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10.20.2020 Update

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Good afternoon.
Below are a few bullet points from Gov. Mike DeWine’s update today:
  • The Governor recently asked the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to approve a second dividend for both public and private businesses. This request was approved and beginning on Friday, October 23rd, checks totaling over 1.3 billion dollars will be mailed to Ohio businesses. Please be on the lookout for a non-descript envelope from Ohio BWC. Many of the first-round dividend checks have yet to be cashed. These dividends are NOT sent via direct deposit.
  • Governor DeWine announced the state is working on additional programs that will utilize the CARES Act funding to help those struggling with bills and for our struggling small businesses. We anxiously await those announcements, promised at the end of this week.
  • The new Long Term Care Community dashboard will be going live on the coronavirus.ohio.gov. webpage shortly. This will allow friends and loved ones to see if a specific facility has new or updated rules regarding visitation.

171 individuals were tested yesterday in the Pop-Up testing event held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Our next testing opportunity will be held Monday, October 26th from 10am – 2pm at the fairgrounds. This testing is free and open to the public.

As you will see in the graphic above, Fayette County is currently ranked the fourth highest county for active coronavirus cases. Please continue to do your part to take care of yourself and each other.
Stay safe and enjoy your Tuesday evening.
Julie

10.13.2020 Update

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Good afternoon.
If you follow our social media, you’ve seen the ‘shop local’ reminder posted today. Many of the large retailers are beginning the holiday shopping season today with deals and bargains.
NOW MORE THAN EVER, our local retailers and service providers need your business! NOW MORE THAN EVER, marketing your business online is imperative!
BUSINESS OWNERS – would you take a moment and share our post on your business page? It is up to all of us to promote local and help raise awareness of the great things available right here in Fayette County! Share our post and add a quick blurb about one of your specials or gift ideas!
Today, the Governor announced Fayette County is second in the state for active cases of the coronavirus. Many families are very ill; many businesses are struggling to maintain healthy staff. It is important to do all we can do to stop the spread. If at any time you need COVID-procedure signage for your business, please call. I will print them out and deliver, or I can send signs in electronic format for you to print. It is important that we post reminders around our workplaces and shops.
The risk level guidelines for the public can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/OPHASM/COVID-19-Risk-Level-Guidelines-GP.pdf

Newly Updated Forgiveness Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Get the details by clicking this link.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose visits Walmart DC #7012

Walmart has partnered with the Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office to distribute necessary PPE to Ohio’s county boards of elections as they prepare to administer the upcoming election. 800,000 masks, 27,000 gowns, and 29,000 face shields were donated/purchased by Governor DeWine to help keep voters and poll workers safe.
Distributions were coordinated from Walmart’s Washington Courthouse Distribution Center.
“Businesses across Ohio have stepped up to make sure voters and election officials have the PPE they need to be ready this election day – and this is no exception. I appreciate Walmart’s work to help ensure voting will be safe in Ohio!” said LaRose.
“We build a better community when we all participate in our federal, state and local elections. Walmart encourages associates and customers to participate in the election process by helping to provide the tools and information they need to vote,” said Adam Becker, General Manager of the Walmart Distribution Facility in Washington C.H. “We are honored to help protect the health and safety of poll workers and voters throughout the state.”
Secretary LaRose previously issued the Ohio Voting Safety Plan to Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, setting forth safety requirements for early and Election Day voting, as well as recommendations for voters, to run a safe and healthy election this fall. Other companies have donated masks and hand sanitizer this past month, with Ohio Department of Health distributing the sanitizer to the county boards.

 

10.08.2020 Update

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Good afternoon.
Earlier today, we learned Fayette County is transitioning from an orange level to a red level under the Public Health Advisory System.
What does this mean for your business?
Our community?
Business and school continue. It is important that you take a moment to take inventory of your procedures. Are employees wearing masks, provided adequate time to wash and sanitize their hands, and are they provided appropriate time at home if they are sick? Are you sanitizing on a regular basis or in between customers? I have lists of recommended procedures for various industries and am happy to share, should you have a need.
If at any time you need COVID-procedure signage for your business, please call. I will print them out and deliver, or I can send them in electronic format for you to print. It is important that we post reminders around our workplaces and shops. Old habits die hard, and we are still not used to masks!
Here are the indicators as provided by Governor DeWine’s office:
▪ New cases per capita (290.9 cases per 100,000 residents)
▪ Sustained increase in new cases (.7 average cases on 9/21 to by 7.3 by 10/5)
▪ Proportion of cases not in a congregate setting
▪ Sustained increase in outpatient visits (1.1 average visits on 10/1 to 2.4 on 10/6)
The risk level guidelines for the public can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/OPHASM/COVID-19-Risk-Level-Guidelines-GP.pdf
A statement from Fayette County Public Health with helpful information can be found by clicking this link.

