3 new State programs announced to help business

From the Governor’s press release yesterday (June 2, 2020):

OHIO BUSINESS FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: 

“Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the creation of three programs to help small and medium-sized businesses in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency:”

Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant Program

Ohio businesses and nonprofit organizations need personal protective equipment, which remains in short supply.  We are working to solve that issue through the ingenuity of Ohio companies and their employees. The Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant Program provides funds to help businesses innovate and create solutions to the PPE shortage.

Small and medium-sized manufacturers that retool existing facilities to make PPE or reshore PPE production to Ohio are eligible. The funding provides up to $500,000 per facility.

Needed PPE: Surgical masks, Gowns, Gloves, Community masks, Face shields, Thermometers, Hand sanitizer, Cleaning and sanitizing products,Other products and solutions.

Click here for program guidelines.

Click here to apply.

Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program

Many Ohio small, minority- and women-owned businesses have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program provides $10,000 in funding to help these companies through the current crisis and set them up for the future.

To be eligible, businesses must have been certified as a Minority Business Enterprise or woman-owned EDGE-certified business as of Feb. 29, 2020; have 10 or fewer employees and up to $500,000 in annual revenue; and have not received funding under the federal CARES Act.

To qualify, businesses must be current on all taxes and private or public loans. Grants will be awarded on first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to apply.

Appalachian Growth Capital Loan Program

Many small businesses in Ohio’s Appalachian region have been hit hard by the COVID-10 pandemic.  The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia will provide $10 million in funding to help these businesses through the crisis.

This new loan program provides funding to the Appalachian Growth Capital LLC, which is a U.S. Treasury-Certified Community Development Financial Institution that provides small business financing in the 32-county Appalachian region of eastern and southern Ohio.

  • Businesses located in the 32-county region with less than $40 million of revenue in the most recently completed tax year are eligible.
  • Appalachian Growth Capital will offer loans to small businesses at 2 percent interest.
  • The maximum loan amount is $500,000, and businesses will have the ability to defer payment for up to six months.

Businesses can apply at appcap.org.

Husted announces TechCred Awards, program changes to support COVID-19 economic recovery

Next application period begins Monday

Information provided by Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

 Thursday, May 28, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that 150 Ohio companies have been approved for TechCred funding, which will help them upskill their current and incoming workforce to meet the needs of the increasingly tech-focused economy, particularly amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

The next application period of the TechCred program will open Monday, June 1, and run through June 30th, allowing for another opportunity for companies to train current and/or incoming employees.

In order to support the changing needs of Ohio businesses and workers during the economic recovery, following the COVID-19 crisis, the following changes have been made to the TechCred program:

  • To make TechCred more flexible for upskilling new hires, employers are no longer required to list employee names when applying for TechCred. Instead, they will identify the number of current or prospective employees they will upskill.
  • To account for possible staffing changes, employers who were awarded in the October 2019, January 2020, and March 2020 rounds of TechCred may now substitute employees listed in their original application.
  • Employers awarded in October 2019 and January 2020, who had credential programs interrupted by the crisis, may request to extend their 18-month award eligibility timeline.
  • Employees can now earn multiple credentials during each application period.

The last round of TechCred applications closed at the end of March 2020. Today, 150 Ohio employers were approved, which will result in up to 1,045 credentials to upskill Ohio workers. With the approvals announced today, a total of 500 Ohio employers have been approved for reimbursement, which will result in the earning of up to 4,232 technology-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

Virtual Credentials: Many of the TechCred pre-approved credentials can be completed 100 percent virtually! Examples of these credentials and training providers can be found at TechCred.Ohio.gov.

Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov for more information.

Nail salon opening in Downtown Tiffin

House of Beauty on Washington opened May 25

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 27, 2020 – Business owner Ana Tran is investing in Downtown Tiffin with her new nail salon, House of Beauty on Washington at 90 S. Washington St. The salon opened on May 25.

Tran has owned a salon in Toledo for 19 years and decided to move to Tiffin.

“I wasn’t considering Downtown Tiffin at first, but this is just such a nice location,” she said about her newly renovated space.

As well as traditional manicures and pedicures, Tran plans to keep her manicurists up to date on the newest techniques and latest trends.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m always excited to see people wanting to invest in Downtown Tiffin.”

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Little Willow Learning Academy opening in Tiffin

Daycare center to provide day and evening childcare

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 26, 2020 – A new daycare center is opening in a newly remodeled building at 636 Miami St., Tiffin. Little Willow Learning Academy, which offers childcare during the day and evenings, is to be opening in late June.

Owner-director Kim Matheny has more than 30 years of experience in the childcare industry and said she is excited to open the center. Little Willow Learning Academy will take in children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and its operating hours are 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The center will have 10-15 employees. Those interested in applying for a position may email Matheny at littlewillowlearning@gmail.com.

“I am looking forward to opening and providing a safe, clean and high-quality center for children to play and learn,” Matheny said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “Congratulations to Kim Matheny on opening of the new daycare center. It is great news when any of our existing buildings are renovated and brought to a new use.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Top 20 Coronavirus Sites & Programs

Here is the curated list of 20 of the most relevant and up-to-date information sites and programs to assist Seneca County (Ohio) businesses with the coronavirus. Contact us with any questions. Updated as of May 19, 2020.

Updates

Resource Hubs

Key Programs

Top 15 State Coronavirus Sites & Programs

Here is the curated list of the most relevant and up-to-date state resources. Updated as of May 19, 2020.

