We recognize and understand the challenges facing our community. This portal is designed to help Union County’s employers, residents, and leaders navigate available resources as together we reconnect, rebuild, and recover. We are #unioncountystrong.
Your Support Matters!
The Union County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the VOCAL FOR LOCAL t-shirt campaign. By purchasing this t-shirt, you'll be supporting your neighbors, showing your community pride, and letting people know that Union County will come back stronger than ever!
* $15 for sizes S-XL; $17 for XXL. Additional shipping fee.
We're in this Together.
As we progress through this unprecedented crisis, we are beginning to see a path forward to reconnect with colleagues and partners, to rebuild our business and community, and to recover normalcy and our strong economic momentum. We realize that it will not be business as usual once we get our economy up and running again, but together as we move forward by sharing resources, ideas, and information in order to strengthen our recovery.
We thank the front-line workers and the businesses that continue to provide services and products to the community. Moreover, we thank the businesses who have donated food and supplies to community organizations. Let’s support our businesses and our community as together we are stronger!
Eric S. Phillips
We're Here for You.
227 East Fifth Street
Marysville, Ohio 43040
Promotions During the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us and there is no question that things will be quite different this year. The Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Union County Health Department have partnered to remind residents that opportunities for safe shopping and dining exist right here in Union County.
The first result of this partnership is the development of a Shop Safe, Shop Local video that features small businesses from across Union County (see the video to the left). Additional videos and business video testimonials are coming soon...stay tuned!
Pledging to Keep YOU Safe!
The Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the #UnionCountySafe Pledge to encourage businesses to take protective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by following safety precautions issued by the CDC and Ohio Department of Health.
Businesses throughout Union County have pledged to keep visitors, residents, customers, and employees safe by taking the pledge. CLICK HERE to take the pledge or see which businesses have committed to keeping our community safe.
OHIO SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF
The State of Ohio has established the Small Business Relief Grant Program. This program provides $10,000 grants to small businesses (1 to 25 employees) that have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Additional $2,500 grants are available to bars and restaurants with active liquor licenses through the Bar & Restaurant Assistance Fund.
The application process for both programs begins November 2, 2020. Funding will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately $500,000 is available for Union County businesses.
For more information, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit:
THANK YOU, UNION COUNTY!
Thanks to the generosity of the Union County community, 43 small businesses received over $200,000 in emergency funding through the Union County Small Business Relief Grant Program!
FUNDING & SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:
City of Marysville • CoBank • Dyed it Myself • Marysville-Union County Port Authority • Merchants National Bank • Milholland Financial Group • Operation Round Up – URE Community Trust • Richwood Bank • Steve & Mardy-Hanlon Stolte • Union County Board of Commissioners • Union County Chamber of Commerce • Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau • Union County Foundation • Union Rural Electric Cooperative
Responsible Restart Ohio - Reopening Guidelines
The State of Ohio has issued guidance on how businesses should responsibly reopen. Please click here for industry-specific guidance.
Live Smart, Stay Safe
Promotional materials and other resources for downtown businesses and neighborhoods are available through Live Smart, Stay Safe.
Small Nation exists to help small towns, small businesses, and small business investors.
Other Helpful Resources
Agriculture & Agribusiness
Union County Manufacturers
Preparedness Checklist (PDF)
Supplies, Signage & Partitions
Union County PPE Sources (PDF)
Product Flyer (PDF)
Mental Health Support
SBA Disaster Assistance Programs
The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters, including COVID-19. For more information, please visit: SBA Disaster Assistance Programs.
Federal Employee Retention Tax Credit
The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Click here to download more information (PDF).
Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program
The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion. Principal and interest payments will be deferred for one year. For more information, please click here.
U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Guidance
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus. Guidance has been issued for Workplace Safety, Wages, Hours & Leave, Unemployment Benefits, and more. Click to learn more.
Health Insurance Premium Deferral
The Ohio Department of Insurance has announced health insurance premium deferrals for some employers:
Maintains health insurance coverage for workers who have had their work hours reduced if the employee is currently eligible for coverage through their employer-sponsored health insurance.
Payment of premiums may be deferred interest-free for up to 60 calendar days.
It creates a special open enrollment period for employees who lose coverage to allow them to get a new policy from the federal healthcare marketplace or from another insurer.
This order is in effect until the expiration of the governor's state of emergency.
Ohio Department of Transportation Blanket Permit for Haulers
In an effort to assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods.
Ohio Office of Small Business Relief
The Ohio Development Services Agency has established The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR). The OSBR is focused on identifying and providing direct support to the state's nearly 950,000 small businesses to help during the current public health crisis and to position them for a span rebound. Click for more information.
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. For more information, please click here.
