As we all deal with the ramifications of the COVID-19 closures, please be patient with us as we maintain the social distancing protocols laid down by the state. The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services office will be closed until further notice. Please contact us through our email at or call 419-447-4141.

We know our local businesses are working hard to get through this shutdown. That's why we're here for you, working to bring you the latest information on how we all can get through this shutdown together.

Below are some resources we have compiled to help inform and educate about programs, loans, or webinars that could provide useful help to you during this time. We will be constantly updating this information as we receive it.

In addition, we will be making calls to our members and offering our assistance. If you have yet to receive a call and have questions or comments, please reach out.

This is the time to let us know what you need. We have always been here to help, all Seneca County businesses, and this shutdown is no different.

We want to thank our community members and businesses that are stepping up to help! Whether it is sewing masks, buying supplies to donate, donating money or treating the hospital or similar organization to donuts or lunch; it is wonderful thing that you are doing! Thank you!

What does Coronavirus look like?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

What are severe complications from this virus?
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.

How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Read more about the Coronavirus here. 

Don't panic. Learn some of the best practices here. 

Don't let yourself struggle. Find coping resources here. 

Stop the rumors with this information. 

What should you do if you're sick? Find out here. 

Read up on the Stay at Home order with these Frequently Asked Questions. 


How you can help Ohio meet its PPE needs

Due to the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine has asked that anyone who has unneeded PPE or can manufacture new PPE to email the state at Governor DeWine’s staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these resources can best be used to benefit all Ohioans.

All PPE items are of critical need, including, but limited to:

  • Surgical gowns (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Face/surgical masks (adult, pediatric)
  • Gloves (nitrile, vinyl, or butyl)
  • N-95 particulate respirators
  • Isolation gowns
  • Face shields
  • Tyvek coveralls
  • Thermometers
  • Foot coverings
  • Ventilator tubing

Note: The above items are not intended to be in order of importance.

 Upcoming Events & Opportunities

In addition, Whizbang has created a series called Uncharted Territory: How COVID-19 Could Affect Your Retail Business and will give you information to make informed decisions, ideas to work around potential problems.

Get the Special Report - Covid 19 & Retail

Rebound with a Free Commercial from Spectrum Reach

Spectrum Reach is committed to helping your business rebound with a free professional commercial video. You can use this video to update your customers on your business, and share it on your website, social media platforms – wherever you would like!


Ohio Humanities to Award $750,000 in CARES Act Funds to Ohio Cultural Nonprofits

Applications Available Starting May 1

Ohio Humanities will be providing $750,000 in emergency relief grants for historical societies, museums, and other cultural organizations affected by COVID-19 health crisis.

Funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the grants will help Ohio’s cultural community mitigate revenue losses, maintain staffing levels, and protect collections. “Ohio’s history and culture can be found throughout the state in art museums and small historical societies,” said Pat Williamsen, Ohio Humanities director. “The people who manage those properties have been hit hard by the shutdowns mandated by the coronavirus pandemic, both personally and professionally. If we lose museum employees or artifacts during this economic crisis, the losses will be irreplaceable.”

Applications for emergency grants will be available beginning on May 1; the applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting on May 15. “We intend to make the first awards by June 1,” Williamsen said, adding that funding will continue to be available throughout the summer. Later in the year, additional grants will be available to help cultural organizations deliver programs that maintain the health safety of patrons during a post-pandemic environment.

The CARES Act, passed by Congress on March 27, included $75 million emergency funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Forty percent of that amount has been distributed to the 56 state and territorial humanities councils to support local relief efforts. In late March, NEH reported that the anchors of the creative economy such as museums and historical societies were reporting losses of $1 billion every month as facilities were closed and educational programs were canceled.

Announcing the emergency appropriations available through the CARES Act, NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede observed, “To the extent that healing is to come during and after this pandemic, it will be through humanities fields from philosophy to literature to history to religious studies—through the act of documenting, preserving, sharing, and reflecting— that our communities will move toward a greater sense of wholeness.”
Ohio Humanities staff are available by email to help applicants navigate the application process to access emergency funding. Ohio Humanities will continue accepting grant applications for regular projects as listed on grants page.

“Whatever the outcomes of the pandemic and economic crisis, we want to be certain that our rich history and culture remain available to Ohioans,” said Williamsen. “The OH CARES program will ensure that Ohio’s heritage is not another victim of the crisis.”

DISCLAIMER: Please check whether your attraction is eligible for this grant. Only attractions that fall under the "grants for historical societies, museums, and other cultural organizations" are eligible.



