Investor Tips and Updates in Response to COVID-19

Here are some tips and advice from Chamber Investors in what changes you might have to make in response to the coronavirus; as well as information from local businesses in what they are doing differently. If you're a Chamber Investor and would like information listed, email

Changes in operations/hours:

ACE Hardware

Their temporary new hours are hours will be M-F 8:00a-4:00p, Sat 11:00a-3:00p.

A-Gas Americas

They are still operating; however their office staff are working remotely


They are closed to the public, but are taking appointments. They also have a drop box for payments. You can call them at 419-352-5178.

Al-Mar Lanes

They are closed for bowling, but the restaurant is open at least through Friday, March 27 for carryout orders. Lunch hours are 11am-2pm, dinner hours are 4pm-7pm. You can view their menu online, call 419-352-4637 to order.

Bates Recycling

They are still running their regular hours. Visitors need only to show their license through the window.

Battery Wholesale

They are currently offering drive-thru services. Stay in your car and they will bring your order right to your car.

Bee Gee Rental & Sales

They have adjusted their hours. Their new schedule is Mon 8:30am-4:00pm, Tues-Fri 9:00am-4:30pm & Sat 8:00am-1:00pm.

Better Business Bureau

If you need to contact the Better Business Bureau of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan please call 419-578-6000. They are working from home, as are most businesses. Leave a message and they will call you back.

BG Lock & Key

They are only responding to emergency calls. All other needs will be postponed.

BGSU and Food for Thought Mobile Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry has moved the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E Wooster St.
BGSU Mobile Pantry Information:

  • ID recommended, not required
  • Open to any student, staff, faculty or community members
  • No requirements except wanting free healthy food
  • You will drive up to the food pantry/trailer (lining up behind other cars). Then, a volunteer will check you in and explain the process of shopping the pantry. You will stay in your car and a volunteer will ask which food options you would like. When your bags are packed, a volunteer will place the bags in your car and you can exit.
  • Can’t make it to this pantry? Call 2-1-1 or visit to get connected to additional resources.

BiG Fab Lab

Their maker space is still open 24/7 for their members. Their public classes are closed, but you can call and check on private appointments as they have ample room to ensure social distancing. Their number is 419-971-4244.

Bowling Green Country Club

They are allowed to remain open for business. They do have some restrictions though so check those out on their website at Make sure to call ahead and make a tee time-do not just show up.

Bowling Green Pregnancy Center

They are open by appointment only. They do offer diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby clothing up to size 2T, infant bedding, and baby soap. They are in need of diapers size 5&6. You can call their office at 419-354-4673.

Brookdale Bowling Green

Brookdale's response to COVID-19.

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County

Starting March 24 through April 6, their office will be closed. They will continue to respond to phone calls or return any voicemails or emails. You can reach them at 419-353-5430 or

James D Eckert Agency Inc. - American Family Insurance

They are taking phone calls only, no walk ins. They have a drop off box for payments. Their number is 419-354-6024.

NAMI Wood County

NAMI has moved their support groups online and increased the frequency of most of the meetings to weekly.

The Salvation Army

They are currently only conducting phone interviews and are limiting visitors in the building. They are still picking up Panera on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and are receiving a good amount of clothing donations. They are in need of toiletry items such as: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. Their number is 419-352-5918.

The Union Bank

Their response to COVID-19 and the Governor's order.

Wood County Historical Center & Museum

The Museum will be closed until April 30 and is rescheduling events. Stay connected to receive the new event dates.

Updates & Tips:

Fifth Third Bank

They are open for business and available to help you during this uncertain time. Branch lobbies will be open by appointment only. Drive-thru service and Bank Marts are still open, along with 24/7 online and mobile banking.

First Insurance Group

The First Insurance Group provided an update on the new Coronavirus Relief Laws requiring paid employee leave.

Frank's Towing

They continue to be open for their usual hours of 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 24/7/365 towing. They have been deemed an essential business. They have begun implementing that customers can pick up or drop off their vehicles at the shop at curbside. They have also added a new policy for those who need to stay at home or are working long hours and have no time to get much needed repairs done to keep them moving. They have been wiping all commonly used services in our building several times a day. They also wipe down commonly touched surfaces inside and out of the vehicles before, during and after repair.

Huntington Bank

Huntington is offering programs to consumers and businesses to bring some financial relief to those affected by COVID-19.

  • Consumer Payment Deferral Program
  • Small Business Payment Deferral Program
  • Small Business Economic Injury Disaster
  • Late Fees on Consumer Loan Suspension Program
  • Late Fees on Business Banking Loan Suspension Program
  • Repossession Halt Program
  • Suspension of Foreclosure Program

For more information on the program as well more about what Huntington is doing, read their press release here.

InTech IT Solutions

InTech has provided some guidelines to stay safe when working from home. View the guidelines here.


There are MANY employers in essential sectors who are looking to help impacted workers and are hiring temporary or long term employees. As OhioMeansJobs get details from employers, they are updating their   Facebook page and encourage job seekers to like and share that page with others.  OhioMeansJobs Wood County is their main source of job postings in Ohio. Locally, they have a huge need for Direct Support Professionals, companies hiring include: Trilogy, Sunshine, Riverview Industries, Bittersweet Farms, Board of DD, Viaquest, Res-Care, and REM. All have postings on OMJ or our page. Home Depot distribution center in Luckey and Warehouse in Van Buren. Walmart, Kroger, Aldi, Andersons, Panera, Betco also are seeking workers.

Shoe Sensation

Shoe Sensation wants to thank our Heroes in Healthcare! Shop online and save 20% on any pair with code HC20. They will also have free shipping on all orders over $19.99. You can shop their collection of slip-resistant shoes and athletics online. Their store will be closed in observance of the "Stay at Home" order.