How can we help your business thrive?

Making sure Hamilton County small businesses are supported and survive the pandemic is a priority for Hamilton County Commissioners. This COVID-19 Small Business Resource Hub will help you navigate all the COVID-19 resources for small businesses. Through our partnerships with local chambers, jurisdictions, and our economic development partners, we will update this page with funding opportunities as they become available.

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Hamilton County Small Business Relief Grant Program

The Board of County Commissioners has established the Hamilton County Small Business Relief Program to provide small businesses located in Hamilton County, Ohio with monetary relief from business interruption costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible small businesses are able to apply for up to $10,000 to be used for the reimbursement of certain Eligible Expenses. The amount of grant funding available is the loss between your 2020 and 2019 gross revenues with a maximum of up to $10,000 (as long as the loss in revenue was at least 15 percent).

An eligible business that is interested in receiving funding from the Program must be prepared to submit an Application and other required documentation evidencing that it has met the Eligibility Criteria and has paid for costs and expenses that comply with the requirements of the CARES Act and related guidance issued by the federal government and State of Ohio.

Application Period is Now Closed

For more information on the Program including eligible and ineligible businesses and expenses, please visit the Hamilton County Small Business Relief Program information page.

VISIThttps://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/government/open_hamilton_county/projects/cares_act_funding/small_business_relief_program

EMAILSBRelief@hamilton-co.org

513 Small Business Assist Program

513 Small Business Assist

The 513 Small Business Assist program removes barriers that small business owners face when recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and navigating local, state, and federal recovery assistance programs. Eligible small businesses located in Hamilton County will receive one-on-one support with COVID-19 grant applications, business planning, marketing, access to funding, and much more.

The 513 Small Business Assist program is available to small business owners who:

  • Has reduced operations or diminished revenues due to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Has not declared bankruptcy within past three years;
  • Located in Hamilton County, Ohio;
  • 50 employees or less;
  • Does not have any federal, state, or local tax liens;
  • Has been in operation prior to or on January 1, 2020;
  • Currently open or has a plan to reopen in the next 60 days

VISIThttps://bit.ly/513smallbusinessassist

INFOSmall Business Assist Program FAQs

DOWNLOADSmall Business Assist Program Flyer

CALL(513) 273-0503

EMAIL513assist@nextstreet.com

Ohio Small Business Grants

Food and Beverage Establishment Grant

The Food and Beverage Establishment Grant provides grants up to $30,000 to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other food and drinking businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020. Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Legislature have designated $100 million for this program. The program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

VISIThttps://businesshelp.ohio.gov/

APPLYhttps://ohid.ohio.gov/fedohid/sps/fedohid/saml20/logininitial?RequestBinding=HTTPPost&PartnerId=https://development.force.com/InvestingInOhio

Entertainment Venue Grant

The Entertainment Venue Grant provides grants up to $30,000 to theaters, music venues, spectator sports venues, museums, and other entertainment establishments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The amount of individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ loss of revenue in 2020. Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Legislature have designated $20 million for this program. The program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

VISIThttps://businesshelp.ohio.gov/

APPLYhttps://ohid.ohio.gov/fedohid/sps/fedohid/saml20/logininitial?RequestBinding=HTTPPost&PartnerId=https://development.force.com/InvestingInOhio

Lodging Grant

The Lodging Grant provides grants up to $30,000 to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of the individual grants to eligible businesses will be determined by the business’ decline in occupancy rate in 2020. Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Legislature have designated $25 million for this program. The program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

VISIThttps://businesshelp.ohio.gov/

APPLYhttps://ohid.ohio.gov/fedohid/sps/fedohid/saml20/logininitial?RequestBinding=HTTPPost&PartnerId=https://development.force.com/InvestingInOhio

New Small Business Grant

The New Small Business Grant provides grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses that were established between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020. Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Legislature have designated $10 million for this program to help ensure the survival and stability of these businesses. The program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

VISIThttps://businesshelp.ohio.gov/

APPLYhttps://ohid.ohio.gov/fedohid/sps/fedohid/saml20/logininitial?RequestBinding=HTTPPost&PartnerId=https://development.force.com/InvestingInOhio

Small Business Association (SBA) Programs

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan

This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

VISIThttps://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/covid-19-economic-injury-disaster-loan

CALL(800) 659-2955, or (800) 877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing

EMAILDisasterCustomerService@sba.gov

Paycheck Protection Program

An SBA-backed loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021.

VISIThttps://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

VISIThttps://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund

CALL(844) 279-8898

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The SVOG application is slated to open April 8, 2021.

VISIThttps://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/

Other Funding & Resources

Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative

The Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI) is an entrepreneurial education program designed to help Individuals and small business owners develop and recognize opportunities for their business. GCMI has been supporting and developing entrepreneurs for since 1998.

VISIThttp://www.gcmi.org/

EMAILGrants@gcmination.org

CALL(513) 569-4816, ex 2412

Greater Cincinnati Small Business Response and Recovery Initiative and PPP Access

The Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Initiative is a collaborative effort to support eligible Hamilton County small businesses through the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up for the rapid business assessment to be matched with supportive services and one-on-one business advice and guidance.

VISIThttps://nextstreet.com/cincinnati-covid-19-small-business-initiative/

APPLYhttps://nextstreettest.submittable.com/submit

HCDC COVID-19 Business Resource Hub

HCDC COVID-19 Business Resource Hub will help you navigate all the COVID-19 resources for businesses. HCDC is the official Economic Development Office for Hamilton County and has distributed the first two rounds of Hamilton County Small Business CARES Act grants.

VISIThttps://www.hcdccovideresources.com/

EMAILcommunications@hcdc.com

Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio

The focus of the Resiliency Fund is to support black and brown small minority businesses that are continuing to operate and plan to operate for the remaining calendar year of 2021 and beyond. The various Tiers represent the support minority Businesses of color need to bridge the financial gaps the COVID-19 Pandemic has disproportionately affected Minority Businesses. The Resiliency Fund also provides an opportunity for businesses to receive support to allow them to pivot during these challenging times.

VISIThttps://www.cincinnatieec.com/eec/grantfundingprograms/

EMAILGrants@gcmination.org

CALL(513) 487-1155


Payroll Protection Program (PPP): Getting a Fair Share Resources – tools and information to help more small businesses, especially Black, Brown, and women entrepreneurs, participate in the Payroll Protection Program, the federal government’s Small Business Administration forgivable loan relief program.

VISIThttps://www.ulgso.org/ppp

Chambers of Commerce

Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
African American Chamber
Hispanic Chamber