The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has published guidelines for businesses regarding their operations in light of COVID-19. Click here to see the guidelines. GDEcD is leading the state’s charge to identify manufacturers and distributors across Georgia that produce, distribute, or store critical health care supplies that are already limited in supply or may become scarce in the weeks ahead. GDEcD is also looking for facilities that can be repurposed for the production of these vital products. Businesses that are able to provide assistance and resources with either existing or adaptable production lines and facilities to complete this form. Click here to learn more about the many Georgia companies that have already joined the fight against the pandemic by providing critical health care supplies.
Through the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state has launched an information website to provide guidance on accessing a variety of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. Critical funding provided through SBA by the CARES Act is designed to help small businesses keep workers employed.
Georgia Tech’s Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) is working to help manufacturers manage during the COVID-19 outbreak through virtual meetings, one-on-one technical assistance, and webinars. The Georgia Tech Safety and Health Team is working with manufacturers to create and implement an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan. Click here to learn more.
The City of Atlanta has created the #ATLSTRONG FUND, a donation campaign led by the Mayor’s Office in partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta to support City of Atlanta residents experiencing economic hardships and health-related issues caused by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
Several state organizations have made significant changes to their operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still serving their constituencies. For an update on State Services in Georgia, click here.
Candid maintains a web page on funding opportunities to assist individuals and small businesses facing hardships as a result of COVID-19. The site links to more than 700 funders supporting coronavirus response efforts. Click here to access.
The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Businesshas produced Covidcap.com, an online comprehensive, searchable database of grants, loans, and other equivalents to help entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and businesses anywhere in the world. A crowdsourced site intended as a public service, the site is updated daily. Click here to access.
Help Main Street! is an online portal to help more than 120,000 businesses in all 50 states by ordering online, buying gift cards, or donating directly to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to access.
The Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) is compiling an ongoing list of grant and loan programs that can help small, locally owned businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant programs are in greatest demand and are almost always depleted within hours or days. Programs that offer no-interest loans, with deferred loan repayment, are also in great demand, serving as bridges until federal aid is available. Click here to access.
Spotlight on Federal Efforts
The U.S. Department of Labor maintains a COVID-19 webpage through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers. Click here to learn more.
The U.S. Department of Education maintains a COVID-19 webpage designed to equipp states, communities, educators and families with resources and flexibilities that empower students of all ages to continue pursuing their education goals. Click here to learn more.
TheU.S. Department of Treasury provides a review of how the CARES Act is providing economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries.. Click here to learn more.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains a webpage on actions it has taken to respond to COVID-19. Specifically, USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to learn more.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications for EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance. EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
FEMA, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and federal partners are working with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to execute a whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of the American people. Click here to learn more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Department of Public Health remain the primary sources for accurate and up-to-date information regarding the latest on the coronavirus. The Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Human Services, the Georgia Department of Labor, the Technical College System of Georgia, and the University System of Georgia each have posted information for accessing important services through their areas of purview. In addition, a number of organizations serving workforce partners have created resource pages to aid in response and recovery. Following are some examples with direct links to their COVID-19 resource pages.
- Atlanta Regional Commission
- Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG)
- City of Atlanta
- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI)
- Georgia Center for Nonprofits
- Georgia Chamber
- Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
- Georgia Department of Economic Development
- Georgia Municipal Association (GMA)
- Georgia Power
- Georgia Social Impact Collaborative
- Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)
- Georgia Tech’s Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP)
- Invest Atlanta
- Metro Atlanta Chamber
- Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
- United Way of Greater Atlanta
- University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG)
- University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
- Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
- International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
- National Association of Counties (NACo)
- National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
- National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)
- National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
- National Council of Nonprofits
- National Federation of Independent Business
- National Governors Association (NGA)
- National League of Cities (NLC)
- National Skills Coalition
- Restore Your Economy
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
- U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)
- U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration (ETA)
- U.S. Department of Treasury
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
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