Author: davidzak1

Tiffin CARES Grant closes on Monday – 10 reasons to apply now!

The Tiffin CARES Act Small Business Relief Grant program accepting applications right now for businesses with less than 30 employees and less than $2 million in revenue and will be until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12. Here are the top ten reasons why businesses should apply now:

  1. There is still a lot of funding available. There are 56 applications currently eligible for funding, under review or in process. The program is able up to handle another 40.
  2. There is still time. The application period closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12.
  3. The online application system is easy. Check your eligibility and apply online in under 10 minutes.
  4. You can save your work. Register, fill out what you can, and come back to it if you need to.
  5. You only have to upload two pieces of paperwork: a signed W-9 and the first page of your 2019 tax return (plus Schedule C). If you don’t have a scanner, you can drop copies off to the TSEP offices at 19 W. Market St.
  6. You can submit an incomplete application before the deadline. If you are still working on getting a piece of documentation or information, go ahead and submit. It “saves your place” in line.
  7. We contact you if there are problems. If you fill something out incorrectly, we will contact you within 24 hours to tell you how to fix it.
  8. We will help fix your application and upload any additional documents or information for you after submittal.
  9. You get responses within 24 hours. You can ask any questions by emailing tiffincares@tiffinseneca.org, and the customer service team will get back to you by the next business day.
  10. Reporting is simple. You only have one simple report to fill out after you receive the grant, and you get four months to do that.

Please email us at tiffincares@tiffinseneca.org, and we will get back to you by the next business day, usually sooner.

Top 10 Reasons To Apply For Tiffin CARES funding now

The Tiffin CARES Act Small Business Relief Grant program accepting applications right now, until October 12 at 5:00 p.m. Here are the top ten reasons why businesses should apply now:

  1. There is still a lot of funding available. There are 56 applications currently eligible for funding, under review or in process. The program is able up to handle another 40.
  2. There is still time. The application period closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12.
  3. The online application system is easy. Check your eligibility and apply online in under 10 minutes.
  4. The online application system allows you to save your work – register, fill out what you can, and come back to it if you need to.
  5. You only have to upload two pieces of paperwork – a signed W-9 and the first page of your 2019 tax return (plus Schedule C). If you don’t have a scanner, you can drop copies off to the TSEP offices at 19 W. Market St.
  6. You can submit an incomplete application. If you are still working on getting a piece of documentation or information, go ahead and submit. It “saves your place” in line.
  7. If you fill something out incorrectly, we will contact you within 24 hours to tell you how to fix it.
  8. We will fix your application and upload any additional documents or information for you after submittal.
  9. You can ask any questions by emailing tiffincares@tiffinseneca.org, and the customer service team will get back to you within 24 hours.
  10. You only have one simple report to fill out after you receive the grant, and you get four months to do that.

Northwest Career Ready enters second year

It’s exciting to announce that the Northwest Career Ready (NCR) education and workforce development initiative for Seneca and Sandusky Counties is ready to enter its next phase. NCR is part of the national Pathways To Prosperity model launched in 2012 by Jobs For the Future, a Boston-based think tank and facilitator connected to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The goal is to help high-school students become career ready through work-based learning and other initiatives. Ten states now have regional or statewide programs, including Ohio, where the Central Ohio Compact has been making tremendous progress since 2012. 

The first phase – “Laying the Groundwork” – is coming to an end. Since summer 2019, we finished our Asset Mapping, attended the national conference in Boston, held a launch meeting in both counties, and established three committees around the following three goals:

  1. Work-Based Learning – develop and implement effective work-based learning for all students; 
  2. Leadership & Governance – align career-ready initiatives and create an overarching leadership and governance structure that coordinates efforts; and 
  3. Communication & Buy-In – communicate with and engage educational, government and business stakeholders in the work and foster community buy-in.

In Phase I, Work-Based Learning (WBL) and Leadership & Governance (L&G) took center stage. Three themes have dominated the last twelve months:

  1. Pandemic & Change – the coronavirus pandemic, as well as changes in educational leadership (Tiffin City Schools), Jobs For The Future (our facilitator), and staffing changes (Vanguard-Sentinel) have caused delays but have also driven innovation and partnership.
  2. Strategic Formation – the mission and vision were finalized; WBL strategic plan and initial L&G structure have been developed. 
  3. Funding – funds have been procured by Vanguard-Sentinel, Terra State, and other sources to support a WBL coordinator as well as program marketing.

