We know this is a challenging time for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Below you’ll find a compilation of resources we feel are most helpful in addressing the business challenges you may be facing as you navigate the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please check back regularly as we will continue to update this guide as more resources become available.

Funding, Capital & Financial Resources

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest economic injury disaster loans to businesses of all sizes. Loans are now available to Ohio businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to help them pay fixed debts, payroll, AP or other bills expenses. Additional COVID-19 resources for small businesses can also be found on the SBA website.



Ohio Office of Small Business Relief

The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) is focused on identifying and providing direct support to the state’s nearly 950,000 small businesses to help during the current public health crisis and to position them for a strong rebound.



Honeycomb Relief Loan Program

These Community-sourced loans for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus, up to $50,000, will offer a 45-day payment free period and a six-month interest-only period.

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Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

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SharedWork Ohio

SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity.

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Unemployment Benefits

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has developed a webpage with answers to common questions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on unemployment benefits. Additionally, a new COVID-19 layoff claim form has been created to expedite unemployment benefits for those affected.



Paid Leave Relief

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave.

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COVID-19 Recorded Webinars

The Hispanic Business Center has also hosted a series of webinars for entrepreneurs in both English and Spanish. Click here to watch the “Business as UNusual” video series.

Business Advice & Guidance

Cuyahoga County Small Business Resource Center

In response to COVID-19, Cuyahoga County, in partnership with the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) and other partners, has launched a Small Business Resource Center. The Small Business Resource Center and Call Center provide business technical assistance and information about financial resources to assist small businesses in our community navigate during these economic times.
The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 216-452-9714

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Greater Cleveland Partnership

Daily updates to help businesses stay informed and give you access to relevant resources as this situation continues to unfold.

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Managing through and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak

In an effort to keep people safe and informed about the recent outbreak of COVID-19, Facebook’s Business Resource Hub provides five steps businesses can take today in response to the unexpected challenges that have arisen for many entrepreneurs.

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Eight Steps Startups Should Take to Survive the Coronavirus Crisis

Drive Capital provides specific steps that CEOs and business owners can take to help their companies survive the coronavirus crisis and the recession that’s likely to follow.

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Technology Tools & Resources

Microsoft Teams

With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, teams and schools everywhere are moving to remote work and distance learning. Microsoft is currently offering free access to the Teams app, which includes free unlimited chat, video calling, file sharing, storage and more.

Download Microsoft Teams


TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.

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Health & Wellness Resources

Centers for Disease Control

General information from the CDC concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ohio Department of Health

News releases and public updates related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Managing Anxiety & Stress

CDC webpage with focused information on managing stress and coping during the outbreak of COVID-19.

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