Last Updated: Thursday, February 25

Our team at Roswell Inc wants to keep you informed about the latest information, news, developments, and resources available to businesses as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 together. We have created this “Business Bulletin” as a way to provide you with timely, relevant information. We will periodically publish updates as well as send them out to our email list. If you would like to receive updates via email, you can subscribe below.

We know each business has its own unique circumstances and challenges during this time, and we are here and ready to do all we can to help you and your business navigate this uncertain time. Contact Our Team.

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If you know of any information or resources you think would be of interest or value to the Roswell business community, please send an email to ashley@roswellinc.org.

Take the “Come Back Safely” Pledge

Keeping each other healthy is a shared commitment as the City of Roswell does its part to slow the spread of COVID-19. The  “Come Back Safely” Pledge is a collaborative effort from the City of RoswellRoswell Inc and Visit Roswell to help local business owners, employees, residents, and visitors express a mutual obligation and commitment to the health of our neighbors.
Taking the pledge is a public promise to your customers, neighbors and the broader community that you will take necessary precautions to protect public health. By working together and committing to these basic safety measures, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Businesses that take the pledge commit to:
  • Wash hands frequently & have hand sanitizer available.
  • Wear face coverings when interacting with guests.
  • Follow physical-distancing & capacity guidelines.
  • Follow CDC standards of cleaning & sanitation.
  • Conduct wellness screenings of employees.
  • Train employees on COVID-19 safety procedures.

Businesses and organizations can download the pledge toolkit, which includes a pledge badge graphic, downloadable flyers and posters, and other promotional elements to let their guests know that they have taken the pledge and are serious about their commitment to safety.

Learn more and take the pledge at roswellgov.com/ComeBackSafely.

Reopening & Recovery Resources

Georgia Industry Specific Guidelines

The State of Georgia has launched a new section on its website to help clarify the measures that businesses are required to take in order to resume operations. The page outlines guidelines for specific industries, including healthcare, restaurants and dining services, grocery stores, salons, fitteness centers, and more. 

Additionally, GDEcD has complied a list of Georgia PPE Suppliers, which is now available to the public. Learn More.

View Georgia COVID-19 Business Guide
The IEDC Launches Resources for Reopening the Economy

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has launched a new website dedicated to recovery and reopening resources. This newly launched page includes research and webinars, along with an entire “Reopening by Industry” section that provides a collection of handbooks and guidelines for a variety of industries—manufacturing, sports and entertainment, retail, airlines and tourism, hospitality and restaurants, personal services, real estate and construction, automobile, and more.

Learn More
CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a variety of resources to help businesses reopen safely. This guidance can be used by everyone, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home.  

The CDC has several additional resources available on its website to help businesses plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19. View resource page here. 

View CDC Reopening Guidance
U.S. Chamber Launches Resource Center for Reopening Business

As America’s businesses look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed, employers are facing countless new questions and unprecedented new challenges.

As part of the Path Forward initiative, the U.S Chamber of Commerce launched its Digital Resources Center to provide the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. Learn more.

View U.S. Chamber Reopening Resources

Business Resource Hub

In an effort to help residents and small business owners who have experienced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Roswell will soon launch its COVID-19 Relief Assistance Program for Residents and Small Businesses.

The program will help residents in need to pay living expenses like mortgage/rent, utilities, and childcare. It also supports local brick-and-mortar businesses struggling to stay afloat due to the pandemic.

The City has allocated $800,000 to this program—$400,000 is available to residents in need of assistance, and $400,000 is available to Roswell small businesses. To qualify, applicants must meet specific criteria. The grants do not need to be paid back to the City of Roswell.

Residents and business owners will be able to apply during the open application periods for each program by visiting RoswellGov.com/COVIDRelief.

The site currently provides general information, but it will be updated with specific qualification criteria and instructions soon.

SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The application period for the Small Business Relief Assistance Program will open on Monday, March 8, and continue through March 22, 2021.

