• Coronavirus economic reopening:
    'Not So Fast'

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  • Henry County Indiana business owners and managers:

    First, thank you. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and healthy during this challenging time. And now, we ask that you continue this mission to fight the spread of COVID-19 as we prepare for the much-anticipated "reopening" of the economy.

    Henry County business owners and managers are encouraged to review their policies, procedures and operations as we prepare for reopening. The exact timing and details of the reopening are still to be determined. We ask that you stay tuned and become prepared.

    The theme for our community's reopening is "Not so fast." We need to move slowly to protect each member of our community and your continued vigillance and patience is appreciated.

    One fact is clear: it will be a new normal; it will be different. The health of our employees customers and community will need to be high priority until COVID-19 treatments and vaccinations are widely available.

    Business owners and managers should consider the following:

    • Incorporating social distancing with customers and employees
    • Infection control procedures and cleaning schedules
    • Personal protective equipment for employees
    • Occupancy considerations, including limitations, traffic flow, and office layout
    • Customer and employee interaction
    • Alternative work schedules
    • E-commerce channels (marketing and product sales)
    • Communication channels

    Business owners are encouraged to study the Center for Disease Control's business guidance to determine likely changes in their own business.

    Answering your questions and addressing your comments responsibly is important to us. Please send your questions to info@growinhenry.com. Your questions will help us develop local resources, webinars and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the business community.

    Not so Fast is a collaborative project including:
    Henry County Health Department
    New Castle Hnery County Economic Development Corp.
    East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center
    New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce
    Henry County Community Foundation
    New Castle Main Street

  • Keep Your Business in Business
    And Your Employees Employeed 

    Federal funds are available. Apply by June 30, 2020.

    Click here for details.


  • Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness 

    Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES ACt, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.

    Congress recently changed the rules regarding loan forgiveess.

  • Restaurant Resiliency Fund

    Henry County Restaurants Granted Relief from Henry County Council and Commissioners

    The Henry County Council and Henry County Commissioners have generously allocated $150,000 to locally owned Henry County restaurants impacted by COVID-19. This program will provide up to $7,500 per grant to restaurants all over Henry County.

    Grants will be administered by New Castle Main Street and will be awarded to applicants approved by the grant review committee. The Restaurant Resiliency Fund is subject to availability of approved, appropriated funds.

    Click here to read full details and download application form.

  • Good Habits = A Healthy Community

    Available to print and post as businesses reopen. Click here.

  • Governor Holcomb's Roadmap to Safely Reopen Indiana

    Let’s safely open Indiana’s economy and remain vigilant about protecting our health and well-being. We start by applying all we’ve learned about taking precautions to protect ourselves and others against this virus as we build business, employee and consumer confidence. Ultimately, we will get back on track and create an even stronger Indiana.


    Stage 3 May 22 to June 13 Read more about Stage 3

  • The Newest Potential Funding Sources For Our Business Community

    Click here for complete details

  • Business Resiliency Fund

    The NCHC Chamber has been involved in finding grants and other sources of funding for businesses as we enter into a unique time in the economic history of our county.  New Castle Main Street (New Castle Downtown) is putting together what is called, "Business Resiliency Fund".  This grant is being funded through private donations with seed money from Henry County Council's approval of using monies earmarked from the Food & Beverage tax.  The application should be available May 15, 2020.  You may check in at their website here: Business Resiliency Fund

  • Local Small Business Loans and Grants 

    Grant opportunities for our local small businesses are quickly forming as a result of a $250,000 OCRA/City of New Castle Business Grant Program grant secured by the EDC and City of New Castle. More information on these grants will be available on May 15, 2020 and may be found at this link....

    Also, the E.L.F. fund has gone through a few modifications to help our county businesses with loans at a good interest rate to help bridge gaps where the two grants may be insufficient or not accessible due to funding requirements (a.k.a. funding runs out) More information on the E.L.F. (Enterprise Loan Fund) may be found at this link....

  • Not So Fast: A Webinar to Help You Plan for Reopening

    Webinar hosted April 28, 2020 hosted by the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation

    Watch webinar

    Webinar notes