Recent Updates

Last Updated 11:15am on Tuesday, March 31, 2020


(3/30) Summit County creates the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program, administered through the Greater Akron Chamber, offering a bridge for small businesses accessing SBA loans.  View the release here.

(3/27) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a set of emergency stimulus measures valued at over $2 trillion, was signed into law.  For an overview and FAQ, click here.  Information on resources included in this new law will be updated on this website as details become available.

(3/24) Greater Akron Chamber hosts virtual meeting with healthcare leaders and elected officials to provide updates, give guidance, and answer questions.  View a recording of the full meeting here.

(3/23) The Federal Reserve is leveraging its full range of tools to support the flow of credit to American families and businesses, in accordance with its dual mandate to promote maximum employment and stable prices.  Learn more here.

(3/22) Ohio issues Stay-At-Home Order, ordering all Ohio residents to stay at home except for essential activities, essential government functions, or essential business operations.  The order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.  Any gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited unless exempted by this Order.  Learn more here.

(3/21) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue waivers for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of essential goods. ODOT will also waive the current permit fee for this.

(3/21) Ohio's Bureau of Worker's Compensation allows businesses to defer Payments for March, April, and May 2020, to June 1, 2020.

(3/20) The U.S. Treasury has changed the April 15, 2020, tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, for all tax payers and businesses.

(3/19) SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans now open for Ohio Small Businesses.

(3/19) Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is closing 181 of its locations; law enforcement is being directed to use discretion in penalizing drivers with expired licenses; CDL testing and issuance is to continue.

(3/18) President Trump signs “phase 2” relief bill, enabling paid sick leave for those sent home with coronavirus symptoms or positive diagnoses.

(3/18) HUD suspends all foreclosures and evictions for the next 60 days to provide immediate relief for homeowners.

(3/18) Ohio Governor’s office submits formal request for federal assistance for small businesses, following required data-gathering process.

(3/16) Due to COVID-19, the Ohio Primary Election postponed in-person voting from March 17 to June 2; vote-by-mail options are available in the interim.

(3/16) Ohio issues order to close recreation centers such as movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, indoor parks, and other such facilities.

(3/15) Ohio bars & restaurants ordered to close; liquor buyback program made available.

(3/13) FirstEnergy, Dominion, and the City of Akron forgo utility shutoffs amid pandemic.



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