Resources for Our Downtown

We encourage you to add your voice to the list of small business owners and advocates from across the country that have signed Small Business Majority’s letter. 

Click here now to urge our Members of Congress to support Main Street during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.   Review the full policy agenda here



Although many businesses must consider temporarily laying off staff, other industries have temporary vacancies to fill. The Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce is working to matchmake among these. They can be reached at 330-262-5735.


Federal Disaster Loans are available for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters.  

Small businesses, including sole proprietorships, independent contractors, self-employed persons, private non-profit organizations or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program and are eligible for loan forgiveness


If an employer downsizes or closes due to the coronavirus, its employees are eligible for unemployment, and are not required to wait one week or look for other work. People under mandatory quarantine are also eligible for unemployment. Detailed questions and answers are here, and you can file for unemployment online here.


One of our law firm partners has launched a COVID-19 Task Force with a free blog of legal questions and answers surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation system is announcing that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. At that time, the matter will be reconsidered. "BWC will not cancel coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the Coronavirus Pandemic" - Lt. Governor Husted


This site has free resources to adjust to remote work life.


The act gives all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employees own health needs or to care for family members. Additional Details are HERE; Consult your tax advisor for further guidance. Effective April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Small Businesses -

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

SBA Resource Partners are ready to help with no-cost, one-on-one business counseling regarding COVID-19.

Visit for the latest official health information and for a full list of the nation’s whole-of-government response, including safety, business and tax tips, worker assistance and more

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has extended unemployment benefits for those impacted by Coronavirus - Here's how to apply

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has also updated unemployment insurance benefits to reflect the impact of Coronavirus.

Other Ohio government efforts pertaining to Coronavirus response can be found here.

Wayne Economic Development Council Resource Page

Tips for applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the SBA, click HERE.

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus Information, click HERE.


For a complete list of Restaurants that are currently open for carryout, please click HERE!