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    Development Covid-19 Update June 11 2021
    Highlights in this week's COVID-19 Update:
    • Four new small business grant programs will launch soon
    • Ohio’s COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 drops to 36.7 this week
    • SBA seeks partners to reach out to underserved small businesses
    • Two more Ohioans win Ohio Vax-a-Million prizes
    Ohio Means Jobs
    OhioMeansJobs Can Help Employers Find Workers
    OhioMeansJobs.com is a great resource for Ohioans looking for work, but it’s also a tremendous resource for employers.
    More than 2.1 million people have uploaded their resumes to the site, and employers can search them to find the workers with the skills they need. To visit the Employer page, click here. You’ll find several resources to find and hire workers. And, of course, employers can post their job openings at OhioMeansJobs.com.
    For job-seekers, more than 187,000 jobs are listed at OhioMeansJobs.com, and nearly 100,000 of those job listings have salaries of $50,000 or more. Nearly 2,700 internships are listed at the site.
    Job-seekers can visit OhioMeansJobs.com or contact their local OhioMeansJobs center to find and apply for job openings, take skill and career interest assessments, create or improve their resume, or practice interviewing.
    To find the OhioMeansJobs center near you, visit OhioMeansJobs.com and select “FIND A JOB CENTER” at the bottom of the page or call 1-888-296-7541.
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    New Grant Programs Approved to Help Small Businesses
    Governor DeWine has signed two bills from the Ohio General Assembly that include four new grant programs to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The programs are:
    • Food and Beverage Establishment Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drinking businesses. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.
    • Entertainment Venue Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000. $20,000, or $30,000 to theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment venues. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.
    • Lodging Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ decline in occupancy rate in 2020.
    • New Small Business Grant: This program will provide grants of $10,000 to small businesses that were established between Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020.
    Details about the programs, including when applications will open, will be announced soon. Before the Development Services Agency launches the programs, more details will be posted under Investing in Ohio’s Future at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov.
    Each program will require applicants to have an OH|ID, and businesses that plan to apply can get an OH|ID now, if they don’t already have one. Register on OH|ID (ohid.ohio.gov) by creating an account with a username/password. Click on Create OH|ID Account to set up an account in OH|ID. For help with the process, click here.
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    SBA Seeks Community Navigators to Help Small Businesses
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications for its Community Navigator Pilot Program. This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach the nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority focus on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans. SBA will accept applications through July 12 and anticipates making award decisions by August 2021.
    The Community Navigator Notice of Funding Opportunity will be open to applications from nonprofit organizations, state, local, and tribal governments, SBA resource partners, and other organizations. Selected partners will engage in targeted outreach for small businesses in underserved communities to help those businesses get the resources and support they need to get back on track as the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Competitive grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period. Applicants have until July 12, 2021, to submit their applications at grants.gov. For more information on the Community Navigators initiative, click here.
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    Businesses Can Arrange Workplace Vaccination Clinics
    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 12 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).
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    More Ohioans Are Getting Vaccinations
    Ohio continues to see increases in vaccine uptake across the state following the announcement of the Ohio Vax-A-Million initiative that was launched last month to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
    Ohio counties that have experienced an increase in vaccinations include Hocking, Seneca, Ross, Jackson, Fayette, Paulding, Wyandot, Crawford, Warren, and Pickaway counties.
    “Ohio continues to move forward into a new phase of the pandemic. Vaccinations are working. That’s why cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are down. However, the threat of COVID-19 remains, and we must remain vigilant,” Governor DeWine said. “If you're not vaccinated against COVID-19, please continue to wear a mask in public, and Ohioans who are able to get vaccinated should.”
    To find a vaccine provider near you, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
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    Two New Winners of Ohio Vax-a-Million Announced
    For this week’s Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing, 3,362,203 vaccinated adults entered for a chance to win $1 million, and 143,604 vaccinated youth entered for a chance to win a college scholarship. This is an increase in 136,414 adult entries and 10,701 youth entries over last week.
    Ohio Vax-A-Million’s newest winners joined Governor DeWine on Thursday to discuss why they chose to be vaccinated and their excitement of being selected during this week's drawing.
    Mark Cline from Richwood in Union County won this week’s $1 million prize, and Sara Afaneh from Sheffield Lake in Lorain County won this week’s college scholarship prize.
    “This is really good, but I think, more importantly, it’s about getting the vaccine,” Cline said. “I hope everyone makes that decision to get it and looks after their friends and neighbors.”
    “We feel so lucky and so blessed that we won, but we’re so lucky that we were able to access the vaccine,” said Summer Afaneh, who is Sara’s mother and is also a nurse. “As soon as the kids were old enough to get vaccinated, we signed up, and it was a very easy, seamless event for us with minimal side effects, so that’s really what we are grateful and thankful for.”
    There are two more Ohio Vax-a-Million drawings left. For more information and to enter, visit ohiovaxamillion.com. Ohioans 18 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win a $1 million prize. Ohioans ages 12-17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win a four-year college scholarship to any Ohio state college or university.
    To find a vaccine provider near you, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
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    COVID-19 Cases Per 100,000 Drop Well Below 50
    Ohio’s COVID-19 case rate experienced another significant drop this week. The cases per 100,000 over a two-week period was 36.7 on Thursday. That compares to 54.9 cases last week and 200 cases per 100,000 eight weeks ago. To view coronavirus data, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.
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    Quick Links to COVID Data and Vaccinations
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    Small Businesses Can Get Federal Assistance
    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) current relief efforts can be found at sba.gov/coronavirusrelief. Here are two key programs:
    • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant: The SBA is accepting applications for this $16 billion program. To apply and for more information, click here.
    • Paycheck Protection Program: The SBA announced it is no longer accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) after providing $798 billion in economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits. Loan recipients still can apply for loan forgiveness. 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.
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    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).
    DISCLAIMER: Third-party websites not controlled or monitored by Ohio Development Services Agency. Development is not responsible for any materials, information, or content posted on any linked third-party website. The inclusion of any links or contact information in this communication does not imply any relationship or association between Ohio Development Services Agency, the State of Ohio, and the listed business, nor is it an advertisement or endorsement. Information is provided for user convenience and information purposes only. You are responsible for your access to linked websites or contact of any individual or business.
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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.
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    Follow Us 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.
    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
    For more information
    Visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp or email BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov.
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