GGP Live Discussions
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness
So, you received a Paycheck Protection Program loan…now what? Did you know that forgiveness is not automatic? That’s right, you need to apply for it. The SBA released the PPP Forgiveness Application on Friday, May 15th. GGP is pleased to bring to you a session focused on what you need to know to successfully complete this process. Presenters include: Todd Hicks, Esq. with Thrasher Dinsmore & Dolan and Shawn Neece, CPA, CGMA with NMS, Inc. Certified Public Accountants. To view the recording click HERE. Here is the Loan Forgiveness Tracking Calculator for your use.
Manufacturer’s Recovery Readiness
This webinar is filled with vital information as we enter into economic recovery in the coming months. Ty Haines of Manufacturer Solutions and Jim Gray from JPG Advisors, both members of Gear Up for NEO Manufacturing Recovery, will discuss the following: how to enhance employee morale key financial issues you need to focus on now what your customers want and expect opportunities for improving your operations
To contact Ty Haines, President, Manufacturer Solutions, LLC email firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact Jim Gray, President, JPG Advisors, LLC email email@example.com
To view the recording click HERE.
Best Practices to Keep your Employees and Customers Safe
Tom Quade, Geauga Public Health Commissioner and Nathan Kelly, President and Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield, share Ohio’s guidelines for maintaining and/or re-opening a business in terms of physical space. Nathan Kelly will discuss the Safe Six Readiness Workplace Essentials and touch on their guide Recovery Readiness -A How to Guide for Re-opening Your Workplace . To view the recording click HERE.
Monday Meet Up Topic: Cash Flow Principles
Rob Simon and Ryan Dietrich from SharpCFO, a GGP Member business, spoke about finances and cash flow issues in the current economic climate. To view the recording click HERE.
Rebuilding Your Financial Plan for the Future
Monday Meet Up Topic: Cyber Security
Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Updates
John Wilton from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reviewed important information for employers and share how the BWC is helping with premium deferrals and payroll adjustments as related to COVID-19. To view the recording click HERE.
Financial Resources for Your Business
To view the recording click HERE.
Managing Stress & Anxiety in the Workplace Featuring GGP Member Ravenwood Health
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT: FMLA Expansion and Paid Sick Leave
IMPORTANT RECENT UPDATES
University Hospital Geauga Medical Center Healthy Restart Playbook
How can Northeast Ohio businesses and non-profits best prepare to reopen their doors? University Hospitals medical experts explain the science behind infection control measures recommended by current official guidelines and how you can consider implementing it in your workplace. To view the UH Healthy Restart Playbook, click HERE.
Greater Cleveland Partnership B2B Portal
Greater Cleveland Partnership has launched the GCP INGEAR B2B portal to connect businesses to each other and businesses that provide PPE as we return to the workplace. If you would like to have your business listed, or need more resources for PPE including hand sanitizers, masks, plastic shield etc. please visit GCP INGEAR B2B.
Back to Business Financial Basics
Going back to basics to lay a better financial foundation is the best way to get your business back on track to financial health. The Small Business Administration, along with local partners, put together this guide, 10 Steps to Small Business Financial Wellness, for small businesses to work through as they prepare to reopen and thrive as stay-at-home orders begin to lift. Click on SBA Back to Business Financial Basics for the guide.
JobsOhio’s Website Ohio Safe. Ohio Working
For information on the programs available through JobsOhio, please visit Ohio Safe. Ohio Working. You will also find their most recent economic impact report and details about reopening the Ohio economy.
OHIO STAY AT HOME ORDER REVISED: NEW STAY SAFE OHIO ORDER
Ohio Director of Health, Dr. Amy Acton signed the Stay Safe Ohio Order on April 30th, 2020; amending the original Stay At Home Order issued March 23, 2020. Please review to understand the requirements and recommendations for all Ohioans click HERE.
OHIO ECONOMIC RESTART PLAN ANNOUNCED
- Require face coverings for employees
- Recommend face coverings for customers
- Conduct daily health assessments
- Maintain good hygiene
- Clean and sanitize
- Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines
Companies within the following sectors can prepare to reopen or continue operations under the updated safety compliance guidelines:
Safety Guidance for Reopening & Maintaining Manufacturing Facilities
Please see the safety guidance for reopening and maintaining manufacturing facilities during COVID-19 provided by the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association click HERE.
