COVID-19 Resources



Listed below are links to resources that may be able to help you through these difficult times. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES  (Updated 5/1/20)



If you have any question in regard to these commercial resources please contact Chad Dasher at dasher@westowncdc.orgKeep checking back for updates!


NEW  NextStep is an innovative program designed specifically for CEOs of small businesses that have survived the start-up phase and are motivated to build their business skills and their network of peer entrepreneurs and advisors for further growth and scale. University Circle Inc. made the decision to waive tuition for the NextStep program for any business that has been impacted by COVID-19. We believe NextStep will prove to be an invaluable resource for CEOs getting back on their feet after this national crisis.

ROUND 2 is OPEN  Paycheck Protection Program Provides a low interest loan equal to 8 weeks of a business’s average payroll +25%. This loan will be forgiven if the business maintains or restores payroll.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program  Starting on Friday, April 24, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but didn’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits, can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Cuyahoga County Small Business Resource Center  Cuyahoga County has created a resource center to help small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
HFLA of North East Ohio Rapid Response Business Loan HFLA of Northeast Ohio is offering business owners impacted by COVID-19 the opportunity to apply for rapid response business loans. The loans are up to $5,000 and business owners must meet certain criteria to be eligible.

City of Cleveland Emergency Working Capital Loan Fund  This program provides low interest loans up to $10,000 for small businesses in Cleveland negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund  Grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities.

Facebook Small Business Grant Program  Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Exact details are not available at the time of this writing.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation  Providing financial support for workers and businesses in the Restaurant Industry who are experiencing economic hardship during COVID-19.

Mainvest  This platform allows businesses to raise money from investors in exchange for a percent of revenues until the investment is paid back. Existing brick & mortar businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan immediately.

Employers Now Hiring  The Greater Cleveland Partnership has provided a web page with employers currently looking to hire workers.

Unemployment Benefits If you are laid off, work closes, or if you become sick and need to miss work

Ohio Liquor Buy-Back  Bars, restaurants, and persons with F2 Permits may return unopened high proof liquor products purchased between Feb. 12 and Mar. 15.

Need access to platforms for employess to work from home? Two popular platforms are GoToMeeting and Zoom. 

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans   low interest  long-term loans are available to small businesses experiencing revenue disruption as a consequence of COVID-19. An up-front grant of up to $10,000 is available for successful applicants. This program is currently not accepting new applications- all previously submitted applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund $500 grants for restaurant and food service employees who have been impacted by COVID-19.  Not accepting new applications.

 Cuyahoga County Small Business Stabilization Fund   Provides grants between $2,500 and $5,000, and loans between $5,000 and $350,000.  Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 23, 2020

 Save Small Business Grant    $5,000 grants for business expenses will be available to businesses with between 3 and 20 employees, in economically distressed ZIP codes, beginning Monday, April 20th.  ZIP Codes 44111, 44135 and 44102 are eligible. Not accepting new applications



Businesses Guidance from the CDC  The Centers for Disease Control provide a detailed set of recommendations for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-2019. Following this guidance will help prevent workplace exposure to the virus and slow community spread.

State of Ohio Executive Order 2020-08B  Commercial evictions and foreclosures are PAUSED effective April 1, 2020 for at least 90 days. You can request rent suspension and moritorium on evictions, not forgivness.





Centers for Disease Control For the lastest infomration on how to protect yourself from the Coronavius. 


Do you have COVID-19 Symptoms? If so, you can call Metrohealth's hotline at (440) 592-6843 for an assessment or contact your personal physician. You can  also schedule a virtual appointment if you have a physician at Cleveland Clinic or University Hospitals.


Neighborhood Family Practice Community Helath Centers   is also offering telemedicine appointments for both new and existing NFP patients by secure video using a computer, tablet or smartphone even if your healthcare insurance has been impacted by COVID-19.





Cleveland Metropolitan School District  is providing 2 take-home meals for any children 18 and younger and accompanying adults every weekday 11:30am - 1pm during school closure.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank  Emergency food assistance may also be available in the interim at the GCFB.

West Park Salvation Army   may also provide food assistance.  Please call for details 216-252-3593

Meal on Wheels Westpark: 216-251-6255 



For temporarily stopped disconnection and reactivation & recent shut-offs.

Cleveland Water:  216-664-3130 

Cleveland Public Power :  216-664-4600

First Energy/Illuminating Company: 1-800-589-3101

Dominion: 1-800-362-7557



-Spectrum is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1 (844) 488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

-Comcast is offering two free months of internet service to all qualified, low-income households. You may cancel at any time or continue the service at $9.95 per month. To enroll, call 1 (855) 846-8376

-AT&T is offering two free months of internet service to limited income households who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and apply by April 30. After two months, the service continues at $5 or $10 per month, depending on plan speed. Apply by calling 1 (855) 220-5211



Cleveland Metropolitan School District K-12 Learning Packets and Resources

PBS Kids: How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus