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OhioSE Partners to distribute PPE toolkits

HELPING BUSINESSES — Officials with Ohio Southeast Economic Development, have distributed PPE safety toolkits to businesses across the region. -- Contributed

NELSONVILLE — Ohio Southeast Economic Development, the JobsOhio Network Partner for Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, on Monday started to distribute PPE safety toolkits, donated by JobsOhio, to assist small businesses throughout the region.

The kits will provide small businesses in the region with the PPE resources to stay protected and operate within the state’s safety guidelines during the phased reopening of Ohio.

“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 OhioSE will provide kit donations to hundreds of small businesses. These kits include 100 3-ply masks, 10 KN-95 masks and a 24-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer.

“We realize the difficulties and challenges facing business owners and employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are pleased to partner with the JobsOhio ‘Ohio Safe. Ohio Working’ program to support businesses in our 25 county region,” said Katy Farber, vice president of OhioSE.

“It is our sincere hope that the kits will be of assistance to help small businesses, who continue to carry a heavy burden during these challenging times, stay safe and protected,” she added. “OhioSE is working in close association with chambers of commerce and local economic development organizations in all the counties of Southern and Southeastern Ohio. These partner organizations will be the ‘army’ that mobilizes this effort in their communities distributing the PPE toolkits to small businesses.”

In collaboration with JobsOhio Network Partners, JobsOhio is distributing 15,000 kits (1.65 million masks and 15,000 units of hand sanitizer) across the state. Each kit, valued at $100, 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 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 kits for small businesses, JobsOhio and its partners have overseen liquor buyback/ liquor rebate programs and provided more than 3,100 cases of hand sanitizer (more than 1 million ounces) to local bars and restaurants. For information, visit “Ohio Safe. Ohio Working.”

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