Grants will be awarded to qualified brick-and-mortar small businesses (maximum of 99 employees; home-based businesses not eligible) that have suffered significant loss of revenue directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses must meet specific requirements to qualify:

  • Have not received any federal grants (i.e. PPP, EIDL Grants) related to the COVID-19 pandemic (Businesses that have received an EIDL Loan may still apply.)
  • Maximum of 99 employees
  • 2021 Business license and all debts to the City of Roswell are paid in full
  • 2020 Revenues of less than $1,000,000
  • Decreased revenue in 2020 of 25% or more as compared with 2019
  • Physical base of operations in the City of Roswell (home-based businesses are not eligible)
  • Secure and committed to remain in operation for 12 months after receiving relief funds
Applications will be scored based on a first-received time stamp. The award amount will be up to $15,000 per qualified business based on a tiered approach:
  • 1 employee—up to $5,000
  • 2 to 10 employees—up to $10,000
  • 11 to 99 employees—up to $15,000

Applications will be reviewed starting on March 23, and awards will be provided starting on March 29.

The City of Roswell will share updates and reminders with the public in advance of and during the applications periods. For more information and to find out what documents interested businesses should prepare to submit when the application period opens on March 8, visit RoswellGov.com/COVIDRelief.

New Changes Announced for the Paycheck Protection Program

  • Establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. Counting employees: Each employee counts as one, regardless if full-time, part-time, or seasonal. The 14-day exclusivity period will start on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST.
  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.

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First & Second Draw PPP

On January 11, the SBA reopened the Paycheck Protection Program and is now accepting loan applications from ALL participating lenders. To find a lender near you, click here to view the SBA lender map.

Who qualifies for a first draw loan?

  • Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons
  • Any business, non-profit organization, veterans organization, or tribal business with 500 or fewer employees. Entities with more than 500 employees in certain industries that meet SBA’s alternative size standard or SBA’s size standards for those particular industries can also apply
  • Any business with a NAICS code that begins with 72 (Accommodations and Food Services) with no more than 500 employees per physical location
  • Eligible news organizations with no more than 500 employees per physical location
  • Housing cooperatives, 501(c)(6) organizations, or destination marketing organizations with no more than 300 employees

Learn More about First Draw PPP Loans

Who qualifies for a second draw loan?

Any business that has previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and:

  • Will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses; and
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020

Learn More about Second Draw PPP Loans

PPP Loan Forgiveness

First and Second Draw PPP Loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement:

  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained
  • The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses; and
  • At least 60 percent of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs

An eligible borrower that received a loan of $150,000 or less should use the shorter one-page application (SBA Form 3508S). Furthermore, at the time of application, businesses with this loan size are not required to submit any additional application or documentation.

Payroll costs including salary, wages, and tips, up to $100,000 of annual pay per employee as well as covered benefits for employees (but not owners), including health care expenses, retirement contributions, and state taxes imposed on employee payroll paid by the employer (such as unemployment insurance premiums), but excluding any qualified wages taken into account in determining the Employer Retention Credit.

Eligible Non-payroll Expenses:

  • Operations Expenditures – business software or cloud computing service that facilitates business operations, product or service delivery, the processing, payment, or tracking of payroll expenses, human resources, sales and billing functions, or accounting or tracking of supplies, inventory, records and expenses
  • Property Damage Costs – cost related to property damage and vandalism or looting due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that was not covered by insurance or other compensation
  • Supplier Costs – expenditure to a supplier for goods that—(A) are essential to business operations at the time at which the expenditure is made; and (B) is made pursuant to a contract, order, or purchase order—(i)at any time before the covered period; or (ii) with respect to perishable goods, in effect before or at any time during the covered period
  • Worker Protection Expenditure – an operating or capital expenditure to facilitate the adaptation of the business activities to comply with requirements established or guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or any equivalent requirements established or guidance issued by a State or local government related to the maintenance of standards for sanitation, social distancing, or any other worker or customer safety requirement related to COVID–19, during the period beginning on March 1, 2020 and ending the date on which the national emergency expires
  • Business mortgage interest payments 
  • Business rent or lease payments
  • Business utility payments

Learn more about PPP Loan Forgiveness

Additional Guidance & Resources:
    • Roswell Mayor Lori Henry issued an updated Executive Order in conjunction with Governor Kemp’s January 29, 2021 Executive Orders, renewing the Public Health State of Emergency through March 7, 2021 and COVID-19 safety measures through February 15, 2021.

