RESTART Task Force

Playbook: Retail

The Chamber, in partnership with the Cincinnati Business Committee/Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, has launched RESTART, a group of business leaders who will guide the work of the business community in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are here to guide you on how to keep your business thriving. Check back frequently as we are continuously adding to this site with more information and helpful resources.



Paycheck Protection Program

Why you should consider applying:

  • Companies could be eligible to cover payroll, rent/mortgage & utilities with this SBA loan (loan could be 100% forgivable)

Action needed:

POS Vendors & Payment Processors - Gift Cards

Why you should use them:

  • Selling gift cards is an excellent way to raise immediate capital from existing customers. Gift cards can be created and used digitally.

Action needed:

  • Square and Shopify are both offering free gift card capabilities to existing customers to support this strategy. If you utilize another vendor, check with them to see if they can provide this service as well.

E-Commerce Platform Support

Why you should use them:

  • E-commerce may be able to open your business to the world, even if it is physically closed. This can generate additional sales now and position you for success in the future.

Action needed:

  • Vend, Shopkeep and Lightspeed are both offering free e-commerce functionality to clients. Now is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of these offers to pursue an e-commerce strategy. Check with your vendor to see if they have functionality available and are waiving fees during this crisis.

Google Ad Words

Why you should use them:

  • Online advertising is one way to keep your current and potential customers up to date. With Google Ads, you can communicate changes and stay connected with your customers.

Action needed:

  • Visit Google’s support page to take advantage of the offer.

More resources at Faire

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