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  • 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:




    • 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.   



    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!



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

    Update on Department of Revenue Tax Filing Deadlines


    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



    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.


    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.  




    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  


  • 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


    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.


    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.


  • 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.
  • March 19, 2020 2:16 PM | Anonymous


    • Answer the phone and have an up-to-date recorded message. (Your customers may want to call-in their orders.)

    • Update your hours on your website, on Google and on Facebook. If your hours change, make sure to make the change in all places.

      • Restaurants: Make changes to your listings on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Zomato and Bing.

    • Update your operations! For instance you no longer provide sit-down service, only take-out or curbside pick-up. 

      • Note those changes on your website and all social media.

    • Amplify your social media presence! @PiHiAlliance on Facebook #pihialliance #pihia

    • Offer online gift cards that can be purchased now and used later: https://www.merchantmaverick.com/gift-cards-for-small-businesses/

    • Offer subscriptions services, online delivery options and live streaming services/events. 


    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Creates $7 Million Fund to Assist Those Impacted by COVID-19

    • $1.5 million to support small business continuity

    • Invest Atlanta is working on a Small Business Continuity Loan Fund. Details are being worked on now. 


    • Fill out as many times as you need to help us track the impact on your business due to COVID-19. The survey is timestamped! 


    SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Declared for GA- Application Now Open

    SBA Loan Process Overview

    https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ - Use Economic Injury when Submitting! 



    Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days

    NEW Information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services

    Great article from Nerd Wallet about who qualifies for unemployment

    Department of Labor FAQs on Fair Labor Standards Act & Family and Medical Leave Act

    COVID-19 Resources from CDC

    Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19


    PayPal Loans for Business

    KIVA business loans

    Facebook Small Business Grants Program

  • March 16, 2020 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    We hope you and your family are in good health. We care about the businesses and community at large of Piedmont Heights! PiHi Alliance is following all City of Atlanta mandates regarding meetings this includes NPU-F, Piedmont Heights Civic Association and the City of Atlanta meetings.

    This is an uncertain time in our local economy and community with the impact on each of us that changes daily.  PiHi Alliance is here to assist by sharing resources, gathering data and communicating to our members and supporters during these changing times as best as we can.

    It is PiHi Alliance's job to advocate on behalf of our members with City, County, and State governments! The data gathered in the survey will help us represent the needs of our community as more COVID-19 developments unfold. 






    Thank you for your support !

    Stay healthy, support local businesses and help your neighbors! 

  • January 29, 2020 5:31 PM | Anonymous

    The first waves of change for Piedmont Heights are hitting now! The Atlanta BeltLine Northeast Trail construction has begun with the Georgia Power section behind Publix at Ansley Mall. This portion will be completed within 2020. The AB will complete the rest of the one mile stretch from Piedmont  Ave NE to Montgomery Ferry the following year, 2021. 


    Piedmont Heights Kroger Slated For $1.5 MM Interior Remodel


    The Kroger adjacent Ansley Mall, at 1700 Monroe Dr. NE in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood of Atlanta, will soon begin interior renovations to the tune of $1,500,000.

    Planned improvements to the 64,788 square-foot supermarket include replacement and relocation of sales floor fixtures, display cases, some deli-prep modifications, and the relocation of the in-house pharmacy.

    Kroger will remain open and in operation during the remodel.

    “The contractors will work on the renovations overnight so there will be no change in opening hours and no disruption for our customers,” a Kroger associate shared with What Now Atlanta over the phone this week.

    Construction is expected to span 24 weeks, starting in April 2020 and ending in November.

    Richard’s Variety Store to Replace Pier 1 at Ansley Mall


    The retailer known for its overwhelming selection of "products that are hard to find" will open in its new space on May 1st.

    This post is an update of: Massive Midtown Promenade Overhaul Won't Include Richard's Variety Store, Tuesday Morning

    When Pier 1 Imports closes later this year in Ansley Mall, the space currently housing the home furnishings retailer will quickly be taken over by Richard’s Variety Store, Owner Dr. Ming “Ya Ya” Yang confirmed with What Now Atlanta (WNA) over the phone Tuesday afternoon.

    “We just confirmed it today and we expect to be open by May 1,” Yang said.

    The new Richard’s Variety Store is a relocation of its open Midtown Promenade outpost down the street which, in mid-2020, is set to close its doors.

    Representatives for the retailer known for its overwhelming selection of “products that are hard to find” were seen in recent days scouting and measuring areas of its soon-to-be-home, a Pier 1 management associate told (WNA) over the phone Tuesday.

    Pier 1 is set to vacate by the end of February, around the same time as its Buckhead counterpart.

  • November 22, 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous


    http://bit.ly/PHAnnualMeeting2019 - RSVP

    Sun, November 24, 2019 | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM EST

    Location: Ansley Golf Club

    196 Montgomery Ferry Drive Northeast

    Atlanta, GA 30309

    Piedmont Heights Civic Association (PHCA) Annual Neighborhood Meeting

    FREE EVENT for all residents of the Piedmont Heights neighborhood, whether you're an owner or renter in a home or in an apartment complex, and whether or not you're a member of the Piedmont Heights Civic Association (PHCA). Welcome!

