Powell’s Small Business Crowdfunding Act Passes Senate

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) today announced the Senate approved House Bill 312, her legislation allowing Ohioans to raise up to $5 million through intrastate equity crowdfunding to start, grow, or expand their business.

“I’m on a mission to make Ohio the most business-friendly state in the nation,” said Powell. “The Small Business Crowdfunding Act encourages investment in Ohio businesses and serves as another tool for entrepreneurs to raise capital.”

Crowdfunding is a relatively new and evolving method of raising capital online for startups and small businesses. An individual or entity typically seeks small individual contributions for a large number of people in order to raise funds.

In order to qualify, a business must have 80% of its assets in Ohio, and 80% of the money must be spent in Ohio. Only Ohio residents can purchase securities, and an investor is typically limited to a $10,000 contribution per year.

The crowdfunding must be collected through a website operated by a portal operator who is required to provide disclosures to investors and records to the Division of Securities.

The bill also contains safeguards to protect Ohio consumers and penalties for those who conduct deceptive acts.

The Senate added an amendment that increases the appropriation to the Facilities Establishment Fund to provide funding to state capital projects.

H.B. 312 now heads to the House for a concurrence vote.

State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.

For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

Rep. Powell Op-Ed: Happy Thanksgiving!

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced the nation would “observe the last
Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father.” This
announcement officially declared the last Thursday of every November to be a national holiday
of Thanksgiving.

This year, it’s no question we are facing hardships as a community, state, and nation. However,
we still have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I especially want to highlight one of
our greatest blessings – our constitutional freedoms in the United States.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, but it does not change our
inalienable rights. It does not change our right to assembly and association, protected by the First
Amendment. No governmental body can tell you who can and cannot gather in your home –
including the Governor. And for many Ohioans, Thanksgiving serves as a day of worship to
thank God for His many blessings. Your religious freedom is, of course, protected by the First

This is not the first pandemic America has seen, and it probably will not be the last. While our
way of life has changed this year, the Constitution remains the same. Thanksgiving is a time for
all of us to slow down and remember the blessings we are given. I believe one of the most
important blessings is being a citizen of the United States of America, where we can exercise our
First Amendment rights.

I hope you and your family have an enjoyable and healthy Thanksgiving.
Jena Powell

GUEST PODCAST: Lockdowns vs. Liberty | Falkirk Podcast 60 w/Jena Powell

Earlier this month Rep. Jena Powell had an opportunity to jump on a podcast and discuss Ohio, lockdowns, and our freedom! Check it out below.

“Look out! Government lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are coming around again, leaving many Americans divided on how to respond. Are these orders really effective or do they cause incalculable damage because they go unnoticed? Entrepreneur and Ohio State Representative Jena Powell joins the Falkirk Center podcast to discuss the tensions between individual liberties and the government’s authority over your liberty.”

Powell Supports Business Fairness Act

Powell Supports Business Fairness Act

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) today supported the House passage of House Bill 621, legislation that allows any business that can comply with safety standards from government orders or regulations to stay open.

“I am proud that the Ohio House took action today to protect our small businesses and keep Ohio open,” said Powell. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and deserve keep their employees on the job.”

The bill, known as the Business Fairness Act, creates competitive fairness by giving small businesses the ability to maintain operations during a public health emergency.

“There is more work to be done, and I will continue to fight to have the voices of my constituents heard,” added Powell.

H.B. 621 is supported by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, and Ohio Small Business Council.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Open Ohio and Protect the Most Vulnerable

Over the last seven months, our community, state, nation, and world have been dealing with the novel coronavirus.

At the beginning, our state made bold decisions because we didn’t know all the risk associated with COVID-19. So we stayed in our homes to protect our community until we gained knowledge about the pandemic risks.

As months have gone by, thankfully the virus is not as deadly as was once predicted.

My push, after the initial panic, has been to open Ohio and protect the most vulnerable. The Ohio House, in fact, has passed a dozen measures designed to support small businesses, first responders, health care workers, our schools and more. This includes SB 1, legislation to limit orders issued by the state health director to only 14 days without legislative extension approvalGovernor DeWine vetoed this bill.

