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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    How to prepare. SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal tomorrow, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.  In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. Follow the steps below.If you ...read more
    Categories: Funding
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021
    COVID-19 At Home Test Kits Available The local Health Departments have at home test kits available. These are 15 minute at home test kits and can be requested from your local Health Department; City of Hamilton: contact by email Kay Farrar at  kay.farrar@hamilton-oh.gov Butler County:  contact by e-mail  Jennifer Bailer at BailerJ@butlercountyohio.org
    Categories: Health & Safety
    Monday, April 26, 2021
    Shuttered Venue Operators Grant The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal will reopen Monday, April 26th at 12pm.   Eligible entities include:   Live venue operators or promoters Theatrical producers Live performing arts organization operators Museum operators Motion picture theater operators (including owners) Talent representatives   Applicants must have been in operation as of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Funding
    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    Letter concerning the growing backlog of PPP loan forgiveness applicationsLetter from Congressman Warren Davidson to the Administrator of the SBARead more......
    Categories: Economic, Funding
    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    JobsOhio Inclusion Grant RenewedWe are excited to share that the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant has been renewed for 2021! In 2020, 16 companies in Southwest Ohio were able to secure funding commitments via this program (with several dozen more throughout Ohio). With the new round of funding open, REDI Cincinnati wanted to educate you on a few small changes that have been implemented compared to the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Business Development
    Thursday, April 08, 2021
    Ohio Department of Health - Director's Order Director's Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and Non-CongregatingClick here for details
    Categories: Health & Safety
    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Small Business Administration (SBA)Economic Injury Disaster Loan Updates   Columbus District Office Economic Injury Disaster Loan Updates Economic Injury Disaster Loan UpdatesSBA Increases Lending Limit For COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans   Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster ...read more
    Categories: Funding
    Monday, April 05, 2021
    PPP Application Deadline Extended in New Law   On March 30, 2021, President Biden signed legislation to extend the application period of the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through May 31, 2021. This followed a bipartisan 92-7 vote in the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act of 2021.   PPP History The CARES Act established the Paycheck Protection Program ...read more
    Categories: Funding
    Monday, April 05, 2021
    DOL Suspends Changes to Trump-Era Labor RegulationsThe U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently taken action on the criteria for determining independent contractor status, rescinding regulations that were enacted as recently as two weeks prior to President Biden's inauguration in the last days of the Trump administration. That means what's old is new — the regulations in force now are left over ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Business Development
    Saturday, April 03, 2021
    ‘Explore Hamilton’ launches today App highlights dining, drinking, recreation and other options available for visitors, residents.By Mike Rutledge Staff WriterHAMILTON  The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce intentionally picked “countdown day” — 4-3- 21 — to launch its new “Explore Hamilton” app that will let visitors and residents see the dining, drinking, recreation and other options that ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber
    Thursday, April 01, 2021
    SBA Updates PPP Extension – the PPP and PPP Second Draw Loan programs have been extended until May 31.  You can keep up to date with all the SBA’s latest COVID relief programs at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options   Changes to EIDL loan program – raised lending limits, extended deferment periods:  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is increasing the ...read more
    Categories: Funding
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021
        As President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law today, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said: “Today, President Biden sent ...read more
    Categories: Funding
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Vaccine eligibility is expanding and we need your help! We're looking for volunteers to help staff our mass community vaccine clinics on Wednesdays and Thursdays. About 3,000 people go through the drive-thru clinics each week and it takes 70-75 people to create a safe environment. We need you! No prior medical experience or training is required. Positions needed include traffic control, check-in, ...read more
    Categories: Health & Safety
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    Frequently asked questions about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) programThe Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.   
