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Economic Development

Downtown Conneaut Opportunity Zone

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Below is information and resources to help you and your business during this challenging time.

Newsletter: Read More

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Paycheck Protection Program

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.

TeamNEO Economic Resources for Northeast Ohio: 

Programs and resources to assist Northeast Ohio’s economic development leaders, employers and the workforce in response to COVID-19. (Federal, State, Local, Utilities & Service Providers, Workforce, Additional Resources and Public Health Updates)

Restore Your Economy

COVID-19 Resources for Economic Development Planning and Recovery src=blog&srctype=detail&blogid=333  IEDC’s Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency provides useful information and resources on disaster preparedness, crisis response, business continuity and recovery strategies that your business or community can use to mitigate against the risks posed.

Additional Information:

SharedWork Ohio

This voluntary layoff aversion program available through Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) allows employers to reduce work hours without laying people off. Workers with reduced hours can receive unemployment insurance benefits for time not worked. More information can be found at or by calling 866-733-0025, Option 3.

Faster Unemployment Processing

If a business has to lay people off or shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, ODJFS has provided a mass lay-off code to provide to your employees to speed the processing of their unemployment benefits: 2000180. Ohioans can apply for unemployment at 24/7. Applications can also be made by phone at 877-OHIO-JOB (877-644-6562) on Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Additional FAQs are available on unemployment benefits at:

SBA Small Business Loans – Disaster Recovery Loans

The State of Ohio has been declared a disaster state and now businesses and non-profits can apply for SBA Disaster Recovery loans. These loans will require repayment and can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid due to the impact of the disaster. PLEASE SEND YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION TO if you have been impacted by this crisis. Please be mindful that the website might take a little longer to load due to the high volume of traffic on this site at this time. More information is available at
To apply and learn more, visit:

Liquor Buyback

Unopened liquor purchased in the last 30 days can be returned to the agency where it was purchased. Questions regarding this program should be directed to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing

Ohio Department of Health – Business Checklist