10.02.2020 Update- CARES Act Grant Program

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National Manufacturing Day

Happy National Manufacturing Day! The mission of Manufacturing Day is to promote modern manufacturing practices and jumpstart new approaches to growing the manufacturing talent pool. Over the next decade, there are expected to be 3.5 million job openings in manufacturing, with a growing skill shortage.
The main priorities of Manufacturing Day as listed by the Manufacturing Institute are:
  • Change the perception of careers in manufacturing to reflect its true status as the most advanced, high-tech industry in the country.
  • Re-establish the U.S. as the global leader of manufacturing education.
  • Advocate for education and job training policies that strengthen the U.S. manufacturing workforce.
The ultimate goal is to help manufacturers build a steady pipeline of qualified and diversified manufacturing talent to help build and support local economies for decades to come.
Our Fayette County Economic Development Director Godwin Apaliyah and City of Washington Economic Development Director Chelsie Baker have provided opportunities for high school students to tour various manufacturing companies around Fayette County in years past. Unfortunately, with our current pandemic, that has not been a possibility this year. Regardless, we celebrate our manufacturing companies and the strength and growth they bring to our county.

County Commissioners announce CARES Act Grant Program

The Fayette County Commissioners recently announced a small business grant program, funded by the CARES Act, for county-based businesses. If you are a business owner with 25 or fewer employees, ordered to close and suffered loss due to the pandemic, please fill out the application and return to the County Commissioners office or the Chamber of Commerce office. Each grant is worth up to $10,000.00 and questions regarding the application can be directed to the Commissioner’s office. Click the green button below to access the application.

County CARES Act Grant Application

09.24.2020 Update

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In today’s update from the Governor’s office, we learned of new guidelines for several sectors. At 12:01 a.m. today, the revised ‘Dine Safe Order’ became effective. This revision permits restaurants to resume the use of their self-service food stations. The order can be read in its entirety HERE.
Additionally, the Department of Aging announced today that indoor visitations would begin in residential care facilities. All visits must be scheduled in advance and will be in a designated visitation area. Two visitors are permitted per resident per visit, and visits will last for 30 minutes to allow more residents to have visitors. This change will begin on October 12, 2020 and further information can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov. We are reminded to contact the care facility we wish to visit for their specific rules and regulations.
Lt. Governor Husted announced that athletic teams will now be permitted to participate in more than one competition per day. This allows for teams to resume double-header events.
During this National Small Business Week, I would love to promote YOU! There is still time to contact me if you wish to feature your business on our Chamber of Commerce Facebook page! Let’s tout the great things you are doing for your staff and community! Please email your submissions to julie@fayettecountyohio.com or give me a call at 740.335.0761. Please DO NOT reply directly to this email.
Again, please use this Small Business Week as a reminder to support those who support our community. When you find yourself in need of a good or service, please SHOP LOCAL, DINE LOCAL, THINK LOCAL!
Make it a great evening, Fayette County!
Julie

09.15.2020 Update

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September 15, 2020
Good afternoon!
I am pleased to pass along information from the City of Washington Court House regarding a small business grant program for those located within the City of Washington Court House.
“This program has been provided to allow the City of Washington C.H. to assist small businesses throughout the City, with the financial hardship imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help pay the costs of business interruption required by closures and/or costs suffered to meet guidelines put forth by the Ohio Department of Health in reopening, due to the pandemic. This grant is made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Assistance is in the form of a grant.”
Director of Economic Development Chelsie Baker reminds business owners that these grants are up to $10,000 each and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications can be picked up at the City Building during regular business hours or downloaded at the link provided below. Additionally, Chelsie is available to answer questions by calling 740.636.2340 or via email at cbaker@cityofwch.com.
Make it a great evening, Fayette County!
Julie

