COLUMBUS – Wednesday in Kenton, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance began distributing PPE Safety Toolkits, donated by JobsOhio, to assist small businesses throughout the region. These PPE Safety Toolkits will provide small businesses in Hardin County PPE resources to stay protected and operate within the State’s safety guidelines during the phased reopening of Ohio.
(Pictured are Stephanie Temple, HCCBA Board Chair and owner of Tons of Fun Travel and Underwood with the 20 PPE kits that will be distributed)
“Small and medium sized businesses make up the backbone of Ohio’s economy and with grit and determination, they and their employees have persevered through unprecedented economic and health challenges during this pandemic. JobsOhio is pleased, along with our network partners, to provide them with PPE toolkits, to aid them in their efforts to get back to work and operate safely.” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “While we don’t know what the future holds, we are optimistic that Ohio businesses will succeed and continue to play an essential role in Ohio’s economic recovery.”
This partnership between JobsOhio and HCCBA will provide donations of 20 PPE kits in Hardin County. Each Toolkit includes 100 3 ply masks, 10 KN-95 masks and a 24oz bottle of hand sanitizer.
“We are pleased to be able to provide these kits to our area’s small businesses and we know that they will find them useful as they continue to work and operate through this pandemic,” said Holli Underwood, HCCBA President & CEO.
In collaboration with JobsOhio Network Partners, JobsOhio is distributing 15,000 Safety Tool Kits (1.65 million masks and 15,000 units of hand sanitizer) across the state throughout this week. Each Toolkit, valued at $100 dollars, provides PPE that at times has been in short supply for small businesses during the pandemic.
Since March 15, JobsOhio and its regional and State of Ohio partners have committed to finding new ways to assist businesses during the pandemic. JobsOhio has committed up to $350 million to fund 10 new economic development programs in the past four months. JobsOhio established programs to assist with low interest loans, job retention, and innovation for small businesses statewide.
In addition to donating Safety Tool Kits for small businesses, JobsOhio and its partners have overseen liquor buyback/ liquor rebate programs and provided more than 3100 cases of hand sanitizer (1 million+ ounces) to local bars and restaurants.