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  • 18 May 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous
  • 13 May 2020 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    It's the middle of May and our lives have changed significantly over the last 8 weeks during COVID-19. You can track the changes to business on our blog.

    Changes are daily and business operations are top of mind!

    Some businesses are open within the new guidelines, operating with to go/delivery and limited social distance appointments.

    Here is our ongoing list. KBOA supports businesses who operate safely and respectfully and those businesses choosing to stay closed. Gov. Kemp just extended the closing of bars and venues through May 31st.

    Let's keep supporting our local businesses, being kind and respecting the CDC guidelines. We're not over COVID-19 yet, but together we can keep flattening the curve!


    WEBINARS

    NFIB Small Business and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered Live!

    Wed., May 13th, 2020, 12:00 PM ET 

    REGISTER HERE


    Recording: Webinar about Safety Procedures for Opening Up, PPP and Unemployment

    LISTEN NOW


    Recording: The Post COVID-19 Workplace

    Kara Govro, Senior Legal Editor with Mammoth HR, addresses the compliance aspects of layoffs, furloughs, and recalls to help employers navigate these difficult decisions.

    LISTEN NOW


    Recording: QuickBooks Town Hall Series

    U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin joined Intuit business leaders to discuss some of the most pressing questions about small business relief and support in the midst of COVID-19.

    LISTEN NOW


    GRANTS & FUNDING

    Attention all Gig Workers! New City of Atlanta Relief Program.

    Applications open soon. Check out the info here.

    • Resources available to creatives: The recent CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) ACT expands unemployment insurance benefits to cover self-employed freelancers and gig workers. 


    FedEx Grants

    If you’re a small business impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S., consider applying for a #SupportSmall Grant starting May 25. Selected recipients will get a cash grant of $5,000 plus a $500 FedEx Office credit.


    More Info: Applications Open May 25th

    APPLICATION DETAILS

    OTHER RESOURCES

    Prepare for Paycheck Protection Program Loan forgiveness

    Learn more about applying for PPP loan forgiveness 8 weeks after receiving funds from your lender. 

    CHECK IT OUT


    All businesses can now have a page on NextDoor. 


    List of Georgia COVID-19 Suppliers from the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development - https://www.georgia.org/covid19suppliers

  • 06 May 2020 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    Virtual Networking on Cinco de Mayo + Giving Tuesday + List of COVID-19 Suppliers for Re-Opening & Webinar on Wednesday!


    We hope you are healthy and rolling along with all the changes as best as you can. Now that the state wide shelter-in-place is no longer guiding our lives, now might just be the most uncertain we've had so far in this COVID-19 time.

    Let's stay safe, respect guidelines and continue to support local businesses as the new way of life unfolds. We do know two things:

    TUESDAY, MAY 5TH IS CINCO DE MAYO AND GIVING TUESDAY!

    IS THAT A MARGARITA IN YOUR COFFEE CUP?

    Join us for Virtual Networking Tomorrow, May 5th at 9:30am to share our innovations and ways business has adapted during COVID-19.

    • Board of directors will be available to answer any questions or connect you to resourcesalso.

    Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwude-oqTktEtz85T56CuoQtqWIavgsTfSq 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    It’s Cinco de Mayo! Grab To-Go and Celebrate Your Health!

    You can still celebrate by grabbing To Go Food and Drinks from KBOA member, Elmyirachi.

    • Call in at (678) 705-9902 for to go and pick up
    • Order online via ChowNow
    • Walk up and order at the window -1950 Hosea Williams Drive.
    • Growlers, wine, and booze are still available as well.
    Follow them https://www.facebook.com/elmyriachi/ for updates.

    Staff GoFundMe

    Giving Tuesday NOW! Helping Georgia Respond to COVID-19!

    Support these Kirkwood & East Lake COVID-19 Support Efforts

    Kirkwood Cares  https://www.facebook.com/kirkwoodcares/

    Neighbor in Need East Lake  https://www.facebook.com/Neighborinneedeastlake

    Adopt a Senior Program https://www.gagives.org/organization/Kasp

    Help KBOA Help YOU!

    Kirkwood Business Owners' Association COVID-19 RESPONSE SURVEY

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the past month and business continuity steps you have taken.

    • This information is needed to best understand the impact and the resources you have used.
    • We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to better advocated on behalf of small businesses in our community.


    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY MAY 8, 2020. 

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY


    Thank you for Supporting Kirkwood Businesses!

