On March 22, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health, under the direction of Governor Michael DeWine, issued a director’s stay at home order. This order included a list of essential and non-essential businesses. The Delaware County Health Commissioner and the economic development professionals in the county have been in communication concerning the designation of essential and non-essential businesses. The Health Commissioners and the economic development professionals are dedicated to carrying out the directive of the Ohio Department of Health. If you have questions regarding the designation of your business, please refer to Section 12 of the stay at home order, which is available here.


If you still have questions after reviewing the order, please contact your local economic development professional to receive direction on if your company is an essential or non-essential company. Our contact information is listed below:

Bob Lamb, Delaware County Economic Development Director Phone: 614-306-1020

Sean Hughes, City of Delaware Economic Development Director Phone: 740-203-1016

Kelsey Scott, Delaware County Economic Development Coordinator Phone: 740-361-7894




During this uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic, our County economic development team continues to work diligently to serve businesses in any way we can. We have connected with resource providers at the local, state and national level to make sure we are in the know of resources available to help your business and employees. While we continue to learn more about resources available to existing business, our department plans to continue pursuing opportunities and moving forward on current projects to the best of our ability.

If you are interested in opting in to email updates regarding the Coronavirus and resources, email

If work is permitted for you and you are interested in pursuing a project in Delaware County, please contact Director Bob Lamb at

For questions regarding current economic incentives and contracts through our office, contact Administrator Rob Platte at

For questions regarding business and employee resources through the pandemic, including but not limited to unemployment information, utilities, transportation, housing, loans, etc., contact Coordinator Kelsey Scott at or Specialist Zach Dowley at

We are providing contact information for business professionals in your community that are here to serve you. Here is the contact information for County Economic Development professionals and the local chambers of commerce.

City of Delaware Economic Development: Director Sean Hughes,

City of Westerville Economic Development: Jason Bectold,

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce: Janet Davis,

Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce: Holly Quaine,

Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce: John Fox,

Greater Powell Chamber of Commerce: Pamela Miller,

Shawnee Hills Chamber of Commerce: Carol Kender,

Genoa Business Association: Gail Jamison,

Destination Delaware: Tim Wilson,

We advise you to keep up with your resource providers and their social media pages for local updates of COVID-19. Here are a few we recommend:


Information related to the Governor’s Sunday press conference: please see this document. It related to SBA Loans and unemployment changes here

New information from Lt. Gov. Jon Husted related to SBA Loans and Liquor Buybacks here

Gov. DeWine’s Twitter account has great updates and links that you can find

Lt. Gov. Husted’s Twitter account also is a great resource you can find it

The State of Ohio has created a resource for economic support. 

For up to date information of COVID-19 in Delaware County check out DGHD’s twitter: 

The DGHD has posted a great check list for employers who are considered essential and have employees coming to work. Here

The DGHD also posted a great flier, check it out here

Please visit the SBA’s website: for help with loan information related to COVID-19.

A powerpoint outlining the current EIDL is now available EIDL-Overview

The CCDC is also available to talk through your options. They’ve provided some emails here:

Laura Frum | 614-645-3937
Clayton Stephens | 614-645-8590
Julie Verne Orr | 614-645-3799
Julie Carr | 614-645-6172

March 19 20-297 OH 16355 SBA Working Capital Loans Available Due to Coronavirus March 19

20-298 SP Ohio 16355 SBA Working Capital Loans Available Due to Coronavirus

OH_16355 EIDL Fact Sheet

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) – SBA disaster loan

  • Will be a direct loan from the Treasury, not through banks
  • Banks with existing loans have been authorized to defer payments for up to 6 months
  • EIDL will be administered by ODA
  • If a business utilizes the loan, it will not prohibit them from receiving other Fed assistance
  • SBA is not planning a loan forgiveness structure at this point

SBA Loan structure is as follows:

  • 3.7% up to 30 years
  • Up to $25K unsecured, can be more with addition underwriting/approval
  • Requires a 2 year lookback with eligibility of less than $5M in annual net profits and less than $15M in Net Worth
  • Turnaround from application is expected to be 30 days

Dept. of Education: Info

Federal Student Loan website: Info


ODJFS’ unemployment website:

Please see JFS’s announcement regarding unemployment here

Please see this for information related to SharedOhio program here

Employers, please distribute this form to employees laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic to expedite their claim process:

JFS-08068 How to apply for UI benefits rack card

JFS-55212 Top ten things you should know

JFS-55213 Workers guide to unemployment insurance

March 19th Audio for the Business Community Update:


Please see Taft Law’s Toolkit for COVID-19 information in the legal world here

Ohio Economic Development Association had a good talk with the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association. Check it out here

Interational Economic Development Council posted a great summary of the proposed stimulus package here

Please see what our regional partners are saying here

Please see COTA’s announcement about focused service here

COTA is now providing free rides on their buses: here

Google has provided some information about how to handle COVID-19 info from a business to it’s consumers here

The FDIC has a page dedicated to information related to Business Loans and other informtion here

Law Firm Bricker and Eckler has a great resource list for various legal items here

Columbia Gas has assured people it will not shut off your gas because of non-payment, you can read here

United Way Worldwide has launched their Community Response and Recovery fund, read here

Listen here for the conversation between Delaware General Health District, Delaware County EMA, Delaware County United Way, and HelpLine here

Delaware County Transit has updated it’s Routes here

Hicks Partner LLC has created this awesome guide that you can find Business Resources from Hicks Partner

We will continue to make updates as more information becomes available. Thank you all.