Census Day is being observed locally in Urbana, Champaign County, and nationwide on April 1, 2020. By this date, every household will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Each household’s response to the 2020 Census will be based on where each person is living as of April 1, 2020.
As of March 29, 2020, the national self-response rate to the 2020 Census is 34.7% and 37.6% statewide in Ohio. Locally, self-response rates are as follows: Champaign County is at 36.7%, Urbana is at 37.5%, Mechanicsburg is at 32.5%, North Lewisburg is at 30.1%, and Saint Paris is at 27.4%. Overall, the self-response rate in Champaign County is trending below surrounding counties with the exception of Logan County. Regionally, Logan County is at 33.0%, Shelby County is at 40.7%, Miami County is at 41.7%, Clark County is at 38.4%, Madison County is at 38.3%, and Union County is at 41.6%. Urbana’s self-response rate is trending above Bellefontaine (36.9%) and below Marysville (39.7%) and London (39.0%).
Urbana and Champaign County households are encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census now and be counted. Households can respond online, answer by phone by calling (1-844-330-2020), or by requesting a paper questionnaire. The 2020 Census only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Visit www.2020census.gov for additional information.
In preparation for upcoming field operations for the 2020 Census, the United States Census Bureau continues to hire locally in Champaign County. The local pay rate for these positions is $16.50 to $18.00 per hour. Visit www.2020census.gov/jobs for more information.
Hello Everyone - In case you did not see via social media, this SBA webinar has been rescheduled for April 7th, from 10:30-11:30am due to changes to SBA programs as a result of the stimulus bill. The link and call-in number will not change. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly at my email: email@example.com. Thank you.
ALSO...There was some question about needing Champaign County declared an emergency in regard to the SBA disaster loan. If you are completing the application, please list Economic Injury as the reason for the loan if associated with the virus.
The entire State of Ohio (and every state in the U.S.) has been declared a disaster. I have heard that if you selected something other than Economic Injury, then it looks at physical disasters (i.e. floods, tornadoes, etc.) that have been declared. If you go to this site - https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ - then it will take you to the application portal. I hope this helps. Thanks,
If your business may qualify for the Small Business Association’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, we encourage you to join a webinar with Alex Kohls of the SBA’s Columbus District Office on Tuesday, March 31 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The purpose of this webinar is to walk through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, review the application process, and answer any questions. Here is the link to join the meeting and post questions: https://www.uberconference.com/mshimp. The dial-in conference number is (937) 314-3034. No PIN needed.
AND if you are a Champaign County business owner and you haven't filled out the CEP's Business Impact Survey yet, please do so by April 1st at 5pm. Thank you!
Senate Republicans and Democrats have unveiled legislation to provide emergency relief to workers, families, small businesses, and distressed industries. The full package is big, targeted, and will make a difference. Here are the details on how this package will protect Americans’ livelihoods.
CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill tax provisions.
CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill health provisions.
CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill unemployment provisions.
CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill small business provisions.
A deal was reached early this morning on the third and largest COVID-19 aid bill, a stimulus package designed to help the ailing economy and ease the burden on families and workers. At over $2 trillion dollars, there is simply nothing in our past to compare it to as we move further into uncharted territory.
For economic developers, the bill contains many items of interest. Click below to download and view a first glance breakdown by agency or program. The situation remains fluid as the Senate continues to debate a few remaining sticking points, but we believe this to be fairly close to what their final bill will look like in terms of scope.
by Jacqui Fatka | FarmProgress.com
The Senate advanced by a vote of 96-0 its Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in a vote late Wednesday night in the third tranche of assistance offered by Congress as it attempts to respond to the economic fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19). For farmers, the final $2 trillion package includes some specific requests, such as additional lending authority to for the Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) and livestock and disaster assistance.
The COVID-19 impact on agriculture includes a rapid and unanticipated decline in commodity prices, the likely closure of ethanol plants, the dramatic decline in full-service restaurant and school meal demand and the reduction in direct-to-consumer sales.
