COVID-19 Business Resources

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We have compiled a list of resources to help you and your business through this time. You can contact our Economic Development team with any questions or concerns. We are here to support you. You can also stay connected and informed through our COVID-19 Business Bulletins. Sign up to receive future editions here.

City of Sandy Springs

You can also read about the City’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and stay up-to-date on how City services and events are impacted. At this time, City Hall is closed with all employees working remotely to ensure continuity of services to the residents, businesses, and workers in Sandy Springs.

Sandy Springs Police Offers New “Check-In” Services
For businesses closed as a result of the Emergency Declaration Ordinance of the City imposed March 20, 2020, the Sandy Springs Police Department is offering complimentary business checks to keep businesses safe and bring business owners peace of mind. To request a business check, fill out this form.

Business License Renewal Deadline EXTENDED
To help ease the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sandy Springs City Council approved during its March 17, 2020 meeting EXTENDING the due date for businesses to pay their Business Occupational Tax Certificate (business license) from March 31 to May 31, 2020. While City Hall is closed, you can renew your business license or pay your business occupational tax online.
 
Sandy Springs City Council Approves Extension To Monthly Reporting Of Alcohol Excise Tax
On March 20, 2020, the Sandy Springs City Council approved an extension of the required monthly reporting and payment of alcohol excise taxes by local businesses. Businesses will have until May 31 to provide without penalty or interest. The City Council approved the extension citing the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and closure of all city buildings. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

To stay up to date on ongoing disease prevention tips and facts about COVID-19, we encourage use of the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Use their guide to stop the spread of germs.

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program & Resources

Georgia is now listed as an eligible disaster area through the Small Business Association’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This means any small business or private nonprofit organization in Georgia may apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan to help alleviate economic injury caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19). This loan program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue.

These in-depth slides provide guidance for applying to the EIDL, and you can also find more information about the loan program here. To contact SBA disaster customer service, call 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Georgia Department of Labor - New Rule: Filing for Unemployment Benefits for Your Employees

Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. The rule mandates ALL Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. 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. Find step-by-step instructions on how to file partial claims as an employer and find other important documents on the GDOL Alert Page.
 
Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
 
Please continue to monitor the GDoL website or any updates to these guidelines.

Federal AND State Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

The 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who file and pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020, are automatically extended until July 15, 2020. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. This relief is automatic, taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify.

On March 23, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp authorized extending the state tax filing to July 15 to coincide with national extension.

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. The page will be updated as new information is available.

Kabbage Offers Free Account to Sell Gift Certificates

Atlanta-based Kabbage Inc. launched www.helpsmallbusiness.com to support small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Through Kabbage Payments, any business can sign up for free to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses.

Resources for Restaurants

Visit Sandy Springs is dedicated to supporting our restaurant and hospitality industry. This dedicated webpage provides the community with information regarding the offerings of Sandy Springs restaurants including take out, curbside pickup, delivery and more.

If you would like to add your restaurant to their list or update your current information, please submit your details here or email hospitality@sandyspringsga.org

REGISTER YOUR RESTAURANT FOR FOOD DELIVERY

If you are an eatery of any kind, you can sign up with any of these delivery services to facilitate deliveries to your loyal customers in Sandy Springs and the surrounding area. This is a great option for restaurants right now that are seeing a decline in foot traffic.

DoorDash
DoorDash is offering contact-free delivery options to customers and is testing various ways to limit contact during food delivery.

Grubhub/Seamless
Grubhub now offers contact-free delivery, including an order pickup option for people who are more comfortable picking up the food themselves. Customers can select the delivery option at checkout and instruct the driver to leave food at the door, in the lobby, or wherever the customer prefers.

Postmates
Postmates offers contact-free delivery choices and encourages customers to report if their delivery person appears unwell. The company has set up a Fleet Relief Fund to help employees with COVID-19 medical expenses. If a Fleet member tests positive, they get two weeks of paid sick leave from the fund.

Uber Eats
In addition to instituting contact-less deliveries, Uber Eats is providing delivery personnel with more sanitization options and materials. The company is providing restaurant partners with CDC-issued guidelines to ensure food is sealed in tamper-proof packaging. Uber Eats has also temporarily waived the delivery fee for customers ordering from locally-owned independent restaurants.

Georgia Commute Options

Georgia Commute Options and their partners, including Perimeter Connects, a program of the Perimeter Community Improvement District, have created a webinar series that will offer practical guidance on how companies can maximize productivity and decrease employee stress while navigating responses to COVID-19. Download slides from past webinars and register for upcoming sessions.

  • March 18th - Remote Management for Teleworking: Maximizing Productivity for Business Continuity
  • March 24th -Business Continuity In The Era Of COVID-19: Creating A Business Environment That Is Safe For Telework
  • March 26th - Collaborative Technologies for Telework

GCO is also 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. 

If you need additional assistance implementing a telework program please contact:
Samantha Pratt, Worksite Advisor, Georgia Commute Options

SCORE: Free Online Business Mentoring & Webinars

SCORE North Metro Atlanta provides free, online mentoring with a SCORE-certified business mentor, along with free online business workshops and professional development webinars. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country to create a response toolkit. Within the toolkit, you’ll find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. You can share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to your colleagues and employees.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. They will begin accepting applications in the coming weeks. Sign up to receive more information as it becomes available.

Georgia Department of Public Health

Stay informed on the State of Georgia's response to COVID-19. The State has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Hotline: (844) 442-2681

  • March 18th Webinar – Remote Management for Teleworking: Maximizing Productivity for Business Continuity
  • March 24th Webinar – The Telework Environment 
  • March 26th Webinar – Technology 
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