      The Mayor’s Executive Order mirrors the Governor’s Orders and mandates the following measures:

      • Roswell Public Health State of Emergency: The City of Roswell is extending its own Public Health State of Emergency through December 9, unless the statewide Order is renewed by the Governor.
      • Public Safety Enforcement: All City of Roswell public safety personnel shall be authorized to enforce the Governor’s Orders in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia and the City of Roswell.
      • Special Event Permits/Rentals: No new special event permits or rental of indoor City facilities shall be allowed other than the City of Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which will strictly adhere to the Governor’s Order.
      • Public Health Safety Measures: All citizens and visitors to City parks and facilities should strictly adhere to Governor Kemp’s Executive Orders for social distancing. All members of the public are also reminded of mandatory criteria for businesses, as well as restrictions for sheltering in place for medically fragile.
      • Face Coverings: All citizens and visitors to Roswell facilities and buildings are required to wear face coverings when inside the buildings.
  • In an effort to help residents and small business owners who have experienced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Roswell will soon launch its COVID-19 Relief Assistance Program for Residents and Small Businesses. The program will help residents in need to pay living expenses like mortgage/rent, utilities, and childcare. It also supports local brick-and-mortar businesses struggling to stay afloat due to the pandemic. The City has allocated $800,000 to this program—$400,000 is available to residents in need of assistance, and $400,000 is available to Roswell small businesses. To qualify, applicants must meet specific criteria. The grants do not need to be paid back to the City of Roswell. Residents and business owners will be able to apply during the open application periods for each program by visiting RoswellGov.com/COVIDRelief.
  • In an effort to help local businesses and restaurants during these tough times, Roswell’s Mayor and Council have approved the delivery of unopened liquor, beer and wine by liquor stores and the ability for retailers and restaurants to deliver beer and wine. There will be a $100 annual fee for businesses that want to deliver alcohol. The new ordinance and fee went into effect on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

     For more information and to apply, visit www.RoswellGov.com/Alcohol.

  • Businesses in the City of Roswell will soon be receiving a notice of 2021 Business Occupation Tax renewals, which will be due by March 15, 2021. Due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many local businesses, the Mayor and City Council approved a one-time tax credit for existing businesses that paid occupation tax in 2020. This tax credit will cap the 2021 tax at the final amount the business paid for 2020. All registered businesses in the City of Roswell will receive a renewal notice and letter that provides detailed information and instructions about this process. Businesses will be able to renew their Business Occupation Tax online at www.RoswellPay.com, which walks the business owner through the renewal with step-by-step instructions.
  • In accordance with the Executive Order signed by Mayor Lori Henry on April 3, 2020, and extended in subsequent Executive Orders, most recently on February 1, 2021, placement of reasonable new temporary information business signage may be installed without a Temporary Sign Permit provided such signage must be in compliance with current code standards. Signs that are placed in the public roadway right-of-way will be removed by the City’s Code Enforcement staff. The allowed temporary signs must be removed or obtain a Temporary Sign Permit at the conclusion of the February 1 Executive Order/Proclamation and/or any extensions.
  • The City of Roswell reopened City Hall (38 Hill Street) and their facility at 1810 Hembree Road on Monday, June 15, 2020. Both facilities resumed normal business hours and are open for walk-in appointments, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.The Community Development Department at City Hall will be open to the public for intake of applications (planning and zoning, building permits, land disturbance and tree removal, etc.) from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. This schedule will allow staff administrative time in the morning and afternoon to process applications, as well as time to sanitize public areas, such as the reception area and conference rooms. Applications may also be submitted digitally via email to planningandzoning@roswellgov.com.Visitors to these City facilities are required to wear face coverings when inside the buildings, practice physical distancing and utilize sanitizing stations throughout the buildings to help slow down the spread of COVID-19.
  • The City of Roswell has decided to cancel or postpone many large City events. City leaders decided not to hold these events to continue proactive physical distancing measures and the limiting of gatherings to combat further COVID-19 transmission. Please refer to the city calendar to check the status of other City events and programs.

