The Cobb Chamber has assembled some helpful resources to assist you while navigating the new realities and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. Check back here often, we'll be adding content to this page as news develops and needs throughout our community are realized.
Georgia Reopening Plan
Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order providing flexibility for health care practices, moving certain businesses to minimum operations and providing for emergency response. Click here to read the order.
Reopening Guidelines for Businesses
The Cobb Chamber and its Reopening Taskforce have developed a helpful guide to help business owners as they prepare to reopen. Inside, you'll find tips on how to prepare your work space, how to protect your employees and customers, and how to mitigate the spread of the virus. Click here to read more.
The Governor's communications team has put together a helpful webpage with industry-specific guidance so that restaurants, gyms, estheticians, etc. have clarity regarding the rules they must abide while resuming business operations. The state has also issued a new Covid-19 FAQ Page, providing additional clarity on Georgia business operations.
Restaurant Guidelines for Reopening Dine-In
Are you a restaurant that's considering reopening? The National Restaurant Association has a reopening guide for dine-in operations during the pandemic. Read more here.
Get Cobb Back to Work
The Cobb County Government's Geographic Information System has created an online hub for business owners and companies to submit employment opportunities and amended business hours.
Gov. Kemp Signs New COVID-19 Executive Order
Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 06.11.20.01 - Empowering a Healthy Georgia, addressing ongoing emergency response efforts for fighting the spread of COVID-19. Unless noted otherwise in specific sections, the order goes into effect at 12 AM on June 16, 2020 and runs through 11:59 PM on June 30, 2020. View the executive order here.
SBA Extends Safe Harbor for PPP Borrowers with Loans for Less than $2M
recent weeks, SBA and the Treasury have been requesting that companies
receiving funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) review their
certification that "current economic uncertainty makes this loan request
necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant." Treasury then
gave borrowers until May 14, 2020 to repay these loans, if they believe that
the certification was not made in "good faith".
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the SBA released its most recent guidance extending an automatic safe harbor to borrowers receiving PPP loans with an original amount of less than $2 million. In the new guidance, Treasury states that "Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith".
The safe harbor was enacted because borrowers with loans below the $2M threshold were generally less likely to have access to adequate capital in the current economic environment than borrowers that obtained larger loans.
Most importantly, the guidance states that borrowers with loans greater than $2 million that do not satisfy this safe harbor may still have an adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification, based on their individual circumstances. Borrowers with loans over $2 million that do not meet the SBA's certification will be required to repay the loan balance. And the "SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies" if repayment is made after the borrower receives notification from SBA. This guidance provides some much needed clarity and comfort to many taking the PPP loans.
Please contact your relationship Partner for questions or concerns regarding your PPP application or approved loan.
Reviving a Healthy Georgia
Governor Brian Kemp issued a new Executive Order on Tuesday afternoon relaxing restrictions for restaurants and day cares, while extending restrictions for bars, nightclubs, and live music venues. View the executive order here.
Wellstar Community COVID-19 Update
Stay informed about coronavirus and get helpful public health information for your family with Wellstar's May community update.
Next Wave of FederalFunding Approved
Congress has approved $484 billion in new COVID-19 funding relief. This relief package includes money for the small business loan program, hospitals and testing. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has provided a summary of the new CARES Act funding. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by the end of the week.
Select Cobb Trails andPassive Parks to Reopen Saturday
Cobb PARKS personnel are out working to prepare some of the county's
trails and "passive" parks for reopening this Saturday. See www.cobbcounty.org/COVID19
for a list of facilities that will reopen. Based on Public Health guidelines,
those who use these facilities must adhere to social distancing and wear masks.
Georgia National Guardopens drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at KSU
Under the direction of Governor Brian Kemp, the Georgia National Guard
has selected Kennesaw State University to host a new, drive-thru site to test
Georgians for COVID-19. The testing site, located on the university's Kennesaw
campus, will be commanded by the Georgia National Guard, with testing performed
by medical personnel from Augusta University. Testing will be by appointment
only; no walk-up testing will be allowed in order to protect workers. The
testing facility at KSU will operate daily, from 8am to 12pm and will be able
to facilitate 240 tests each day. This location will be operated as a
controlled environment with personnel following the strictest health and safety
protocols. Individuals may request a virtual screening for the virus at www.augustahealth.org
or download a virtual screening app for their smart phone through AU
Emergency declaration extended
Governor Kemp has extended the Shelter in Place order through the end of April
Governor Kemp has extended the State of Emergency to May 13
Read about what this means here.
