Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance from the SBA

Changes have been made to the CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020. We realize there have been several delays in the loan processes and this has been very trying for you, our valued small business owners. We are sending this update in an effort to keep you informed.

  • EIDL Loans will be capped at $15,000
  • EIDL Advance will be limited to $1,000 per employee
  • Source: SBA Columbus District Office

If you have applied for an EIDL and EIDL Advance, we are hearing of some clients who have received the money in their bank account(s) as of last night.

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, the Senate blocked efforts to expand the $349 billion small business stimulus lending program by an additional $250 billion. The Senate is adjourned until Monday. The expansion of the PPP small business loan program may still occur at a later date.
Source: Coleman Report 4/10/2020

The SBA said nearly four million businesses have applied for funding under this program—seeking $383 billion—while Congress has allocated far less, $17 billion.
Source: Wall Street Journal 4/10/2020

The PPP just opened applications on April 10, 2020,  for Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors.

There is a PowerPoint presentation available on our website at if you would like to learn the details of the programs.

Stay well and together, we will get through this!

Kathy Keller, Director
Rhodes State College
Small Business Development Center
4240 Campus Drive, KH 133
Lima, OH  45804
(419) 995-8184

BWC unveils new trenching safety grants and website

BWC recently launched a new $2 million safety grant program to assist employers in purchasing equipment to protect their workers while working in trenching and excavating situations.

BWC’s Trench Safety Grant Program provides 4-to-1 matching funds, up to $12,000, to Ohio private and public employers covered by the State Insurance Fund who wish to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with trenching and excavation. The grant funds can assist employers in purchasing safety equipment, such as trench boxes and hydraulic shoring. Along with the grant, BWC will provide training and educational materials for employers to share with their employees on basic requirements of trench safety.

Visit for links to trenching safety information and tips, training, and publications.


HCF, a family-owned and operated healthcare organization

HCF Blog post

HCF Blog post

HCF, a family-owned and operated healthcare organization in Lima, recently held its annual Platinum Club celebration across the company. Platinum Club members are those HCF Family of Company employees who have been employed for 20 years or more. Each year the Platinum Club meets to celebrate their impressive length of service and to recognize their
loyalty and dedication to HCF. However, most importantly, to appreciate and respect the many years each member has devoted to providing outstanding care to our residents.

The event is celebrated with a nice meal, a pin, a ribbon for their name tag, a gift, and recognition. During our first Platinum Club celebration in 1998, we celebrated 80 employees with 20 years or more of dedicated service. This year in 2019, we celebrated 368 employees with 20 years or more of service. A handful of employees are now even “double Platinum,” with 40 or more years of commitment to the organization. HCF is recognized as a leader in longterm care and is proud of its distinguished record of quality care. This is made possible through the hard work of a large group of caring and dedicated employees who believe in the company’s mission. Loyalty, dedication and certainly persistence describe the members of HCF’s Platinum Club. We are family and through dedication to duties, we show devotion to the ones we love.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to all employees and especially Platinum Club members for the many years of compassion and loving care is shown to our residents.

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The Met

The Met Lima OH

Now in our 6th year, The Met has become a staple for downtown Lima. Since its humble beginning as a wine bar, The Met has transformed itself time and time again by continually expanding and evolving to meet the needs of Lima and the surrounding communities. We’re at a point now where we offer a full range of culinary, drink, and event options for both lunch and dinner. In a short 6 years, The Met has more than doubled its indoor seating, added outdoor seating, increased the size of its kitchen, and added private event/large party rooms to our historic building on the corner of Main and North.

Thanks to the overwhelming response from the Lima community, The Met has its sights on further growth as we’re set to open a brand-new space in the Summer of 2019 in what was previously Nitza’s. In this space, we’ll offer another full kitchen, full bar, indoor and outdoor seating to give the community even more dining options. But don’t think we’re going to stop there! We will continue to grow in Downtown Lima as we have our sights set on the opening of Lima’s first brewery in 2020!

Of course, we could never have done all of this if it wasn’t for the one of a kind atmosphere that our employees and staff have cultivated over the years. The Met strives to be that great third place. The Met has ushered in the renewal of the neighborhood gathering establishment that, to many, is a nostalgic remnant of time too long ago to remember. Here, we celebrate our history, diversity and the people of the City of Lima, Allen County and the surrounding counties that play, live and work in our City. We’re a restaurant that strives to bring well-paying jobs back to the city of Lima and fosters a sense of wonder and creativity that attracts some of the brightest and forward-thinking people that the region has to offer. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the revitalization of Downtown Lima and hope that the surrounding community continues to drink the same “Kool-Aid” as we do in believing that Downtown Lima is truly a great place to live, work, play, and of course, dine!

Check out this video!  

Learn more about The Met