Ohio Department of Health

Governor DeWine Team (DeWine, Husted, Acton)

Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services

Ohio Development Services Agency

JobsOhio

Tiffin Tales brings stories to Seneca youth

TSPL, Downtown Tiffin partner on video series

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 19, 2020Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Downtown Tiffin have partnered for “Tiffin Tales,” a program that brings stories to children and families unable to visit the library due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series now has three videos, with Toria Felton of FroZone, Shirley Williams of UIS Insurance & Investments and Donna Overholt of the Tiffin Glass Collectors Club & Museum.

New videos of Downtown Tiffin business representatives and community leaders reading books from the library will debut on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be available for just one week each.

The program is possible through permission from Simon & Schuster Education and Library for librarians to share picture books during the COVID-19 crisis.

Matthew Ross, director of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, commented: “With the virus making it hard for kids to get into the community — let alone the library — we decided to ask leaders in our community to help us bring the library to kids! Many thanks to our friends at Downtown Tiffin for helping us get the word out!”

For more information or to view videos, find Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Downtown Tiffin on Facebook or look for #TiffinTales.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Retail, restaurant owners encouraged to join business forum

Weekly program sponsored by Chamber, TSEP

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 18, 2020 – As retail stores and restaurants begin to reopen following the lifting of stay-at-home orders from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will be continuing its Weekly Local Business Forum for business owners to share and gain information. The meetings are at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and can be accessed via GoToMeeting or by dialing in on your phone.

Each week, our local Tiffin and Seneca County businesses can come together to discuss challenges they’re facing and ask questions of TSEP and Chamber staff and other businesses. The calls will sometimes also include guests such as Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, a liaison from the Governor’s office and other authorities who can answer questions. The goal is to share information, provide resources and get feedback from local businesses.

To join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone, visit https://www.gotomeet.me/AudreyFlood/weekly-local-business-forum or dial in by calling +1 (646) 749-3122, Access Code 117-118-341.

For more information, look for “Weekly Local Business Forum (Tiffin/Seneca County)” on Facebook or email Audrey Flood, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership development manager, at flood@tiffinseneca.org.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Seneca County Masks initiative completes first phase

Businesses can order PPE, request free face coverings

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 14, 2020 – Following the launch of the project in late April, the Seneca County Masks group has completed the first phase of its initiative, having delivered more than 4,000 face coverings to people who have requested one and raising $24,000 from more than 200 donors. More than 100 volunteers are working on the effort.

The initiative will continue to provide a free face covering to anyone in Seneca County who needs one. For more information or to request a mask, visit www.SenecaCountyMasks.com.

As businesses re-open and employees return to work, the initiative has expanded its offerings to include an option for people to purchase two-layer cotton reusable face coverings. Businesses and individuals who would like to purchase the face coverings can access an order form at https://senecacountymasks.com/order/. The suggested donation is $5 each, and can be paid by check or with a credit card via PayPal. Purchasers will be notified via email when face coverings are available and they can be picked up at Seneca Cleaners in the Tiffin Mall, 870 W Market St., during normal business hours.

Additionally, the group has a limited supply of disposable (one-time use) masks and gloves (in various sizes) available to any Seneca County business. The masks and gloves will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests of up to 50 masks and/or sets of gloves can be made by emailing info@senecacountymasks.com. The masks were made available through a donation by National Machinery and CEO Andrew Kalnow.

Also, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services has compiled a list of local companies supplying masks, sanitizer and other personal protective equipment. For more information, visit https://www.tiffinchamber.com/coronavirus-resources/ppe-resources-for-businesses.

As requests continue to come in, donations still are being accepted and T-shirts are available to help the cause. For more information about the Seneca County Mask initiative, visit SenecaCountyMasks.com email info@senecacountymasks.com.

ODH and Ohio EPA Recommendations for Flushing/Disinfection for Unoccupied Buildings

We received this forwarded email from Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, and she asked us to make it available to the business community.

Attachments:

Health Commissioners and Environmental Heath Directors:

Many health districts have been inquiring about appropriate guidance to provide to building owners, managers and tenants on appropriate actions to take as buildings re-open that have been vacant or only partially occupied to protect potable water quality.  Due to had little to no water usage during the Stay at Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  it is important to flush water, and if necessary due to building complexity or other conditions, perform disinfection of water systems that have been stagnant in both cold- and hot-water distribution lines and fixtures.  Low water usage can contribute to bacterial growth, including Legionella which can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease. It also can also cause other water quality issues with potential health risks due to build-up of lead and copper in stagnant water that’s been collecting in older pipes and fixtures.  

Devices that store water, such as drinking water fountains, water heaters, storage tanks, and any droplet or mist-forming devices such as cooling towers, humidifiers, shower heads, and certain medical and manufacturing devices and process equipment should also be flushed and disinfected in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations or industry best practices.  

ODH and Ohio EPA have partnered to develop general flushing guidance and protocols, in addition to specific guidance to address buildings where Legionella growth is a concern.  This guidance can be found at:

Ohio EPA Guidance for Premise Plumbing Water Service Restoration https://www.epa.state.oh.us/ddagw/covid19#187665334-consumers

ODH Recommendations for Unoccupied to Partially Occupied Buildings for Flushing and Disinfection to Reduce Legionella Growth https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Legionella-Environmental/welcome/

Please note that this guidance applies to the water systems of all types of buildings that are unoccupied or partially occupied during the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to office buildings, manufacturing facilities, medical offices (e.g., physician and dentist offices, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient centers, etc.), government facilities, and religious institutions. If you are a tenant of a building, we recommend that you share this information with the building owner, building manager, or management company and ask them to consider taking these precautions.

Please direct questions to:

ODH, Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection

BEH@odh.ohio.gov

(614) 466-1390

Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters

Emerging Contaminants Section

(614) 644-2752