Governor Kemp Utilizes the Georgia National Guard
Cobb County Declares State of Emergency
Cobb Chamber Launches COVID-19 Economic Recovery Taskforce
The Cobb Chamber has started an Economic Recovery Taskforce to develop and implement a strategic approach to proactively drive our community's economic recovery from COVID-19. Learn more here.
Treasure Secretary Announces 90-Day Delay on Tax Payments
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that individuals and corporations can delay their tax payments for 90 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read more.
For more information on the COVID-19 Federal Stimulus plan, click here.
To stay up to date on the changing information, sign up for Congressman Loudermilk's newsletter, here.
Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department announced up to $2.3 trillion in additional loans to support the economy. Click here to read more.
Wellstar COVID-19 Community Update
Wellstar shares their response to the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to read more.
Thank a Health Care Provider
Join us in thanking our health care providers. Click here to read how you can help.
Share your positivity with family, neighbors, and friends! Print out, color, and post one of these downloadable signs in your window. Then share on Facebook and Instagram using the tag #togetherwecan!
Help Wellstar Foundation's COVID-19 relief so we can put resources to work where they are needed most. 100% of the donations received will be directed right back into our hospitals', patient-centered programs and community health initiatives benefiting countless Georgians in need.
Cobb County Elections Calls for Masks
The Cobb County Elections Office needs a total of 1,400 masks before the June 9 election to help protect poll workers from coronavirus. Starting Monday, May 4, the elections office, located at 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, will have a donation bin at its entrance from noon to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please put the donated masks in a plastic bag and place them in the bin. For cloth mask-making instructions, visit this helpful resource.
CDPH to Increase COVID-19 Testing
Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is expanding its drive-thru testing criteria at both the Jim Miller Park and Hunter Park testing sites. Click here to learn more.
March 31 - How To:
April 3 - Chamber Chats: Moving Your Business Online
April 7 - How To: Financial Recovery
April 14 - How To: Navigating Human Resources Changes & Challenges
April 17 - Chamber Chats: Giving Back in Challenging Times
April 21 - How To: Adapting Your Marketing Strategy
April 28 - How To: Recovery & Reopening Plan
May 5 - Health Expert Update & Guide for Reopening Safely
May 7 - Chamber Chats: Restaurant Industry
May 19 - Getting Back to Business with the Cobb Chamber
May 27: Legal Guidance for Reopening
June 2 - How To: Navigating the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
DETERMINING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
During this time we understand that you may have questions regarding the continued operation of your business in light of the Governor's Executive Order. We encourage you to visit our website Georgia.org/covid19 to help understand whether what business is "critical infrastructure" and what business is "non-critical infrastructure." This guidance will also help guide you to understand which category your business falls into.
Read these guidelines:Should My Business Remain Open?
Please read the above guidelines in their entirety to understand how your business is impacted by this order, as well as to help you make a self-determination as to whether your business is "critical infrastructure." Additional information is available in "Frequently Asked Questions" regarding the executive order HERE.
If after carefully reading the guidelines, you are unclear as to whether your business meets the guidelines in Governor Kemp's executive order as defined by "critical infrastructure," please complete this form. GDEcD is currently working to evaluate business requests onlyand will respond as quickly as possible. Wherever possible, GDEcD will endeavor to issue additional guidance concerning whether categories of businesses are considered "critical infrastructure," rather than responding to individual businesses.
Regarding employees, a letter is not needed from an employer or the government to prove that the employee falls into one of the exceptions for Essential Services, Necessary Travel, Critical Infrastructure, or Minimum Basic Operations.
Small Business Support
Everything your small business needs to know, and resources to help you remain strong.
Check out all the information you need related to the CARES Act, tax credits, loan and grant information, employee support, and more.
