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Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, companies like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home.

You’re facing multiple challenges right now, and every dollar counts.

Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as they can.
The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET. Click here to sign up for email when the grant application goes live.

To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit savesmallbusiness.com .
Information for Employers and Employees regarding the CARES Act Retirement Fund Provisions

Although there is nothing official is on the IRS website just yet, but the following are 2 useful links which may help:

We anticipate that the information will eventually be located on this part of the IRS website which also has additional information for businesses:

Anthem and SOCA are very pleased to announce that the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) Benefit Plan is making room for sole proprietors. They can enroll in the plan starting July 1.
The broker community has already received instructions from Anthem regarding new case submission. Quoting starts April 20.

An eligible sole proprietor must:
  • Meet underwriting requirements.
  • Work more than 30 hours per week (documentation required).
  • Submit a cover page for Form 1040 with Schedule C or Form 1040 with Schedules F and SE.

Regulations limit sole proprietor membership to 10 percent of total SOCA Benefit Plan membership.

This is limited to sole proprietors. Presently this offer is not intended for non-profit organizations with one employee.

Please contact your local Anthem broker with questions.

AAA offices are still closed through May 2 nd at this time. Bob Sumerel is open under limited hours. Contact Harley or Charlene at 513-589-3030 for details.  Click here for two current offers for first responders, health care workers and essential employees .  If anyone needs assistance with AAA they can call me direct at 513-361-7533. My office phone will ring to my computer at home. Hope everyone is staying safe. We will get through this!

Executive Choice Courier is operational
Please call us at  513-772-8886
Hammann's Catering, Deli & Butcher Shop is operational & stocked! We are open from 9am-5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9am-4pm on Saturday. We are reserving the 9am-10am time slots for our customers who are at higher risk of developing COVID-19. We are limiting customers in the store to 3 at a time to allow for appropriate social distancing. Thank you for your continued patronage and your patience! We have the best customers in town! Thank you!
Both FPCC Members Larosa's Seven Hills and Larosa's Forest Park are open for carry-out and delivery
BelFlex Staffing Network is open and staffing for essential warehouse, distribution centers and manufactures. We are operating in the office with a locked door and the application, onboarding, and interview is done via internet and phone. Our team will be available by appointment only for any visits to the office. You can go to www.belflex.com or call 513-939-3444 or email khanna@belflex.com
Any Lab Test One! is open as an “essential service” providing pre-employment, random and post-accident drug screening, blood testing of all types including all STD health checks, TB Skin testing and pre-employment state & federal background checks. We are NOT testing for Covid-19. I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy! Our lab protocol includes NOT allowing anyone with ANY flu-like symptoms to enter our lab and asking them to reschedule 2 weeks out.

Please let us know if we can help your business with new or existing employee testing.
Jay S. Geisler, General Manager
ANY LAB TEST NOW| O 513-742-8378   | C 859-653-1717
1104 Kemper Meadow Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
All City of Forest Park buildings have been closed to the general public due to the ongoing health emergency. However city employees continue to report to work, and I will respond to any inquiries or questions regarding our economic development program. For important information or links to business assistance programs, go to www.forestpark.org or www.hcdc.com . The State of Ohio has also assembled a resource guide for businesses:

Joslyn Law Firm: Criminal Defense Attorney
One of the most qualified criminal defense lawyers in Cincinnati, the Joslyn Law Firm, is offering 10% off DUI cases. Contact us for a complimentary evaluation to go over the specifics of your case.
  Joslyn Law Firm; 212 Eighth St W #300; Cincinnati, OH 45202  
Member 2 Member Coupon:
The Joslyn Law Firm, Cincinnati’s top criminal lawyers is offering a 10% coupon legal representation including criminal defense and OVI charges to members of the Forest Park Chamber of commerce. Call us to talk with a Cincinnati criminal defense attorney today.  
Information & Assistance from FPCC Benefit Providers
With the global spread of the COVID-19 virus, we all must remain vigilant and attentive. LegalShield recognizes that during these times of uncertainty, the need for sound legal help is more important than ever. With an average of over 22 years experience, our knowledgeable law firms stand ready to serve your legal needs and help you navigate potential legal concerns caused by COVID-19. (and you will save a lot of money!) Click here to review the latest information updated daily from LegalShield
Also - LegalShield has provided us with a great guide for Emergency Information - please download and make sure you and your loved ones can find all your information in times of need.
Community Energy Alliance 
Our small business community has been hit hard by mandatory closures and safety measures required to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Many business owners are struggling to cover their bills and are asking for help and wondering what they can do.
Along with over 200 Chambers of Commerce in the State of Ohio, the Evendale Chamber of Commerce offers the Chamber Energy Program to our members to help reduce utility costs, a large expense for many small business owners.
Why is this important for our business community?
  • Many Chamber Members have no idea what their current rate is.
  • More and more electricity and natural gas scams and frauds are hitting Chamber Members.
  • We have seen members that have signed up with predatory suppliers, a bait and switch that ended up costing them thousands.
  • Your contract may have expired, leaving you on a month-to-month contract and paying too much!
  • You have the opportunity to save on electricity and natural gas for your business, your home, and even your employees' homes!
  • Restaurant owners can reduce sales tax on their natural gas bill when that gas is used for cooking.
When business was booming and there was not an immediate need to cut costs, many members did not pay attention to their utility costs. Given the current circumstances, we urge you to take one minute, scan in your recent electric and natural gas bill and see if we can help you reduce costs so you can immediately put money back into your business. Please see a few of our recent enrollment stories on the back.
Simply email your recent electric and natural gas bill to chamberEnergy@ceateam.com  
or you can call our helpline at 330-208-2082.


With the impact of the coronavirus being felt all over the state and country, we are at a critical time for businesses, and we need your help.
The Ohio Chamber Research Foundation is conducting our latest quarterly economic survey of business leaders in Ohio, called the PROSPERITY PULSE. We'd love for you to participate in this survey so we can show how business leaders are feeling and responding to this crisis.
 The quarterly Prosperity Pulses Survey provides business and political leaders across the state a snapshot of economic sentiment and views on policies and issues impacting the business community, and this survey will give crucial insight to how business leaders feel about the coming year.
 Results of our First Quarter 2020 Prosperity Pulse will be published in a few weeks.

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by the CARES Act.

JobsOhio’s most recent Economic Impact Report
Prepared by our research team, is available now. We are so proud of the numerous companies across Ohio doing what they can to support the fight against COVID-19, such as Kroger. The company has partnered with foodservice giants Sysco and U.S. Foods, which normally supply the restaurant industry and large institutions, to share labor and keep store shelves stocked.

Goldman Sachs Investment in Ohio-Funds Available in Ohio
Goldman Sachs has specifically committed to providing $20 million for loans to small businesses in Ohio. Loans will be made to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the CARES Act. These loans can be partially or wholly forgiven for businesses who maintain or rehire their workforce, and can be used to help with payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Learn more at  GS.com/SmallBusiness .

Source: https://businesshelp.ohio.gov  look under the Banking Section