PPE Available For Your Members

The demand for PPE (masks, sanitizer, gloves, etc.) continues to grow as Ohio prepares to re-open on May 1st.  We have negotiated special pricing for NOACC businesses.  

 IMPORTANT: Please make sure to use the attached Coupon Codes at checkout under “Coupon/Gift Certificate”

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 SENECADINING.COM: Support our local restaurants

In partnership with Spire Advertising, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce will maintain an updated listing for restaurants and bars offering carryout and delivery options.

Tiffin, OH: Seneca County residents have a new tool to find dining options during the shutdown. was created by Spire Advertising in partnership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tiffin to help drive business to local restaurants and serve the community.

The recent shutdown across the State of Ohio and country have dramatically impacted local restaurants and bars. can be used to locate local carry-out and delivery options available and hours for each.


Prior to the shutdown, the average American would eat out 4.9 times per week . The dine-in limitations at these locations is one of many ways the fabric of our daily life has changed in recent days. The community can continue to support friends and neighbors by making a point of ordering from these local restaurants.

Visit to access this evolving list of local restaurants and bars. This resource will be updated daily as options change. Restaurateurs are encouraged to send their delivery and/or carry-out options, hours, contact information, menu and website to to be included.

About Spire Advertising: Started in 2006, Spire provides comprehensive marketing solutions for local businesses across Northern Ohio.


 Support Social Distancing At Your Small Business

For a lot of small businesses, times are tough right now. Recent events have caused many local businesses to modify their hours, the ways they serve their communities, and in some cases, to close their doors altogether. They need our support now more than ever.

That’s why American Express has created a suite of ready-to-use assets you can share with small business owners in your community and a social post for you.

Thank you for your continued support of the Shop Small Movement.

 Social Post Suggested Copy:

Support small businesses in your community right now by shopping online, buying a gift card to use later, or ordering delivery! #StayHome #ShopSmall 

Small businesses need your business now more than ever. Here's how you can help right now: #StayHome and #ShopSmall online - you can even order delivery! 

Social distancing? Us too - and we'd love to hear about how you're making it through. Tell us what you're watching, eating, and doing! #StayHome #ShopSmall

Staying in? Us too - and we'd love to hear about how you're making it through. Tell us what you're watching, eating, and doing! #StayHome #ShopSmall

Ohio Daily Press Briefings

Governor DeWine is holding daily press briefings at 2:00 p.m. to deliver the most recent updates as well as give updated guidance for the state’s response. These press events are carried live at

Request from the Governor:

Governor DeWine is asking Ohio Industries to help Ohio get the necessary equipment to help our healthcare providers.  The website contains a complete of items that he is asking all industries in Ohio to see if they can produce.  Please look at this site to see if your business can switch gears and provide some of the needed supplies.

Please regularly visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp for the most complete and up-to-date information about resources available for Ohio businesses, individuals, and families. 

Both essential businesses and current job seekers can visit to post and search.

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted Create Ohio Office of Small Business Relief

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief within the Ohio Development Services Agency. The Office will coordinate state efforts to identify and provide direct support for Ohio’s nearly 950,000 small businesses.

The Office will initially focus on three key areas:

  • It will serve as the state’s designated agency for administrating federal recovery funds awarded to Ohio for small business support and recovery.
  • It will work with federal, state, and local partners to evaluate and determine possible regulatory reforms that encourage employment and job creation.
  • It will coordinate efforts of the Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Minority Business Assistance Centers at local levels.

Resources for small businesses are available online at New services and support identified by the Office of Small Business Relief will be added to the site.

IRS Tax Updates

Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits

#IRS has posted answers to FAQs on the deferral of employment tax deposits and payments through Dec. 31. See  #COVIDreliefIRS

 As part of #COVIDreliefIRS, employers can now defer the deposit and payment of the employer's share of social security taxes. See #IRS answers to FAQs on this tax relief:

Self-employed individuals can now to defer payment of certain self-employment taxes as part of #COVIDreliefIRS. See #IRS answers to FAQs on this tax relief:

Economic Impact Payments Non-filer Tool resource

A new #IRS online feature helps people who normally don’t file get Economic Impact Payments #COVIDreliefIRS

For those who don’t normally file an #IRS tax return, a new web tool will allow millions of people to quickly register for Economic Impact Payments #COVIDreliefIRS

People who don’t have an #IRS tax filing obligation, including those with too little income to file now have a new option online tool to register for Economic Impact Payments. It’s free and easy: 

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