HELPING COBB'S NON-PROFITS
Cobb Community Foundation: The Cobb Community Foundation is a great resource for reaching out to help out our non-profit community. This article is a start to learning more.
CCF has also established the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund as a vehicle to support non-profit organizations serving Cobb as they respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Contributions to this fund will be distributed swiftly as needs arise. CCF has intentionally established this fund with flexibility in mind to ensure that these resources may support communities as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis. The fund is available now to receive contributions. Instructions to non-profits for grant requests will be posted shortly.
There are numerous churches and organizations making sure that food is available to those who need it. Cobb Community Connection will house information about each site, including who is served, what is provided, and hours of operation as well as a map view of locations. Food site information is currently being collected and confirmed will be updated continuously throughout this crisis. Any organizations delivering meals or otherwise providing food should contact Cobb Community Foundation at 770-859-2366 or email CCFTeam@cobbfoundation.org.
Tommy Nobis Center: The Tommy Nobis Center is asking for vehicle donations. Anyone wishing to donate a vehicle to help further the mission of empowering individuals with disabilities through employment can complete their donation application at: https://tommynobiscenter.org/ways-to-help/vehicle-donation/
Center for Family Resources: In honor of the 60th year serving our community, the Center for Family Resources will be raising $60,000 in 60 days to provide much-needed emergency assistance to families who can no longer pay rent, mortgage or utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please help ensure CFR can continue to be a resource to Cobb County residents and donate to our '60 in 60' campaign here: http://bit.ly/cfrgive
TAKING CARE OF OUR STUDENTS
Governor Kemp has issued an Executive Order to close schools throughout the remainder of the school year. Click here to read the full Executive Order.
With the impact on families in need that have students on free and reduced lunch, Cobb Schools, Marietta City Schools & several non-profits are stepping up in major ways to meet these needs including deliveries to families, access to internet thanks to Comcast and AT&T, and much more.
Cobb County Schools Family Stabilization Program
To support Cobb County students in need with Cobb School's Foundation, click here.
MUST Ministries Food Pantry Sites & Donation Help
In an effort to help the many at-risk students and their families who do not have enough food during the closing of schools, MUST Ministries is coordinating a MUST FOOD Rapid Response program. Click here to learn more.
Marietta City Schools Meal Delivery
Each weekday, MCS bus drivers will load up their bus with meals and stop at 81 sites along 18 routes. Click here to learn more.
Sponsor a Marietta City School Student
Marietta City Schools is prepared to continue instruction for students through our digital learning platform. With your help, we are launching a new program called "Connect-a-Kid." This program will allow us to outfit school buses with mobile wi-fi "hot-spots" that will be placed in safe locations throughout our community. Additionally, you can temporarily support a Marietta family who may need access to a computing device and internet access in their home.
For just $35, you can provide one month of internet access for a Marietta student. If you would like to Connect-a-Kid and support such technology needs, please donate online.
KSU Launches the Moving Forward Fund
Kennesaw State University has established a fund to help students facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Moving Forward fund provides direct assistance to students to pay for food, housing, tuition, books, transportation and other education-related needs. You can make a donation at the Moving Forward Fund website.
The Georgia Aquarium has an expansive list of tools for parents to use as a companion to their child's digital learning plans. Parents and students can access grade-appropriate lesson plans, activities, videos and daily livestreams into the aquarium's exhibits. Click here to view this resource.
SUPPORTING COBB'S SENIORS
The Center For Family Resources and MUST Ministries staff are working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to get food into the hands of our in-need residents. Six Flags Over Georgia is donating their extra food to seniors and families in need.
ORGANIZATIONS STEPPING UP
Several organizations are doing what they can to help in this time of need, by not terminating services due to inability to pay or by offering creative ways to deliver services.
Atlanta Gas Light
DEVELOPING A TELEWORK PLAN
With many organizations working remotely, Georgia Commute Options has resources that can help you maintain business continuity. Georgia Commute Options is offering a free quick start telework guide. Whether you have a solid, formal telework policy in place or are starting from scratch, this can be a great resource. Click here to access.
Georgia Commute Options held three webinars, which can still be watched online.
View this online training resource with best practices for telework, self care, and other helpful topics during COVID-19.