Preparation is the key to withstanding unforeseen emergencies that could jeopardize a business. The following list of resources contain information that can help businesses prepare for emergencies and disasters:
One-time Liquor Buyback:
The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick's Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.
Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.
SharedWork Ohio is an alternative to layoffs for employers. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
Interested employers should provide the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services with a list of participating employees and specify their normal weekly hours of work, not to exceed 40 hours and not including overtime. Part-time employees may be eligible, but all employees in an affected unit must have their hours reduced by the same reduction percentage. For more information, please visit JFS.Ohio.gov/SharedWorkOhio.
cDear Chamber Members –
We are indeed in unprecedented times - as a community, state, nation, and world. Our Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the news and advice/restrictions put in place by the Ohio Governor’s Office and Center for Disease Control (CDC), and we recommend that you do the same.
For your reference, we have compiled the links below for information purposes and assistance. These include help for small businesses, employees, and citizens in general. I urge you to click the links to review the information and stay informed. As always, but especially now, the basics of effective hand washing and common sense must prevail.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as we receive them.
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Ohio Small Business Development Centers: Click Here for More Information
The Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus Page: Click Here for More Information
Pandemic Planning for Small Businesses: Click Here for More Information
Defiance County Health Department: Click Here for More Information
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Resources for Businesses and Employers
Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH