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October Cybersecurity Panel

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Working remotely changed the landscape of cybersecurity, and with companies continuing to have their personal and professional information leaked, CyberSecurity is more vital than ever. Big and small businesses alike are at risk and your company must be protected from the inside out.
Join us on Thursday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. for a virtual panel discussion with representatives from the FBI, Interhack, and USI, moderated by Scott Light of Scott Light Consulting.
Attendees will hear about the current cyber landscape, how to best protect themselves and their employees, and more from our panel of experts.
We’d like to hear from you! Do you have a question for our experts? Submit your questions ahead of time at communications@centralohio.bbb.org using the subject line “Cybersecurity Panel Question”.

October 2021 Newsletter

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Here at the Chamber, we are working hard to share important information for your business’s success and find ways we can help you stay strong and grow. Read on to find important information, training opportunities, and local upcoming event.

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, working to advance the civic, economic, and social welfare of the people of Fayette County.

Election Information

Click the above link for local election information

Oct 5 Early voting begins
Nov 2 Election Day

October Small Business Tax Deadlines

October tax deadlines you should know about

There are two important upcoming tax deadlines that impact those in the small business space.

Employees who earned gratuities in excess of $20 in the month of September must report this income to their employers no later than October 12.

For single-member LLCs, sole proprietors, and other corporations that submitted IRS Form 4860 earlier in the year to request an extension of their 2020 individual and corporate tax returns, the final deadline to submit returns via Form 1040 or Form 1120 is October 15.

Get more information about tax deadlines and explore all the latest news for small businesses here.

Training Opportunities
 BackTo.Biz

BackTo.Biz is a free, online learning program to help small businesses recover, pivot, and grow. BackTo.Biz features a collection of 400+ individual video lessons, articles, and tools from a diverse and renowned set of innovative entrepreneurs. The content is designed to help small business owners expand their knowledge and skills on a wide range of topics, including: hiring talent, selling online, building their brands, pivoting business models, creating new revenue streams, finding their ideal customers, managing stress, and more.

BackTo.Biz is a free, online learning program to help small businesses recover, pivot, and grow. BackTo.Biz features a collection of 400+ individual video lessons, articles, and tools from a diverse and renowned set of innovative entrepreneurs. The content is designed to help small business owners expand their knowledge and skills on a wide range of topics, including: hiring talent, selling online, building their brands, pivoting business models, creating new revenue streams, finding their ideal customers, managing stress, and more.

2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award

The application period for the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award may be a few months away, but your organization can start preparing now!
We encourage you to check out and share some of the resources we’ve created to help employers prepare for the 2022 application period, including:

In-Demand Jobs Survey

For continued business growth in Ohio, it is important that training providers, educators, and workforce professionals know the future hiring needs of employers. Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted are encouraging Ohio businesses to participate in this year’s In-Demand Jobs Survey to provide feedback on the state’s In-Demand Jobs List, which helps drive the state and federal investments in our workforce.
The survey is open to all registered Ohio businesses, giving small and large businesses alike the opportunity to have a voice in how Ohio prepares people for the current workforce. A top priority remains to maintain an accurate and useful In-Demand Jobs List, and to do that, we need your help. Your feedback will directly shape Ohio’s workforce priorities.
Businesses can fill out the In-Demand Jobs Survey at TopJobs.Ohio.gov/Survey through October 8th. Make sure you have your business’s FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) before beginning the survey. This number can be found on previous tax returns.
Please email workforce@owt.ohio.gov with questions or feedback on the In-Demand Jobs Survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation in shaping Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs List.

Seeking feedback from businesses on new industry-recognized credentials

The Department of Education is seeking feedback from Ohio businesses on new industry-recognized credentials recently submitted for consideration for the approved graduation list. The industry-recognized credential feedback survey requests feedback on recognition of the industry credentials and their use in the hiring process. The industry-recognized credential review process relies on industry partners to validate the need for credentials in their respective career fields to ensure students are earning credentials that are valued by Ohio businesses or tied to Ohio’s Top Jobs List.
Survey participants should be involved in the hiring process at their companies, such as members of the human resources team or hiring managers.

OHIO – TechCred

TechCred helps businesses address their workforce needs by upskilling current and prospective employees. Employers simply need to identify the specific skills they need, the number of employees they want to upskill, and which training provider they want to use. Businesses of all sizes, from any industry, can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.gov and the state will reimburse up to $2,000 for each training upon completion of a credential.
“As of today, Ohio’s workforce and economy are stronger thanks to the thousands of credentials funded through the TechCred program,” said Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “The success of this program is a credit to the vision of the DeWine-Husted administration and the ability to respond to the needs of regional employers.”
The state budget allocated funding for an additional 20,000 credentials through the program in each of the next two fiscal years to help Ohio businesses keep up with the demands of new technologies.
Learn more about the program by visiting TechCred.Ohio.gov.
Questions about TechCred can be sent to TechCred@Development.Ohio.Gov.

IS YOUR BUSINESS HIRING?

 

What’s Happening in Fayette County

8.10.2021

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Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Members, the 2021-2022 year is in full swing!
I hope you had the chance to come and see us at the Fayette County Fair Harness Races last month. We had perfect weather, great races, wonderful sponsors, and lots of give-a-way prizes!
Thank you to all of our sponsors! It was a fun night and the community loved it!
I’m working hard on making sure I have the most updated information for all of our members. If you haven’t had the chance to fill out the Membership Information Form sent with your dues invoice, please do so. This lets me know of any changes and helps us put accurate information on our website. We want people to find you!
Don’t forget, you can always renew your membership dues through the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce website.

7.7.2021

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Greetings,
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as President of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. As a lifelong resident of Fayette County, I have developed a strong passion for my community, I want to see it strengthen and grow. Over the last several years I have been able to work alongside the Chamber of Commerce as a member and see what a strong partner it can be. My hope is to continue the tradition of building relationships, providing opportunities for growth, and collaborating powerfully with the business community.

The mission of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is to advance the civic, economic, and social welfare of the people of Fayette County.

My goal for this upcoming year is to listen to what you, our members, need; and to find out how we, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, can come along beside you, build you up, strengthen you, and not only help you meet your needs as a company but your goals as well. I look forward to learning how we can work together for the building and strengthening of your business and our community.

Kristy Bowers
President
Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
kristy@fayettecountyohio.com
740-335-0761

04.23.21 Chamber Updates

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April 23, 2021
This week we were reminded Mother Nature still has a sense of humor! This is a great time to reach out to the gardening resources available at the OSU Extension office. I covered my shrubs and flowering trees this week and hope that helps maintain a little bit of Spring once the weather warms!
Lt. Governor Husted announced a new pilot program aimed at high school students interested in technology fields. The High School Tech Internship Program allows for reimbursement to the employer willing to train our local students. You can find further details can be found by clicking here.
The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission announced a new working capital loan program with interest rates as low as 2%. I have included an informational flyer at the bottom of this email or you can visit www.ovrdc.org to learn more about this excellent opportunity.
On May 6th, we will join forces with Clinton, Highland, and Adams Counties to bring a Virtual Job Fair to a laptop near you! If your business is considered an ‘in-demand job’ and you are searching for employees, please reach out, and I will walk you through the steps necessary to attend as an employer. During the event, local high school sophomores and juniors will participate in career exploration while seniors and adults will be actively searching for employment. This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of job seekers from four counties!
Thursday, April 29th at 9:00 AM, we are pleased to offer a FREE WEBINAR aimed at helping you hire the right people! If you are interested in registering, please CLICK HERE, and I will provide a private Zoom link to you. Please DO NOT reply to this email as I may not receive your request.
There are many exciting events this weekend and in the weeks to come! Check out the flyers below or call the office for more information.

April 2021 Update

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April 1, 2021

Welcome, April! Don’t let that snow fool you – spring truly is on the way! As I type, the Reds are playing (not very well, but they are playing!), and spring sports are underway at our local schools. We welcome this change of pace and pray we can all continue to enjoy the good things life has to offer in Fayette County.

Speaking of fun – Night at the Races is back this year! Along with Fayette Co. Travel & Tourism and the Fayette Co. Ag Society, we have added some fun, and it will now be called “Community Day at the races!” That’s right – a whole day of fun kicks off at noon on Wednesday, July 21st. Stay tuned for all the details, but if your business is interested in sponsoring a race, please reach out! We have a few sponsorship opportunities available and would welcome an opportunity to discuss those with you in person.

In observance of the Easter holiday, the office will be closed on Friday, April 2nd. However, we will be cutting the celebratory ribbon at the new Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Jail tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. We hope you will join us for this momentous occasion!

