City of Mentor Small Business Retention Program

Mentor Small Business Employee Retention (Bridge the Gap) Program

The City of Mentor has established the Mentor Small Business Employee Retention (Bridge the Gap) Program to assist small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides grant funds to Mentor-based businesses that retain or create a low-to-moderate income (LMI) position as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Bridge the Gap Program is managed through the City of Mentor Planning and Development Department.  The application form can be submitted for consideration via email after 9:00 AM on Friday, April 23, 2021. Applications submitted prior to that time will not be accepted. Applications will be reviewed, verified, and funds distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to or (440) 974-5740.

Mentor Small Business Restart Program

The City of Mentor has established the Small Business Restart Program to assist small businesses closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that intend to reopen upon the lifting of applicable government restrictions.  A total of $200,000 in Grant Funds will be provided through the City of Mentor’s Community Development Block Grant Funds.


  • $500 maximum reimbursement for rent or mortgage payments made on or after May 1, 2020.


These criteria fall in line with HUD-requirements and the City’s Community Development Block grant (CDBG) Comprehensive Plan.

  • Business must have less than 25 employees;
  • Must be a non-franchise, independently owned and operated;
  • Is doing business at a “bricks and mortar” facility in the city (home-based businesses not eligible);
  • Was closed and unable to conduct any business activity as a result of a required government order;
  • Was at no time in violation of that government order;
  • Is not in default or currently delinquent on any loan provided through the Mentor Economic Assistance Corporation;
  • Reopens for business; and remains open for no less a time period than the period which the payment requested for reimbursement was made.


  • Application is to be made through the City of Mentor Economic Development Department.
  • Applications will be reviewed, verified and funds distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with applications able to be submitted via email on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. or later. Applications made earlier than that time will not be accepted.
  • Applications must be complete, including documented evidence of rent or mortgage payments made on or after May 1, 2020 which may include, but not limited to, a paid invoice or cancelled check as well as a current occupancy or re occupancy permit.


Upon completion, submit to:
Department of Planning and Development
Phone: 440-974-5740

COVID-19 Resources for Economic Support

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a great strain on the nation’s healthcare system, but it’s not come without its economic difficulties as well. State leaders are working to ensure resources are readily available to Ohio businesses and workers to ensure we all weather this difficult time, remembering we are all in this together.

The links here will connect you with local, state and federal resources and funds for the following impacted categories:

  • Small businesses and non-profits: economic disaster loan program, bar and restaurant relief, daycare ratio updates and more.
  • Individuals and families: unemployment resources, health insurance relief, school meals and more.

Ohio small businesses and nonprofits are now eligible for several programs through the SBA.  This includes low-interest loans, loans that could be 100% forgiven if requirements are met and no payments for a year.  Apply online at, which is recommended, or call (800) 659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.  For assistance or questions you may also contact Kelly Conrad at

  • Small Business Relief Grant
    The Small Business Relief Grant is designed to assist Ohio businesses that have been harmed by the effects of COVID-19. The $125 million grant fund will provide relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Funding for the program is from the CARES Act. The application will be available November 2, 2020. For more information, visit BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov.
  • Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund
    The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund is designed to assist Ohio’s on-premise liquor permit holders. This $38.7 million fund will help more than 15,400 licensees significantly impacted by COVID-19 and limited in the full use of their liquor permit. Funding for the program is from the CARES Act. These permit holders need to have had an active on-premise permit as of close-of-business October 23, 2020. The business does not have to be currently open but must have an active liquor license. You can check the status of your liquor permit here. If it’s active, it will be listed as “issued.” After applying, a licensee will receive $2,500 per unique business location. The program, which will begin accepting applications November 2, 2020, will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. Visit BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov to access the online application.
  • Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    Ohio small businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for up to a $2 million, low-interest loan through the SBA. Apply online at, which is recommended, or call (800) 659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.
  • Publicly-Funded Daycares
    An executive order issued last week increased the number of children allowed to be supervised by child care staff, depending on the type of program and ages of the children. The order also increased from 10 to 20 the number of paid absent days for providers serving children in the Publicly Funded Child Care program, and it provides child care programs with 21 paid pandemic days if they must close their programs because of the pandemic.  Read the Executive Order:
  • Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)
    Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers. To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio BWC is announcing insurance premium installment payments. For more information, visit
  • Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums
    All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured.

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