Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

City of Columbus Announces ‘Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund’ To Assist Small Businesses

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin and JPMorgan Chase announced the Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund, a loan and grant program created to help small businesses in Columbus get through the challenges of COVID-19. The City of Columbus will use $5.5 million received through its federal CARES Act allocation to capitalize the initiative, and JPMorgan Chase will contribute $250,000 to assist in providing technical assistance to small businesses in support of the City’s efforts.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 in Recovery Grants to help sustain their businesses through the COVID-19 Pandemic. These grants can be used to help small businesses maintain existing business operations and retain jobs.

The City will also provide assistance up to $5,000 in Return Safely Grants for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and facility improvements. These funds are intended to assist small businesses to secure PPEs and/or make necessary COVID-19 improvements required to re-open their businesses safely and responsibly.

The Pivot Loans provide small businesses with access to low-interest loans. The goal is to maintain existing business operations, while retaining existing jobs, creating new jobs or making capital investments due to unexpected market growth. Applicants are eligible to receive a loan amount up to $20,000.

The Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund will open on June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. Information on how to apply will be available on June 8. For more information, contact the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneur Development of the City of Columbus at 614-645-8616.

GROW With GOOGLE Webinars – From The City of Columbus Offices of Diversity & Inclusion and Citywide Training

Mayor Ginther and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Citywide Training remain focused on advancing an equity agenda that enables every resident and business owner to thrive. In the wake of COVID-19, we are committed to sharing information, resources and opportunities to support you through these difficult times. Our small business community is encouraged to use this Shelter in Place time to heighten your business development skills by taking advantage of the various on-line training webinars. We are excited to invite you to join us for the following Grow with Google webinars, free training and tools to help grow your skills and business.

GROW with GOOGLE webinars

City of Columbus Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Citywide Training & Development

Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business RemotelyWednesday, April 15th, 2 – 3pm

Corissa Saint Laurent | To register, click here 

Reach Customers Online with Google – Wednesday, April 22nd, 2 – 3pm

Petia Abdur-Razzaaq | To register, click here 

Using Data to Drive Business GrowthWednesday, April 29th, 2 – 3pm

Corissa Saint Laurent | To register, click here  

Power Your Job Search with Google ToolsWednesday, May 13th, 2 – 3pm

Corissa Saint Laurent | To register, click here

Wednesday, April 15 – Special Livestream Forum with Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther Regarding COVID-19

Hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club

During this special livestream forum, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther will be interviewed by Colleen Marshall, Co-Anchor, WCMH NBC 4. Mayor Ginther will be answering questions about efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, provide basic needs to residents and the economic impact on the region.

Join us on YouTube to view and participate in the community conversation during this livestream event. Audience questions will be submitted live.

Register to submit questions and to receive information on how to text questions on the day of the forum.

Bid Opportunity with City of Columbus

The City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is issuing a Request For Proposal (RFP) for professional services to develop and recommend a strategy, roadmap, RFP qualifications, and guidance for implementation of a Work and Asset Management System. The services to be performed should consist of reviewing and documenting current asset management processes as well as perceived needs from across the department to ultimately compile into a Work and Asset Management system roadmap. Proposals will be received by the City until 1:00 PM Local Time on Friday, February 14, 2020. No proposals will be accepted thereafter.

Direct questions via e-mail only to: Contract Manager, DPUCapitalRFP@columbus.gov. No contact is to be made with the City other than with the Contract Manager through e-mail with respect to this proposal or its status. The deadline for questions is February 4, 2020. Answers to questions received will be posted on the City’s Vendor Services web site via addendum on February 7, 2020.

To view the RFP, please use the link below: http://ohiomsdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/City-of-Columbus-DPU-WAM-RFP.pdf