“Essential or Nonessential?” 

As Lt. Governor Husted said today during the Governor’s Press Conference – if you are not sure whether your business is essential or nonessential, please read the Stay at Home order that was issued.  If you feel you are an essential business, you should document why you believe your company is an essential business.  You should also review the check list, which is number 18 in the order.  In addition to your justification on why your business should be considered essential, you should also document how you will address the safety of your staff.  The document is not a requirement, but a suggestion, should you get questioned.  You want to have well thought out reasoning behind your decision to continue operations.  Please remember, you must focus on keeping your employees safe. You can find the full order here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/public-health-orders/directors-order-to-stay-at-home.


Updates about Ohio Bank Programs

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted have been working with representatives from Ohio’s banking community.  These companies recognize the hardships that many Ohioans are facing, and they have committed to working through creative ways to help. Ohioans can be confident that banks, both big and small, will be there for them as we all move through the crisis and are offering a number of measures to help customers.  Below is a link from the Ohio Bankers League that lays out some of these programs by specific banks and links to their programs.
Ohio banks have publicly announced details of their customer assistance programs and measures:


Important Recent Updates from The Ohio Department of Health

Department of Labor


Small Business Administration

SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management

US Chambers of Commerce

Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

JFS & Ohio.gov

Childcare Information:

The Coronavirus Pandemic Child Care Information for Families webpage is now live: http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/CoronavirusAndChildcareForFamilies/. This page includes the list of approved pandemic child care centers and will be updated frequently. This page also includes the forms required to be completed by the parents for children receiving care. The approved list of health, safety, and essential workers will be added once available.

Health Information:

Local: Geauga County Public Health District  http://gphohio.org/

State: Ohio Department of Health https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/2019-nCoV

National: Centers for Disease Control – CDC Recommendations for Employers https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Please call if you are experiencing anxiety:

  • Ravenwood Health Copeline 1-440-285-5665
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990
  • Ohio Crisis Text Line – text “4HOPE” to 741741 or call 1-877-275-6364


How Can I Help?

  • The Department on Aging needs shelf stable foods to add to their senior food pantry. Items can be dropped off at 470 Center Street, Building 2 in Chardon
  • Support the work of the Geauga Hunger Task Force as they most likely will see an increase in local community members who need food assistance
  • Donate blood, There is a national shortage- The Red Cross has many blood drives scheduled throughout Geauga County, including a weekly blood drive at the Munson Township Hall on Thursdays from 1-6 PM.  Find a location close to you here
  • WomenSafe is looking for donations- toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bread, garbage bags, meats etc.
  • Eat Local- support our local restaurant community by finding easy take out options using this website designed by Company 119.

GGP Members Providing Services

Cleaning and Janitorial


University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center: https://www.uhhospitals.org/services/coronavirus

Human Resources

Financial Partners




If you are a GGP Member and you provide services that are pertinent during this crisis please contact info@geaugagrowth.com.