Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

A letter from the HCC President with COVID-19 Resources Below

Dear Hispanic Chamber of Columbus Members,

Today Governor DeWine and public health professionals announced an extension to the Stay at Home order that was scheduled to end on April 6th. The order has been extended to May 1st. Our chamber will continue to work for you remotely during this time.

We will also continue to be the voice for your business in the coming weeks as our community focuses on navigating this unprecedented situation.

Below you can find some immediate resources that can be of benefit to your business and we encourage you to reach out to us may you have any questions or concerns about how your business can access resources available during this situation.

Our goals, objectives and mission has not changed and we continue to be here for you to see you and your business succeed. We will do our best to keep you up to date via our website and social media to provide your business with solutions and resources.

Our upcoming events have been postponed until further notice, but we are working on providing virtual sessions that will allow us to continue connecting with you and being your companion in these moments of change. You can find our most up-to-date information regarding our programming at our website and social media pages.

I'd also like to direct all of you to our COVID-19 resources page which includes useful information for you and your business in both English and Spanish. We will be updating this page frequently, with reliable and accurate information as this situation continues. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be a resource to you and your business. Estamos contigo.

En Solidaridad,

Claudia De León
President
Columbus Hispanic Chamber

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resources

Download PDF in Spanish: "Informacion Sobre COVID-19 y la Orden De Quedarse En Casa"

1. OHIO COMMISSION OF HISPANIC AFFAIRS (OCHLA)

About OCHLA A state government agency created to connect the diverse Latino communities in Ohio and serve as an information center. In addition, they advise the Governor and state government agencies on all matters affecting Hispanics in Ohio.

What can I find? Resources and updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency, including bilingual resources, Governor Mike DeWine's press releases, mental health resources, answers to frequently asked questions, unemployment benefits, and detailed information on the Coronavirus.

2. OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

About Ohio Department of Health ODH’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by preventing disease, promoting good health and assuring access to quality care. Prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases (Bureau of Infectious Diseases). The Department of Helath provides direction, support and coordination in preventing, preparing for and responding to events that threaten the public’s health.

What can I find? Latest developments, helpful videos, economic resources, guidance on essential and non-essential businesses. Also, you can find ideas for things you can do, and other educational resources.

3. SBA COVID-19 BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

About SBA The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government to assist, advise, assist, and protect the interests of small businesses, to preserve competitive free enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen our nation's overall economy.

What can I find? Guidance on running a business and loan resources for small businesses. The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to help small businesses and homeowners recover from disasters.

4. SBDC DISASTER LOAN UPDATES

About SBDC Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides entrepreneurial development assistance and high-end business consulting to start-up and emerging business owners free of charge.

What can I find? SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and new programs created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and major programs created in the legislation designed for small businesses:

5. ECDI SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY LOAN

About ECDI The organization supports loans for new and established businesses. Many of their other services can help develop a new business into a loan-ready client. ECDI provides the tools, technical assistance and support for businesses to succeed.

ECDI has been providing small business loans, ranging from $500-$350,000, to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities join the economic mainstream.

ECDI has assisted over 13,000 individuals through our comprehensive suite of entrepreneurial programs and services.

What can I find? Information about small business and construction loans, small business mentoring, women’s business center, Business directory, and employment opportunities.

6. THE CITY OF COLUMBUS

About City of Columbus The City of Columbus is committed to improving the quality of life for families in Columbus’ neighborhoods, from education and the arts to waste management and neighborhood development¬–the changes have been sweeping, impactful and above all, continue to reinforce Columbus’ reputation as one of the best cities in the nation to live, work and play.

What can I find? A list of resources for residents affected by this health emergency as well as information on how you can help and support your neighbors. Health resources, human services, opportunities to help, videos, small business help and job information.

7. LA MEGA MEDIA – 103.1 FM (en español)

About La Mega Media La Mega Media, Inc. is the largest Hispanic media platform in the Midwest. The company offers unique content, exclusive promotions and entertainment by integrating the 3 radio stations – La Mega 103.1 FM in Columbus, La Mega 97.7 FM in Cincinnati, La Mega 87.7 FM in Cleveland, Newspaper La Mega Nota and the La Mega1 App, creating the largest Hispanic media platform in Ohio and neighboring states.

What can I find? Audio interviews with experts including doctors, psychologists, SBA executive, and Executive Director of OCHLA. Different resources for business owners and employees, general information about coronavirus, and unemployment.