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COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

updated March 30, 2020

The Clermont Chamber of Commerce’s top priority is centered on serving the Clermont County businesses and residents. While we have temporarily modified some of our upcoming events, we are still open for business and eager to support you. Please know we will continue to provide services to our members so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. The staff directory is on our website.

We are committed to sharing community resources, alternatives and solutions for our members and community in need. We will keep this page updated with new information. Please send any items/resources to be included on this list to Chamber@ClermontChamber.com.


SBA: Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

Ohio businesses and non-profits economically impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 may now apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million to help pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. You can apply for the loan online at HERE, which is recommended, or by calling 1-800-659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.

To expedite the application process, applicants should have ready complete copies of their most recent federal income tax return and a completed and signed IRS Form 4506T, which authorizes the release of tax information. Additional information to have available would be a schedule of liabilities, personal financial statement, monthly sales figures, a current year-to-date profit-and-loss statement, and a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for that tax year if the most recent federal income tax return has not been filed.

FAQ’s and Tips for Applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

HERE you will find a helpful explanations of the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program or EIDL. These explanations and definitions have been been developed by the SBA and its partners that include Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and many others. The purpose of this document is to keep the business community informed with accurate, continuous information and to encourage use of the EIDL program.


IRS: Coronavirus Tax Relief

  • Businesses with less than 500 employees can get funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. More on this and other IRS info related to COVID-19 outbreak HERE.
  • Coronavirus relief bill contains tax credits for employers.
  • The IRS has moved Tax Day from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.

Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The State of Ohio has expanded who can receive unemployment benefits and experienced a major spike in claims as tens of thousands of workers are off the job amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Employment and Unemployment resources

In an effort to assist both workers and employers in this unprecedented circumstance, OhioMeansJobs is compiling a database of employers who are hiring, laying off workers, or closing altogether. If you could, please send an email to Eric Plummer at OhioMeansJobs with the current status of your business, we will compile the results and help as much as we can.

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY HIRING: Please specify if you are looking for (or open to) short-term employees to get through a surge in business brought on by the current situation, or if you are only looking for permanent employees, as this will affect who we are able to refer to you. Please also list preferred contact information for applicants and/or OhioMeansJobs staff.

IF YOU ARE LAYING OFF LARGE NUMBERS OF EMPLOYEES: We may be able to help find them temporary employment through this process. Helping employers find the staff they need to continue functioning is what we do, which means we will be here to help when this is over, so please reach out when you are ready to start hiring again.


Businesses are encouraged to call the ODH hotline at 833-427-5634 or click here with any questions regarding the coronavirus.

Ohio Stay at Home Order goes into effect Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:59pm and will expire Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

Stay at Home OrderSocial Distance Requirements: Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including where possible:

  • Designate six-foot distances. Designating with signage, tape, or by other means sixfoot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance;
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers;
  • Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations. Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers; and
  • Online and remote access. Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.

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