The CDC has released new interim guidance for asymptomatic critical infrastructure employees that have been exposed to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the 48- hour period before showing symptoms. This guidance is in addition to its existing guidance for businesses to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19. As long as an exposed employee remains asymptomatic, the CDC recommends enhanced practices before and during a work shift:
- Pre-Screen: Measure the employee’s temperature and symptoms before work. To avoid having to disinfect, it is a good idea to check before entering the facility.
- Wear Masks: The employee should wear a face mask at all times for at least 14 days after last exposure.
- Social Distance: To the extent possible, the employee should maintain six-feet separation from other employees (recommended for everyone regardless).
- Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee is asymptomatic, he or she can self-monitor under employer occupational health program supervision.
- Disinfect and Clean: Clean and disinfect all areas, especially shared bathrooms, common areas, and electronic equipment (good idea in all circumstances).
If an employee becomes symptomatic, whether or not confirmed COVID-19, information on all persons in contact with the ill employee for the two days leading up to symptoms should be compiled, and treated as exposed if they were within six feet of the employee.
Mainstreet Lending Program
The Federal Reserve has announced that it is establishing a Main Street Lending Program (Program) to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click HERE for information posted as of April 30, 2020.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Returns up to $1.6B to Ohio Employers, view the Frequently Asked Questions on the Dividend Rebate here: BWC Dividend FAQ 4-13-2020. Want to know what size dividend to expect? Complete an AC-3 form and our partners at Spooner Inc. can help you out. To do this, please visit: https://spoonerinc.com/workers-compensation-savings-with-geauga-growth-partnership
Is your company struggling to understand the difference between traditional Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation? Click HERE to see a side-by-side comparison
The Office of Small Business Relief
Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted announced the formation of The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR). The OSBR will focus on identifying and providing direct support to the state’s nearly 950,000 small businesses. To learn more about the OSBR and services they provide go to their website HERE.
Resources for Maintaining a Clean & Sanitary Workplace
- CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
- The Centers for Disease Control: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- OSHA’s Poster: Steps to Reduce the Risk of Exposure in the Workplace
- Products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19
Personal Protective Equipment
MAGNET, OMA, and Ohio MEP have earmarked a stockpile of cotton masks and plastic face shields for manufacturers to stay safe and comply with the Governor’s mandate that you can reserve today. A website is under construction where final prices will be available and that will accept credit card transactions. Please fill out this form to reserve. Manufacturers only please. No orders will be placed until you are contacted with a final price and estimated delivery date. Every attempt will be made to fulfill as many orders as possible and may limit quantities in order to serve as many manufacturers as possible.
Organizations looking for lower-volume PPE needs can now utilize the Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange, launched by the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance. This platform enables #PPEMakers to list items they are ready to sell or give away. https://lnkd.in/gy3s4rP #InThisTogetherOhio
Governor Dewine announced on March 27, 2020 a statewide coordinated effort to produce PPE for Ohio’s medical and nursing facilities. A press release dated April 9, 2020 announces early success as Ohio manufacturers collaborate to produce up to one million face shields over the next five weeks to protect those on the front lines. To read the press release click on this link: Ohio Manufacturing Alliance Achieves Early Success
For companies who would like to learn more, please see: Fight Covid-19: Repurposing & Retooling to Make PPE. Are you in need of PPE for your workforce? If so, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act was approved on March 27th as the most comprehensive relief package in the history of the country to provide new & expanded programs for American businesses. The package includes direct payments to Americans, an aggressive expansion of unemployment insurance, billions of new aid to large and small business, and a new wave of funding for health care and other industries. The support provided attempts to keep people at work through the Paycheck Protection Program, helps individuals who have lost their jobs, and provides funding for healthcare providers. Please see the Small Business Owner’s Guide for common questions about the CARES Act. For more information: https://mcdonaldhopkins.com/Insights/March-2020/CARES-Act-Legal-and-Business-Insights
Ravenwood Health First Responder and Essential Employees Support Groups
Whether you are working in healthcare, as a first responder, or providing an essential service in other businesses, the Covid-19 crisis is unique, extreme and risky. In honor of your courageous and generous work, Ravenwood Health is offering free, weekly online support groups exclusively for those on the frontlines.