For more information, visit RoswellGov.com/Coronavirus.

Governor Brian Kemp has issued a new executive order, extending the Public Health State of Emergency and COVID-19 safety measures. In addition to reviewing the full executive order, we encourage businesses to visit the State of Georgia’s COVID-19 Business Guide.

For full details, read the executive orders here: 
  • Public Health Guidance – safety measures extended through February 15, 2021. This Executive Order requires social distancing, bans gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.
  • Public Health State of Emergency– extended through March 7
Additional Resources

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On Wednesday, August 5, Governor Kemp signed into law Senate Bill 359, which protects individuals, businesses and healthcare providers from COVID-19 related claims, unless gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct has taken place. As specified in the bill, any receipt, ticket, wristband or proof of purchase for entry should include the liability statement in at least 10 pt. font or the warning should be posted at all entry points in 1-inch Arial font.
  • Statement on Receipt, Proof of Purchase, etc.: Any person entering the premises waives all civil liability against this premises owner and operator for any injuries caused by the inherent risk associated with contracting COVID-19 at public gatherings, except for gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm, by the individual or entity of the premises.
  • Entrance Warning:

Warning
Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering
these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting
COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.

For full details, read Senate Bill 359 here.

Our team is currently reviewing the order to determine more specifically how this impacts our businesses and nonprofits. Please contact us if you have any questions about how this relates to your business, and we will do our best to assist.
SBA Express Bridge Loans

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. Learn more.

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GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund

The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund is part of the Small Business Relief Initiative—a program supported by GoFundMe. The Small Business Relief Initiative will supply financial assistance and support to businesses across the country by providing grants, tools, and resources to help during the crisis. Learn More.

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eBay “Up & Running” Small Business Accelerator Program
eBay is pledging $100 million to help brick-and-mortar small businesses move their goods and services online through their “Up & Running” accelerator program. The offer includes a free basic eBay store for three months and waiving selling fees through June 30 for up to 500 orders. Learn More.

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Our team is working on collecting information on grants and other financial resources available to businesses. Please contact ashley@roswellinc.org if your company has established a grant program or another financial resource for businesses, or if you know of a program not listed here.

Small business owners—including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations—that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19 can apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) with a low-interest rate, 3.75% fixed for businesses and 2.75% fixed for nonprofits.

COVID-19 Targeted EIDL Advance was signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of the Economic Aid Act. Advance funds of up to $10,000 will be available to applicants located in low-income communities who previously received an EIDL Advance for less than $10,000, or those who applied but received no funds due to lack of available program funding. Applicants do not need to take any action at this time. SBA will reach out to those who qualify directly. SBA will first reach out to EIDL applications that already received a partial EIDL Advance (between $1,000 – $9,000). Next, SBA will reach out to those who applied for EIDL assistance on or before December 27, 2020, but did not receive an EIDL Advance due to lack of program funding. Applicants will be contacted directly by SBA via email in the coming weeks with instructions to determine eligibility and submit documentation. Only prior applicants will be considered for the Targeted EIDL Advance.

Learn more about COVID-19 EIDL Programs

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Who qualifies?

  • Live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria, motion picture theater operators, talent representatives, and each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
    • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
    • Venue or promoter must not have received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants – FAQ

Learn More about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

On Sunday, December 27, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) was signed into law. The $900 billion stimulus package allocates funding for additional PPP & EIDL programs, federal unemployment benefits, individual stimulus payments, rental assistance, vaccine distribution and more. 

