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SUPPORT & RESOURCES

Governor Kemp is calling on all Georgia businesses who are able to help the state provide, produce, distribute, or store critical healthcare items needed to fight the spread of COVID-19.
 

Small Business Assistance Organizations

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small businesses and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

General disaster assistance information

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

SCORE

As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. View the North Metro Atlanta chapters online workshops scheduled for the next 30 days.

How Businesses Can Prepare for Coronavirus

Crisis Communications Planning Checklist

Additional Small Business Disaster Preparedness Resources

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. There are nearly 1,000 local centers available to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training to new and existing businesses.

 

Overview of the key components and eligibility requirements of the programs available with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Find your local SBDC office

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

 

ACE WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER

The mission for the WBC is to empower women and minorities through entrepreneurship education, one on one consultations and access to capital.

ACE Assistance with the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan

 

Additional Resources​

Local Business Support

 

 

Legislation/Laws/Orders

Georgia county/city shelter in place orders and curfews

Keeping American Workers Paid &n Employed Act

One page overview

Detailed section by section

Additional Support 

ENGAGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Offering a complimentary basic listing in their directory along with the ability to upload offers.

FACEBOOK

Business Resource Hub

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. We’ll share more details as they become available.

How to Help Minimize Business Disruption During Emergencies

Invest Atlanta: Economic Assistance for Atlanta Businesses Affected by COVID-19

To ensure the viability of city businesses and to help sustain employment, Invest Atlanta has established a Business Continuity Loan Fund (BCLF) with $1.5 million of funding from the City of Atlanta. The fund will offer small businesses zero-interest loans to address a lack of working capital and cash flows as a result of reduced consumer demand, the ability to fulfill product or service orders and other economic conditions.

JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION

Food and beverage industry relief fund

To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need*.

Main Street Emergency Grant Program

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chris Van Hollen (DMd.) introduced the Main Street Emergency Grant Program (MSEGP) to rescue small and mid-size businesses and nonprofits as they weather the coronavirus storm

Nav’s Small Business Grant

$10,000 to take your business to the next level. Submit entries between February 24th and May 30th for your chance to win!

Verizon-LISC  Small Business Recovery Grant Application

LISC and Verizon are partnering to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses and non-profits facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

The grant can be used for paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, and other immediate operational costs. The first round of grant applications is due on Saturday, April 4th.

Please check back often as we continue to update this list.