Ahead of the final deal, 48 agriculture groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, joined together in calling on Congress to expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s borrowing authority under the CCC. The agreement includes a $14 billion increase in USDA’s borrowing authority under the CCC, consistent with a long history of the CCC being tapped to responsibly support agriculture in times of crisis, and $9.5 billion to assist specialty crop producers, direct retail farmers and livestock operators.
“The aid to farmers in this package, including funding for the CCC and the Office of the Secretary, will allow USDA to begin crafting an appropriate relief program for agriculture,” American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall said.
The bill also includes direct payments to individuals ($1,200 per individual or $2,400 per married couple), $130 billion for hospitals, $150 billion for local and state governments and $300 billion in financial aid for small businesses. Additionally, it allocates funding for nutrition assistance programs, rural broadband and rural health resources.
Relief for farmers and ranchers
Read the full article on FarmProgress.com
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today continued to remind Ohioans of the oncoming shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.
Taking care of a patient who is in intensive care for a 24-hour shift requires:
Staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these resources can best be used to benefit all Ohioans.
NEW DATA DASHBOARD:
An expanded COVID-19 data dashboard has been designed by the InnovateOhio Platform and is now available online.
The dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence.
There are 867 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 15 deaths. A total of 223 people have been hospitalized, including 91 admissions to intensive care units.
In-depth data on the new dashboard can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
Join The Montrose Group for a webinar on Mar 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT.
Companies and nonprofits impacted by COVID 19 cannot survive or thrive without adequate capital. To position these companies and nonprofits for success, the Montrose Group is hosting a webinar on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10am Eastern time to review with national experts COVID 19 Small Business Finance Options.
Topics to be discussed include the Small Business Administration $50B Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, other SBA programs and COVID 19 state loan programs from over a dozen states.
Michael Kinninger, Executive Director of the Ohio Statewide Development Corporation, and the Montrose Group team will outline not just what small business financing programs are available but how companies can access this funding from federal and state government sources.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Ohio Department of Insurance Issues Bulletin 2020-03 Health Insurance Coverage Flexibility for Ohio Employees
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s declaration of a state of emergency in Ohio (See Executive Order 2020-01D), the Ohio Superintendent of Insurance (the Superintendent) issued Bulletin 2020-03 and ordered and directed all health plan issuers, including insurance companies, stop loss insurers, health insuring corporations, MEWAs, non-federal governmental health plans, and other entities transacting the business of insurance in the State of Ohio, or that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Superintendent (collectively Insurers), to comply with new requirements during the state of emergency.
Read More About Bulletin 2020-03
Small businesses should complete the application below based on the virus and the economic injury that exists for your company.
Some tips they said were to save your application number. It will populate as you are completing the application. Write it down and save in your files for future reference. You will receive an email once the application is submitted and it will have your information as well.
The loan is for “economic injury” that is being felt by the COVID-19 crisis. On the application you will see a drop down box asking why you are applying for the loan, this needs to be listed as “disaster declaration”.
And here are some helpful contacts at our District Office should you need them:
SBA Columbus District Office:
Dave Townsend - (614) 427-0467; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerome Jones - (614) 427-0476; email@example.com
Shannon Feucht - (614) 626-7041; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thalia Amador Lastra - (614) 427-0407; email@example.com
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance
If you are inquiring about Coronavirus (COVID-19) assistance, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in designated areas suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of March 21, 2020, small businesses located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are now eligible to apply for SBA Disaster Assistance.
If your business was economically impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) you may apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. If you are unable to apply online, you may download an application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, under the Loan Information tab.
Completed applications should be mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155
To find the latest information related to the Coronavirus please continue to check our website at sba.gov/disaster.
Additional information about our Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million for working capital to help support small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
• These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.
• SBA offers long-term loans up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach back out to us via email, or call our Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
Thank you in advance for your patience,
SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center