COVID19 Resources

Events to help your business

There are times when events are added faster than we can post them here - please visit our page in order to view all events.

Wednesday Apr 8, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

As a small business, keeping an eye on the bottom line is especially crucial. So often business owners, while knowing that good advertising is essential to reaching their clients and customers, just don’t know the “right tactics” to use while going about it. In a rush with an intense eye on the budget, many will just throw their limited funds at any marketing option available in hopes that something will stick against the wall. Not only does this marketing strategy not work but it’s also a waste of valuable resources. In the end, company owners become inadvertently disillusioned with advertising and marketing as a whole.

U.S. Chamber Webinar with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

On 3.25.2020, the U.S. Chamber was joined by Christopher Krebs, who serves as the first director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to discuss the guidance that was issued last week and its impact on the business community.

If you weren't able to join the webinar and would like to watch it, please click here to access the recording.

Wondering how to market your business during the economic downturn related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)?  Consistent, clear communication with your customers is vital, so they understand when, how, and where they can still do business with you. Join marketing maven and host of the Small Business Revolution, Amanda Brinkman, as she outlines actionable marketing strategies to help you weather the storm. Brought to you by SCORE

Partner Resources

City of Dunwoody

Here are 4 ways to stay connected to COVID-19 news, updates + alerts in #Dunwoody:

  1. Make sure you’re registered for Dunwoody’s emergency alert system, called NIXLE
  2. Subscribe to the City’s e-newsletter database (D-news)
  3. Bookmark this page and/or check back regularly
  4. Download the City of Dunwoody app and *turn on* notifications.

In response to the recent development of COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is temporarily suspending in-person requirements for services provided by the agency. In accordance with Governor Kemp’s recommendation, the GDOL is providing online access to unemployment services, partial claim access for employers, and other reemployment services.

Employers are required to file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. 

US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce states that all employers should be implementing strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

The Georgia Chamber is encouraging businesses and communities to make fact-based decisions and stay informed on COVID19. We will continually update this page with resources pertaining to COVID19. Visit the Resource Center.

ACT and SAT Suspended

University System of Georgia | The College Board and ACT have suspended all upcoming ACT and SAT testing dates indefinitely.? As a result, the Chancellor of the University System of Georiga has approved a temporary adjustment to the admissions criteria that allows institutions to approve students for admission if they do not have ACT or SAT scores.?? 

Prospective first year students must meet all other admission requirements, including satisfactory completion of the required high school curriculum.? In the absence of ACT and/or SAT scores, institutions will make admissions eligibility decisions based on the materials submitted by the prospective student, utilizing newly calculated high school grade point average thresholds. 

This change does not affect Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia.? Institutions, at their discretion, may reconsider applicants previously denied for admission to the summer or fall 2020 terms.? 

Contact the admissions office at the colleges and universities for more information. 

GSU’s response to test cancellation and the news released published here

CBiz

Coronavirus: Impact on Benefits and Employment

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Review of Benefit Plan Issues
  • Leave Policies and Provisions
  • State Employment Benefit Laws (includes COVID-19 Issued Guidance)

Legal Update: Congress Passes Coronavirus Law Requiring Paid Employee Leave

Virtual Resources

Perimeter Connects

In light of the developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has heavily recommended remote work options wherever possible. We want to ensure that organizations in the area are fully equipped to implement a remote work program quickly and effectively.

We have compiled resources and recommendations for you to support your business continuity. You can access these via the button below. Resources include:

  • Remote Work Continuity Quick Start Guide
  • Formal Telework Policy Template
  • Dos/Don’ts for Telemanagers and Teleworkers
  • Technology Guide

View Telework Resources

We have a few recommendations specific to launching remote work as an immediate continuity step.

  1. Learn from what’s been done before and use this opportunity to develop your organization.
  2. Take this opportunity seriously, and normalize remote work for everyone participating.
  3. Use the time for independent work. 
SCORE
  • Live webinars | SCORE hosts free, LIVE webinars every week on small business tips and strategies.
  • Recorded webinars | Did you miss a SCORE LIVE webinar? They are available to watch on-demand at your convenience.
  • Courses on Demand | Our on-demand classes allow you to learn at your own pace on a variety of small business topics.
  • FREE ecommerce and website builder tools included with all paid email marketing packages to help you start selling online quickly*
  • A marketplace to help you sell on 20+ marketplaces at once, including Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, now at a reduced cost
  • Industry-specific Small Business Action Plans
  • Daily "Getting Started" product tours to help you learn how to use our tools
  • Weekly webinars focused on implementing action plans and best practices
  • Access to a community online forum to see best practices and share with peers
  • A Small Business Helpline staffed with marketing advisors to assist with your industry-specific Action Plan
  • Email templates designed for use throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Discounted access to additional "do it for me" subscription services for those that need help implementing their Action Plans**

From the Chamber

From our President & CEO

We're here to help you through this unprecedented time.