LOCAL + REGIONAL RESOURCES
Union County - Marysville Economic Development
The viability and long-term sustainability of our business community is a top priority during this difficult time. For a complete list of traditional assistance programs, including financial incentives, please click here. You may also contact us at 937-642-6279.
Marysville Entrepreneurial Center (MEC) - Small Business Assistance
The MEC is available to anyone needing help with developing or adjusting their business concepts; business plans, marketing techniques, and overall strategies. For more information about the Marysville Entrepreneurial Center, please call 614.989.2429 or visit the MEC website.
Banks & Financial Institutions
We encourage any business that is struggling to reach out to their local commercial banker. Many banks are offering some variety of interest-only payments, deferrals of principal and interest payments for 60-90 days, and offering working capital on a case-by-case basis. Please see the financial resources listed below:
Businesses have had to quickly implement new technologies such as virtual meetings, conference calling, and online shopping platforms. Union County is home to a number of IT/technology businesses that are available to help other businesses with their technology needs.
Many utility companies have implemented special repayment plans or deferment options.
RESTAURANTS + HOSPITALITY
To provide support to Union County’s restaurants and hospitality businesses during the public health emergency, the Union County CVB has compiled the following list of helpful resources:
EMPLOYMENT + TALENT RESOURCES
Is your company hiring? Many logistics, manufacturing, and healthcare operations are hiring right now to meet demand. If your company is hiring, we suggest you:
Immediately contact OhioMeansJobs-Union County.
Post your job on social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Let us know you are hiring. Please send your job listings to Eric Phillips at email@example.com. We may be able to help connect you to additional resources.
Consider reaching out to local media. A news story can help potential candidates know you’re hiring.
Ohio COVID-19 Employment Portal
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis. Both essential businesses and current job seekers can visit this website to post and search.
The site features a highly streamlined interface with only two main links – one for essential businesses, and one for job seekers. Applicants can search through jobs in their area, their region, and the entire state.
Ohio employers can take advantage of the TechCred program and upskill their employees while they may be unable to perform their typical day-to-day duties. Many of these trainings can be completed online. TechCred offers employers up to $2,000 in reimbursement for every technology-focused credential earned by an employee, up to $30,000 per employer per round. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.
Central Ohio Virtual Hiring Events
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, One Columbus has joined the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County to help dislocated workers connect to businesses that need employees to continue vital services. Throughout April, there will be a series of Central Ohio ReEmployment & Resource (CORRE) Virtual Hiring Events that will help job seekers navigate multiple resources and obtain employment. Your company is invited to participate in a Virtual Hiring Event.
Businesses wishing to participate in a Virtual Hiring Event may email BusinessSolutions@wdbco.org.
People + Work Connect
People + Work Connect is a free, online employer-to-employer platform that connects organizations that are downsizing to those who are hiring. The technology platform pools non-confidential and aggregated workforce information by categories such as location and experience. Please click here for more information.
Rapid Response Team (WARN)
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers a Rapid Response Team for employers. This service assists employers with transitions such as layoffs and includes:
Assistance with the WARN Act, a federal requirement which provides protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide written notice at least 60 calendar days in advance of mass layoffs and plant closings
Resources to make it easier for employees to file for unemployment benefits
Survey of worker training needs
Reemployment services to help displaced workers find employment as quickly as possible.
For more information about the Rapid Response Team, or for other local employment assistance, please click here.
Unemployment Aid for Ohioans
The Governor has issued an executive order, which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) with the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.
This order will also give relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.
Individuals who have lost their job due to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a one-time $500 payment through the Family Stability Prevention, Retention Contingency (PRC) Program. For more information, please call OhioMeansJobs-Union County at 937-645-2018.
Helpful Unemployment & Training Links
Mass Layoff Form (PDF)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Repurposing or Retooling Operations for Manufacturers
Manufacturers interested in repurposing or retooling operations to produce essential items (i.e. PPE or medical devices) should visit the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 website.
Union County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
The Union County Foundation and the United Way of Union County have partnered to establish the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to assist residents in need of food, shelter, rent assistance, and other needs. The fund will be used in cooperation with the Mass Critical Care Unit of the Union County Emergency Operation Center.
Donors have many options to support this joint fund including the following:
Text-to-Give by texting UCCOVID to 91-99
Mail a check to United Way of Union County, 648 Clymer Rd., Suite 313, Marysville OH 43040, or to The Union County Foundation, c/o COVID-19 Fund, P.O. Box 608, Marysville, OH 43040. All checks should be marked UCCOVID Relief Fund.
COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATES
Authorities are encouraging all businesses to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and to implement policies and procedures that will reduce potential exposure. All employers should consider strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. For more information about Union County's public health efforts, please visit the Union County Health Department's website.