COVID-19 Local Updates

03.18.2020 Afternoon Update

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March, 18, 2020

Good afternoon, all. Below is an update from Governor DeWine’s press conference today:

  • Announced the close of 181 BMV Deputy Registrars effective today, March 18, 2020. Five offices will remain open in an effort to handle CDL licensing. All 52 Driver Exam stations will close as well. Violations will not be issued to individuals who are unable to obtain a renewal due to closures.
  • All tattoo parlors, nail salons, beauty and barber shops are to close effective end of day, March 18, 2020.
    Gov. DeWine asks that all employers take the temperature of every employee at the beginning of every shift. While this is not a perfect way to contain the virus and protect the healthy, it is one more preventative measure that must be utilized.

I want to reiterate that Ohio has not yet received their approval for the Economic Injury Disaster loan program. Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted have filed the required request and now, we wait. We expect an answer shortly. Once that is approved, I will immediately forward the link so that you may apply, should you have a claim.

As always, reach out should you have any questions.

Disaster Loan Declaration

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March 18, 2020

Good morning.

Late yesterday I received the Disaster Loan Declaration form from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA is working directly with Governor DeWine’s office to facilitate a disaster declaration from the SBA for businesses to be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster loans. To expedite this process, they need affected businesses to complete the form. Once you have done so, please email the completed forms to

Once that declaration is made and the SBA has confirmed it, the agency will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per small business to assist with economic recovery.

The form and instructions are below. Should you have any issues, call the office and I will email the form directly to you.

Stay well-

Employment Update

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As we continue to field calls from members, a recurring theme is staffing. We now find ourselves in a new situation. Many employers are laying off employees and some of you are in search of additional staff to help combat the rush. If your business is currently hiring, please send pertinent information to me by clicking THIS LINK

Please DO NOT reply to this email as issues with firewalls may prevent me from receiving your mail.

I will be organizing a list of open positions that will be available on our website and in our office on a newly created job board. Many employees of restaurants and in the service industry may find themselves in need of employment and we are trying to do our part to keep Fayette County employed.
Here is the information I require:

  • Company name and contact information-where should they apply?
  • Available positions
  • Shift available
  • Skills required

I will leave salaries up to the businesses to discuss with the prospective employee. However, I will share that information, should you choose to provide.

Additionally, we have three temporary employment agencies as members of our chamber.

Accel Temporary Services, RSS Staffing and The Reserves Network. Please reach out to them at any time you are in need of employees.

We are in this together –

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

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  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or
    territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
  • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website:
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
  • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail
  • Visit for more information.

Update From Your Chamber

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March 16, 2020

Good afternoon.

For the last several days I have been actively monitoring all communication from the SBA, Ohio Governor, CDC and many other organizations. It is my goal to keep you as informed as possible, and armed with all the appropriate tools to help you keep your business moving forward. I said a moment ago, these waters we are navigating are unchartered. All we can do is stay informed, work together and above all, support each other.

Last week I sent an email with links I felt you would deem useful. The Guidance for Businesses is a great page published by the SBA with solid information. Below is additional information I have just recently received.

Lt. Gov. Husted spoke of the SBA Disaster Relief program yesterday in his press conference. This link explains the basic highlights of the program. As I receive further information, I will send it to you. Until then, the Development Services Agency has asked that any business that has been adversely affected contact them via this email with information on your business and the issues you are facing.

Employees are also feeling the effects of current restrictions. Here are a few things you should know so you can better assist your employees:

  • State policy currently states that any individual quarantined by a health professional or by their employer is considered to be unemployed and not subject to requirements to seek employment during this time. This rule also applies to companies that find it necessary to temporarily shut down due to the current state of emergency.
  • The mandatory one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived. Employees will be immediately eligible for unemployment compensation payment.

Further information can be found on the OJFS page by clicking here. . Employees can file for unemployment online (click here) or over the phone by calling 877.644.6562.

Additionally, the Governor released the following information for business owners:

  • The cost of these unemployment compensation changes will be mutualized
  • JFS will waive employer penalties for late reporting and payments for the next quarter


We have made every effort to support our restaurant members as they are facing immediate changes. An ad in the Record Herald, social media posting as well as information on our website have all been submitted today. We hope our neighbors will utilize delivery, carry out and curb side pickup in an effort to support these local restaurants. Purchase an extra gift card today and save it for when the crisis is over! Furthermore, Lt. Gov. Husted announced yesterday a temporary liquor buy-back program. This program pertains to liquor that has been purchased within the last 30 days as bars/restaurants were ‘stocking up’ for March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. Additionally, businesses/organizations that have purchased an F2 permit for use between 3/12 – 4/6/2020 can also seek reimbursement. I suggest calling 877-812-0013 or emailing as there are some rules that need to be followed for full refund.

As customers may be concerned with what type of safety precautions local businesses are taking, the US Chamber of Commerce has provided a customizable poster you can create, print and distribute right from your desktop. This flyer can be found by clicking this link.

Lots of information and I am sure, many changes to come. We are in the office and also available by phone. Email is always an option, but I do ask that you not reply directly to this email. Due to security, I may not receive it. My email is and my cell is 740.607.7733.

Stay well-