    Categories: Business Development, Funding
    Thursday, March 18, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Lloyd | 202-224-5190   http://bit.ly/3bUZLCy   At Finance Hearing, Portman Calls For Strengthening America’s Manufacturing Competitiveness   WASHINGTON, DC - During a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) touted the importance of strengthening America’s manufacturing competitiveness. ...read more
    Categories: Legislative Update, Economic
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021
    Butler County has received federal funding from the U.S. Treasury Department  to assist residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.If you need assistance with unpaid rent or utilities, citizens renting a house, unit, or apartment in any City, Township, or Village of Butler County, OH are potentially eligible. Applications may be obtained through SELF. CLICK HERE for more details
    Categories: Resources for Assistance
    Tuesday, March 16, 2021
     March Workshops Recurring WorkshopsREGISTER HERE
    Categories: General News Article, Education, Resources for Job Seekers
    Monday, March 15, 2021
    American Rescue Plan – 6th Coronavirus Stimulus Package  The American Rescue Plan passed the House and has been signed into law.     General  Signed into law by President Biden on 3/11/21  $1.9 Trillion in new spending  9% addresses Coronavirus relief specifically  Much of this spending will likely not occur until long after the pandemic has ended.  Millions on food aid to foreign ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Education, Economic, Health & Safety
    Tuesday, February 09, 2021
    Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace This guidance is intended to inform employers and workers in most workplace settings outside of healthcare to help them identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19 at work and to help them determine appropriate control measures to implement. Separate guidance is applicable to ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Health & Safety
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Butler County Cares - Butler County, Ohio COVID-19 InformationInformation about COVID-19 and Its Impact in Butler County, OhioClick here for more information
    Categories: General News Article, Health & Safety, Business Development
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Is your business eligible for the Employee Retention Credit? Read more about the Employee Retention CreditCourtesy of Kirsch CPA Group
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Funding
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    TechCred – Upskill Your Workforce  TechCred offers employers up to $2,000 in reimbursement for every technology-focused credential earned by an employee, up to $30,000 per employer each round. Credentials can be offered by a provider of the company’s choice, including online training providers. Both current and future employees can receive training through TechCred. This means those who are ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Business Development, General News Article
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    New research from New American Economy shows that immigrants contributed $1.4 billion to the GDP of the Butler County metropolitan area in 2018. The report, New Americans in Butler County, was prepared in partnership with the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Read more: New Americans in Butler County, Ohio
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, General News Article
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
      SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Economic, Education
    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    U.S. Department of Labor | January 6, 2021   U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act   WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “This rule brings long-needed ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Business Development, Legislative Update
    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    COVID-Related Tax Relief Is Signed Into LawOn December 27, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), which provides pandemic relief, as well as other tax and health-related provisions. The CAA contains the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA), as well as a government funding law. Here are some of the highlights.READ MORE...Courtesy of Kirsch CPA Group
    Categories: Economic, Business Development, Funding
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
      Do you have a plan for your business? A business plan serves as the foundation for your business and National Write a Business Plan Month is the perfect time to write or review your plan. Need help? Check out this guide (with examples!) and schedule a one-on-one virtual advising session with a certified Small Business Development (SBDC) advisor near you! Find the closest SBDC and other ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Business Development
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Help for Businesses to Navigate COVID-19 What is a COVID-19 Education Specialist? Public health professionals trained specifically to help businesses provide safe COVID-19 practices that support a healthy local economy, at no cost. Available services: on-site consultation on how to minimize the spread;assistance complying with state COVID-19 guidelines;free COVID-19 safety kit that includes ...read more
    Categories: Health & Safety, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, November 02, 2020
    Heard a rumor about election fraud, riots, national security? Don't react - check out the validity with this linkCheck Validity of Rumors  
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    It’s October! It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, we will be celebrating in brand new ways the holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s. Soon, everyone will be virtually shopping for presents, looking up new recipes for holiday dinners and finding new ways to ring in the New Year. Right now, even more than previous years, everything is revolving around doing things virtually. ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    6 Ways to Improve Customer Trust  People buy from those they know, like, and trust.  Knowing comes from marketing and advertising.   Like is cultivated by showing potential customers your human and endearing side. But how in the world do you help someone with minimal interaction with you and your business, trust you? It’s not as hard as you may think. 1. Be Transparent in Your Copy Stay away from ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Business Development, General News Article