First Responders Support Group
1-929-205-6099, Meeting ID 474703533#
1-929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 382736506#
For questions, please email: email@example.com
Ohio Extending Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline
The new deadline is July 15 an extension of approximately three months from the original deadline of April 15. Click HERE for more information.
Updates about Ohio Bank Programs
The Ohio Department of Health
- Check list for businesses and employers if an employee is showing symptoms of possible coronavirus: COVID-19+Checklist+for+Businesses+and+Employers
Geauga County Township COVID-19 Operational Updates
Please see the information provided by each township in regard to these specifics:
- Information on what the township and its departments are doing in this time of COVID19 (staying open, closing, open by appointment, telephone operations only, etc.)
- Information on how townships are communicating to the public/constituents
- Verification of their respective website address
- Update on any permitting processes for needed local government permits by local businesses
For those Townships not individually listed below, please check their township information vis this website: https://www.co.geauga.oh.us/Departments/Planning-Commission/Community-Links
Department of Labor
- IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Paid Leave
- Fair Labor Standards Act Q&A: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic
- Preparedness and business continuity information: https://www.ready.gov/business-continuity-plan
Small Business Administration
- SBA Disaster Assistance_Resources for Businesses
- SBA Disaster Loan Application Posted 03.23.2020Contact Disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
- SBA Webinar Material 03.14.20
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- Direct Link to Disaster Assistance Loan Counseling
- Lakeland Community College SBDC and SBA offer disaster assistance in response to the coronavirus click HERE.
SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management
- Includes resources such as HR Forms, Tools & Samples, How-to Guides, Policies, and more: https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/Pages/communicable-diseases.aspx?iesrc=ctr
US Chambers of Commerce
- How can businesses prepare and respond: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus
Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
- Frequently Asked Questions about BWC click on this link BWC COVID-19 FAQs. Contact by email BWCCOVID19@bwc.state.oh.us.
JFS & Ohio.gov
- How do I file for unemployment? http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm
- Alternative to Layoff – Shared Work Ohio.gov/SharedWorkOhio
- Employers anticipating mass layoffs or shutdowns: ODJFS Mass
- Geauga Businesses seeking help for their employees pending a layoff email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistance Searching for a Job: OMJ Geauga
- Ohio Department of Health- Governor DeWine’s : Stay at Home Order
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.
- 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
- Industrial Cleaning: smyliescleaning.com
- Janitorial & Maintenance Specialists JDD, Inc.: jdd-inc.com
University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center: https://www.uhhospitals.org/services/coronavirus
- Humanics, Rose Ann Kay: RKay@HumanicsLLC.com
- Steven Peter HR Consulting: linkedin/stevenpeter
- HR Strategies & Solutions, Bonnie Troyer: hr-ss.com
- Position Elimination & Outplacement Services
- Farmers National Bank
- Geauga Credit Union
- Growth Capital
- Huntington Bank
- Key Bank
- Middlefield Bank
- US Bank
- Ashton Solutions: ashtonsolutions.com
- Company 119: company119.com
- Just Add Tech, Dan MacRaild: justaddtech.com
- Zirkle Tech, Eric Zirkle: zirkletech.com
- Mansour Gavin; Amy Kullik: mggmlpa.com Information on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA
- Meyers Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, Mario Fazio: meyersroman.com
- The Wheellock Law Firm. Matthew Wheellock: thewheelockfirm.com
- Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan. Todd Hicks: THicks@tddlaw.com, tddlaw.com , Summary of Families First Coronavirus Response Act, FMLA and Sick Leave Sample Notice
- Geauga County Maple Leaf: https://www.geaugamapleleaf.com/category/news/
If you are a GGP Member and you provide services that are pertinent during this crisis please contact email@example.com.