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  • August 10, 2020 8:47 PM | Anonymous

    We're calling today MONEY MONDAY!  

    Read on for multiple opportunities for funding your small business! Register now and add them to your calendar, then you'll be ready when it gets closer!

    PiHi Alliance is adapting and learning right along with you! We strive to share resources in a timely manner and want to know how you are doing!

    Email us at discover@pihialliance.com anytime!




    8.10.20 | COVID SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS NOW OPEN

    Applications are now being accepted for the Resurgence Grant Fund, a new program to help Atlanta’s small businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and two other grant programs for individuals working in the creative and cosmetology industries.

    The Resurgence fund offers qualified city of Atlanta businesses the opportunity to apply for up to $40,000 to help them cover pandemic-related costs such as complying with requirements necessary for businesses to operate safely, plus a credit of up to $10,000 of no-cost technical assistance services. 

    In addition to the Resurgence Grant Fund, Invest Atlanta is planning to reopen the Strength in Beauty Fund, which provides grants of up to $1,000 to cosmetology professionals like hairstylists and nail technicians.

    The Resurgence Grant Fund is made possible by a $22 million allocation of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

    Applications close for all three programs on Aug. 31, 2020. Please visit  www.investatlanta.com, email resurgence@investatlanta.com or call 404-880-7255 for more information on program eligibility and requirements, educational events, and the online application process.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS MONDAY AUGUST 31, 2020!



    8.12.20 NFIB WEBINAR | Preparing for PPP Loan Forgiveness and PPP Q&A
    For businesses that received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the rules are ever changing with new SBA guidance just published on August 4. This week’s webinar will cover the latest SBA updates and provide Q&A.
    Presenters will cover the recent developments, including:

    • How do I decide whether to use the EZ or long forgiveness application?
    • How do I complete the Schedule A Worksheet?
    • How do FTE reductions and wage adjustments impact loan forgiveness?
    • How will banks process loan forgiveness applications?
    • This hour-long program will review the rules, contemplate the uncertainties, and include plenty of Q&A.
    You can submit your questions in advance here.
    Can’t make this webinar? Don’t worry! Register now and we’ll email you an on-demand version!


    REGISTER HERE



     

    8.19.20 WEBINAR |Creating Content That Converts

    Join General Assembly for this FREE WEBINAR!

    It’s easy to think that a great product or service will sell itself, but it’s rarely the case. Hear from marketing experts on how they create and market content that converts to sales. You’ll learn how to utilize different types of content to tell a story, increase engagement around your content, and then repurpose your content for different channels to maximize visibility.

    Takeaways

    • Understand what content marketing is.
    • Create a content marketing strategy.
    • Learn how to repurpose content for different channels.
    • Know the best tips to increase engagement.

    REGISTER HERE! 




    8.26.20 WEBINAR | Small Business Access to Capital Webinar

    REGISTER HERE! 


            

    8.27.20 WEBINAR | Financing Alternatives for Your Small Business

    This webinar discusses traditional and no-traditional options on how to finance a start-up or growing business. Discussion includes different financing options, such as bank loans, SBA guaranteed loans, non-bank lenders, private investors and the myths and realities of grant funding, and how to pick the right financing options.


    REGISTER WITH UGA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER




    FIND THIS EMAIL HELPFUL? 
    JOIN PIEDMONT HEIGHTS ALLIANCE


    Thank you to our 23 members for supporting PiHi Alliance! 


  • July 29, 2020 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Can you believe it's almost the end of July and our 5th month of COVID life? 

    • Last week we took off to rest and now we have a packed list of important info sessions for small businesses! 

    Stay healthy, be kind and keep connecting! We're here for you!

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    7.29.20 @ 11am | Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Hosts Small Business Recovery Tele-town Hall

    SIGN UP FOR FREE CALL HERE

    Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is pleased to announce his office’s fourth financial recovery tele-town hall titled, Rebuilding & Recovering Financially: A Path to Financial Recovery. The tele-town hall, hosted through the She Leads financial literacy program, will provide insight and advice for Georgia small business owners and entrepreneurs who are struggling during the current economic turmoil. The event will take place on July 29, 2020, at 11:00 AM.

    >>>>READ MORE

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    7.29.20 @ Noon | NFIB Webinar
    SCORE, updates on the EIDL and PPP, Paid Leave Reimbursement, and Q&A

    REGISTER NOW

    Join special guest, SCORE’s Executive Director Bridget Weston, along with Beth and Holly to learn about FREE business resources available through SCORE, and also reimbursement for paid sick and family leave, loans, and what’s next for small business financial assistance.


