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Curfew, Face Coverings, Mass Gathering Updates

Posted on: November 19th, 2020 by leslie No Comments

Governor Mike DeWine announced that the administration is issuing a statewide curfew that takes effect on Thursday, November 19. Under the curfew, individuals are to be at home from 10PM until 5AM. The curfew lasts for 21 days.

Ohio Statewide Curfew Details

Beginning Thursday, November 19, Ohioans are subject to a statewide curfew from 10PM to 5AM for 21 days. The curfew does not apply to individuals who are:

  • At work;
  • Commuting to/from work;
  • Obtaining food, including grocery shopping or drive through/pickup/delivery services; and
  • Obtaining or seeking medical/mental health supplies or treatment.

Face Covering Requirement

As we mentioned in our Friday, November 13, update, a revised face covering order was issued.

With exceptions, the following provisions are applicable to retail businesses:

  • Each store must post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances;
  • Each store is responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks; and
  • The creation of a new Retail Compliance Unit, to ensure compliance.

Retail stores that violate the order receive a written warning for the first violation. A second violation can result in closure of the store for up to 24 hours. Governor DeWine said agents began visiting retail stores this week.

Mass Gatherings

Also, the Ohio Department of Health formally issued the Revised Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio, with Exceptions, which we previously reported.

The order places the following restrictions on wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities:

  • No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no dancing;
  • Guests must be seated at all times, but traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts, tossing the bouquet and cutting the cake are permitted;
  • If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats. No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar areas permitted;
  • Masks must be worn at all times, unless actively consuming food or beverages; and

No more than 10 people should be seated at a table and all must be from the same household.

Source: Ohio Economic Development Association COVID-19 Dashboard

Small Business Relief Grant

Posted on: October 27th, 2020 by leslie No Comments

Application opens NOVEMBER 2, 2020

For More information, Visit BusinessHep.Ohio.Gov


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.

Maximum Grant $10,000

First come first serve basis

The Ohio Development Services Agency is establishing an online application for the program.
Businesses applying for funding will be required to establish a registration ID with the state of Ohio.

The application will be available November 2, 2020.

Bar & Restaurant Assistance Fund

Posted on: October 27th, 2020 by leslie No Comments


Program Flyer: Restaurant and Bar Program Relief Fund 2020

The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund is designed to assist Ohio’s on-premise liquor permit holders.  Funding for the program is from the CARES Act.  Permit holders need to have 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.  A licensee will receive $2,50 per unique business location.

Find out more and apply at businessHelp.Ohio.Gov

JobsOhio Inclusion Grant for Small Businesses

Posted on: September 22nd, 2020 by leslie No Comments

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant exists to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state. Grant decisions are based on several project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support is generally intended for small to medium-sized companies with eligible projects. Connect with the TeamNEO team  or Leslie McCoy, Economic Development Director ( to learn more about how this may work for your Company.

Valve Exercising Program

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by leslie No Comments

The Village of Middlefield Streets & Utilities Department will be conducting a valve exercising program to maintain the quality and longevity of all water system valves.  Keeping these valves operating properly is extremely important in times of emergency.  Sections of a distribution system may be to be shut down to make repair without interrupting service to other areas. (more…)

Village of Middlefield Small Business Grant Program

Posted on: July 29th, 2020 by leslie No Comments

Village of Middlefield Small Business Grant Program

Small Business Application – CLICK HERE (more…)

Posted on: June 3rd, 2020 by leslie No Comments


Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the creation of three programs to help small and medium-sized businesses in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency:

  • Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant Program
  • Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program
  • Appalachian Region Loan Program

Ohio small businesses can learn more about these and other resources available through the Office of Small Business Relief and Development at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp.

Paycheck Protection Program – Forgiveness Application

Posted on: May 28th, 2020 by leslie No Comments

The Small Business Association (SBA) released its Loan Forgiveness Application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

The chart below highlights each of the PPP loan provision modifications:


Provision Original PPP Loan Provision Updated PPP Loan Provision
Loan term/maturity (excess left after loan forgiveness) 2 years 5 years


Loan – Covered Period 2/15/2020 – 6/30/2020 2/15/20 – 12/31/20


Loan Forgiveness – Covered Period 8 weeks from disbursement of funds The earlier of 24 weeks from disbursement of funds or 12/31/20 (borrowers receiving loans prior to 6/5/20 may elect, i.e. keep the original 8-week covered period)


Payment Deferral 6 months from the end of the covered period Must submit loan forgiveness application within 10 months after the last day of the covered period


Loan Forgiveness Reduction Based on Reduction in Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Employees Waived if number of FTE employees is restored by 6/30/20 Waived if number of FTE employees is restored by 12/31/20 or qualify for the Exemption Based on Employee Availability*


Loan Forgiveness Limitation 75% of the loan forgiveness amount must be attributable to payroll costs Must use at least 60% of the covered loan amount for payroll costs


*Exemption Based on Employee Availability.

Date 6.05.2020

SCORE Programing for Businesses

Posted on: May 28th, 2020 by leslie No Comments

SCORE offers free live and recorded webinars & interactive courses on demand on small business topics.
Click HERE for more information on upcoming and recorded courses.


Local SCORE office

SCORE Geauga County
14111 Claridon Troy Road
SCORE Geauga Campus, Kent State
Burton, OH, 44021
Phone: 216.503.8168 Option 2

One-Time Liquor Rebate Program

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by leslie No Comments

Governor DeWine announced a one-time rebate to defray the cost of restocking high-proof liquor. Beginning in mid-May, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate for eligible purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Agencies. This is one of many innovative programs developed by JobsOhio to assist businesses as they navigate the impact of the pandemic. For more rebate information and program registration, visit