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Coronavirus Resources & Updates

During this period of uncertainly brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to share with you our view and let you know some things we are working through on behalf of our members and the green industry. We understand this situation brings on high levels of anxiety due to the rapid change occurring around us. We will do our best to update this page in as timely a manner as possible.


Click here for guidelines on continuing to operate as an Essential Business.



Financial Assistance

Ohio companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to apply for loans through the Small Business Administration.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act includes several provisions business owners will find important. The act expands loan and grant programs, as well as provides debt relief assistance, to assist businesses with liquidity. To spur demand, the act includes stimulus checks to many American taxpayers and expands unemployment insurance benefits.  Learn more here

Programs include:

Paycheck Protection Program 
This new program provides small businesses and other entities with zero-fee loans of up to $10 million. The program outlines that up to 8 weeks of average payroll and other costs will be forgiven if the business retains its employees and their salary levels. Principal and interest are deferred for up to a year and all borrower fees are waived. Learn more here. 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants
Grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. Apply online here.

Small Business Debt Relief Program
This program will provide a reprieve to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months.

Visit this website for more information or call 1-800-659-2955.


State-by-State Guidelines

The Nursery & Landscape Association Executives has information on business operations in each state, as well as how shipments to and within each state are affected. View the resource here.


Workforce Concerns



Additional Information

As much as this unprecedented situation is rattling communities across America, we can make the best of a tough situation if we as an industry can leverage ways to communicate the positive human health, mental, and physical wellness benefits of plants and of gardening activities.  Consider speaking with your employees, customers, and communities about the many benefits of working with plants during this time working and schooling from home.  There are a number of good articles and related messaging posted in Dr. Charlie Hall’s website. 

It goes without saying that as we face the days ahead the primary importance is the well being of our membership, employees, and the communities in which we live and operate. We will continue to work on your behalf as we navigate uncharted waters. As an industry, we will get through this. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to working together to ensure the future viability of our industry.


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