    The webinar will cover:

    • SCORE www.score.org
    • EIDL and PPP updates
    • Paid sick and family leave dollar-for-dollar reimbursement instructions
    As always, we’ll save time to answer your individual questions. We welcome your questions in advance, just email info@nfib.org.

    Can't make this Webinar? Don't worry! Register Now and we'll email you an on-demand version!  

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    7.30.20 @ 6:30PM | New City of Atlanta COVID-19 Small Business Grants, including the Resurgence, creATL, and Strength in Beauty grant funds.

    RSVP TO JOIN THURSDAY JULY 30TH @ 6:30PM WITH DISTRICT 5 COUNCIL MEMBER NATALYN ARCHIBONG

    The Resurgence Grant Fund, made possible by a $22 million allocation of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), offers up to $40,000 to help cover pandemic-related costs, such as complying with requirements necessary for businesses to operate safely, plus access to up to $10,000 of no-cost technical assistance services.
     
    Two other existing funds, the creATL Relief Fund and Strength in Beauty Fund, have also both been recapitalized with a portion of the CARES Act allocation. Both funds will continue to support the creative and cosmetology sectors by offering $1,000 grants to alleviate hardships due to the loss of business as a result of the pandemic.

    Applications for the Resurgence, creATL, and Strength in Beauty Grant Funds open Monday, August 10.

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    BRICK AND MORTAR SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

    APPLY NOW


    Announcing the launch of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded to support brick-and-mortar small businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. 

    • Applications are now open.
    • They will continue to be accepted until 11:59pm PT Sunday, August 23 or until 500 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner. 
    • Subsequent grant rounds to accept additional applications later this summer.

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    SHOP SMALL ENROLLMENT PERIOD EXTENDED TO 8/23/20

    Extended the offer enrollment period to 8/23/20 – so even more eligible Amex® Card Members have the chance to get rewarded when they Shop Small.

    American Express Card Members can get $5 back in the form of a statement credit after they spend $10 or more at eligible small businesses – in stores and online – up to 10x* after they enroll on ShopSmall.com by 8/23/20.

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    ADD YOUR VOICE TO SAVE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT VENUES LIKE SMITH'S OLDE BAR! 

    WATCH VIDEO

    SIGN UP HERE

    Earlier this week, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill to save live entertainment venues.  This bill, called the Save Our Stages Act, needs your support in order to pass.  

    • If you haven't already done so, please contact your elected representatives through SaveOurStages.com & ask them to support this bill.  
  • June 29, 2020 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    The first Piedmont Heights Alliance get into action effort! Beautify PiHi!

    Thank you to James Hurley Designs for spearheading this initiative and showing how much you care for the neighborhood. James was inspired when friends mentioned that entering the neighborhood off of I-85, they would have never known it was a thriving part of town because of the overgrown weeds and trash.

    James brought the idea for media clean up to the Piedmont Heights Alliance board of directors in early May. "What a great way to show some progress when life seems to be on pause due to COVID" said PiHi Alliance president Bob Glascock of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

    PiHi Alliance focused on the exit and entrances on Monroe Drive as well as Monroe and Piedmont Road intersections. Over the course of the entire day, over 16 people volunteered their time to pick up trash, pull weeds, expose sidewalks, paint curbs and meet business neighbors in the area. James Hurley Designs sponsored a landscape crew to clean up curbs, mow grass and haul away debris.

    Thank you to Nakato Japanese Restaurant for bringing out a crew first thing in the morning and cleaning up Piedmont and Monroe intersection medias.


    Thank you to Piedmont Heights Civic Association, Preferred Office, idealDESIGN,inc and Bob Glascock | Coldwell Banker Residential for cleaning up over 10 bags of trash from the Monroe and I-85 exit/entrance medians.


    Thank you to Roxx Tavern, 1824 Cheshire Bridge, for providing lunch to the hardworking crew. The owner, Dean, stopped by during clean up and extended the offer of lunch to show his appreciation!

    It takes initiative, caring and time to make a difference. For more photos of the clean up, visit Beautify PiHi.

    Sign up to volunteer or sponsor August 7th Beautify PiHi event here.

    James Hurley Designs, a PiHi Alliance member, is located at 1959 Piedmont Road NE, Suite B next to fellow member, G Salon & Spa

  • May 12, 2020 6:53 PM | Anonymous

    It's the middle of May and our lives have changed significantly over the last 8 weeks during COVID-19. You can track the changes to business on our blog.

