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Letter from JobsOhio

Dear Business Leaders,

JobsOhio and its partners remain committed to providing you information and working closely with companies as all of Ohio and our nation confronts the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, we can be part of the solution to move Ohio forward.

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have provided clear direction on the urgent need for businesses to take necessary precautions to protect their employees and all Ohioans.

While a vast majority of Ohio businesses are following the guidance, the Administration urges all companies to act witha sense of urgency to slow the spread of the virus.

To avoid the potential for further actions that could result in added constraints on Ohio businesses, JobsOhio and its partners urge you to abide by the following guidance.

  • Work FROM HOME whenever possible.
  • TAKE TEMPERATURE OF ASSOCIATES at the beginning of each shift.
  • MAINTAIN 6’ OF DISTANCE between associate work-stations or areas.
  • PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE: Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and disinfect often work areas, door handles and other frequently used items.

We ask that you please share this critical information with your associates and your supply chain so we can arm as many Ohioans with the information they need to guide us through this challenge.

We must all do our part to slow the spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus. We are confident that Ohio businesses are positioned to work through these issues effectively so that all of us can move forward through this pandemic and come out stronger on the other side.

This page will continue to be updated with information about JobsOhio program support & sector information. We encourage you to check back often for up to date information.

If you have any questions we can help you address, or if you would like to receive regular updates on JobsOhio’s Coronavirus relief efforts, please fill out the contact form to the right.

Very respectfully,
JP Nauseef, President & CEO

Please click here to read a copy of the Department of Health Stay at Home order or for more information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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JobsOhio Program Support and Resources

JobsOhio leadership has worked swiftly and taken immediate action to enact the following items to support businesses in Ohio. For additional resources, click here.

Workforce Retention Loan Program

JobsOhio rapidly established the Workforce Retention Loan Program to provide qualifying JobsOhio client companies with financial support to help them to maintain employment levels during the COVID19 outbreak. Only JobsOhio existing client companies meeting certain defined criteria are eligible to participate, and JobsOhio has already notified the qualifying companies. The financing offered is an unsecured, forgivable, interest free loan allowing monthly draws to assist with payroll expense in support of employee retention. If the participating company retains its employees over a six-month period, the loan is eligible for forgiveness.

JobsOhio and Appalachian Growth Capital to Provide Southeast Ohio Businesses Capital Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

JobsOhio announced today that it has made a $2 million investment in Appalachian Growth Capital, LLC (AGC). JobsOhio’s assistance to Appalachian Growth Capital will boost its sustainability at a time when small businesses in the region need reliable capital and partnerships to move forward. Southeastern Ohio companies supported by AGC can be confident they will have lending support to sustain their businesses during this pandemic and to help them grow after it has passed. To read more, click here.

A Free Pair for Healthcare

Crocs, Inc., a global leader in casual footwear for women, men and children, launched a new program called A Free Pair for Healthcare offering healthcare workers across the United State the opportunity to get a free pair of Crocs, making 7,000 available while supplies last. JobsOhio supported Crocs initiative by committing an additional 7,000 pairs to the effort. Thank you to our partners at the Dayton Development Coalition and Heidelberg Distributing Company for your support in accessing points of care in the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association. Healthcare workers can visit crocs.com/freeforhealthcare for more information.

One-Time Liquor Buy Back

Bar and restaurant owners affected by COVID-19 can return high proof liquor products purchased between February 12 – March 15, 2020. 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.

Six-Month Deferral of Payment on JobsOhio Loans

In light of the significant impact COVID-19 has on the economy and business, and in an effort to support its borrowers, JobsOhio will be offering a 6-month deferral of payment of loans (no principal and no interest) for the nearly 50 companies that have executed loan agreements with JobsOhio. These are businesses that have committed to a total of 9,150 jobs and $521.7 million in payroll for the people of Ohio.

Community Support

JobsOhio and Ohio Liquor is working with distilleries to purchase hand sanitizer to distribute to Ohio’s 12 food banks, whose work is extremely important during this time, with a target of providing 15,000 bottles/month for employees and volunteers.

Ohio companies across the state are pitching in to support their communities.
Read how on our social media channels.

Committed to Keeping Ohioans Safe

For those of you that are working hard during this public health crisis, we want to ensure that you know how to best protect yourself and your family. No matter what role you are playing, JobsOhio thanks you. We’re in this together, Ohio.

JobsOhio Industry Guidance & Resources

JobsOhio sector leaders bring you up to date information and current guidance on operational best practices.

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Ohio Department of Health Business Resources

If you are interested in helping your fellow Ohioans, please email together@governor.ohio.gov with the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • How you are interested in helping

For general guidance on business practices during Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov. For additional economic support, please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/businesshelp.