I am forwarding a few important updates from the Governor’s office. Please see those items below:

HIGHER EDUCATION VACCINATIONS

Governor DeWine announced today that the state would begin working with local colleges and universities to offer vaccination clinics on campuses across the state. These higher-education vaccination clinics will start on various campuses next week and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“Although young people are less likely to get sick from the coronavirus, they are significant carriers of the virus,” said Governor DeWine. “By offering one-dose clinics on campus, students who wish to be vaccinated will have a nearby, convenient location to get the vaccine with their peers.”

The goal is to offer on-campus clinics to all of Ohio’s college students before the school year ends in May.

WORKPLACE VACCINATIONS

Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio would begin working with employers and other organizations to offer workplace vaccination clinics throughout Ohio. Beginning the week of April 12, 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, and other organizations to vaccinate their employees at their work locations.

LAUNCH OF APRIL ROUND OF TECHCRED

The next round of TechCred launches today and closes on April 30 at 3:00 p.m.
Ohio businesses can visit TechCred.Ohio.gov to apply and help their employees earn a new tech-focused credential at no cost.

More than 1,100 Ohio businesses have used TechCred, creating the opportunity for 19,841 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employees.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter weekend,
Julie

03.04.2021 Update

By COVID-19 Local Updates
Good evening.
In Governor DeWine’s address this evening, he laid out a path to Ohio’s complete reopening. Currently, Ohio stands at 179 Covid cases per 100,000 residents. At such time that Ohio’s case count hits 50 cases (or less) per 100,000 for a period of two weeks, all health orders will be rescinded.
The revised orders released by the Ohio Department of Health are linked below.
If you are interested in helping our Fayette County Health Department with their vaccine clinics, please read the statement below provided to us by Melissa Havens, Fayette County EMA. You do not need to be medically trained, as they have many jobs available.
Can your business help at vaccination clinics?
As Johnson & Johnson has just received approval for Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA, more vaccine will be making their way into Fayette County. With this additional vaccine, more clinics will be held, and the sizes of those clinics will increase. Additional staff will be needed to assist in making these clinics run smoothly. If you think your business could help with additional staff, please let us know. The current need is for staff to work the registration tables as residents and community members come in to sign in. These clinics are being held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the occasional Thursday, during the day. Days and times are not set in stone. Evening clinics could be scheduled at some point as well. If you have anyone to offer as a volunteer, we could accept them for a whole day, or just ½ day if that is all they are available. This could be for only 1 week, or it could be for the foreseeable future. Whatever works for you, we will take what we can get based on our needs.
Please contact Melissa Havens at the Fayette County Emergency Management Agency for further information at Melissa.havens@fayette-co-oh.com or 740-335-8264.
Enjoy your evening,
Julie

Webinar with Senator Brown

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February 23, 2021
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS / VENUE OPERATORS: Join Senator Brown and the Small Business Administration for a live webinar this Friday at 1:30 PM on federal relief programs that can support your small business.
Learn about PPP, EIDL, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program, SBA Debt Relief – with live questions and answers.
A reservation is required for this session and can be made by clicking THIS LINK.

02.16.2021 Chamber News & Update

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February 16, 2021
Good afternoon. I hope you all are staying safe in this winter weather! We extend our heartfelt thanks to those working around the clock to clear our roads and care for those faced with emergencies. With the temperatures expected throughout the evening and tomorrow, we know their job will be increasingly difficult. We try to post closings, delays, and any pertinent information on our Facebook page, but we ask that for the most up-to-date information, you visit the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Revised Health Order Allows Food Service Stations to Reopen
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed an amended health order that allows for the reopening of self-service food stations in restaurants, bars, banquet and catering facilities, and services.
To read the health order, click here.
The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on February 11, 2021.
The OSU South Centers continually provide our area with timely and pertinent information and free webinars. On Monday, March 8th, I encourage you to tune in to their latest training and learn about internships, apprenticeships, and work-based learning.
This webinar is FREE but you must pre-register. CLICK HERE to register today.

Stay safe, take care of your neighbor and yourself!

