Small Business Assistance - COVID-19 Business Relief Page

November 16, 2020 Information:

ODJFS to Provide Up to $25 Million in CARES Act Grants to Nonprofit Agencies

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) today announced the process for nonprofit organizations that serve low-income and at-risk Ohioans to apply for federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act grants. Up to $25 million will be awarded.

“Those who were in need prior to this pandemic are even more vulnerable now, and many of the organizations assisting them have been struggling, as well,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “We are pleased to be able to provide this assistance to organizations that have accumulated unemployment debt as a result of the pandemic and are devoted to helping Ohioans during difficult times.”

Organizations that receive funding can use it to apply to their unemployment debt or bolster their workforces by rehiring staff they may have had to lay off.

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 27 at

The grants are part of a larger package of more than $419.5 million in CARES Act funding developed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and the General Assembly to provide funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic

COVID 19 Economic Relief for Small Businesses
Update May 11, 2020

On March 20th, Mayor Graven set up a task force with Economic Development’s Tom Jordan to help businesses affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The City is aware that businesses have been feeling the impact of the Coronavirus since March. The City Administration will do everything it can to help our businesses to re-open and stay open. The Administration is committed to helping our businesses to be successful. Please review the enclosed additional emergency funding options for small businesses.

Mayor Graven will continue to look at immediate and long-term economic recovery strategies that will focus on supporting the success of our local businesses.

The Mayor and his Administration are developing and reviewing ideas for economic support and recovery.

Emergency Funding Options for Small Businesses List - Update 05/08/2020

Update: May 8, 2020

The City has been notified that the second round of the Small Business Stabilization funding has begun. This program assists small neighborhood-based businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open today, May 8th at 9 a.m. and closes on May 15th at 5 p.m. The Small Business Stabilization Fund is funded in part by the Cleveland Foundation and administered by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.  Additional information is available at the Cuyahoga County Website: Small Business Stabilization Fund

There is a “gold rush” on for small businesses to apply for their SBA Disaster Loans because only a limited number will be able to get the new grants up to $10,000. 

The website is:

Small Business Administration to provide small businesses impacted by Coronavirus up to $2 million in Disaster Assistance Loans. 


Click to view SBA Update - March 20, 2020   
Funding List of Options - UPDATED APRIL 20, 2020

Click here to view City of Olmsted Falls Press Release and SBA News Release

The Small Business Stabilization Fund has been created to assist small, neighborhood-based businesses throughout Cuyahoga County during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Small Business Stabilization Fund brings together partners from across Cuyahoga County to support small businesses during the crisis. The program offers two types of financial assistance for small businesses: Stabilization Grants and Stabilization Loans.


“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.” – County Executive Armond Budish

Click Here for more information on the Small Business Stablization Fund 

The State of Ohio  has created an Office of Small Business Relief to coordinate efforts on behalf of Ohio's 950,000 small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. The website also has information on unemployment benefits and answers on frequently asked questions on federal and state assistance. Please see attached link to their website for further information.

Small Business Relief Office | Development Services Agency

My administration continues to work with our regional partners to provide information during the COVID-19 Emergency. Cuyahoga County is providing up to date information to small businesses that need assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic through a new Small Business Center.

Cuyahoga County is working with regional partners to create a stabilization fund that can further support small businesses, but until funding is secure this hotline will assist in navigating the Small Business Administration resources. These resources include assistance with applying for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for loans up to $2 million and Advance Grants of up to $10,000.

isit to direct you to the County Business Resource landing page that lists all of the resources to support a business that we are currently aware of – this is updated daily. 

The Call Center is available Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm at 216-452-9741.

Stay Healthy,
James P. Graven, Mayor