    Changes are daily and business operations are top of mind!

    Some businesses are open within the new guidelines, operating with to go/delivery and limited social distance appointments. Here is our ongoing list. PiHi supports businesses who open safely and respectfully.


    Do you have an addition or change to your business operations? Email us at discover@pihialliance.com and we'll add you to the list. 


    Governor Kemp will hold a press release TODAY AT 4PM to give a COVID-19 update and talk about keeping bars and venues closed beyond May 13th.


    Let's keep supporting our local businesses, being kind and respecting the CDC guidelines. We're not over COVID-19 yet, but together we can keep flattening the curve!



                       


    WEBINARS: THIS WEEK & RECORDINGS


    NFIB Small Business and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered Live!

    Wed., May 13th, 2020, 12:00 PM ET 

    REGISTER


    Recording: Webinar about Safety Procedures for Opening Up, PPP and Unemployment

    LISTEN NOW

    Recording: The Post COVID-19 Workplace

    Kara Govro, Senior Legal Editor with Mammoth HR, addresses the compliance aspects of layoffs, furloughs, and recalls to help employers navigate these difficult decisions.

    LISTEN HERE


    Recording: QuickBooks Town Hall Series

    U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin joined Intuit business leaders to discuss some of the most pressing questions about small business relief and support in the midst of COVID-19.

    LISTEN HERE



                       


    GRANTS & FUNDING


    Attention all Gig Workers!

    New City of Atlanta Relief Program. Applications open soon.

    Check out the INFO HERE.

    • Resources available to creatives: The recent CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) ACT expands unemployment insurance benefits to cover self-employed freelancers and gig workers. 


    FedEx Grants

    If you’re a small business impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S., consider applying for a #SupportSmall Grant starting May 25. Selected recipients will get a cash grant of $5,000 plus a $500 FedEx Office credit.


    More Info: Applications Open May 25th

    APPLICATION INFO



                       


    OTHER RESOURCES


    Prepare for Paycheck Protection Program Loan forgiveness

    Learn more about applying for PPP loan forgiveness 8 weeks after receiving funds from your lender.

    READ MORE


    All businesses can now have a page on NextDoor. 

    Add your restaurant to the delivery list.

    Your page will not show up until you  get recommendations. 

    VIEW LINK HERE


    List of Georgia COVID-19 Suppliers from the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

    VIEW THE LIST HERE


                       


    ATLANTA BELTLINE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING: THIS THURSDAY MAY 14, 2020 @ 6:30PM

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    Northeast Trail design and construction updates. This meeting will be held virtually over the Zoom platform. Attendees can participate online or by calling in. Meeting details are listed below.


    PRE-REGISTER

    SUBMIT QUESTIONS BY MAY 13, 2020 AT NOON TO: ENGAGE@ATLBELTLINE.ORG

    Please submit questions no later than Wednesday, May 13th at noon to engage@atlbeltline.org. We will take as many questions as we can on Zoom and Facebook Live but this is the best way to ensure we are able to cover your question.


                       


  • April 28, 2020 6:42 PM | Anonymous

    Can you believe it's been SIX WEEKS since COVID-19 became a daily topic?  

    How are you feeling now that some restrictions are being eased? 

    • We're feeling mixed emotions!  We know everyone is trying to figure out what is best for ourselves, customers and our businesses
    • We continue to support safe practices for businesses and individuals alike per the CDC guidelines.
    • There is a lot changing every day. PiHi is working hard to collect, distill and distribute relevant information in a timely manner. 
    • Thank you to our 22 members ! 



    YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PPP AND EIDL 

    Wed. April 29th @ Noon  NFIB Coronavirus Weekly Briefing for Small Business

    The upcoming webinar on Wednesday April 29th, will focus on new developments with the PPP and EID loan programs and participant Q&A.

    REGISTER

    PPP APPLICATION NOW OPEN: Reinvestment Fund

    MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION


              

    HAVE QUESTIONS??? HERE ARE SOME GREAT RESOURCES TO  HELP!  

    Can I get a Paycheck Protection Program loan if I've laid off employees?

    Employee Retention Credits versus the Paycheck Protection Program

    How the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act affects your payroll  

    Info on SBA Loans and Unemployment

    Workforce Atlanta Guide for Employers and Job Seekers


               

    REOPENING GUIDELINES

    Read Gov. Kemp’s Reviving a Healthy Georgia Executive Order

    Salons and Spas as of 4/24/20

    Restaurants as of 4/27/20

               

    FIND THIS EMAIL HELPFUL? 

