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We recognize and understand the challenges facing our community. This portal is designed to help Union County’s business community navigate available resources as together we reconnect, rebuild, and recover. We are #unioncountystrong.


The state of Ohio is accepting applications for four grant programs that target businesses that were significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programs are:

  • Food and Beverage Establishment Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drinking businesses. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.

  • Entertainment Venue Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment venues. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020.

  • Lodging Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ decline in occupancy rate in 2020.

  • New Small Business Grant: This program provides grants of $10,000 to small businesses that were established between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

The Ohio Department of Development is administering the grants and will continue to accept applications until grant funds are exhausted. To apply, visit the Investing in Ohio’s Future section at The site includes documents for each grant program’s terms and conditions, fact sheet, and frequently asked questions.


To provide support to Union County’s restaurants and hospitality businesses, the Union County CVB has compiled the following list of helpful resources:



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.


U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers. Guidance has been issued for Workplace Safety, Wages, Hours & Leave, Unemployment Benefits, and more. Click to learn more.

Financial Resources

Regional Resources


Employment Services

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 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.

TechCred Program

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.

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.

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