The legislature must change state law in order to provide checks and balances upon the power of the executive branch during a public health emergency.

Long-term consequences of the economic shutdowns have become worse for many than the virus itself.

Over the next several weeks, we will be seeing a large rise in COVID-19 cases across our state and nation. This will be due to more testing, more people congregating inside as the weather gets colder, and the normal ebbs and flows of a virus.

As a community, we do not let fear rule our lives. We must protect the most vulnerable among us. We must work to contain the virus while continuing to live our lives.

The CDC and Governor DeWine have changed the COVID guidelines many times over the past year.

As I have said repeatedly since April, the secondary effects of the coronavirus are proving to be far worse than the coronavirus itself. This will continue being true. Consider the following:

  • We’ve had huge increases in suicide, mental illness, and opioid overdoses. We have seen a 178% increase in drug overdose calls to the Troy Fire Department. The House, Senate, and Administration have worked hard combating the opioid epidemic over the past five years, but now one epidemic is causing the rise of another.
  • We are seeing a rise in suicide in our community. Troy alone has experienced a 267% increase in suicide calls this year.

According to a summer CDC survey, 24.7% of 18-24 year olds and 19.5% of 25-44 year olds started or increased substance use to cope with pandemic-related stress or emotions. The same survey, taken at the end of June, found that 25.5% of 18-24 year olds and 16.0% of 25-44 year olds had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

The secondary effects for many are far worse than the virus itself. I will continue pushing against the government overreach that the executive branch has taken during this time of crisis. They expanded their own agenda instead of 1) allowing people to choose for themselves and 2) letting the legislature have a voice.  We must change state law in order to limit the powers of the executive branch during an emergency, improve legislative oversight and protect the rights of all Ohioans. We will continue to work on legislation that will provide key checks and balances to the Administration.

We must protect the most vulnerable among us while restoring the freedom of the people of Ohio.

-Jena Powell


Rep. Jena Powell (R) won reelection to the Ohio House, defeating Democrat challenger Ted Jones to once again represent District 80 with unofficial results showing her with 76 percent of the vote.
“Thank you so much for the support from Darke County,” said Powell. “I am thrilled to represent you in the legislature and fight for our conservative values in the next two years. As always, if you have questions or want to tell me your story, you can email or call my office at any time. I am looking forward to continue fighting for the 80th District in Columbus.”

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Miami County Community Resources

Drug abuse/mental health services:

  • Project DAWN
    • Phone Number: 937-573-3500
    • Project DAWN distributes naloxone and trains participants on what to do in the case of an overdose
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
    • National Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • This is a national hotline for any individuals or families facing substance abuse or mental health struggles. They will provide resources and refer the caller to local organizations.
  • Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services
    • Address: 1100 Wayne Street Suite 4000, Troy, OH 45373
    • Phone Number: (937) 335-7727
    • This organization provides a host of services focused on mental health and addiction recovery, ranging from medical treatments and medication to education and counseling.
  • SafeHaven
    • Address: 633 N. Wayne St. Piqua, OH 45356
    • Phone Number: 937.615.012


  • Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Miami County Hotline
    • Phone Number: 800-351-7347
    • This statewide organization approaches suicide as a preventable public health issue and provides services and trainings to combat suicide
  • UVMC Outpatient Behavioral Health Center
    • Phone Number: (937) 440-7626
    • Medical and therapeutic mental health treatment appointments
  • Miami County Department of Job and Family Services Child Care Program
    • Address: 2040 N County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373
    • Phone Number: 937-440-3471
    • Citizens can apply online for financial aid in paying for child care if they demonstrate need.


  • Miami County Children’s Services
    • Address: 510 W. Water St., Suite 210, Troy, OH 45373
    • Phone Number: (937)335-4103
    • This government agency provides child care support and oversees the foster care system in the county.
  • Miami County YMCA Child Care
    • Address: 223 W. High St., Piqua, Ohio, United States, 45356
    • Phone Number: 937-778-5241
    • The YMCA provides child care/ day care to kids from 6 weeks- 12 years of age, including Toddler Care, Little School, Infant Care and Pre-School Child Care.