    PLEASE HELP PIHI OUT AND FILL OUT THIS SURVEY BY FRIDAY! 

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the last 6 weeks and business continuity steps you have taken. 

    • We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to gather data to better inform the needs of the business community during these uncertain times.
    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY MAY 1, 2020

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY NOW

                


  • April 23, 2020 5:19 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you for supporting PiHi Alliance businesses during this time, please continue!

    • Many businesses that are allowed to re-open per Gov. Kemp's orders will remain closed until they feel safe for their customers and employees. 

    • Some businesses will choose to re-open. It is up to each business to choose what is best for them at this time. 

    • See the guidelines for salons, spas that choose to re-open tomorrow. 

    We continue to support safe practices for businesses and individuals alike per the CDC guidelines.


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    New Grant Opportunity

    Thanks to a $1 million grant from Sam’s Club, LISC will provide emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need during the Covid-19 crisis. And it doesn’t stop there: Sam’s Club is mobilizing its members to support this effort as well. 


    Learn More



    MOST UP TO DATE INFO ON COVID-19 LEGISLATION + PPP Lender Contact


    Senate Passes Roughly $484 Billion in New Coronavirus Aid

     

    The Senate on Tuesday approved roughly $484 billion in new coronavirus aid for small businesses and hospitals and more funding for testing, ending a lengthy battle over the size and contents of the package. 

     

    Read More



    SBA Payment Protection Program: Information from Congressman John Lewis

    • Get your application in now!

    • The funds will move fast and many lenders have applications lined up already. 

    • CDFIs, Credit Unions, and smaller banks are expected to be able to offer these loans this round with the new funding. 


    Unity Bank of Texas urges small businesses to apply with them immediately if they have not applied already. You do not have to be a current client. 


    https://www.unitybanktexas.com/Business-Loans.aspx

     

    George Andrews 404.588.9611

    Michael Green 404.609.3463


     

    View the NFIB Update

    Great Webinar that answers a lot of questions!

    Click here to view.


    On the Federal Tax Deferrals

    The federal government is now allowing deferrals for 100% of the social security payroll tax paid by employers and deferral for 50% of social security costs paid by self-employed individuals. This is applicable to any tax deposits due between 3/27/20 and 12/31/2020.

    Why it's right for you:

    The social security payroll tax amounts to 6.2% of gross wages. You can pay 50% of the taxes by December 2021 and the other 50% by December 2022.


    Things to note:

    If you defer these tax deposits, you as the employer are solely liable for payment by the extended due date.

     

    Employers that participate in the PPP are not eligible for this program. However, they can defer taxes up until the date the employer applies for and receives a decision that their PPP loan has been forgiven.

     

    On Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

    Why it's right for you:

    For each quarter through the end of 2020, employers are eligible for a credit of up to 50% of the first $10,000 in qualified wages for each qualified employee. This employee retention credit is limited to the 6.2% employer share of Social Security taxes subject to several conditions, and any excess credit is refundable.


    Things to note:

    You cannot get this credit if you have a PPP loan.

     

     

    On Refusing to Work + Collecting Unemployment

    There are a lot of questions as Georgia prepares to reopen for business under strict social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

     

     

    Read More



    FILL OUT THE PIHI COVID-19 BUSINESS RESPONSE SURVEY

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the month and business continuity steps you have taken. 

    • We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to gather data to better inform the needs of the business community during these uncertain times.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2020

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY NOW



    SUPPORT OUR PIHI MEMBERS

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    ASW is also delivering hand sanitizer to businesses. 


    Lastly, the Piedmont Heights Association and Foundation will be encouraging neighbors to buy gift certificates to be used later. 


    Thank you, all!



  • April 22, 2020 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    We know since COVID-19 changed our lives, most of our energy is focused on keeping our businesses afloat ...when we seem to be lost at sea. 

    So this week, do these THREE THINGS, check out the RESOURCES below, and know you're doing great!  We're here for you! We're in this TOGETHER! 


    1.     LET CONGRESS KNOW SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS NEED MORE FUNDING


    Since Friday, April 3, small businesses have been applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans authorized under the CARES Act that was enacted on March 27.

    Business owners have experienced setbacks while applying for the PPP forgivable loans and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and Emergency Grants. Further appropriations and improvements to the PPP are needed as well as increased access to EIDLs and Emergency Grants.

