March 30, 2020
Aurora Ohio Strong
 
It has been a challenging month and we aren’t sure when we will all get back to normal but we keep pushing everyday!

We have been trying to keep track of all of the Aurora businesses that are open but things change daily. When in doubt, call the business to see if they are open and what their hours are. Some restaurants are offering discounts on carry out orders, some retail locations are offering curbside pickup. You never know unless you ask them!

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce office is closed and we are working remotely but we are retrieving phone messages and replying to emails as soon as they come in. There are two Facebook pages that are being updated as soon as we get information:

          Aurora OH Strong
 
The Aurora Chamber website, allaboutaurora.com also has current updates. We are hosting webinars and virtual meetings to let our members know that we are here for them!

We will get through this! And we will all be better and stronger!
Stay safe & stay healthy!!
 
Karen
 
 
The Aurora Chamber is looking for ways to help your business at these difficult times. Incase you did not see this survey in your email we are posting it here to answer- Aurora Chamber of Commerce Needs Assessment Survey:
Aurora City News Updates can be found on the city page.
Updates from our Government and Small Business Association on the impacts of the Coronavirus
Corona Virus Quick Resources links:

Call:
Ohio COVID-19 Call Center: 833-427-5634
Portage Count Health and Human Services: 2-1-1

Email:
BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov

Government Links:

State of Ohio Website Links:


Portage County Links:

NOACC Chamber Energy Program:

Individual and Family Resources:




FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
ONLINE:
Please visit www.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Health.
 
PHONE:
For any questions you have about COVID-19, please call 1 (833) 4-ASK-ODH from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m (7 days/week).
 
SOCIAL MEDIA:
 
DAILY UPDATES:
Governor DeWine is holding daily press briefings at 2:00 p.m. to deliver the most recent updates as well as give updated guidance for the state’s response. These press events are carried live at www.OhioChannel.org .
 
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Community Events & Member News
At Family and Community Services Inc, we continue to monitor the development and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to continue to keep the community up-to-date on program updates and changes without overwhelming you with too much superfluous information. F&CS provides services such as food, shelter, transportation, and counseling services. These are all very important services that cannot be ignored. We are here for our community. Thank you and Go Forth Do Good.
DATES: Wednesday, April 1st., 2020 12:00PM-6:00PM
Thursday, April 9th., 2020 12:00PM-6:00PM

The Aurora Inn is privileged to be able to provide a private space to The Red Cross for an emergency blood drive. In times of uncertainty, they often see a decrease in the number of regular donors. Pair this with limited facilities that can offer space right now, and you can understand why it’s so important for us to answer the call to help our community when we can. In the past week, 4,500 drives have been canceled due to the Coronavirus resulting in 150,000 few donations being made.

Your safety and well-being are important to us. During the blood drive, you’ll access the Garfield Ballroom through a private entrance on Garfield Road (State Route 82) used only for donors and associates of The Red Cross. Ample parking is provided at this entrance. 
Other News:
Portage County Board of Elections
The Primary Election will be concluded on April 28, 2020. Please request your absentee ballot by completing this form  and returning it to the our office by mail or by placing it in the dropbox mentioned above or by calling our office at (330) 297-3511 and we will mail you an absentee ballot application. You will not be automatically mailed a ballot, as you must request one by completing an absentee ballot application.
Expanding STABLE Accounts to more Ohioans
By: Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to discuss the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and the barriers they may face in connecting to their communities. There’s also no better time to highlight how the STABLE Account program is changing lives– and how the business community can be a partner.

Before passage of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, people with disabilities could only save a total of $2,000 before they would lose their means-tested benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Disability-related expenses can pose a financial burden to many people and their families, and the old rules discouraged them from saving and investing. The ABLE Act authorized the creation of 529-like plans that act as specialized savings and investment accounts for people with disabilities that won’t cause them to lose benefits.

Through the STABLE Account program, people with disabilities are now more easily able to join the workforce and save what they earn. They are using that money to live more independently; buying cars, paying rent, and even putting down payments on their first homes. Impactful stories like these are why we’re reaching out to more Ohioans to get them enrolled.

Since the program was launched in Ohio in 2016, we’ve been the national leader in ABLE accounts. STABLE accounts were the first of their kind, and today, over a quarter of all ABLE accounts across the country are STABLE accounts. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of STABLE accounts over the last year. In fact, we recently surpassed 15,000 total active accounts.

Earnings on a STABLE account grow tax-free and are not subject to federal income tax, so long as the funds are spent on Qualified Disability Expenses. These expenses include education, housing, transportation, healthcare, assistive technology, basic living expenses, and many other items.

Over the last year, the Treasurer’s office has announced partnerships with multiple employers to offer a direct deposit for employees. So far, the State of Ohio, City of Cincinnati, Edison Community College, and UCO Industries allow eligible employees to directly deposit a portion of their paycheck into a STABLE account for either themselves or a family member. These partnerships are part of our ongoing efforts to make STABLE accounts more easily accessible to more Ohioans.

Our STABLE team is ready to assist in making the direct deposit option available to your employees. If your organization is interested in offering this benefit to employees at no cost, or, if you would like any more information about STABLE accounts, please feel free to contact the STABLE team directly at team@stableaccount.com.
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Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Karen Bosley,Executive Director
330-562-3355
director@allaboutaurora.com
 
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