04.20.2020 Update

By April 20, 2020 April 23rd, 2020 COVID-19 Local Updates


Today, Governor DeWine announced the remainder of this school year would be held in a remote learning environment.  I am beyond proud of the way our local school systems have supported not only the students but also their families and school staff.

As a reminder, the Save Small Business Fund application process opened TODAY AT 3:00PM. I am including that information again today. This is GRANT money. No need to repay – but a great opportunity to fortify your business.

To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund. This fund is a key pillar of the U.S. Chamber’s Save Small Business Initiative.

The Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community. Our community is eligible.

The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3:00 PM ET. To apply for a grant, visit savesmallbusiness.com.


A message from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

We thank you for your patience as we’ve determined how to proceed with the FY20 Safety Council Rebate Program in the midst of COVID-19.

As you know, we directed safety council sponsors to cancel March, April, and May safety council meetings in light of public health concerns. And today’s announcement will eliminate the need for sponsors to host a June meeting. As a result of these cancellations, we realize it is impossible for many of you to complete the program’s FY20 rebate eligibility requirements.

Therefore, we will provide the FY20 rebate to safety council members who, as of Feb. 29, 2020,had attended at least FOUR safety council meetings. This determination was based on crediting each member with one meeting credit for each cancelled meeting, the maximum of two external training credits and waiving the CEO attendance and calendar year 2019 semi-annual report requirements.

Although we realize a small number of safety councils host more than one meeting a month late in the program year, we are granting relief for only one safety council meeting credit per month in March, April, May, and June. This resolution reinforces the program’s goal of active participation for the purpose of education, networking and resource sharing and, unfortunately, members who condense participation to the latter part of the program year will not appreciate relief from this solution.

Ultimately, employers we determine have earned the rebate under the revised guidelines will receive the maximum percentage rebate allowed per their BWC group-rating status:

  • 2% for employers enrolled in BWC’s Group-Retrospective-Rating Program and eligible for the participation rebate.
  • 2% for employers enrolled in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program and eligible for the performance bonus – there will be no claims data measurement calculation.
  • 4% for employers not enrolled in a BWC Group-Rating Program.

Your safety council sponsor will submit July 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020 attendance records to us when normal business operations resume. The timeline for the processing of these rebates is yet to be determined but we will continue to update safety council sponsors when you should expect FY20 safety council program rebate checks.

As many of you may have seen on Facebook, the 6th annual Fayette County’s Toast to Summer and Hot Air Balloon Glow has been cancelled for this year. Our focus and reason for this decision is the health and well-being of our vendors, visitors, organizers and county. We ask that you mark your calendars for June 26, 2021 – we will see you then!

It is a beautiful day. I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy a bit of the beauty Fayette County has to offer.

Stay well-