Additional Guidance for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided additional guidance regarding the $10,000 forgivable loan advance in accordance with the CARES Act. To be eligible for the $10,000 forgivable loan advance, businesses will need to complete the new application that launched March 30th even if they have already completed one of the prior versions of the application or if the business has already been declined for a loan.… Read full story

BBB Scam Alert: Scammers Targeting Seniors During Pandemic

BBB is receiving several reports from seniors reporting that they are receiving text messages from scammers posing as the U.S. Department of Health, about taking a mandatory online COVID-19 test in order to receive the recently approved stimulus payment. Others are receiving emails stating they qualify for a payment and to click on a link to claim a check.… Read full story

Ohio Takes Inventory of Ventilators; Issues Emergency Connection Order; Extends State Telework Order

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio is taking action to gather a statewide inventory of ventilators and other machines and devices that provide breathing assistance.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton issued an order requiring weekly online reporting of these devices by any entity in the supply chain, from creation through end-use.… Read full story

BBB Tips: Economic Impact Payments

The United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that the distribution of economic impact payments will begin soon and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

This news will lead to the increase of scam phone calls, text messages or emails asking for personal information and claiming you need to provide it to receive the benefits.… Read full story

Brown, Colleagues Urge Administration to Help Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence During Coronavirus Pandemic

Domestic Violence Service Providers Expect an Increase in the Need for Services During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined 23 of his Senate colleagues in writing a letter expressing concern for the wellbeing of families who face an increased risk of domestic violence during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and urged the administration to ensure service providers have the flexibility and resources to help victims and survivors of domestic violence.… Read full story