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  • 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  



    STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY! #ATLSTRONG!

  • March 26, 2020 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    HootSuite Article Adapting to More Digital and Social Ways of Being in a Time of Crisis + Free Access to Professional Plan Until July 1, 2020 

    Small Business Relief Initiative with Quickbooks & GoFundMe

    Invest Atlanta Business Continuity Loan Fund

    Atlanta BeltLine Business Resources During COVID-19

    ATLSTRONG.org

    QuickBooks customers with personal and business credit history and revenue of at least $50,000 over the past 12 months, you may be eligible for a loan up to $100,000 from Intuit's small business program. APPLY HERE

    Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. Learn more.

    List of some banks providing relief during this time.

    For assistance with applications, please reach out to the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

    Square customers: Square Capital supports eligible businesses with loans between $500-$250,000. Log in to your Square Dashboard, or learn more HERE

    Toast customer:Eligible restaurants can access capital without a credit score requirement via Toast Capital. LEARN MORE HERE

    Kabbage provides small businesses with a simple online application that can be paid over 6, 12, or 18 months with no origination fees.If it makes sense for your business, you can explore applying to a line of credit up to $250,000 HERE

    JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses. Learn more.

    The James Beard 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. Learn more. 

    MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown. Learn more.

    Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans. Learn more.

    For assistance with applications, please reach out to the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center


  • March 26, 2020 2:21 PM | Anonymous


    The City of Atlanta has ordered a 14 day STAY AT HOME ORDER. Find out what you can and can not do during this time.  

    This includes a list of essential businesses that are ALLOWED TO BE OPEN: Piedmont Heights has them all! 

    • Restaurants with Take Out/Delivery + To Go Beer/Wine with Order: Bangkok Thai, Bantam + Biddy, Fat Matt's, Grana, Grindhouse, Little Rey, Nakato, Sweetwater Taproom, Taqueria Del Sol, Smoothie King, Varuni Napoli, Woof's, and Chopt
    • Bike Shop: Atlanta Cycling
    • Gas Station: Shell, Chevron, BP
    • Grocery Store: Publix, Kroger, Sprouts
    • Dry Cleaner/Laundromat: Norman's Dry Cleaner
    • Liquor Store: Ansley Wine Merchants, ASW Distillery
    • Pharmacy: CVS, Publix, Kroger, Stacy's Pharmacy
    • Pet Store: Pet Supermarket
    • Veterinary: VCA Pets are People Too
    • Post Office: UPS Store @ Ansley Mall 2

    Please take this time to support Piedmont Heights businesses that are offering TAKE OUT AND ONLINE ORDERING and are OPEN to serve you! 


    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Launches #ATLSTRONG, Providing COVID-19 Information and Resources for Atlanta Residents

    ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the launch of #ATLSTRONG—a new website that will serve as a COVID-19 resource hub for Atlanta residents. By visiting ATLSTRONG.ORG, residents and businesses can sign up for COVID-19 text alerts, request information on emergency fund assistance relief and more.

    “Atlanta will rise above the challenges we face with the COVID-19 health threat, and we will do so together,” said Mayor Bottoms. “By staying connected, residents and businesses alike can do their part to ensure we stop the spread of this virus and start the recovery process.”

    By texting “ATLCOVID19” to 888777, users will receive the latest and necessary information on COVID-19 as it happens. By visiting ATLSTRONG.ORG, visitors will find information on meal assistance, CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, find information on Mayor Bottoms’ Executive and Administrative Orders and tax relief information for businesses.

    The launch of #ATLSTRONG is the latest action taken by Mayor Bottoms to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Atlanta. 

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order instituting a temporary order for those individuals within the territorial jurisdictional limits of the City of Atlanta to stay in their place of residence.

    Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order calling for the closure of all bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades, and private social clubs, located within the territorial jurisdictional limits of the City of Atlanta. However, restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments where food is served may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, drive-through, or take-out. 

    Mayor Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the Atlanta Police Department to refrain from enforcing prohibitions against the sale of unopened wine or malt beverages by the package for off premises consumption by restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments licensed for the sale of those beverages. 

    Mayor Bottoms also issued a directive for the Centers of Hope Afterschool program to continue to provide free meals to all students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools. For more information on the Centers of Hope Afterschool Program and Registration, please visit the Official Website

    The City has also posted prevention information and additional resources related to COVID-19 on its website here

    Chief among the City’s guidance to residents and visitors are the following preventative measures:

    1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
    2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    4. Stay home when you are sick. 
    5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
    6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
    7. If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials

    Recommended CDC safety guidelines can be found online here.

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    Gov. Kemp Orders Schools Closed Through April 24

    GEORGIA — As the initial closing of Georgia schools nears on Tuesday, Gov. Brian Kemp extended the closure of all public schools in Georgia through April 24.

    Kemp signed an executive order on Thursday "that mandates public schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24 - students may return on Monday, April 27," Sen. Jen Jordan tweeted.

    "Prior to this date, governor will make a decision on the remainder of school year," Jordan said.

    READ ARTICLE


  • March 23, 2020 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    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.


    APPLY NOW: https://www.investatlanta.com/business-continuity-loan-fund   


    What are the terms of the loan?

    Loans are paid back monthly over a term not to exceed five (5) years at an interest rate of 0%
    with a 6 to 12-month deferment before the first payment is due.

    • Application follows SBA guidelines to include by not limited to:
      • Business narrative
      • Description of services and use
      • Executed lease or mortgage statement
      • Document COVID-19 impact on business
      • Last year's business and personal tax returns
      • Existing tax liens or funds owed to City of Atlanta
      • Financial statement for last 3 months
      • Articles of incorporation and secretary of state registration
      • City of Atlanta business license
      • Notarized Affidavit of Company Ownership 
    • Applications reviewed by Credit Review Committee bi-weekly. 
    • Funds to be available to approved applicants within days.   
    • Businesses can apply for the BCFL and SBA loans. No restrictions. 

    Who is a qualified applicant for the BCLF?

    • The BCLF program is for businesses operating in the city limits for Atlanta. To be a qualified applicant for the BCLF, businesses must:
    • Be an existing for-profit corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or non-profit with for-profit activities in the city of Atlanta that contributes to trade.
    • Be current on all financial obligations related to the lease or mortgage agreement for the business.
    • Have 50 or fewer full-time employees, i.e., employees working at least 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month.
    • Have been in operation for 1 year
    • Have a current City of Atlanta business license.
    • Be current on all city of Atlanta taxes and fees.
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