In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Area Development Foundation, Main Street Mount Vernon and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide resources and information. We will update this website as new information become available. If you have questions regarding any of the links, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Questions specific to each organization can be sent to:
Jeff Gottke, President, Area Development Foundation - email@example.com
Carol Grubaugh, Executive Director, Knox County Chamber of Commerce - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony McNeal, Director, Main Street Mount Vernon - email@example.com
Knox County Safety Pledge
The Knox County Safety Pledge was created by a group of more than 20 organizations serving on the Emergency Operations Center task force. We meet weekly to discuss safety measures, resources, and data as we all work through the COVID-19 pandemic.
We appreciate the safety steps every business is taking and appreciate your commitment to help quickly end the pandemic. If you sign the pledge, we will list your company name on the Chamber’s COVID-19 Resource page on our website to show how we are working together.
Message from Knox County Health Commissioner,Julie MillerKnox Public Health would like to advise local businesses/employers that it is NOT necessary to send an employee for COVID-19 testing IF they were exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. If an employee has a known exposure (which means they were within 6' for 15 mins or more with no masks or 1 person mask) then the employee should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last contact with the positive case. There is no need for testing and this would use testing resources that are vital to those who are symptomatic.Employers should also consider that fever alone does not mean COVID-19 and that COVID-19 testing is NOT needed with just 1 symptom."
Coalition Fact SheetsBeginning Thursday, November 19, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. statewide curfew will be in effect for 21 days. More information on the curfew can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.Governor DeWine’s office created Coalition Communication Fact Sheets for 11 industries. Each sheet contains information for each industry such as COVID Messaging; Updates; Industry Information; Suggested Social Media Posts; Talking Points; and Ways Leaders Can Help.
Health Orders Regarding Mass Gatherings, Sports, Entertainment Venues Signed - March 2nd 2021
From Ohio Department of Health Website:
November 13, 2020 - Health Order Enforcing Mask-Wearing in Retail Locations Signed
November 13, 2020 - Order for Retail and Business Compliance for Facial Coverings
November 16, 2020 - Health Order to Limit Mass Gatherings Signed
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.Who can applyEligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:
IMPORTANT! Ohio CARES Act -New Funding AvailableIn Friday's COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Mike DeWine announced $429.5M in CARES Act funding will be distributed as a relief package addressing several key areas, that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Watch the announcement here.Small Business Relief· $125M to establish Small Business Relief Grant program providing grants to eligible small businesses· The Small Business Relief Program will provide $10K to eligible businesses, with no more than 25 employees· can be used for a variety of business-related expenses including salary, worker health care premiums, supplies, equipment, mortgage/rent payments and more· $44M set aside so all 88 counties get at least 50 businesses in each county· Businesses that completes the application, meet criteria and submit will be eligible, on a first come/first serve basis.· Apply online beginning November 2, 2020 - www.businesshelp.ohio.gov$37.5M to the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund· Focused on the locally-owned community businesses· In addition, may apply for both relief funds the Small Business Relief funding and the Restaurants and Bars Fund· Eligible businesses will receive $2500, distributed to eligible businesses with on-premises consumption permits including bars, restaurants, distilleries, etc.· Must have an active permit as of Oct. 23, 2020· To be eligible, restaurants or bars Do Not have to be currently open, but do have to have an active license· More information available - www.businesshelp.ohio.gov
- Food stands, food trucks, food carts
- Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
- Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
- Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products
Revolving Loan Fund
Area Development Foundation is now collecting applications for the Revolving Loan Fund. Funds provide small capital loans to qualifying businesses. Find out more about the fund by clicking here. Read the accompanying Press Release here.
If you are interested in donating to the fund, contact Main Street Mount Vernon Director, Anthony McNeal - firstname.lastname@example.org
From Knox County Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Management Situation Report 11/12/2020
Unemployment FAQ's and Information
Call 614-466-2319 for the Employer Resource Hotline
SharedWork Ohio - Workers remain employed and employers retain staff during reduced business activity.
Small Business Administration Funding Options (PPP, EIDL, Express Bridge, Debt Relief)
Stand for Small (Offers and resources from various companies partnering with American Express)
Here to Help
These professional development organizations are dedicated to serving the business community. They are certified business counselors and will help you formulate a business plan to keep your business open and moving forward. We encourage you to contact both organizations for maximum resources and assistance:
Michalina Lacy, MLacy@sbdc6.com or 419-207-6910
Certified and trained business counselors serving Knox County.
Browse the Library at SBDC and view Videos, Podcasts, eGuides, Articles, and more.
Merris Welge, email@example.com or 419-522-3211
Provides free and confidential business counseling to Knox County.
In order to keep you up to date with the latest information, we will be including daily updates from the following organizations.