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    This week leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain came to the White House to sign the Abraham Accords, a historic agreement normalizing relations between the three countries.  This agreement will unlock tremendous business potential between these economies and create new opportunities for trade and investment across the Middle East. “The great economic benefits of our ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 9:00am 1 in 3 plan to hire more workers WASHINGTON, D.C. – The commercial construction industry showed signs of rebound in the latest U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (Index). While the overall index score remained fairly steady, increasing by one point to 57 in the third quarter, two of the three main indicators saw increases, pointing to ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Economic
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Paycheck Protection Program loans were a popular option for businesses hoping to survive COVID-19-related shutdowns. Here is what businesses need to do to get their PPP loans forgiven.By: Sean Ludwig, ContributorShare      One of the single largest ways the federal government sought to aid businesses suffering from coronavirus-related shutdowns was the implementation of the Paycheck Protection ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Economic
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    Customer Experiences Will Build or Destroy Your Business  Written By:  Dan Bates, President/CEO, Greater Hamilton ChamberSmart businesses understand and recognize the value of positive interaction.  Customers generate the revenue a business needs to thrive but the circles of influence those customers have can make or break the future of a business or organization. With today’s social media, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Business Development, Education
    Monday, July 06, 2020
    I have a friend who used to say “never have more personal things in your office than you can tuck under your arm.” He believed in a fast getaway and joked about never wanting to have to pack up a box and be escorted out of the building. That friend went on to open his own business and I wonder if he kept to his rule being able to tuck all of his worldly office possessions under one arm.   If ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    9 Easy Ways to Get More Business Through Instagram   About a billion people (serious stat, not hyperbole) use the Instagram platform every month. 500 million people use the platform's stories feature every day. This year, Instagram is expected to reach 112 million users in the US alone and it's the fastest growing social media platform in Canada. If your target demographic is under the age of ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Friday, March 15, 2019
    As a small business owner, your reputation is everything. It will make or break your business. Warren Buffet understood the value of a good business reputation when he said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”  But protecting your reputation in the days of social media is hard. According to the White House ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Business Development
    Friday, January 11, 2019
    The business landscape changes on a near daily basis and that drives almost a constant need for professional learning. Never before has it been more essential that you not only keep up with the details of your own job and industry but others as well. If you don't, there's a good chance your business will struggle.   If you want to stay on top of your industry and continue to attract new ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Business Development, General News Article
    Friday, August 03, 2018
    Being a business owner has its rewards and its challenges. If you’ve been in business longer than a hot second, you’ve likely experienced both. Often the freedoms override the dissatisfaction, but if you find that the negatives are wearing on you, don’t get discouraged. The earlier you recognize the most common challenges of business ownership, the more likely you’ll be able to take them in ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber, General News Article
    Friday, June 01, 2018
    If it's been a long, cold winter for your business, it's time to kick things off with the season that generally equates to tourism and travel. Here's how you can capitalize on those things and get your marketing in a position to capture some of those summer crowds.Honor Groups with Discounts Use your social media profiles to create flash discounts for different groups in your community. For ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Fun Facts, Business Development, Education, General News Article
    Monday, April 16, 2018
    20 Inexpensive Ways to Surprise and Delight Your Customers There's a lot of noise out there right now. It's hard for a business to break through. But let's say you do and someone is trying you out for the first time. How can you not only exceed their expectations but delight them in a way they'll be talking about you later. Here are a few ideas on how you can make a big impression: Making a big ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber, General News Article
    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    Do you need more customers? Are traditional ways of increasing revenue not working for you? That may be because today's customers want to get to know you as a business. One way to help make that happen is by participating in social media. Another way is by hosting an in-person event. Whether you host a business event in partnership with a charity to help them raise money or simply have a ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Chamber
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