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

This information is updated on a daily basis.

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.  Financing available to small businesses located in Fulton County (Georgia) for assistance with recovery from the effects of the wide-spread virus. ACE, with the support of the Fulton County Commission, has created the Emergency Loan to provide financial assistance to small businesses to speed recovery

For more information, click here.

Business for All Grants

Led by Hello Alice, with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay, and small business owners and advocates across America, Business for All provides $10,000 to $50,000 grants, expert mentorship, a strong community, and a comprehensive suite of small business resources. For more information, click here.

Facebook Small Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. To qualify, small businesses must have between 2 and 50 employees, have been in business for over a year, have experienced challenges from COVID-19, and be in or near a location where Facebook operates.

For more information, click here.

Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta have joined together to establish the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (COVID-19 Fund). Part of the fund will also support the gaps in the capacity of our existing nonprofit partners adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19. Gaps include unanticipated interruptions in business operations, impacts from interruptions in state and/or local government programs or services and the impact of volunteering in an age of social distancing.

For more information, click here.

Gwinnett County Small Business Assistance Program

Gwinnett County is offering $20 million in federal CARES Act loans and grants for local for-profit businesses that have been hurt during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are intended to help businesses reopen their doors with such needs as deep cleaning facilities, modifying facilities to accommodate ongoing social distancing, restocking inventory, marketing to their clients, and/or paying staff in advance of reopening and achieving revenue.

Applications for the funds will be available June 30. Grants are capped at $75,000. The loans will range from $50,000 to $200,000. For more information, click here.

Invest Atlanta Resurgence Grant and Strength in Beauty Funds

Through the Resurgence Grant Fund, eligible businesses may be awarded grants of up to $40,000, plus a credit of up to $10,000 of additional technical assistance, to reimburse costs associated with adapting business operations in a post-COVID environment. Through this new program, Invest Atlanta seeks to lessen the negative financial impact to businesses and cover costs associated with operating safely during the pandemic.

Applications open August 10 – August 31, 2020. For more information, click here

Through the Strength in Beauty program, cosmetology professionals residing in the city of Atlanta, and/or working in the city of Atlanta, with a current cosmetology license who have suffered a loss of business impacting immediate monetary needs like rent and utilities can apply for a $1,000 relief grant.

Applications open August 10 – August 31, 2020. 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.

Metro Atlanta Chamber RestoreATL Fund

The Metro Atlanta Chamber, in partnership with the CareSource Foundation, is implementing the RESTORE ATL Fund to support black-owned small and medium-sized businesses in metro Atlanta that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The RESTORE ATL Fund was established to provide companies immediate gap assistance through the distribution of $5,000-$10,000 grants.

Applications will open on Monday, June 22, 2020, and close on Monday, July 6 at 6:00 p.m. Applications submitted after the deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered. 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.

The Red Backpack Fund

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish the Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. For more information, click here.

The Red Backpack Fund application portal will next open from July 6-13.

SelectCobb Small Business Relief Fund

Cobb County Government is partnering with SelectCobb to provide relief to small businesses that have been devastated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Small Business Relief Grant has been established to assist businesses of up to 100 employees with various operational and overhead expenses. The program will be funded by way of a portion of the County’s disbursement of funding via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information click here.

Applications will be accepted until June 26 at 5 p.m. This is not a first come, first served application. ALL applications submitted by the deadline and meet the requirements will be considered.

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


Google has announced a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. The company is offering Google Ads credits available to all SMBs with active accounts over the past year. Credit notifications will appear in their Google Ads accounts and can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across our advertising platforms. We hope it will help to alleviate some of the cost of staying in touch with their customers


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 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.


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.


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

Drive-Thru Testing

CVS & Georgia Tech
352 Peachtree Pl. / Atlanta, GA 30332
By appointment only; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm MON-FRI, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm SAT, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm SUN
For registration requirements, please click here.

Georgia’s Own PPE and Medical-Related Services


Food Assistance

Health & Well-Being


For more services and resources, please visit United Way.

Federal Government

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