Business Resources During COVID-19

Share What Your Experiencing

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s Economic Development Team and our business resource partners recognize that the business community is experiencing a significant challenge as a result of COVID-19.  Further, we would like input from you to help us determine the direct challenges to local business and the type and scale of interventions that would be most impactful to you.  Please take a moment to share information via this Business Survey.  The information you provide about your business will help the City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as we engage partner resources to respond to this unprecedented challenge.  Your responses will be confidential.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.  Thank you in advance for your time and participation. Complete the survey to tell us the resources you need

COVID-19 Business Resources Available Now

As you begin to strengthen your business strategy during this period of uncertainty, we will maintain a list of resources that are immediately available. We will continue to update the resource information and add new ones as they become available in the coming days and weeks.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAMS

Programs and resources made available through recent government action.

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City of Atlanta – #ATLStrong Business Resources

Business tax relief information and other resources being offered to businesses by the city.

CARES Act Information

Federal Government legislation providing a forgivable loan program, a delay in employer-side payroll taxes for Social Security until 2021 and 2022, and looser net operating loss-reduction rules that will allow businesses to offset more as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  These loans offer up to $2 million in assistance with interest rates of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.

Invest Atlanta & the City of Atlanta

Business Continuity Loan Fund (BCLF)  – A zero-interest loan provided through $1.5 million in funding from the City of Atlanta to address a lack of working capital and cash flows as a result of reduced consumer demand and other economic related conditions.

US Small Business Administration (SBA) – GA District

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Complete application for Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters.  Working capital loans to help businesses meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.  EIDL Fact Sheet

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Tax extension information for business filings.

Georgia Department of Labor

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

US Department of Labor

Resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus including workplace safety recommendations.

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE)

ACE is offering temporary deferment and a new loan product for current customers.

Export Relief for Businesses – Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is announcing relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the United States that may have been affected by COVID-19.

BUSINESS STRATEGY RESOURCES

Technical assistance and resources available to help businesses pivot their strategy during these uncertain times.

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Invest Atlanta – Existing Loan Workshop Online

Invest Atlanta is moving its existing loan programs workshop online.  These are loans available to help assist you with your business and its growth strategies.

UGA Small Business Development Center

Virtual Consultations – Please schedule through e-mail or phone at 404-413-7830

SCORE

Telephone or Video Session Available, Free Virtual Mentoring

US Chamber of Commerce

Response Toolkit, National Trends, Business Advocacy Work

PRIVATE SECTOR RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Resources provided by major corporations in the private sector to help support small businesses during this time.

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Truist Financial through LiftFund & the Natural Capital Investment Fund

Truist Financial will contribute $2 million to be distributed to small businesses through CDFIs LiftFund (for GA small businesses) and the Natural Capital Investment Fund (other states) as part of the Truist Cares Initiative.

Facebook for Business

Facebook is giving free access to business owners to a Business Resource Hub and will be launching a small business grant in the coming weeks.  Sign-up on the link for application updates.

Intuit Quickbook in partnership with GoFundMe

Small Business Relief Program Initiative offers free GoFundMe pages available for businesses to crowdsource funding from their respective communities, and then Intuit will support these fundraisers, boosting contributions from your supporters.

Equifax

Credit score education and support through the COVID-19 crisis for individuals (business owners) and businesses.

Kabbage

Through Kabbage Payments, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online and access the funds the next business day.

Other Banks Offering Relief

A listing of banks offering assistance to small business during the crisis.

Other Private Loan Programs

Financial Innovation Now groups like Square (for customers only) – PayPalKabbageStripeIntuit – among others

REMOTE BUSINESS AND DIGITAL SUPPORT RESOURCES

Tools and tips for moving your business to remote operations and for digital technical assistance.

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Comcast – Staying Connected During Coronavirus

Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income individuals to the Internet at home during these times. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.

Google Help for Small Business

Technical assistance to update your business hours, take-out/delivery info, and other information through Google to keep your customers informed.

27 TOOLS EVERY NEW REMOTE WORKER NEEDS

Tools and technical assistance to help get your Small Business set-up and working effectively while remote.

FOOD/SERVICE INDUSTRY SUPPORT RESOURCES

Support for small businesses and their employees in the service industry.

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Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

Resources for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 situation

The Giving Kitchen

Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources. Food service workers in Georgia who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or those who are under doctor’s orders for a mandatory quarantine should ask for help.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is being offered by the USBG National Charity Foundation, which is made up of a diverse group of beverage, hospitality, and nonprofit professionals.

Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA)

State advocacy organization providing industry information to push forward initiatives to support restaurants during the pandemic.

National Restaurant Association

Industry-specific guidance for owners and operators to ensure that restaurants have the latest information about coronavirus, including information around food safety.

Atlanta Eater

Media outlets are offering free marketing opportunities for restaurants doing take-out.

680 The Fan

Media outlets are offering free marketing opportunities for restaurants doing take-out.

Contact Us

We are also happy to schedule a call with you individually to discuss challenges your business may encounter or to further connect you with technical assistance related to any of the resources listed above. Feel free to email us to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Atlanta BeltLine’s Economic Development team.