Cleveland Heights announces COVID-19 small business grant program, plus a bond upgrade


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — As the continuing international pandemic continues to threaten livelihoods and mar the underside traces of companies, the town has some welcome information on the financial entrance — together with an improve to its bond ranking.

For starters, the Cleveland Heights Small Enterprise Reduction Grant Program, made attainable by the federal Coronavirus Support, Reduction and Financial Safety (CARES) Act and allotted by the town, was set to go dwell at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 10).

For these impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the town is making funding accessible — within the type of grants good for as much as $3,000 — for eligible small companies with a brick-and-mortar location in Cleveland Heights with 25 or fewer workers, native officers introduced on Friday (Nov. 6).

Metropolis Financial Improvement Director Tim Boland stated that Cleveland Heights enterprise homeowners are inspired to finish the applying as quickly as attainable, since funds are restricted.

Cleveland Heights Metropolis Council understands the pressures on our small companies, Mayor Jason Stein stated. We utterly assist the allocation of CARES Act funds to this program to assist assist our small companies to get by way of these tough instances.

A complete of $300,000 is accessible, which implies as much as 100 companies may qualify for the utmost allotment; extra if the person quantities are much less, metropolis Enterprise Improvement Supervisor Brian Anderson famous.

I want it had been extra, Appearing Metropolis Supervisor Susanna Niermann ONeil stated of the quantity, with Anderson stating that, at the very least previous to the pandemic, there have been about 500 complete companies in Cleveland Heights.

Eligible prices incurred between March 22, 2020, and the date on the applying will embrace:

— Mortgage or lease funds for enterprise premises

— Utility funds for enterprise premises

— Private protecting gear acquired to guard workers and prospects

— Bills incurred to supply bodily boundaries or promote social distancing

Functions will probably be processed and authorized on a first-come, first-served foundation, supplied the enterprise meets the eligibility standards and submits all of the required documentation.

That features qualifying COVID-19 bills incurred, lack of income or elevated prices on account of the pandemic, in addition to the enterprise’ most lately filed state or federal tax return.

As a part of the applying course of, companies will probably be required to submit a W9 type with the intention to obtain a cost, with an accessible link to a blank W9 type that may be accomplished forward of time and uploaded as soon as the applying opens.

For extra data relating to this system and the net software type (when it turns into accessible at 10 a.m. Nov. 10), go to www.clevelandheights.com/covidgrants.

Questions relating to this system must be referred to Anderson at 216-906-0875 or banderson@clvhts.com.

Bond ranking improve

In the meantime, Moodys Buyers Service introduced Nov. 4 that it was upgrading the towns credit standing from A1 to an Aa3. The identical goes for the brand new challenge of 2020 Normal Obligation (Restricted Tax) Numerous Function Enchancment Refunding Bonds, additionally assigned an Aa3 ranking.

As Moodys rationale, the foremost funding brokerage home defined in a press launch that each scores had been upgraded as a result of the towns (money) reserve place has considerably improved and can probably stay sturdy given the towns monitor report of excellent finances administration.

ONeil told City Council final month that, having accrued over $9 million in money reserve since 2013 — when former Metropolis Supervisor Tanisha Briley arrived to search out somewhat over $1 million, lower than one two-week payroll — Moodys representatives suggested in opposition to borrowing from that and presumably damaging the towns bond ranking.

From there, the coronavirus pandemic has not materially impacted the towns credit score, Moody officers acknowledged. (Metropolis) administration expects to finish fiscal 2020 with balanced operations even after a cloth decline in revenue tax income.

Profiting from low rates of interest, Metropolis Council voted on Oct. 19 to restructure about $13 million in present municipal bond debt.

The Moody press launch goes on to say that the towns tax base is reasonably sized with common resident wealth and revenue. Whereas the towns debt burden is modest, its pension burden is excessive due to its participation in three statewide cost-sharing plans.

Listed within the press launch as elements that might result in an improve of the scores, Moodys cites substantial tax base development and improved resident revenue ranges, in addition to decreased debt and pension burdens.

As for a possible downgrade within the bond ranking, Moodys went on to say materials declines in money and fund stability, together with substantial declines in tax base and resident revenue ranges.

Councilwoman Melody Pleasure Hart, who chairs the Finance Committee, stated she was happy with the towns improve, including that the sturdy ranking displays a number of issues: a wholesome fund stability, financial growth actions, and “confidence in our monetary administration and stability.

That is excellent news for the town and positions us to raised climate financial uncertainties like these related to the pandemic, and to proceed to strengthen our group into the longer term, Hart added, additionally commending the efforts of the towns new finance director, Amy Himmelein, who began in April.

Small Enterprise Saturday

Metropolis Council has additionally formally declared Nov. 28 as Small Enterprise Saturday, urging residents to assist native retailers and purchase native.

To have fun the towns small companies and the important contributions they make to our group in creating jobs, boosting our native economic system and preserving our neighborhoods, private and non-private organizations throughout the nation have endorsed the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Enterprise Saturday, the Nov. 2 council resolution states partly.

The laws goes on to notice that small companies make up greater than 47 p.c of private-sector workers within the U.S. and that their continued well being relies upon upon the continuing assist of the group.

With that in thoughts, Cleveland Heights Metropolis Council invitations residents and guests to buy regionally on Nov. 28 to assist small companies and retailers as a part of Small Enterprise Saturday and thru the yr.

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