Below is a brief overview of some of the key provisions:

Paycheck Protection Program
Nearly a third of the relief bill—$284 billion—is appropriated to reopen the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill outlines new eligibility requirements, allows prior borrowers to apply for a “second draw”, carves out funds for specific sectors, and further defines loan forgiveness criteria. Below are some of the key details:

  • The PPP program will be open through March 31, 2021, or until funding is exhausted.
  • Your business must have less than 300 employees and experienced at least a 25 percent decrease in gross receipts during at least one quarter of 2020.
  • The maximum loan amount is $2 million.
  • If you are a 501(c)(6), a local news media organization, or a housing cooperative you may now be eligible for a loan.
  • Prior PPP loan borrowers that have exhausted their initial loan may be eligible for a “second draw”.
  • You may qualify even if you took advantage of the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
  • If you are a publicly-traded company, you are now ineligible to receive a loan.

Furthermore, the new bill guarantees appropriation amounts for several sectors, including $35 billion for first-time borrowers, $25 billion for organizations with 10 employees or less, and $15 billion for Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions. 

The legislation also expands the list of expenses that PPP loans can be used for and that qualify for loan forgiveness to include operations expenses, suppliers cost, worker protection expenses, and covered property damage costs. It is important to note that no more than 40% of the forgiven amount can be non-payroll costs. Additionally, under the new provisions, businesses can claim normal tax deductions for expenses paid for using PPP funding.



Grants for Shuttered Venue Operators

$15 billion in targeted grant funding is available for entertainment venues, including independent movie theaters, performing arts centers, and live music venues, that have experienced at least a 25 percent decrease in gross receipts during at least one quarter of 2020.



Employee Retention Tax Credit

Beginning January 1, 2021, the Employee Retention Tax Credit will be increased to 70% on $10,000 in wages per quarter, or a maximum $14,000 per employee through June 30th. The previous credit was 50% on $10,000 in qualified wages for ALL quarters, or a maximum of $5,000 per employee for the whole year.

Eligibility is now expanded to include businesses with 500 or fewer employees who experienced a decline in gross receipts of at least 20 percent. Employers can now also receive both the Employee Retention Tax Credit and a PPP loan, as long as the funds are not used for the same payroll expenses.



Targeted EIDL Grant

The new law reopens the $10,000 EIDL Grant program. Eligible businesses must have 300 employees or less, be located in a low-income community, and have experienced more than a 30 percent reduction in gross receipts during any 8-week period between March 2, and December 31, 2020, relative to a comparable 8-week period prior to March 2.  



Unemployment Benefits

The latest bill allocates $120 billion in additional unemployment benefits, providing a $300 weekly enhancement in addition to state unemployment, and extending the maximum benefit period for an additional 11 weeks, to a total maximum of 50 weeks.

The legislation also extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which pays benefits to self-employed, gig, freelance and part-time workers, who are usually ineligible for state benefits; and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which pays extra weeks of benefits to individuals who exhausted their state benefits. These programs are also extended by 11 weeks, allowing individuals to receive a maximum of 50 weeks of unemployment benefits.

“Mixed-earners” (W-2 and 1099 income) who make at least $5,000 per year in self-employment income but do not qualify from PUA because they receive state unemployment insurance, will be eligible for an additional $100 per week on top of the $300 weekly boost.

PREPARING FOR THE 2ND ROUND OF COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING

The UGA SBDC, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is offering free webinars about the SBA funding programs contained within the Economic Aid Act for small businesses affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. They discuss updates and changes to components and features of the Economic Aid Act, to include the 1st and 2nd Draw Paycheck Protection Program, the COVID-19 EIDL and the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance, changes to the SBA Debt Relief Program, and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, among others.

There are no upcoming live webinars, click here to watch on demand.