    Congress needs to hear from you NOW. Tell them your experience applying for PPPL and EIDLs and how they need to improve and expand these programs immediately.

    Act NOW and urge your Senators and Representative to improve and expand access to the PPP, EIDLs, and Emergency Grants.

    COVID-19 LOAN TRACKER

    EASY TEMPLATE TO SEND CONGRESS A MESSAGE

    SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH PPP


    2. FILL OUT THE PIHI ALLIANCE COVID-19 BUSINESS RESPONSE SURVEY

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the past three weeks and business continuity steps you have taken. 

    • We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to gather data to better inform the needs of the business community during these uncertain times.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS THIS FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2020. 

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY NOW  


    3. FACEBOOK SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS PROGRAM

    Opens THIS Wednesday, April 22nd!


    Eligibility

    • Must be a for-profit company

    • Have between 2 and 50 employees

    • Have been in business for over a year

    • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19

    • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates


    Click here for the Application Guide.


    RESOURCES

      

    26 Ways to Get Ready for the Rebound: A Playbook for What to Do Right Now

    Here are 26 things we can do now to help get ready for the rebound broken up into three sections. The recovery is coming. Let’s reset and refocus on the marketing foundations, in any context.

    Read More


    How To Get More Instagram Followers

    Want to know how to get followers on Instagram? And how to do it the right way, without shelling out big bucks or engaging in shady tactics? You’ve come to the right place.

    Read More


    On the Federal Tax Deferrals

    The federal government is now allowing deferrals for 100% of the social security payroll tax paid by employers and deferral for 50% of social security costs paid by self-employed individuals. This is applicable to any tax deposits due between 3/27/20 and 12/31/2020.

    Why it's right for you:

    The social security payroll tax amounts to 6.2% of gross wages. You can pay 50% of the taxes by December 2021 and the other 50% by December 2022.

    Things to note:

    If you defer these tax deposits, you as the employer are solely liable for payment by the extended due date.

    Employers that participate in the PPP are not eligible for this program. However, they can defer taxes up until the date the employer applies for and receives a decision that their PPP loan has been forgiven.


    On Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

    Why it's right for you:

    For each quarter through the end of 2020, employers are eligible for a credit of up to 50% of the first $10,000 in qualified wages for each qualified employee. This employee retention credit is limited to the 6.2% employer share of Social Security taxes subject to several conditions, and any excess credit is refundable.

    Things to note:

    You cannot get this credit if you have a PPP loan.


    BONUS: KEEP SUPPORTING PIHI ALLIANCE BUSINESSES

    Find out what they are offering during COVID-19

    • Share the list with all of your friends.
    • Email discover@pihialliance.com for additions or changes
    • Check business' social media for daily updates
    • Businesses tag @PiHiAlliance on FB so we can share your posts.
    • Thank you!!!


  • April 20, 2020 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    AWBI GRANTS
    AWBI Grants for COVID-19 Small Business Support + Recording of EIDL & PPP Webinar 

    Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative (AWBI) has just launched a new COVID-19 Small Business Support fund with a focus on supporting black owned businesses located in City of Atlanta's Southwest, Southeast, or Northwest neighborhoods.

    Grants ranging from $2,500 - $25,000 will be awarded to qualifying businesses to cover employee salaries, rent, supplier expenses, and technical assistance for up to 3 months.

    Criteria:

    • Business must be established prior to March 16, 2019.

    • Business must be in good standing.

    • Annual Revenues of the business or nonprofit not to exceed $3 million as evidenced by Financial Statement or other financial documentation.

    • Eligible uses include: working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, technical assistance or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.

    Learn more and apply >>

    https://www.atlantawealthbuilding.org/covid19-relief-fund


    PATCH LISTINGS

    Patch has made it easier for local businesses and individuals to help reach their communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

    For a limited time, events and classifieds are free to promote in one community, so your messages to your neighbors can get more visibility.

    Posting to Patch’s classifieds section can help spread the word out about job listings, housing opportunities, stuff for sale and more.

    Also, you can post to Patch’s local calendars to share fundraisers, webinars or other virtual events still happening while you’re sheltered in place.

    When you choose to promote your event or classified for free, your post will get featured on Patch’s news pages and in our newsletters for the next seven days. If you want to promote for longer, or to more communities, you can do so for just $1 per day.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to our support team, who can help you get started right away.