08.27.2020 Update

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August 27, 2020
Good afternoon!
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation announce the Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program that reimburses eligible companies for two-thirds of a intern’s wages, up to $10,000. The program has been expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for remote-work internships.
This program is open to tech companies and any company with a technology-related need. This is an opportunity to help build your company’s talent pipeline for the future while also filling your current staffing needs at a low cost.
Company applications remain open through September 8, 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit this website today.
As a reminder, enrollment in TechCred ends Monday, August 31st. This is a great opportunity to upskill your employees and position your company for growth.
To support Ohio businesses and workers’ changing needs during this period of economic recovery, 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.
Further information can be found here or by calling our office.
HFC Safety Council Meetings return Wednesday, September 2nd
A friendly reminder that our FY21 HFC Safety Council year starts next Wednesday, September 2nd, with a few familiarities and a few changes!
What’s the same:
  • Quality, educational presentations on important and relevant topics
  • Networking with fellow tri-county businesses
  • Regional BWC representative connections and support
  • Fun meeting incentives – we’ll be giving away two $50 local gift cards to participants each meeting!
  • Typical meeting schedule (first Wednesday of the month from 12PM – 1PM)
What’s new:
  • All of the meetings in FY21 (September 2020 – June 2021) will be 100% virtual using the Zoom platform
  • There will be no BWC rebate for performance or participation
  • No meeting credit, CEO attendance, or semi-annual reports requirements (silver lining!?)
  • No need to pay for lunches (those with credits from last year’s pre-paid option will be contacted) – think of this as an incentive to invite as many people as you would like, at no cost!
Like many other things this year, we know that this is new and different, but we look forward to bringing you quality programming throughout the year and hope that you still choose to join us each month! If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the managing Chamber directors or email info@hfcsafetycouncil.com
COVID-19: Surviving a Pandemic
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Time: 12PM – 1PM
Location: Zoom!
All HFC meetings are free and open to all, but registration is required
Access: Upon registration, you will receive access to the virtual meeting
This presentation focuses on the mental health aspects associated with COVID-19 to include increased fear and anxiety that could be occurring associated with the trauma and change that we face daily. This presentation will go over in part, stress reactions, how to handle them, and how to prevent them. The objective of the presentation is to understand the mental health aspects associated with COVID-19 and give the audience tools to help them minimize the impact.
Speaker: Kristen Dickerson; Statewide Manager for Health, Wellness, and Special Programs for Ohio BWC
Kristen has worked in both the private and public sector at all levels of the government and within hospitals. She has obtained a bachelor’s in microbiology, with an MPH, and PhD in Epidemiology as well as being a registered nurse and certified lab technician. In addition to working with biowarfare in the army and serving in the Public Health Service, she has been a regional infectious disease epidemiologist, infection preventionist, quality improvement coordinator for the prison system in Ohio, and a program administrator for population health programs in addition to being a visiting professor and subject matter expert for Chamberlain School of Nursing.
UPCOMING HFC MEETINGS (stay tuned for more details!):
October 7th: Eye Safety with Dr. Ballard, Hillsboro Family Vision
November 4th: “Modernizing Your Safety Training” with VING
December 2nd: “Crisis Management for Business Leaders” with Hennes Communications
Make it a great evening, Fayette County!
Julie

08.25.2020 Update

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August 25, 2020

Good afternoon!

I have received several calls from members who have replied directly to these daily update emails and not received a response from me. Please remember, certain security features do not allow for those emails to reach my inbox. If you have replied to an email blast regarding our golf outing, PLEASE call the office (740.335.0761) if you have not received a confirmation from me. I do not want to miss any sponsors or golfers!

 

As a reminder, enrollment in TechCred ends next Monday, August 31st. This is a great opportunity to upskill your employees and position your company for growth.

 

To support Ohio businesses and workers’ changing needs during this period of economic recovery, 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.

Further information can be found here or by calling our office.

Per Lt. Governor Husted, Ohio’s economy is continuing to show signs of recovery. As of Sunday, there were approximately 169,000 total jobs available on OhioMeansJobs.com, with almost 80,000 of those jobs having a yearly salary of $50,000 or higher. Our local OMJ office is a great resource for employers with open positions and can be reached by calling 740.313.0242.

Have a great Tuesday evening!

Julie

08.18.2020 Update

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August 18, 2020
Thank you to those of you who joined us this morning for our “PPP Forgiveness” webinar. Alex Kohls of the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration led us through the guidelines for loan forgiveness and welcomed our members’ questions. It was an informative session, and if you find yourself in need of answers, please feel free to call the office.
I met with Lt. Governor Husted’s staff today regarding the TechCred program offered by the state. The current round of enrollment is open through August 31st. To support Ohio businesses and workers’ changing needs during this period of economic recovery, 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.
Further information can be found here or by calling our office. This is a great opportunity to upskill your employees and position your organization for growth.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced an order Tuesday that provides guidance on how organized sports in Ohio are to be conducted. The order applies to all sports levels, from professional to youth, and allows them to move forward with competitions. The complete order will be available online tomorrow and can be found by following this link. Additionally, he announced he would deliver guidelines for the performing arts sector later this week.
Have a great Tuesday evening!
Julie

08.11.2020 Update

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Free PPE Toolkits available!

JobsOhio has provided each county with free PPE Toolkits. Several of you have received a kit from our county Economic Development, Godwin Apaliyah or our city Economic Developer, Chelsie Baker. At this time, we have five kits left! If you have not yet received a kit and wish to do so, please contact my office.

PPP FORGIVENESS WEBINAR

On August 18th at 9:00 a.m. you are invited to attend a FREE Zoom meeting where we will discuss the application process for PPP Forgiveness. Alex Kohls, Senior Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration will be our moderator. Alex will discuss the various programs and services offered through the SBA, as well as provide information on PPP Forgiveness, EIDL updates and SBA Debt Relief programs.
REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE!

Thank you to all who have registered, sponsored and offered to volunteer during our annual scholarship golf outing! As all money raised goes back to area graduating seniors in the form of scholarships, we humbly ask for your support again this year.

If you wish to sponsor golfer swag bags, prizes, or a hole, please complete THIS FORM. Gift cards, gift baskets, services, etc. are all great prizes we are currently looking to collect.

If you wish to register a team, please complete THIS FORM.

As always, we welcome volunteers! Lunch will be provided and it is a great way to promote your company to those in attendance. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Calling all ambassadors!

Chamber Ambassadors have not met in person. We will be getting back to the business at hand and meeting via zoom this week. If you wish to participate as an ambassador, please contact the office today! We welcome all who wish to work for the betterment of Fayette County!