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 SBA.gov/disaster, 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 conrad@cityofmentor.com.

  • Liquor buyback
    The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This is intended to aid those establishments that have stocked up on high proof liquor, but now are facing closure to in-house patrons. Bars and restaurants can return 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. Questions about this program should be directed to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center at 1-877-812-0013 or OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.
  • 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 SBA.gov/disaster, 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: ttps://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHOOD/2020/03/13/file_attachments/1400790/Executive%20Order%202020-02D.pdf
  • The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
    The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is modifying the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods. Generally, Ohio requires haulers with loads classified as “oversized” to seek advanced permission from ODOT before they are legally allowed to travel in the state. Haulers carrying these essential goods can download and print the permit at transportation.ohio.gov.
  • 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 bwc.ohio.gov.
  • 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.

Mentor, Ohio is a dynamic, business-friendly community whose continued success is built upon sustained growth in manufacturing and retail.

Our city offers attractive investment incentives, advanced site selection services, as well as international trade assistance – all customized to fit the needs of your business.

Today, over 1,700 companies with more than 59,000 employees, including major corporations, manufacturers, retailers, specialty shops and small businesses, call Mentor their home.

Over 325 independent and chain retailers occupy 3.3 million square feet of prime retail space in our city. They are supported by a community of 47,159 with 263,800 potential shoppers located within ten miles.

We invite you to discover all the reasons why Mentor is the right location for your growing business needs. Review our New Business Assistance Guide to help you get started and contact us with any questions.

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