The SBDC also has a page on its website with an overview of the latest relief bill. Learn more.

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SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub
As a resource partner of our organization and the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE is committed to continuing its support of businesses, especially during these difficult times. To provide businesses with guidance and assistance related to COVID-19, SCORE has launched its Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub, which provides information about mentoring, financial assistance and reopening guidance.

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

DOL has released guidance intended to inform employers and workers in most workplace settings outside of healthcare to help them identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19 at work and to help them determine appropriate control measures to implement. Separate guidance is applicable to healthcare (CDC guidance) and emergency response (CDC guidance) settings. OSHA has additional industry-specific guidance. This guidance contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

Read More.

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Under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employers provide paid leave through two separate provisions: (1) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), which entitles workers to up to 80 hours of paid sick time when they are unable to work for certain reasons related to COVID-19, and (2) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Expanded FMLA), which entitles workers to certain paid family and medical leave. The FFCRA provides that Eligible Employers providing leave under the EPSLA and the Expanded FMLA are entitled to fully refundable tax credits to cover the cost of the leave paid for these periods of time during which employees are unable to work (which for purposes of these rules, includes telework). Certain self-employed persons in similar circumstances are entitled to similar credits.

The refundable tax credits apply to qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages paid for certain periods when an employee is unable to work, as described below, during the period beginning April 1, 2020, and ending March 31, 2021, pursuant to amendments to the provisions of the FFCRA made by the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020. The same period is used to determine credits for qualified sick leave equivalent amounts and qualified family leave equivalent amounts for certain self-employed individuals.
For more information about FFCRA, click here.
For more information about the tax credit, click here.
Unemployment Earnings Exemption Increased to $300 per week

Pursuant to the emergency rule issued on March 26, 2020, an individual can make up to $300 per week without reducing their maximum weekly benefit amount, allowing employees to work reduced hours and still qualify for state weekly benefits and the federal $600 weekly supplement (FPUC). Learn more.

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Lost Wages Assistance Program

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is distributing federal unemployment funds as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) bringing economic relief to many Georgians.

The Lost Wages Assistance Program, or LWA, is part of President Trump’s executive order to extend enhanced federal unemployment benefits.

Claimants who qualify for the LWA program will be issued their first round of supplemental payments by early this week for the first three eligible weeks. LWA is a program that receives funding from the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund. LWA will allow distribution of an additional $300 weekly supplement to eligible individuals receiving UI benefits from state and federal unemployment insurance programs.

FEMA announced that all states will be limited to six weeks of benefits. The GDOL recently received approval for all six weeks of LWA benefits. The GDOL plans to issue the final three weeks’ worth of payments by late September.

Eligibility for the LWA Program is based upon an individual’s weekly benefit determination – an amount calculated by a claimant’s reported wages. Individuals must have received a weekly benefit amount determination of at least $100 to be eligible for LWA supplemental benefits. He/she must also be unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.
What Employers Need to Know
  • 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. Learn more.
  • Employers now have two methods of submitting partial claims (now known as employer filed claims) – Multi-Claims Upload or Single Claim Entry. Multi-Claims Upload allows employers to upload an Excel spreadsheet using a GDOL template. This method saves time by eliminating the need to manually enter each employee’s information each week.You can simply update earnings information and upload a new spreadsheet for each week. You must download and use the GDOL Excel template. The template is available in the Employer Portal on the File Employer Filed Claims application. Read more and get the template.
Have you already filed an unemployment claim?

The DOL has posted information for both individuals and employers that includes time frames, important details to share with your employees, and ways to check the status of your claim. Read more.

Career Reboot Fulton

Career ReBoot Fulton is a $5M retraining program that will provide FREE access to computer training for 3,000 Fulton County residents to improve their computer skills as they re-enter the workforce. The program will enable recently laid-off or unemployed Fulton residents to earn industry-recognized certifications online or in-person via Goodwill of North Georgia’s career training centers. Opportunity ATL, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s job resource initiative, will provide employment connections to program participants, leveraging an existing network of employers in the region. Career Reboot Fulton is being directly funded by Fulton County using CARES Act funds. Career ReBoot Fulton will run from August 24th until the end of the year.