    Mix and mingle with your neighbors in PiHi and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

    Get "In the Know" with our PiHi lineup! Learn all about...

    • Eating & Drinking in PiHi! A conversation with local chefs, beverage makers, and more! Come meet Chef Pat Pascarella of Grana (opening early 2020 next to Sprout Market!), Sachi Takahara from Nakato, Steve Farace from SweetWater Brew, and more!
    • Tim Keane, Commissioner of Planning, City of Atlanta
    • Councilmember Jennifer Ide for our District 6
    • PiHi Alliance - VP, Mahesh Mani will be talking about what's new with PiHi's business community
    • Safety tips and how you can help combat crime in #PiHi and #Atlanta
    • Finance report and other updates from PHCA, including electing new board members
    • Other upcoming events hosted by PHCA, and more!

    Tickets not required, but please RSVP online.

    You're always welcome to make a donation to our sister organization, the Piedmont Heights Community Improvement Foundation, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization. Thanks to the Piedmont Heights Foundation, brand new playground equipment was installed in March 2019 at Gotham Way Park, just around the corner from Grindhouse!


  • November 22, 2019 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    • Armour Yards has reported flooding on Armour Drive for over a year now.
    • With the PiHi Alliance being established in May with both business stakeholders and residents working together, we were able to accomplish a solution!
      • We reached out to the Atlanta BeltLine who engaged their engineers to identify the problem and make sure it was not a part of the Northeast Trail development. 
      • Piedmont Heights Civic Association reached out to our City Councilmember, Jennifer Ide, who activated Watershed Management NPU-F Representative who got the storm drains cleaned out.
      • Armour Drive NE is on the list for improvements when funds are available. However, stormwater is not funded!!
      • Send any ATL311 issues with tracking number to discover@pihialliance.com and we'll work with the Atlanta BeltLine to get faster response. 
        • We can work together to get this done!!!


  • November 04, 2019 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    2020 Meeting & Events Calendar

    BOD MEETINGS: 9-10:30AM 120 Ottley Dr. NE  

    GENERAL MEETINGS: 5-7 PM @ Different Member Locations  Every 6 Weeks. 



    January Meetings

    BOD: Jan. 8

    General: Jan.30

    January Events/Promotions

    February Meetings

    BOD: Feb 12

    General: None

    February Events/Promotions

    March Meetings

    BOD: March 11

    General: March 12

    March Events/Promotions

    March 14 Pi Day Event!

    April Meetings

    BOD: April 8

    General: April 23

    April Events/Promotions

    May Meetings

    BOD: May 13

    General: None

    May Events/Promotions

    June Meetings

    BOD: June 10

    General: June 4

    June Events/Promotions

    July Meetings

    No Meetings

    July Events/Promotions

    August Meetings

    BOD: Aug 12

    General: Aug 27

    August Events/Promotions

    September Meetings

    BOD: Sept 9

    General: None

    September Events/Promotions

    October Meetings

    BOD: Oct 14

    General: Oct 8

    October Events/Promotions

             PiHi Board Nominations 

             Piedmont Heights Foundation Fandango Fundraiser

    November Meetings

    BOD: Nov 11

    General: Nov 19

    November Events/Promotions

    PiHi Board Elections

    December Meetings

    No Meetings

    December Events/Promotions

    Holiday Mixer

    Piedmont Heights Civic Association: Board Meetings (open to members) are the 1st Tuesday of every month @ 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Prep (1700 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324) next to the Morningside Baptist Church http://piedmontheights.org/page-464634

    NPU-F:  3rd Monday of every month @ 7:00 p.m.: Hillside Inc. 690 Courtenay Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306; Access available from 1301 Monroe Dr, opposite the CSO facility on Monroe.Parking available at the rear of the building off Monroe Dr. (Druid Hills (Northern section including Emory/CDC/CHOA, Edmund Park, Lindridge/Martin Manor, Morningside/Lenox Park, Piedmont Heights, Virginia-Highland)https://npufatlanta.org/meetings/

    Druid Hills Civic Association: Monthly Board Meetings (open to public) are the 3rd Wednesday of every Month at 7:30 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church (1410 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, corner of Ponce & Oakdale) with an annual membership meeting in January each year https://druidhills.org/

    Virginia-Highland Civic Association: General Meetings are the 2nd Monday of every month @7:00-8:00 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 1155 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306 https://virginia-highlandcivicassociation.com/

    Lindridge/Martin Manor: Quarterly Meetings beginning at 6:45 p.m. http://www.lmmna.org/new-events

    Morningside/Lenox Park: Meetings are the 2nd Monday of Every month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive https://www.mlpa.org/

    Edmund Park: http://www.edmundpark.org/





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