Small Business Resources
- CARES Act Loan Comparison Infograph
- Specifics on filing for $10,000 Economic Disaster Grant
- Restaurant Employee Relief Fund | Grants for restaurant industry employees
- City of Centerville Ordinance & Declaration of Emergency
- City of Perry Executive Order
- City of Warner Robins Amended Declaration of Local Emergency | Summary Video
- What You Need to Know about the City of WR Amended Declaration of Emergency
- Maintaining a Spirit of Innovation During Difficult Times
- Community Foundation & United Way announce Central Georgia COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund
- EEOC Updates Pandemic Guidance and Hosts Technical Assistance Webinar
- Georgia Dept. of Labor Extend Unemployment Benefits for Georgians
- Cares Act Loan Program Summary
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Georgia businesses are now approved to apply for this loan. Learn about available resources & see how this critical resource can help your business!
- Three Step Process SBA Disaster Loans
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Hotline: (844) 442-2681
Get updates on COVID-19 from Gov. Kemp here.
UGA Small Business Development Centers across the state are open and available to assist small businesses impacted by current circumstances. Virtual consulting and online resources are available, please contact your local office for more information.
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has also created a resource library to help Chambers and businesses prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 transmission in the United States. Learn more about implementing a series of actions that minimize the impact on local communities and support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containment strategy.
- Pandemic Guidance
- Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers (Plan & Respond) CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now.
- Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings
The Georgia Chamber is encouraging businesses and communities to make fact-based decisions and stay informed on COVID19. We will continually update this page with resources pertaining to COVID19.
SCORE OF MIDDLE GEORGIA
SCORE is working daily to collate and disseminate information – for example, Nav and Facebook are accepting applications from small business owners for loans related to the COVID 19 situation.
SCORE Middle Georgia has suspended all face to face meetings, but we are still available for phone, email and video support. If you would like to arrange a virtual session.
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (GDOL)
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. The rule mandates all Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Download the How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions.
FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
The IRS has a special webpage, Coronavirus Tax Relief at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus, that focuses on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available and is in English and Spanish.
Constangy created a Coronavirus Resource Center for Employers. It contains useful summaries of recent guidance, links to helpful resources, a coronavirus attorney task force, and a FAQ section. Please be aware that substantial changes in the governmental guidance and even in the underlying laws are occurring on almost a daily basis, which will impact the analysis of the legal issues related to COVID-19. It is critical that you check the Center often for the most recent information and stay in continual contact with the employment lawyer of your choice.