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Kimble Returns to Normal Operations

April 24, 2020    

Dear Residents:  

Our employees and I want to thank you all for your support and cooperation with our service requests as we have managed through the COVID-19 situation thus far. Our drivers were able to pick up all items placed at the curb these last couple of weeks and we are cautiously optimistic we will be able to return to normal operations. The extensive mitigation efforts by our team appear to have significantly reduced the impact of COVID-19 on our employees. As we are anticipating Governor DeWine’s detailed plans to restart Ohio businesses we are likewise planning to continue with normal collection services.  

Effective immediately, our team will be serving our customers without the request for limitations. Customers who have cooperated and have held back additional materials may now place these materials at the curb. Items held in response to the previous limitation request will be collected at no additional cost. We ask, if possible, that you gradually place these extra materials out on your collection day spread out over the next 2-3 weeks to lessen the sudden volume impact.  

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and any measures will be implemented as needed to protect the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities we serve.  

We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through these difficult times together.  

Sincerely,
Keith B. Kimble, President

SharedWork Program – Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

SharedWork Ohio (SWO) is a voluntary layoff avoidance program that allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under an SWO plan, eligible employers will reduce affected employee’s weekly work hours between 10 and 50 percent. Participating employees will work the reduced schedule and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will pay them a prorated unemployment benefit.

SWO allows employers to retain their skilled workforce, eliminate the time and expense of recruiting and training new workers and maintain existing employee benefits. It may prevent workers from being permanently laid off due to a lack of work or business closure. Participating employees can remain with the employer and do not have to search and train for a new job.

  • To be considered for the program, employers must submit an application and a participant list.
  • And approved SWO plan can be in effect for up to 52 weeks (the weeks do not need to be consecutive).
  • Additional program information can be found at: jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/SharedWorkOhio or by calling (866) 733-0025, Option 3.


Ohio employers may apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least two affected employees that do not work on a seasonal, temporary or intermittent basis;
  • Are current on all Ohio unemployment insurance reporting, contributions, reimbursements, interest and penalties due;
  • Agree to the program requirements.  
  • Municipal employers can participate in SharedWork Ohio as long as all the requirements are met under ORC 4141.51 http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4141.51 

After ODJFS notifies an employer that it approves the submitted SharedWork Ohio plan, the affected employees may apply for SharedWork Ohio benefits. 

To apply for a SharedWork Ohio plan:

  • Go to www.unemployment.ohio.gov  
  • Log in to your OJI Employer benefits account
  • From the Main Menu, under SharedWork Ohio (SWO), select View/Manage SWO Plans

Small Business Stabilization Fund Available NOW

Link to printable news release from Cuyahoga County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2020

Media Contact:

Devyn Giannetti: (216) 255-9813; dgiannetti@cuyahogacounty.us

County Executive Armond Budish Announces Creation of Small Business Stabilization Fund Totaling Over $4 Million to Support Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

Local Partners Come Together to Support Small, Neighborhood-Based Businesses in the First Small Business Coalition of Funders and Partners in the County

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH — County Executive Armond Budish has committed $500,000 to the creation of a Small Business Stabilization Fund to support small, neighborhood-based businesses throughout Cuyahoga County during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Stabilization Fund complements Cuyahoga County’s Small Business Resource Center website, www.cuyahogacounty.us/helpforbusiness, and its call center, which has received more than 375 calls from business owners. 

This is the first-ever small business coalition of funders and partners in the county.

A coalition of local partners have come together to help make this plan a reality, including the KeyBank Business Boost and Build program powered by JumpStart, the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), the National Development Council, Village Capital Corporation, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership/Business Growth Collaborative. The total commitment between both grants and loans for the Stabilization Fund is over $4 million. Grant funds available total $500,000, and loan funds committed to date total more than $3.5 million. The fund is to be “administered” by ECDI in partnership with Cuyahoga County.

“I am truly devastated by the impact the coronavirus is having on our residents and local businesses,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “We are working to do everything we can for our small businesses—they are the lifeblood of our community and provide tens of thousands of jobs in the County. This Stabilization Fund, while not a perfect solution, will help us support existing federal programs and fill any perceived gaps, and I am so grateful for the multiple partners that came together to fund this key new resource.”

Grants to small businesses from the Small Business Stabilization Fund will be available starting at $2,500, up to $5,000, based on need, as evaluated by a grant committee composed of small business and banking professionals and supported by Cuyahoga County Department of Development staff. Loans will also be available through the Stabilization Fund partners, from $5,000, up to $350,000, depending on underwriting. Full information on eligibility for grants is found at Cuyahoga County’s Coronavirus Business Resources web site, www.cuyahogacounty.us/helpforbusiness.

Small business owners interested in applying for a grant or loan through the Stabilization Fund should fill out the Business Assistance Application at www.cuyahogacounty.us/helpforbusiness. Applications for the first round of grant funding will be open April 17 at 9:00 a.m. and close Thursday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. Grant applications will be reviewed by the Stabilization Fund Team which includes the Grant Committee. Grant awards will be announced by Tuesday, April 28 and grant funds will be distributed to businesses starting that week.

Applicants who meet both grant and loan criteria will have the choice of applying for a grant of $2,500-$5,000 or applying for a larger loan.

Businesses applying for loans will be connected with appropriate lending partners to go through their normal loan underwriting process. A business may apply for a grant and also apply for a loan if their need is greater than the amount of grant funds available to them.

“During these challenging times, providing much-needed support to small businesses is crucial to helping Cuyahoga County move forward,” said Don Graves, KeyBank Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Responsibility. “Collaborative efforts, including this stabilization fund, will help our community and the thousands of people who rely on these businesses for jobs, products and services, get through the current crisis.”

Small business owners can learn more about the Stabilization Fund and resources available to them by calling the Small Business Resource Center at 216-452-9714 or by visiting the Coronavirus Business Resources page on the Cuyahoga County website.