As we navigate this time of social distancing and the unknown, know that your Chamber is here for you. We want to help your business not only survive, but also thrive. Please see this guide for important information, if you have additional needs or concerns please reach out to me directly.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Freeman, IOM, GCCE

678.244.9701

Disclaimer

The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber seeks to provide access to recommendations, regulations, services and expertise to its members.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this mission remains constant.  Prior to acting, members should consult their own professional advisors for information and counsel specific to the individual and unique situations faced by organizations, individuals and corporations.  The opinions, interpretations and recommendations of the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber are informational only and should not be relied upon by the recipient as legal or professional advice.  The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber makes no representations as to the accuracy or reliability of the content contained herein.  Users of this information accept any and all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber has no liability to user.

What can we do to support you during this time of social distancing? Do you offer delivery or curbside pickup? Have an online store where gift cards may be purchased? Is there information you would like to general public to know?

In this public Facebook community, members can share their current offerings, updated hours of operations, and ways that we can support their business during this time. Please join our group www.facebook.com/groups/engagedunwoody and post your information.

We have created a survey to gauge the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on you and your business/organization. In receiving your responses, we can develop more targeted measures to provide assistance and resources. 

Please share your experience with us by taking this brief survey.

Social Media

Facebook and Twitter are allowing us to push out information by the moment.  Whether it is 10am or 10pm, check these sites to view up to the minute information for your business. 

Financial Assistance

US Chamber Resources

To help small businesses get the relief they need, the U.S. Chamber today released several resources to help them take advantage of new CARES Act loan programs, and to show how businesses are stepping up to fight the spread of the virus.

The Georgia Chamber is working to support fact-based communication as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Administration currently has two major loan programs in response to COVID-19. A business can apply for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Paycheck Protection Program IF there are different use of proceeds for each program. Funds from these loans cannot be comingled. Attached is a PDF out of the Chamber summarizing the key points for these programs. This piece can also be found along with a host of other resources on the Chamber’s website at www.gachamber.com/covid19.

One of the best overviews we have seen concerning options.    

The new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has appropriated $377B in funds for small businesses.  To help you decide what's best for your business, we've broken down the two options for financial relief, both administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Members in the Financial Industry

While we encourage you to reach out directly to your bank concerning the CARES Act SBA Loan Program, please see contacts below from member organizations who may be able to help.


IBERIABANK

Jesse Erickson, Business/Commercial Lending

678.614.3882

We look forward to connecting you with our community - together, everything will be ok.


Wallis Bank

Shahzad Chaudary, Atlanta Regional President

O. 404-439-0110 D. 404-439-0111

www.wallisbank.com

Please feel free to contact me directly, should you have any questions.


 

SBA Loans

Need help quickly? There is a $25,000 quick loan program that businesses can apply to utilize online - there are some minor restrictions but many small businesses should be able to utilize the loan very quickly. Click Here

Georgia is now listed on the SBA Disaster website as a declared state for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Those affected in the state of Georgia can now apply for disaster assistance online (the preferred method) or by mail. Apply online at: www.sba.gov/disaster (there is no cost to apply)

Financial Resources for 501(c)(6) Organizations

Although 501(c)(6) organizations were not included in the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Act loan program, they are eligible to apply for a loan through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. To outline what is available to 501(c)(6) organizations through the EIDL program and the application process, the U.S. Chamber has created a one-pager that we hope will prove to be a useful resource for you and your members.

For additional information on the EIDL program, we encourage you to visit the SBA's webpage.

Georgia Power is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve.  Preference is given to Georgia-based organizations with goals to improve the quality of life of Georgia residents.  Non-profits are encouraged to apply.

On March 23, Gov. Kemp announced he would be extending the tax deadline in Georgia to July 15, in accordance with the new federal tax filing deadline announced by President Trump last week.

Specifics on the plan, however, have not been released, though Kemp said that guidance on the move will be released in the days ahead.

The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available. For other information about the COVID-19 virus, people should visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.coronavirus.gov) for health information. Other information about actions being taken by the U.S. government is available at https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus and in Spanish at https://gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus. The Department of Treasury also has information available at Coronavirus: Resources, Updates, and What You Should Know.