Program Design:
Career ReBoot Fulton will provide a free set of wrap-around services to help our unemployed residents return to the workplace: 1) Digital Literacy Training, 2) Career Counseling and 3) Employment Connections.

1) Digital Literacy Training: Participants will be offered three levels of digital literacy training for Fulton residents. Classes can be taken self-paced or instructor-led at one of Goodwill of North Georgia’s metro area career centers.
o Level 1 – Awareness (explore access to technology, career exploration)
o Level 2 – Basic Skills (digital skills assessment, computer basics intro)
o Level 3 – Productivity Tools (Microsoft Office and G-Suite basic proficiency)

2) Career Counseling: Participants will receive career counseling via Goodwill of North Georgia to help position them for a career path using their new computer skills.

3) Employment Connections: Participants with receive resume writing, job search assistance and access to virtual jobs fairs led by Goodwill of North Georgia, supported by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

To enroll in Career ReBoot Fulton, Fulton County residents can go to https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/business-services/select-fulton/career-reboot-fulton-programcareerconnector.org; email careerservices@ging.org, call 844.344.WORK (9675); or visit one of Goodwill of North Georgia’s Career Centers.

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Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL)

Georgia DOL is committed to providing a wide array of services to assist businesses in hiring, training, and retaining skilled, highly-qualified employees. Some of the high value, customized workforce solutions Georgia DOL provides at no cost to businesses include the following: Recruitment and Job Postings, Labor Market Information, Assistance with Employment Related Laws, Assistance with Tax Credits and Veteran Services.

For more information, visit dol.georgia.gov and employgeorgia.com.

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Greater North Fulton Chamber

The Greater North Fulton Chamber is the only regional chamber in North Fulton and serves as the recognized leader for business growth, talent development and regional prosperity. The Chamber recently launched NorthFultonJobs.com as a workforce development initiative connecting jobs and talent in North Fulton.

For more information, contact Mark Goodman at mgoodman@gnfcc.com.

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Goodwill of North Georgia

Goodwill of North Georgia’s Career Centers offer access to job boards, résumé software, computers, cover letter writing assistance, job fairs and even one on one support from a career coach. Goodwill also provides custom training programs and services to build soft skills, develop entry-level skills, and improve a candidate’s overall marketability.

For more information visit:
Woodstock Career Center
9425 Highway 92
Woodstock, GA 30188
770-874-0901
https://goodwillng.org/find-a-career/

Fulton County: Digital Literacy Program

Good digital skills are needed to succeed in the jobs of today and the career you want tomorrow. FREE workshops are available for all levels from those new to computers to advanced learners looking to enhance their digital skills. Take classes online at home or at a Goodwill Career Centers at no cost to you. Get started today and register at https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/business-services/select-fulton/career-reboot-fulton-programcareerconnector.org.

Need help registering online? Call 844.344.WORK (9675) or email us at careerservices@ging.org.

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Metro Atlanta eXChange (MAX)

MAX  exists to convene and connect the workforce development community in the Atlanta region. It also serves as a catalyst for empowering and aligning workforce development efforts to meet the needs of employers across the region. MAX oversees a virtual job board as a resource for both job seekers and employers in the Atlanta area. 

If you are a job seeker, visit metroatlantaexchange.org/events/?tribe_events_cat=job-seeker.

If you are an employer, visit http://metroatlantaexchange.org/events/?tribe_events_cat=employer.

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The Drake House

The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless, single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta. Designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency, the Drake House employs career coaches to walk alongside mothers as they seek employment. To combat the barrier of transportation, the Drake House provides mothers with Marta passes to get to and from work. 

For more information, contact Shirlene Anderson at sanderson@thedrakehouse.org.

