Small Business COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Relief Resources

Small businesses across the State of Georgia are adapting to the challenges associated with COVID-19. The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council is compiling a list of resources and information to help small businesses navigate through this difficult time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@gmsdc.org.

Financial Assistance

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) is a nonprofit community lender, specializing in small-business loans coupled with business advisory services.

For more information, click here.

DeKalb County Better Business Loan Program

The DeKalb Better Business Loan Program is a partnership with local banks to provide financial relief to small DeKalb County businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financing for the program was approved by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners from our county allotment of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds received from the federal government. Our current partner, Citizens Trust Bank will be responsible for administering $10 million in loans for the Better Business loan program. For more information, click here.

Fiserv Back2Business Grant

Fiserv is giving back to help small businesses get Back2Business with a program focused on helping to jump-start Black- and minority-owned small businesses in hard-hit communities. Back2Business is designed to help stabilize and grow small businesses, with business consulting services, leading Clover payments technology solutions from Fiserv and financial support for employee payroll, rent or lease payments, operations equipment and resources. In partnership with AEO, the Fiserv Back2Business Grants for Small Business Program will award up to $10,000 to Black- and minority-owned businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and social unrest. For more information, click here.

Kabbage Gift Certificate Program

Through Kabbage Payments™, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses. For more information, click here.

LISC Rural Relief Small Business Grant

LISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program. Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. Applications are being accepted in “rounds”. You must submit a new application for each round in order to be considered for funding in that round. Below are the dates of upcoming rounds: January 26 – February 2, 2021. For more information, click here.

NOW Corp

NOW Corp’s flagship service, NOWaccount® enables businesses to get paid immediately—in a way that feels like accepting a credit card for payment (no loan or factoring) even when a card is not offered and an invoice is required. NOW Corp offers nontraditional sources of capital if your other financial tools are unable to.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Paycheck Protection Program – This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan – This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loan – Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • SBA Debt Relief – The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the CARES Act, click here.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

An investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. For more information, click here.

Office Resources

Microsoft

Microsoft is offering Teams Freemium as a response to COVID-19. This version gives you unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage, and 2 GB of personal file storage per user. You also get real-time collaboration with the Office apps for web, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. There is no end date. For more information, click here.

Zoom

Zoom offers a full-featured Basic Plan for free with unlimited meetings. The Basic plan has a 40 minutes time limit on meetings with three or more total participants. Zoom also offers a list of training resources for effectively working remotely. For more information, click here.

GMSDC Cares

In response to the global health pandemic, GMSDC is reintroducing GMSDC Cares, our advocacy work to assist our GMSDC family and friends during this time of need. We may feel apart for now, but we are in this together.

#WeAreGMSDC

Coronavirus Guidance

How Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your state or local health department or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.

State of GA COVID-19 Hotline – 844-442-2681

Middle GA COVID-19 Hotline – 478-352-4636

Georgia Department of Health – 844-442-2681

Find a Covid-19 Vaccination Site

Childcare

Food Assistance

Georgia’s Own PPE and Medical-Related Services

Health & Well-Being

Utilities

For more services and resources, please visit United Way.

Federal Government

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