    The Patch Team


    GOFUND ME MATCHING GRANT

    Business Owners: If you have one, submit your GoFundMe to get a $500 matching grant. I did it a couple weeks ago and they just matched $500 to our GoFundMe today. It's really simple...

    Here are the requirements...

    • - Have at least $500 raised
    • - Have the business owner set up as the beneficiary to the campaign (if they aren't raising funds themselves)
    • - Have withdrawals set up
    • - Add the hashtag #smallbusinessrelief to your campaign story

    https://www.gofundme.com/small-business-relief-fundraisers…

    To donate to the grant fund:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/smallbusinessrelieffund


  • April 20, 2020 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the past month and business continuity steps you have taken. This information is needed to best understand the impact and the resources you have used. We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to better advocated on behalf of small businesses in our community.


    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2020. 

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY


  • April 10, 2020 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    It’s been a wild ride this past month since COVID-19 has become an ever changing daily topic of our lives and impact on our small businesses.  Now, with the Governor extending the stay at home order  through the end of April, we feel your anxiety about the unknown especially how to navigate all the information that is out there! 


    This is absolutely a time to lean on YOUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION.  PiHi Alliance was formed to promote, advocate and connect - no matter the circumstances.  During these uniquely challenging times, here is what we are doing on your behalf:


    Advocate


    Promote


    Connect

    • Weekly emails and blog posts with business resources

    • Members can expect a check-in call from our board of directors over the next few weeks. 

    • Virtual meetings over the next few months.


    PiHi Member Spotlight

    We will be highlighting members of Piedmont Heights Alliance each email.   


    NAKATO JAPANESE RESTAURANT

    CLOSED AS OF APRIL 5 DURING COVID-19. SUPPORT STAFF GO FUND ME! 

    Thank you so much for your wonderful outpouring of support on our Employee Go Fund Me Page. Thanks to your generosity we have raised almost $7,500 to help our fantastic employees during this most challenging time.

    The Nakato family is matching every dollar raised (up to $50,000) from this Go Fund Me Page. If you have not yet donated and are in the position to do so, we would appreciate your assistance and know our staff would be eternally grateful. Every little bit helps and is so very much appreciated.

    Thank you a million times over for your unwavering support through ordering food and beverages and for donating to our employee fund. We appreciate it so much!

    BUSINESS OWNERS


    UNEMPLOYMENT FILING

    As an Employer: Unemployment Filing for Partial Claims for your Employees

    Update on Department of Revenue Tax Filing Deadlines


    INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

    PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)

    This includes individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, or those with limited work history who will not qualify for state unemployment benefits.


    The GDOL is modifying its current online unemployment application adding new questions to better identify those individuals who may be eligible for PUA.  This modified application is expected to be available on Monday, April 13, 2020. Once the application is received, it will take several weeks to process.


    If you have already filed a claim with the GDOL and will be eligible to potentially receive benefits under this program, you do NOT have to refile your claim.  These individuals will be identified and sent an email with a link to provide additional information for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program.


    Read More


    BUSINESS OWNERS & INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

    CARES ACT: PPP AND  EIDL


    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allocates $349 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the current circumstances they are encountering. The CARES Act provides funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, modifies the existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and provides immediate loan payment relief for current SBA 7(a) borrowers.


    READ MORE


    NFIB Coronavirus Part V: UPDATE –  SBA’s EIDL and PPP Loan Programs

    Download slides and hear the recordings


    UPDATE ON Invest Atlanta Business Continuity Loan Fund AS OF 4.7.20

    In just over two weeks the small business continuity loan fund has over 500 inquiries and/or applicants at some point in the process. 

    To date 13 loans have been approved and over 80 are under review. Suspending the acceptance of applications. Only complete applications will be reviewed and considered at this time. 

    In the process of working with philanthropy and other partners to increase the funds available, with the intention of increasing the number of small businesses that can be served through this program. 

    • Please share that all applications in process, but not completed, will be placed on hold until additional funds are identified. 

    • Program updates will be sent out to applicants via email. 

    Those who have not yet begun an application, but are interested in receiving updates, should fill out this brief survey and indicate their interest in the business continuity loan fund.  


    RESTAURANTS 


     

    ARTISTS


    United States Artists Launches 

    $10M Artist Relief Fund to Help Artists Affected by COVID-19


    Artist Relief is an emergency, non-restricted fund that will grant $5,000 to individual artists facing financial hardship; serve as an informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Research Partner Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. 


    To apply for relief between 4/8-4/23: https://www.artistrelief.org/apply  



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