The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly all businesses of all shapes and sizes. Some of the hardest hit are small, local businesses and food-based enterprises that typically already operate on razor-thin margins.
With bars and restaurants closed to dine-in patrons and a Stay at Home order shuttering all non-essential businesses, small businesses need resources and guidance to navigate the shifting daily landscape, as well as to start planning for after the pandemic is over.
Below is a list of resources from local small business and startup service providers. (You can check out details on additional resources here.)
Rev1 Ventures has an online guide to managing a startup through the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide includes resources and tips addressing capital, talent, market alignment, business help and strengthening a business’ product and technology during the crisis.
With support of their landlord, SciTech, Rev1 will also be waving April rent for all Rev1 Labs residents.
Find Rev1’s Startup Playbook here.
Women’s Small Business Accelerator
The Women’s Small Business Accelerator has launched a Business Crisis Team. Helping entrepreneurs address the current environment of uncertainties, women business owners in Central Ohio can reach out to experienced business owners and professionals for coaching, reassurance and support. Business owners are hand-matched with a mentor that can best address their specific concerns and issues. The free-of-charge meetings will take place online or by phone.
Learn more about the Business Crisis Team at wsbaohio.org/businesscrisisteam.
In addition to the crisis team, WSBA has gathered a list of resources and helpful business survival websites, tips and articles. Find the lists here.
For information on additional resources from the Small Business Administration, ECDI, SBDC and Facebook, click here.
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.