COVID-19 Business Recovery Resource

The Procurement Technical Assistance, part of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, is working with business owners to make resources available from the state and federal government to help keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic. See our COVID-19 Business Recovery Resource Center for ongoing updates and information.

To be connected to the Small Business Administration or your local Manufacturing Extension Partnership organization, Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Minority Business Assistance Center or Small Business Development Center, please call 1-833-BIZ-OHIO (1-833-249-6446).

SMALL BUSINESS WEBINAR SERIES: MANAGING THROUGH THE CRISIS

Questions? Sharon Hopkins

T: 740.597.1868
E: hopkins1@ohio.edu

Veteran-Owned Businesses

VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) is aware of the issues and complications caused by the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and its effect on our country and the small business community.

To mitigate the adverse impact of the problems veterans may face with COVID-19, CVE is extending the verification eligibility period an additional 60 days, for all firms verified that are scheduled to expire between April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. For example: If a firm’s eligibility expires on April 26, 2020, it will be extended to June 25, 2020. CVE will continue to process all re-verification applications that have been submitted during this period. Although the period of eligibility has been extended, please remember that verified firms have an ongoing obligation pursuant to 38 C.F.R. § 74.15(b), to inform CVE of any changes made during the firm’s period of eligibility that would impact the firm’s ability to maintain compliance. CVE will not issue new determination letters as a result of this administrative action. Contracting offices will continue to use the online VIP database to determine a firm’s eligibility. CVE will continue to uphold VA’s ICARE values to provide the best customer service possible during this extraordinary time.

Additional information (PDF)

HUBZone Program

Anticipating the federal government will continue to purchase goods and services, SBA has identified flexibilities to support HUBZone enterprises in obtaining and maintaining their certification during this period.

I. HUBZone Program flexibilities during COVID-19
II. HUBZone Program updates related to a regulation change

Government Contracting Registration Extensions

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Government Services Agency (GSA) has initiated 60-day extensions to SAM.gov registrations that have expiration dates ranging between March 19, 2020 and May 17, 2020. Essentially, this is a 60-day extension of businesses re-registration in SAM.gov, which is used federal contracting. It will take GSA until March 28, 2020 to complete all extensions. There is no action required on the part of registrants; administrators impacted by this change will receive an email with the subject line “60-Day SAM.gov Extension Granted for [Entity Name/DUNS/CAGE].” For additional information, contact your Ohio PTAC representative.

FEMA

In order to streamline information FEMA has created a new website detailing COVID resources available to Industry. Learn how to do business with FEMA, how to get a contract, how to donate supplies, how to volunteer, and much more.
Please visit https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

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