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April 23, 2020

During this crisis, food industry employees have been on the front lines, making sure we are safe, supplied and healthy. They are our Heroes.
#SupermarketSuperHeroes
Frequently Asked Questions and Resources for CARES Act & Paycheck Protection Program Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Courtesy of NGA
The National Grocers Association has compiled an informative guide for members to help understand the various aid programs and labor provisions of recently passed federal COVID-19 laws. In addition to the creation of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection  Program (PPP), both the Families First Coronavirus  Response Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act instituted a number of labor and tax provisions that affect our members. Please click here to view the member toolkit.
Farm, Food and Agribusiness COVID-19 Survey Reveals Impacts on Ohio's Food System
Please click here for the press release for the results of the Farm, Food and Agribusiness
COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio's commodity organizations. While we are still receiving input, at this point over 1100 individuals have replied. Attached
you will find greater details from the survey as well as a summary of over 300 unique comments provided by respondents. 

Bureau of Workers' Comp 2020 Dividend FAQ
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's Board of Directors approved to send up to $1.6 billion to Ohio employers this spring to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Ohio's economy and business community. While you may be accustomed to receiving dividend checks from BWC, this year's dividend was not a foregone conclusion. Gov. DeWine has asked his agencies to do everything they can to ease the strain of COVID-19 on Ohioans. Even after the dividend, the net position of the State Insurance Fund for injured workers remains strong due to investment returns, declining injuries and decreasing reserves. Click here to read the FAQ sheet.

That's right! Ohio's Best Bagger Competition has gained some national recognition, and Go Live Sports Cast - as our broadcast partner - is bringing this ESPN opportunity to the Ohio Grocers Association and our members. The event will be part of a future broadcast on an ESPN network! Stay tuned for more as we prepare to bring you "The Bagger Bowl!" 
JUNE 23, 2020 | REGISTER BY JUNE 12
BUEHLER'S FRESH FOODS - WOOSTER MILLTOWN
3540 BURBANK ROAD | WOOSTER, OHIO 44691
Please note: With the Coronavirus pandemic making our lives so difficult and uncertain, the
planning for this event is tentative.  We will keep you informed as information updates and if the event or  programming schedule changes.Click here for the registration form. No more than 4 entries per organization. Use one form for each contestant. 
Coronavirus Response Kit
A few weeks ago, in order to help members cope with the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, OGA developed a Coronavirus Response Kit for our members to use in their stores. 
These were items that could easily be produced on a standard printer and immediately put to use; as well as social media graphics and messages to use in order to provide your customers and followers with a sense of calm and understanding of precautions being made.
  • Store Preparedness Flyer (for Customers)
  • Breakroom Flyer (for Employees)
  • Shelf Talkers
  • Register Cards
  • Customer Self-Help Flyer
  • Floor Decals (Social Distancing)
We have recently added new items and included them in the Resource Kit:
A reminder that the Resource Kit and additional Resources can be found on our Coronavirus Response/Information page. 


FREE WEBINAR: A LASTING LEGACY: Planning for a time when you're no longer running your business can be overwhelming
On May 13,  Chad Baker, Federated's recommended estate and succession planning attorney, will be hosting a webinar. This webinar will begin at 10:00 am and will last 45-60 minutes. To register for this complementary webinar, please send an email to Nate Hoyle at Nthoyle@Fedins.com with your email, name, and business. 
A Lasting Legacy: Planning for a time when you're no longer running your business can be overwhelming. Let Federated Insurance help you get started. Join us for a business succession and estate planning conversation. We will discuss how you can avoid frustration, taxation, and litigation when the time comes to exit your business. Gain some peace of mind by learning the basics of business succession and estate planning. 

Due to the recent protocols put in place by Governor DeWine, OGA's biggest event, and one of the biggest food industry events in Ohio, has been  rescheduled to Saturday, August 8th .  Please note that any tickets purchased and sponsorships provided will not be changing, and that all registrations and packages will be honored for participants, family and guests. We are currently working with the hotels to secure new hotel dates for those who have made reservations, and will address each on a case-by-case basis.

Also note that all other details about the event remain the same. For event information, please  click here . As more information becomes available, or if any event information changes, we will inform everyone immediately.

In the meantime, we ask all of our members to stay informed and use precautions in your day-to-day operations. Of utmost importance is to stay prepared and take necessary precautions to maintain the healthiest workplace possible by practicing proper hygiene and cleanliness practices. Please utilize the information about COVID-19 Prevention and Protection in the Workplace from a recent article ( click here ).
EVENT UPDATE: Annual Beer & Wine Tasting
In light of news and announcements surrounding the containment and control of the Coronavirus outbreak, the 15th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting has been RESCHEDULED to FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st. Tickets already purchased will still be honored on the night of the event, and no changes or special accommodations need to be made by attendees. More information is provided on our website.