The economic impact of COVID-19 on our economy is far-reaching; however, many programs have been and are continuing to be developed by multiple agencies and lending institutions across the country.

Listed below are some of the many programs that are available. For additional information, email the Development Department or call 614-277-3004.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer PPP loans to businesses with 20 or less employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Since the program’s creation, there have been additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.

For additional information, visit the Small Business Administration website.

AEP Ohio

AEP Ohio is working closely with the business community as it navigates the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Agents are on standby to assist sole proprietors looking for payment assistance and larger companies hoping to retain their workforce, with information on the tools and resources being offered:

  • Payment plans to help navigate through challenging financial times.
  • Loan programs, such as the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, that can be used to pay utility bills.
  • Energy usage and facility insights to help guide budget decisions.
  • Information on bonus incentives to purchase and implement energy efficient products for businesses.
  • Tips to avoid scammers and keep information safe during these uncertain times.

For additional information, call 888-710-4237 or visit the website.

Lending Support for Ohio Small Businesses

JobsOhio, Peoples Bank and First Federal/Home Savings Bank have announced a partnership to support existing small business clients with maintaining operations and payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. JobsOhio has committed up to $50 million to assist and provide lending support to companies that are negatively affected. For additional information, visit the JobsOhio website.

CORRE Virtual Hiring Event

One Columbus has joined the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and OhioMeansJobs Columbus, Franklin County to help furloughed workers connect to businesses needing employees to continue vital services.

Businesses, find the CORRE Virtual Schedule and the Virtual Event business registration page to schedule participation in a 30-minute demo session to view the platform and learn how to set up your company’s virtual booth prior to the live hiring event. The Virtual Fair is free to your business and job seekers. A member of the CORRE team will reach out to you to schedule a demo session. They will need job descriptions and wage and shift information.

To learn more or register/participate in the event, visit the Ohio Means Jobs, Franklin County website, or call 614-559-5052 for details.

Learn New Tech Skills

TechCred is back and employers can visit  to apply. TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a tech-infused economy. Many of these types of training can be completed online.

People + Work Connect

Powered by Accenture, People + Work Connect is a free, online employer-to-employer platform connecting downsizing organizations to those who are hiring. This will give organizations with open positions a view into the workforce available to fill those jobs, enabling companies with available employees to assist their people in finding new opportunities quickly and efficiently. To learn more, visit People + Work Connect  or sign up here.

Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 – In response to the COVID-19 challenges, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (Ohio MEP), nursing homes and JobsOhio have joined forces to fight COVID-19. This collaborative effort will engage manufacturers to see which companies have an interest in repurposing their manufacturing operations to produce some of the most in-demand products in the fight against COVID-19. For additional information, visit Fight COVID-19.

Ohio Manufacturers Retooling and Repurposing to Create PPE – Share and purchase personal protective equipment created through the ingenuity of Ohio manufacturers who answered the call to help. For additional information, visit Retooling and Repurposing to Create PPE.

Grove City COVID-19 Updates

Franklin County is designated Red Alert Level 3, described by the Ohio Department of Health as “Severe exposure and spread. Only leave home for supplies and services”.

To file a complaint or report a business not following the county or state Responsible RestartOhio guidelines, visit the Franklin County Public Health website to complete the COVID-19 Responsible Restart Ohio Complaint Intake Form.

View the Ohio Public Health Advisory System information and download the Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines for the Public.

Review the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus information and latest developments.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Grove City Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy

In response to COVID-19 indoor seating social distancing restrictions, the City approved a Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy for Grove City restaurants. Businesses may temporarily expand outdoor dining by applying for a Temporary Outdoor Seating Permit, approved through the Grove City Building Division.

This resolution temporarily waives the Special Use Permit requirements of Section 1135.09(b)(12) for 180 days or until state-mandated indoor dining restrictions are lifted, whichever comes first.

For more information, please visit the City of Grove City website to review the Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy and to complete the application. If you have questions regarding the policy or the application process, contact the Grove City Building Division at 614-277-3075 or by email.

COTA Modifies Service in Grove City Amid COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) requests customers limit non-essential bus travel until further notice. COTA is assessing and directing its service daily, based on the needs of the community.

Visit Major Service Change Announcements for adjusted schedules.

Please follow the following special protocol during this pandemic:

Bus riders should:

  1. Enter the buses from the back. The front bus doors will be closed. This is to provide their drivers some distance from the public.
  2. Don’t sit next to another rider. Maintain as much physical distance between riders as possible.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus. Use it when you get on and off.

For the latest service information from COTA, please visit the COTA website, call COTA Customer Care at 614-228-1776 or sign up for text or email alerts at

National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) partnered with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, public health officials and industry representatives to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines to help restaurants return to full operation safely. For additional information and to view the Restaurant Reopening Guide visit the National Restaurant Association web page.

Steps to Take Before Reopening Your Business

It is important to be aware of  plumbing system flushing requirements in buildings that have been vacant for several weeks.

The Ohio Association of Plumbing Inspectors, the National Sanitation Foundation and the International Code Council have developed a list of important steps to take before opening your business or building. For complete information, visit the Ohio Association of Plumbing Inspectors website.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

The Ohio Department of transportation (ODOT) is modifying the process for haulers carrying heavy loads of essential goods. Generally, Ohio requires haulers with loads classified as “over-sized” to seek advanced permission from ODOT before they are legally allowed to travel in the state. Haulers carrying these essential goods can download and print the permit at Ohio Department of Transportation.

Pay Benefits for Reduced Work Hours

SharedWork Ohio allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. For additional information, visit Shared Work Ohio.

Child Care

Action for Children’s website hosts information for families including an interactive map of the ODJFS-approved Temporary Pandemic Child Care programs in Franklin and surrounding counties. Action for Children will update the map twice daily as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approves new programs and as programs request removal. Families may also submit a help request online or call specialists at 614-224-0222, ext. 299, for help connecting with a provider.

Please refer families and employers that might need Temporary Pandemic child care to Action for Children’s website.