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Recovery, Adaptation & Innovation

While it looks different than celebrations of the past, this week is National Small Business Week. Unfortunately, we are unable to celebrate together, but rest assured we are celebrating your resiliency and success. If your business is a member of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and you would like me to feature your story on our Facebook page, please contact me! I would love to share why you opened your business, your favorite part of your workday, or why you feel Fayette County is the best fit for you. Email your submissions to julie@fayettecountyohio.com or give me a call at 740.335.0761. Please DO NOT reply directly to this email.
At our fingertips is a valuable resource, free to all small business owners. Melissa Carter, Business Specialist with the OSU South Centers Small Business Development Center is available to assist you. As you may remember, Melissa speaks at many of our educational events and is also available to you on a one-on-one basis. Join Melissa this Thursday, September 24th for a free Zoom webinar aimed at preparing your business for the upcoming Holiday season. The event is free to attend but you must register. Details can be found by following THIS LINK.
As you will remember, I shared information from the City of Washington Court House regarding their CARES Act Grant program for small businesses. I am pleased to announce the Fayette County Commissioners will also be providing grants to those businesses who qualify and are located outside the City of Washington Court House. Details regarding their program will be announced next week and forwarded to you as they are available.
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.
Please use this National 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. Together we will continue to rebuild and revitalize.
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

08.11.2020 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!

 

08.06.2020 Update

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08.06.2020
Good afternoon. Bear with me, we have much to relay today!
Our annual scholarship golf outing is in exactly 4 weeks! 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.
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!
SUPPLY SHARE
Many of you have asked if we, in collaboration with the City of Washington, would be facilitating another Supply Share Program. Since our last group order, Sun Rise Ohio Valley has been able to secure several items necessary for the safe operation of your business. They have no minimum order requirement and you can contact them directly to place yours. I am attaching a list of their items with corresponding prices. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call 740.335.0555.
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 HERE
The Paycheck Protection Program is accepting applications through August 8, 2020. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the PPP borrower application form (revised June 24, 2020) to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender.
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching my stepson show and sell his 4-H animals. 4-H and FFA have always been a large part of my life and it makes me smile to watch our kids carry on where I left off. As I sat in the sale ring, I could not help but notice the majority of the buyers were also members of our Chamber of Commerce. As a parent, I would like to thank you. Today, I was informed of a group of businesses and individuals named the “Friends of the Fair.” These businesses have donated additional money that resulted in each participant in the livestock sale receiving an additional $65.00. Again, your support of Fayette County and its youth is admirable. Thank you.
Governor DeWine did not have a press conference scheduled for today as he was to meet with President Trump during his visit to Ohio. The governor has since been diagnosed, via rapid test, with coronavirus. At this point, he is still planning to address the state on Friday, August 7th. If new developments or new orders are presented, I will forward those to you following their announcement.
Until tomorrow – stay healthy and enjoy your evening!
Julie

Join us as we help Fayette County ‘Focus Forward’

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During troubling times, Fayette County comes together. We support, encourage, and believe in each other. Today is no different.
Many of our small businesses have been left behind during this pandemic as they did not meet the criteria for various federal grants and loans. Through the generosity of Tony’s Welding and Fabrication and Quali-Tee Designs, we have begun a small business grant fund. These grants are available to any Fayette County Chamber member with 10 or fewer employees.
To further fund the grant, we are offering for sale, several different t-shirts, travel mugs, and even a reusable shopping tote! These items are available for purchase by following THIS LINK. 100% of proceeds will be split evenly amongst the participating members.
To participate and receive grant dollars, we ask the following:
  • You are a member in good standing prior to June 3, 2020
  • Your payroll does not exceed ten individuals
  • Your business was adversely affected by the Stay at Home Order
  • You share our webstore link on your business Facebook page.
Your participation and promotion of this event is vital to its success! Please call the chamber office to convey your wish to participate.It is really that easy!
Our store closes on June 21st. Make sure to order your items before time is up! While you will receive a quality item to enjoy yourself or give as a gift, you will also be lending a hand to our small business members. Let’s show them how much we appreciate what they bring to our community!
If you have any questions or if, as a small business owner, you would like to receive a grant, please give the office a call at 740.335.0761.
Thank you for joining us as we focus on moving Fayette County forward!
Julie Bolender

Sole proprietors are now eligible for the SOCA Benefit Plan

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Anthem and SOCA are pleased to announce that the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) Benefit Plan is making room for sole proprietors. Enrollment begins July 1, 2020.

The broker community has already received instructions from Anthem regarding new case submissions and quoting begins April 20, 2020.

An eligible sole proprietor must:

  • Meet underwriting requirements.
  • Work more than 30 hours per week (documentation required).
  • Submit a cover page for Form 1040 with Schedule C or Form 1040 with Schedules F and SE.

This is limited to sole proprietors. Presently this offer is not intended for non-profit organizations with one employee.

Please contact your local Anthem broker with questions.

A letter of good standing with the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will be required for this benefit. Please call the office if you have further questions.

Local Love

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Shop Local ~ Dine Local ~ Think Local

In an effort to support our local economy today and every day, the Chamber of Commerce is please to announce our newest program, Chamber Bucks!

As a member of the chamber, you have the option to participate in this exciting program! The Chamber Buck is available for purchase directly from our office in increments of $20.00 and purchase is open to the public. Should your business choose to accept Chamber Bucks as a form of payment for goods or services, please contact the office no later than Monday, March 23, 2020 to register for this program. Your business name will be listed on a form given with each Chamber Buck purchased. Once you receive this ‘buck,’ contact the office for reimbursement. You will be reimbursed within 2 business days. You will also be provided signage that states you are a participating business.

It is our hope these Chamber Bucks will be purchased by businesses to be used as employee incentives, by community members for personal gifts – by those that truly want to fortify our local economy and support small business.

Additional rules and information can be found in the graphic below. As always, call the office should you have any questions.

It is time to support each other, lift each other up and #GrowFayco!