state policy to clarify that individuals that are quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subject to requirements to actively seek work during the period of emergency.
· This also applies to companies that determine it is necessary to temporarily shut down operations due to the current emergency.
· Ohio currently has a 1-week waiting period before an individual can receive unemployment. In order to expedite the payments to impacted Ohioans, they are waiving the waiting week so that workers eligible for unemployment benefits will receive them for the first week of unemployment.
Unemployment & Businesses
The Governor also announced some relief for businesses regarding unemployment:
· Because they do not want to penalize individual employers for the impact of this outbreak by increasing future taxes, the costs of these additional benefits will be mutualized.
· ODJFS will also waive employer penalties for late reporting and payments for the next quarter to assist employers impacted by lack of staff availability.
The Chamber is well connected with our federal, state, and local county and municipal agencies. My freelance team of Lynn Hammerstrom, Laura Hart, Wendy Gehring, and Jayson Hines will lead our efforts to communicate effective, impactful, and realistic information to our business community. This will be supported with additional documented resources for preparation, planning, and execution. Our events for members have been moved to virtual starting this Tuesday with TCPNetworks.
OUR BIGGEST ROLE AT THE CHAMBER WILL BE TO “NAVIGATE!:” By this, I mean, assisting our business community in the navigation of the State of Ohio assistance programs which includes Unemployment, sick leave, paid-time-off, etc, and federally with the United States Economic Development Agency with the zero-interest loans for small business, and other programs that The White House is developing and announcing daily that are coming out.
We will remain vigilant and calm in our efforts to communicate this to our chamber members via website, email, social media, and personal phone calls. Our freelance executives will be calling all of our bars and restaurants starting today to gather their carryout, online, and delivery options so we can formulate a social media campaign to aid in their efforts to recoup business. We must unite and deliver confidence and explain to our businesses the access to the resources, and understand how to “navigate” through their situations.
A majority of our members are small and independently owned and operated and do not have a corporate or franchise support to guide them through any type of crisis, or disaster planning scenarios, hence their panic and uncertainty. Other industry segments we represent within our membership will also see focused efforts to drive marketing and promotion soon.
In addition, beginning this Wednesday, March 18th at 10 am, and each week, I will host a Chamber MasterMinds virtual meeting to discuss updates to resources, strategies, while highlighting local experts on various topics essential to our current needs.
I am a small business owner and already have had a moderate impact in my four restaurants both in Ohio and Michigan, and realize what you may be dealing with as well.
Currently and until further notice, our offices have gone virtual and you can still connect with us via 419-877-2747, email and Facebook.
I appreciate your attention to this matter as “we all” navigate together and will learn from this as well. We are here to help!
Josh Torres, CCEO-AP2
President & CEO
Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber Partnership
Due to the economic crisis caused by the global COVID-19 outbreak, your Chamber is organizing a SPECIAL WEEKLY MASTERMIND to discuss ways to make sure your business continues to thrive. We will be covering various topics weekly including government support, health department news, available resources and more.
Also we will have business coaches, industry experts and others online to discuss marketing strategies, best practices, tips, strategies and ideas to keep your business moving forward. We can all learn from each other.
We will continue this video conference call at least until May or long if needed.
This is open to every business in the world and is FREE. Members or Non-Members, local or regional. We are just looking for great input and ideas.
This will be a VIDEO Conference call. You DO NOT have to share your video, however it is recommended you are watching online either through a PC, Phone or Tablet so you can see things we may share from time to time.
We use UBERCONFERENCE Conferencing and it is very easy to use. This will be the same link every week we use for the call.
Josh Torres is inviting you to a scheduled UberConference meeting.
Topic: Chamber Weekly Mastermind
Time: Wednesdays 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Your UberConference information is below.
Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/jtworld
Optional dial-in number: 419-458-5177
No PIN needed.
No registration is required.
HOW TO APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ONLINE IN OHIO
FROM THE OHIO BWC
To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio BWC is announcing that unpaid insurance premium installment amounts due for March, April, and May for the current policy year can be deferred until June 1, 2020. BWC will consider the issue further as we approach June 1, 2020.
BWC will not refund amounts to employers who have already paid some or all of their premiums that were scheduled to be paid during those months.
Employers that wish to submit payments for March, April, and May are free to do so, but BWC will not lapse (cancel) coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
BWC Leadership is reviewing all program deadlines and other issues impacting Ohio businesses.
BWC has added a “COVD-19 FAQ” page to our website. https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/downloads/blankpdf/COVID-19-BWCFAQs.pdf
Please share this information with your membership.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me as I am working remotely. Feel free to call me as my office phone has been forwarded.
Deb Schultz, CWCC CWCP
Toledo Service Office
One Government Center, Suite 1136
Toledo, OH, 43605
Chamber Member Spotlight
David M Abalos, AAMS
3419 Sterns Road
Lambertville, MI 48144
Full-Service Financial Advisor providing custom financial solutions for the serious long term investor.
Secrets to your success:
Treating my clients, the way I would want to be treated with respect and dignity.
Words of wisdom for entrepreneurs:
Do the right thing! Integrity is so important; you need to be a person people can depend on. It sounds simple but too often we expect a return call or an appointment to be kept that simply doesn’t happen.
Be the person that under promises and over delivers!
How has the Chamber helped you?
Networking and getting to know people in the Community
I am also hosting Business After Hours on January 23st 5:30p- 7p at Forest View Lanes. I look forward to getting to know my fellow Chamber Members!