Have a great evening,
Julie

02.01.2021 Budget Reveal, Grant Opportunity & More!

By COVID-19 Local Updates, News
February 1, 2021
Welcome, February!
Many of you have reached out regarding the grant opportunity I forwarded on Saturday. Below is the information if you happen to have missed it.
LISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program. The latest application round is now open. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on February 2, 2021.
Who is eligible?
Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. A community is defined as the city/town/village where your business address is located.
All potential applicants are encouraged to review the FAQ and grant information before applying. Non-profit organizations are ineligible for the relief funding program at this time but may be eligible for later rounds of funding.
Additional information can be located by clicking here:
Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted announced the 2022-2023 Ohio Budget today. Those interested will be able to read the budget in its entirety later this afternoon at www.budget.ohio.gov The text below is the press release just received from their office:
Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Unveil Plan of More than $1 Billion Targeted to Strengthen and Grow Ohio Communities and Businesses
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today unveiled their Executive Budget for Fiscal Years 2022 to 2023, which includes an aggressive plan to spur Ohio’s continued recovery by investing in communities, people, and businesses. Through the Investing In Ohio Initiative, the Executive Budget launches a strategic effort to invest more than $1 billion toward accelerating economic growth and ensuring economic vitality.
“We have a unique opportunity to make significant investments that will spur growth and economic renewal across the state,” said Governor DeWine. “The Investing In Ohio Initiative supports both our people and our economy as we continue to prepare for the future and showcase Ohio as the premier place to live and work.”
The Investing In Ohio Initiative within the proposed Executive Budget includes $460 million to support Ohio’s small businesses that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal includes:
  • Investing $200 million in grants for bars and restaurants;
  • Investing $150 million in grants for Small Business Relief Grant applicants, who previously applied and are qualified;
  • Investing $50 million in grants for lodging industry businesses;
  • Investing $40 million in grants for indoor entertainment venues;
  • And investing $20 million in grants for new businesses, many of whom were unqualified to receive previous funding.
“It is a responsible, balanced budget that invests in our health, educational and economic recovery from the pandemic,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “We are championing career training and in-demand industry credentials that will help tens of thousands more Ohioans a year earn the skills that will prepare them for quality, good paying jobs without the high cost of a college education.”
The Investing In Ohio Initiative also includes a $70 million investment to upskill Ohio’s workforce. This funding works to ensure that businesses have access to the talent needed to be successful, while upskilling Ohioans who are looking to acquire in-demand, tech-focused credentials. The workforce investments also include targeted funding for economically distressed rural and urban parts of Ohio. The proposal includes:
  • Investing an additional $5 million for 5,000 tech-focused credentials through the TechCred program in fiscal year 2021;
  • Funding $50 million ($25 million in each fiscal year 2022 and 2023) for 40,000 tech-focused credentials through the TechCred program;
  • And investing $15 million for workforce efforts in economically distressed rural and urban communities.
Ohio’s communities have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Investing In Ohio Initiative includes a targeted investment of $200 million to support infrastructure projects that will attract new jobs and investment opportunities. Additionally, the budget makes a landmark investment towards broadband expansion by providing $250 million to help bridge the digital divide.
At the onset of the pandemic, Governor DeWine took swift action to control state spending through targeted revenue reductions, which along with increased funding from the federal government, limited the economic impact of the pandemic on the state budget. The Investing In Ohio Initiative targets one-time investments to the most hard-hit industries in the pandemic.
“As we enter the year 2021 and emerge from winter, the path of economic recovery continues to be directly tied to beating this global COVID-19 pandemic. Ohioans, our families, friends and neighbors must remain vigilant,” said OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks. “Through these shared priorities and fiscal prudence, Governor DeWine charts a course of genuine stewardship with a balanced budget and expert and leading eyes on the changing marketplace.”
The Investing In Ohio Initiative also includes a $50 million investment toward elevating Ohio’s standing on a national scale through a marketing campaign to promote the state as a world-class place to live, work, and learn. The initiative aims to showcase all that Ohio, and its people, have to offer, including its wide array of career opportunities, top-tier colleges and universities, premier destinations, and vibrant communities.
“This is our opportunity to tell people what we already know: Ohio is the best place to find your future- a family, a career, an education, and a place to call home,” said Governor DeWine. “We want to position Ohio as the place to be. After the pandemic proved that people could work anywhere, we want to convince them to live and work here.”
Governor DeWine’s proposed Executive Budget also invests in key administration initiatives, such as RecoveryOhio, Children’s Initiative, H2Ohio, workforce development, TechCred, and broadband.
The proposed Executive Budget “blue book,” including Governor DeWine’s full budget recommendations, and budget highlights, can be found on budget.ohio.gov.
Enjoy your afternoon,
Julie