This (academic) year’s Phase II (“Beginning to Implement”) will have the Communication & Buy-In (CBI) Committee ramping up activity, as the other committees begin to implement what they’ve worked so hard on over the last several months. Three of the focus points for the next 12 months will be the following:

  1. Communication & Engagement – branding and a communication infrastructure with internal updates, external newsletters, and periodic reports will be developed and implemented.
  2. Work-Based Programming – a WBL Coordinator will be hired and the BRAG (Building Readiness After Graduation) program will be strengthened, supported, and scaled.
  3. Coordination & Cooperation – the various stakeholders, business advisory councils, and strategic planning groups will connect, coordinate, and collaborate more.

We look forward to communicating more in the months to come. I try to keep in mind that this is a marathon, not a sprint…and that other successful programs are in their sixth, seventh, or eighth year. We’re excited to start year two. 

Bradley Building for sale

The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), a 501c3 nonprofit, is making its property at 19 W. Market St., Tiffin, Ohio publicly available for sale and promoting its interest in doing so.

Interested parties are asked to contact TSEP President & CEO David Zak at zak@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.912.1150. Serious inquiries can schedule a tour and will be provided with a recent appraisal. Letters of intent, including specification of price, will be received until 5:00 pm Friday, October 16, 2020 should be be sent to David Zak at the above contact information.

The property includes the following two parcels:

Next Monthly Business Forum – Aug. 19

Are you a Seneca County business owner? Each month, our local businesses can come together to discuss challenges they’re facing and ask questions of Economic Development & Chamber staff and other businesses. The goal is to provide updates, resources and information and give businesses a place to provide us with feedback. Join us!

This month’s forum on Wednesday, August 19 at 8:00 a.m. The topic is the PPL Loan Forgiveness process. Guests include:

  • Tim Ensch, Lender Relations, US Small Business Administration (Cleveland Office)
  • Steve VanDette, Sr. VP & Commerical Loan Officer, Croghan Colonial Bank 
  • Brody Fultz, Commercial Loan Officer, Sutton Bank
  • LuAnne Cooke, Lt. Governor’s Office
  • Seneca County Health Department Staff
  • Staff of the TIffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Seneca Regional Chamber, Fostoria Chamber.

Join the GoToMeeting – https://tinyurl.com/monthlybusinessforum. New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/720792125.

Or join by phone – (312) 757-3121 Access Code: 720-792-125.

Or check out on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/2941304122574823/?event_time_id=3241347172570515.

Governor Provides Layoff Aversion Relief to Ohio Employers

This press release came out at last week (July 9, 2020) from the Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services. If you want more information, please contact Carol Kern, Business Services Liaison (contact information in right margin).

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio employers will not be charged for layoff aversion benefits paid to employees as a result of an Executive Order issued last week by Governor Mike DeWine. On July 2, Governor DeWine signed Executive Order 2020-26D, enabling the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to draw down federal funding authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act for the purpose of paying SharedWork Ohio compensation through the end of this year.

“Governor DeWine’s executive order will help make layoff aversion an even better option in Ohio,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “Ohio employers are looking for ways to keep their workers on the payroll as we fight through the COVID-19 pandemic, and this will provide some of the help they need to make that possible.”

SharedWork Ohio is the state’s layoff aversion program that allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. As a part of the program, participating employers agree to reduce the affected employees’ hours, between 10% and 50%, for up to 52 weeks. In return, those employees receive SharedWork compensation (which is a prorated unemployment benefit) and, while federally available, may also receive the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit each week. The program is easy to use and gives employers flexibility within the bounds of the law. Since March 15, ODJFS has approved 1,680 SharedWork Ohio plans for 909 employers, which has benefited 46,352 participating employees.

The Executive Order, which applies to both public and private employers, directs ODJFS not to charge the accounts of any individual employers who are participating in SharedWork Ohio through December 26. Participating employees may receive SharedWork Ohio compensation for up to 26 weeks. Employees who work for employers on a seasonal, temporary or intermittent basis are not eligible. Participating employers may receive retroactive credits for any SharedWork Ohio bills paid dating back to March 29.

EIDL open again to all businesses; PPP to close June 30

We received this earlier this week from the Cleveland office of the SBA:

Please note the attached, in case you may have missed it.