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North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC)

NFCC assists individuals and families living in the North Fulton area with a variety of emergency needs. In an effort to move individuals from unemployed to employed, NFCC Job & Career Coaches partner with the local business community to match skills and experience of workers with immediate employment needs.

For more information, contact Eden Purdy at epurdy@nfcchelp.org

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First Step Staffing

First Step Staffing helps individuals transitioning from homelessness secure sustainable income through employment in local businesses. First Step also provides transportation assistance through its vanpool.  

For more information, contact Amelia Nickerson at amelia@firststepstaffing.com or 404-276-5794.

Peer2Peer Warm Line

A free service provided by the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network that features 24/7 support for individuals experiencing chronic or acute behavioral health challenges – including depression, anxiety and trauma.
visit: www.gmhcn.org/peer2peer-warm-line
call: 888-945-1414

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The Summit Wellness Group

Roswell-based dual diagnosis addiction treatment center. Available via phone 24/7 to provide support to anyone suffering from addiction or mental health-related challenges. Their website features in-depth guides on suicide prevention and overdose prevention.
visit: thesummitwellnessgroup.com
call: 770-692-2052
location: 745 Hembree Pl, Roswell, GA 30076

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
call: 1-800-273-8255
visit: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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Georgia Crisis & Access Line

GCAL provides immediate access to routine or crisis services, including providing telephonic crisis intervention services, dispatching mobile crisis teams, assisting individuals in finding an open crisis or detox bed across the State, and linking individuals with urgent appointment services. GCAL is operated by the Behavioral Health Link Crisis call Center, a nationally accredited Health Care Call Center, crisis center, and partner in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
call: 1-800-715-4225

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Detox Local

Attempting to quit alcohol or drugs cold turkey can be fatal. Alcohol withdrawal poses a very serious and unique set of risks as it is one of the most dangerous withdrawal syndromes. Making sure a detox center is prepared and qualified to safely and effectively treat alcohol withdrawal is the top priority when searching for a detox center. Furthermore, different drugs produce different effects and symptoms during withdrawal, some more serious than others. This comprehensive resource features in-depth information on drug withdrawal, as well as resources for finding medical detox centers.
visit: www.detoxlocal.com

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC has an entire section of its website dedicated to providing guidance to businesses and employers to help them navigate the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes preparing workplaces, reducing transmission among employees, and maintaining healthy business operations.

Please visit the site and help do your part in slowing the spreading of COVID-19.

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IRS

  • Employer Tax Credits – Many businesses that have been severely impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) will qualify for new employer tax credits (PDF) – the Credit for Sick and Family Leave and the Employee Retention Credit.
  • The IRS has established a special section of the agency’s website focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by this coronavirus. Their page will be updated as new information is available.

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PPE Manufacturers and Distributors

  • Roswell PPE Suppliers – Several Roswell companies produce or have access to PPE supplies. We have compiled a list of suppliers/manufacturers that have offered access to these supplies publicly. Download List.If your company manufactures or has access to PPE and would like to be added to this list, please contact Kimberly Allred, kimberly@roswellinc.org.
  • Georgia COVID-19 PPE Suppliers – Many Georgia companies have joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical health care supplies to those on the front lines of this fight: health care workers, first responders and law enforcement, food service industry employees, logistics workers, and reopening small businesses.The Georgia Department of Economic Development is pleased to make this list accessible to the public. Learn More.

  • Help Georgia Fight COVID-19 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development (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.Is your business able to provide assistance and resources with either existing or adaptable production lines and facilities? Please complete this form.

Contact Our Team

Steve Stroud

Steve Stroud
Executive Director, Economic Development

steve@roswellinc.org
Direct: 470.359.6644

Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen
Communications & Operations Manager

ashley@roswellinc.org
Direct: 470.359.6640

Kimberly Allred

Kimberly Allred
Business Relations & Strategic Partnerships Manager

kimberly@roswellinc.org
Direct: 470.359.6645