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Plexus Back-to-Business Kit

This year is far from business as usual and is uncharted territory for you, your employees, and customers. Reopening must be balanced with careful planning and diligent follow through to help protect those depending on you for employment and those relying on your goods and services. We’ve compiled this list of resources, best practices, and examples to ease managing your business in this time of great changes. We are in this together!

Without U, there is no plexUS

Now is the time for social solidarity.

Now more than ever, connections and networks are imperative for us all. We are working as quickly as possible to identity innovative ways of networking and connecting our members in a new socially distanced reality. This is not a time to make your circle smaller and we will do all we can to keep you in the Plexus Network.

Can you help pay it forward for another member making tough dollar by dollar, day by day decisions resulting from the pandemic? You can pay the membership of a fellow Plexus Member with a gift to the Plexus Education Foundation, just add a note to Pay it Forward. We will apply your generous donation to a member otherwise unable to renew.

In response to the recession of 2008, we lowered our membership rates to remain accessible for as many members as possible. Now, rather than implementing our upgraded 2020 rates, we will freeze our rates until further notice. If you are able, please renew or upgrade.

However, we know that for some a $179 business or $79 professional membership may be inconceivable at the moment. So, to make your membership renewal more doable, we have improved our system to include a monthly payment option. Recurring membership options are available for current members at any level and for those just joining Plexus. If $10 or $15 a month is still not feasible, we will push out your renewal date by three months. We are here to find solutions with you.

Just as a small business needs their customers, we need our members. Members make the difference. You drive our purpose; you are the mission, and your memberships are the fuel that propels Plexus forward. Thank you.

COVID Resources

FOR EMPLOYEES + SMALL BUSINESSES

Is your company experiencing challenges due to the Coronavirus outbreak?

Share the impact on your company in the GCP COVID Impact Survey.

Small Business Association to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.

Call 800.659.2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov | www.sba.gov Or contact BusinessHelp@development.ohio.gov or call 1-800-659-2955.

HFLA of Northeast Ohio COVID-19 Emergency Loan Application

The mission of HFLA of Northeast Ohio is to provide interest-free loans to address the financial challenges of residents of Northeast Ohio who lack access to traditional lending sources. team@interestfree.org | Brady@interestfree.org | www.interestfree.org | 216.378.9042

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

To qualify, applicants must be a Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender. The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program defines a "Bartender" as an individual employed in serving beverages or otherwise engaged in the production, promotion or distribution of alcoholic beverages. www.usbgfoundation.org

Ohio Unemployment Expansion

In response to COVID-19, the state's unemployment insurance system has been expanded to immediately cover workers who are displaced, even temporarily. The emergency measure also would apply to workers without paid time off who are under quarantine by their job or a health-care professional.

The state has set up a Q&A page at jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm | 877.644.6562

FOR NONPROFITS

Community Resilience Grants

ServeOhio, in conjunction with its partners, the American Electric Power Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announces the availability of grants to support community resiliency initiatives that mobilize residents to address significant needs in their community. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000, and projects must take place prior to April 30, 2020. serve.ohio.gov/Grants-Funding/National-Days-of-Service-Funding

Business Volunteers Unlimited

The BVU Resource Center is updated daily with useful articles, webinars, and other information pertinent to surviving and thriving during COVID 19. Topics addressed include fundraising, disaster relief, management, human resources, professional development, and more. bvuvolunteers.org/resource-center/

Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

A relief fund designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand capacity in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties by strategically and efficiently addressing impact from the outbreak. www.clevelandfoundation.org/news/covid-19/response-fund/

Akron Community Foundation Community Response Fund for Nonprofits

Akron Community Foundation's intent is to rapidly provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations that are working on the frontlines of educating, engaging, and supporting individuals impacted by COVID-19 and the broader ramifications of this health crisis. www.akroncf.org/Initiatives/CommunityResponseFund/Grants.aspx

MORE INFO & RESOURCES

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce COVID Resource Page

Greater Cleveland Partnership COVID Resource Page

Small Business Majority COVID Resource Page

Transgender Legal & Defense Fund

National Center for Transgender Equality

Council on Foundations COVID Response

Give to Plexus

Building cultural competencies is a hallmark for any forward-thinking organization or company—and ensuring LGBTQ is part of the conversation is critical. This is where the Plexus Education Foundation excels. Through our Education Foundation we roll up our sleeves and work alongside companies and organizations striving to create and sustain affirming workplaces for LGBTQ employees.

Your gift to the Plexus Education Foundation goes above and beyond membership. It helps to grow and transform our NEO into welcoming communities for all.

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Equality Act

LGBTQ Americans lack basic legal protections in states across the country. The patchwork nature of current laws leaves millions of people subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts safety, families and day-to-day lives.

The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life. Learn more and get involved!

LGBTQ Equality Is Good for Business

Ohio Business Competes

Plexus stands proudly with over 550 businesses and organizations statewide that have signed on to Ohio Business Competes (OBC) telling lawmakers that LGBTQ equality is good for the state's brand and economy. OBC, a nonpartisan coalition, is committed to achieving nondiscrimination policies for LGBTQ Ohioans. Join the growing number of Plexus members working to make Ohio more competitive.

OBC sign on information | Ohio Fairness Act

Plexus and other LGBTQ advocates testified at Cuyahoga County Council meeting.