  • Resource Connection
    • Address: 105 S. Wilkinson St. Dayton, Ohio 45402
    • Phone Number: (937) 228-3663
    • This organization provides food to anyone over the age of 60. Homebound residents can be delivered Meals on Wheels and others can come to congregate sites including Lincoln Square, Troy Senior Center, Laura’s Country Diner and Premier Senior Housing.
  • Adult Protective Services (DJFS)
    • Phone Number: 937-440-3471
    • Statewide Reporting Hotline: 855-644-6277
    • This division of the Department of Job and Family Services fields, investigates and evaluates reports of abuse, neglect.



  • Covington Church of the Brethren
    • Address: 101 N. Wall Street, Box 206 Covington, OH  45318
    • Phone Number: (937) 473-2415
    • The church houses the Covington Outreach Association, which provides emergency financial assistance to needy families in Covington.
  • Greene Street United Methodist Church
    • Address: 415 W Greene St, Piqua, OH 45356
    • Phone Number: (937) 773-5313
    • This church provides a food pantry each Monday and Wednesday to anyone in need, no questions asked.

Darke County Community Resources

Drug abuse/mental health services:

  • Miami County Recovery Council (serves Darke County as well) list of services and resources: http://www.mcrcinc.org/uploads/1/4/9/1/14911028/2018_3-county_guide[1].pdf
  • Project DAWN
    • Phone Number: 937-573-3500
    • Project DAWN distributes naloxone and trains participants on what to do in the case of an overdose.
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
    • National Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • This is a national hotline for any individuals or families facing substance abuse or mental health struggles. They will provide resources and refer the caller to local organizations.
  • Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services
    • Address: 1100 Wayne Street Suite 4000, Troy, OH 45373
    • Phone Number: (937) 335-7727
    • This organization provides a host of services focused on mental health and addiction recovery, ranging from medical treatments and medication to education and counseling.
  • Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio
    • Address: 600 Walnut St, Greenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: 937-548-6842
    • This organization provides counseling, treatment and education tailored to groups and individuals of all ages and both genders.
  • Family Health Services
    • Addresses
      • Greenville: 5735 Meeker Rd. Greenville, OH 45331
      • Arcanum: 702 N. Main Street, Arcanum, OH 45304
    • Phone Numbers
      • Greenville: 937-548-9680
      • Arcanum: 937-692-6601


  • 24-Hour Tri-County Crisis Hotline
    • Phone Number: 800.351.7347
    • This is a 24 hour crisis hotline available to residents of Darke County.
  • Coalition for a Healthy Darke County
  • Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Darke County Hotline
    • County Hotline: 800-351-7347
    • This is an emergency hotline specific to Darke County, operated by a statewide agency.



  • Grace Resurrection Community Center
    • Address: 433 E Water St. Greenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: 937-548-2595
    • This is a community center run as a collaboration between over 20 churches, the center provides Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, Clothing Bank, Resource Referral Service, Medical Fee Assistance in cooperation with Family Health and a BackPack Program.
  • Fish Choice Pantry
    • Address: 400 Markwith Ave. Greenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: (937) 548-2000
    • This is a food pantry serving the residents of Darke County 3 days a week.


  • Coalition for a Healthy Darke County List
  • Wayne HealthCare Senior Behavioral Health
    • Address: 835 Sweitzer StreetGreenville, OH 45331
    • Phone Number: (937) 547-7430
    • Wayne HealthCare provides short-term inpatient psychiatric medical care for seniors.
  • Miami Valley Community Action Partnership
    • Phone Number: 937-547-9129
    • This organization provides transportation services to Darke County seniors, both general and medical.


  • Bradford Church of the Nazarene
    • Address: 300 W Keller St. Bradford, OH 45308
    • Phone Number: 937-448-2308
    • This church offers food ministries as well as an Angel Tree, focusing on serving residents of Bradford school district.
  • Many churches pool their resources together to the Grace Resurrection Community Center mentioned above.