  1. Economic Injury Disaster Loan portal is now open again to non-rural businesses. 
  2. PPP program will be closing at the end of the month – June 30, unless extended.  The program has had some improvements with the passage of the flexibility act, so this is the last chance to get anyone to apply.  Remember the lenders will need at least a few days to submit applications, so any lingering applicants need to get their applications in right away.  
  3. I have attached an updated borrower side application.  Especially reach out to folks who maybe shied away from this because their business was not able to open – the Flex Act does make some positive changes just for such businesses.

Thanks all!

Attachments:

For PPP Information: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp or https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses provide great information and links to forms and FAQ’s.

For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus and for information on all federal programs, visit www.usa.gov/coronavirus or www.gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus (en Español).

Cleveland Fed to hold webinar on PPP – June 25

We received this information this week from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office:

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. To help small business borrowers determine if the PPP is a good option for them, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is hosting a webinar that will provide guidance on accessing the program, the application process, and other details about the loan terms. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, a regional economic development organization, and community development financial institution will walk attendees through the PPP.


REGISTER HERE


Thursday, June 25, 2020 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Online Webinar

Is a PPP loan right for your business?
What is the application process?
What expenses are covered by a PPP loan? 

Our panelists:

  • Gil Goldberg – U.S. Small Business Administration, District Director, Cleveland District Office
  • Brian Hall – Greater Cleveland Partnership, Senior Vice President and Executive Director for the Commission on Economic Inclusion
  • Anna Smukowski – Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director, Investor Relations & Capital Strategies

Introduction by Dr. Loretta Mester – President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Moderated by Ken Surratt – Community Development Outreach Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Panelists will answer audience questions following the presentation

USDA has funding for businesses

We just received this communication from the USDA this week:

USDA, Rural Development, Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program has funding available for Fiscal Year 2020!

Rural Development can provide loan guarantees to expand business operations; purchase and improve real estate; purchase machinery & equipment; and refinance outstanding debt.  The loan guarantee program is used to provide better rates and terms to the businesses while reducing lender risk.  In addition to reducing lender risk, the issuance of the loan guarantee can generate additional fee income for the lender through the sale of the guaranteed portion on the secondary market.   Additional information can be found at the following website:

Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program

New this year, and available for a limited time, is the B&I CARES Act program providing funds to help meet the working capital needs of rural businesses and agricultural producers. This program has the flexibility of offering up to 12 months of principal & interest deferment with an additional 24 months interest only if necessary. Reduced guarantee fees and increased loan guarantee percentages are available through the B&I CARES Act.  Additional information regarding the B&I CARES Act can be found at the following website:

Business & Industry CARES Act Program

Please contact one of our staff members to further discuss these programs.

Michael Rutherford      Michael.Rutherford@usda.gov          614-255-2420

Cindy Musshel               Cindy.Musshel@usda.gov              614-255-2427

Debbie Rausch             Deborah.Rausch@usda.gov           614-255-2425

Randy Monhemius     Randy.Monhemius@usda.gov        614-255-2424

Thank you for your time.

Tiffin’s BRAG program helps students get career-ready

Some students feel left on the sidelines during their senior year of high school. Last year, Tiffin City Schools implemented a program to help these students work toward employment in fulfilling careers after graduation. 

Bridging Readiness After Graduation (BRAG) was established to provide work-based learning opportunities for seniors to support the development of workplace readiness skills. “Ultimately, for students who want to go directly from high school into a career,” says Amy Wood, Director of Academic Affairs at Tiffin City Schools, “it can provide that bridge to a position in a local company.” BRAG also helps students decide whether they might like to pursue additional education to reach their career goals. 

Students are given career assessments to help them discover their interests and strengths. They are then assigned to worksite placements in the community during the second semester of their senior year, gaining experience in fields that match up with their personal profiles. The results are clear. After last year’s initial run of the program, two students were offered full-time positions in a local company on signing day. 

BRAG offers students more than hands-on skills. This year, the program paired with a professional skills course provided by Terra State, teaching the “soft skills” employers are asking for. Equipped with these professional workplace skills, students are given a lifelong edge in the job market, no matter what field they choose in the future. TCS also partners with Sentinel Career Center (Vanguard-Sentinel‘s Tiffin Campus) for BRAG, which leverages Sentinel’s work-based learning sites for student placements. This helps ensure clear communication with employers and a streamlined experience for students. 

While TCS has been the orginiating district for this pilot work, the vision is to grow work-based learning to other schools in Seneca County. Thus placing even more students into the workforce in 2020 and celebrating the success of graduates no matter what career path they pursue.