Monday 3/30/2020 Updates on COVID-19
Good Evening,
As we enter week four, I hope you all are weathering the storm and keeping yourself and your employees safe and healthy. We are #IN THIS TOGETHER OHIO.

I know we all get a lot of information everyday. I hope that these updates provide some value to you.

During the next two weeks NEDC will be calling Norwalk businesses to have a conversation and learn more about how the COVID-19 crisis is effecting your business and how we can help you moving forward.

In Best Health,

Heather M. Horowitz
Norwalk Economic Development Corporation
  • Lt. Gov. Husted reported that more than 29,000 jobs had been posted on the new website to match essential businesses with Ohioans seeking work.
  • The Ohio Department of Health's coronavirus website has new and updated information and resources for employers, including a revised COVID-19 checklist.
  • Ohio follows federal requirements under the WARN Act, which requires employers to provide written notice at least 60 calendar days in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs. There are exemptions, one of which is an unforeseeable business circumstance.
  • Here is the U.S. Department of Labor's WARN Act compliance page. (At last check, DOL had not announced that employers are exempt from WARN Act requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak.)
  • The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services requests that all WARNs and inquiries be emailed here until further notice.
  • As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.
On Thursday, April 9th at 9:30 AM, Senator Sherrod Brown is hosting a Conference Call with Gil Goldberg, District Director of the SBA's Cleveland District Office on resources available to Ohio businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is your chance to get a review of the law and ask your questions. Please reserve your spot on the call through the following link:  Please register here
Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty

Discover tools, tips and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed, host virtual meetings and events, and access documents from anywhere. We’ll also share the latest resources from Google and other partners to help support small businesses.
Audience: Small Businesses, Non-Profits
Products: GMB, Ads, G-Suite: Gmail, Hangouts, Docs
When: Wednesday, May 6th
9:00AM - 10:00AM PT / 12:00PM - 1:00PM ET
Get Tips For Keeping Your Customers In Two New JumpStart Webinars

Startups and small businesses make critical decisions during these uncertain times. JumpStart is hosting two free webinars this week focused on preserving customer/client relationships. Check out the descriptions below to learn more and register.

Wednesday, April 8 - 1-2pm
B2B (business-to-business) companies face real challenges right now. Not only are they physically separated from their customers, these customers are also dealing with sales, staffing and supply chain disruptions of their own. Join us for this free webinar, where a virtual panel of experts will help you adjust your sales & marketing strategies to keep your customer relationships intact during this time of uncertainty.

Thursday, April 9 - 10-11am
The COVID-19 crisis has hit direct-to-consumer businesses especially hard. Many are highly dependent on foot traffic for their sales and those who can rely on e-commerce still face a wall of distraction and new competition. Join us for this free webinar, where a virtual panel of experts will offer guidance on how to stay close to your customers, even if you can’t be physically close to them right now.

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