    Changes to Operations

    BUSINESS RESOURCES

    Re-Opening Guidelines

    Read Gov. Kemp’s Reviving a Healthy Georgia Executive Order

    Salons and Spas as of 4/24/20

    Restaurants as of 4/27/20


    Weekly NFIB Webinar

    Getting Back to Business-COVID-19 Financial & Workplace Safety Updates  Wed., May 6th, 2020, 12:00 PM ET

    REGISTER NOW


    List of Georgia COVID-19 Suppliers from the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development 

    https://www.georgia.org/covid19suppliers

  • 28 Apr 2020 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Can you believe it's been SIX WEEKS since COVID-19 became a daily topic?  

    How are you feeling now that some restrictions are being eased? 

    • We know there are a lot of mixed emotions. We know everyone is trying to figure out what is best for themselves, customers and our businesses. 
    • We continue to support safe practices for businesses and individuals alike per the CDC guidelines.
    • Check out the updated Kirkwood Business Operations NOW! 
    • There is a lot changing every day.
    • KBOA is working hard to collect, distill and distribute relevant information in a timely manner.
    • If you remember an email but can't find it, you can always find this information here http://kirkwoodbiz.com/Blog

    YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PPP AND EIDL 

    Tues. April 28th @ 2pm Webinar about Applying for PPP and Other COVID-19 Funding

    With a new round of COVID-19 relief legislation approved, GoDaddy wants to help you secure the small business funding you need. We have partnered with small business experts, Next Street, to break down how you can get in the best position for the upcoming $310 billion stimulus package. 

    REGISTER

    Wed. April 29th @ Noon  NFIB Coronavirus Weekly Briefing for Small Business

    The upcoming webinar on Wednesday April 29th, will focus on new developments with the PPP and EID loan programs and participant Q&A.

    REGISTER


    PPP APPLICATION NOW OPEN: Reinvestment Fund

    MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION


    HAVE QUESTIONS??? HERE ARE SOME GREAT RESOURCES TO  HELP!  


    Can I get a Paycheck Protection Program loan if I've laid off employees?


    Employee Retention Credits versus the Paycheck Protection Program


    How the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act affects your payroll  


    Info on SBA Loans and Unemployment


    Workforce Atlanta Guide for Employers and Job Seekers

    REOPENING GUIDELINES


    Read Gov. Kemp’s Reviving a Healthy Georgia Executive Order


    Salons and Spas as of 4/24/20


    Restaurants as of 4/27/20


    WE NEED YOUR TO PARTICIPATE!

    Please fill out the Kirkwood Business Owners' Association COVID-19 RESPONSE SURVEY

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the past 6 weeks and business continuity steps you have taken.

    • This information is needed to best understand the impact and the resources you have used.
    • We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to better advocate on behalf of small businesses in our community.


    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY MAY 1, 2020 

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY



  • 23 Apr 2020 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you for supporting Kirkwood Businesses during this time, please continue! 

    • Many businesses that are allowed to re-open per Gov. Kemp's orders will remain closed until they feel safe for their customers and employees. 

    • Some businesses will choose to re-open. It is up to each business to choose what is best for them at this time. 

    • See the guidelines for salons, spas that choose to re-open tomorrow. 

    We continue to support safe practices for businesses and individuals alike per the CDC guidelines.


    New Grant Opportunity

    Thanks to a $1 million grant from Sam’s Club, LISC will provide emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need during the Covid-19 crisis. And it doesn’t stop there: Sam’s Club is mobilizing its members to support this effort as well. 

    Learn More


    MOST UP TO DATE INFO ON COVID-19 LEGISLATION + PPP Lender Contact

    Senate Passes Roughly $484 Billion in New Coronavirus Aid

     The Senate on Tuesday approved roughly $484 billion in new coronavirus aid for small businesses and hospitals and more funding for testing, ending a lengthy battle over the size and contents of the package. 

    Read More


    SBA Payment Protection Program: Information from Congressman John Lewis

    • Get your application in now!

    • The funds will move fast and many lenders have applications lined up already. 

    • CDFIs, Credit Unions, and smaller banks are expected to be able to offer these loans this round with the new funding. 

    Unity Bank of Texas urges small businesses to apply with them immediately if they have not applied already. You do not have to be a current client.

    https://www.unitybanktexas.com/Business-Loans.aspx

    George Andrews 404.588.9611

    Michael Green 404.609.3463


    View the NFIB Update

    Great Webinar that answers a lot of questions!

    Click here to view.


    On the Federal Tax Deferrals

    The federal government is now allowing deferrals for 100% of the social security payroll tax paid by employers and deferral for 50% of social security costs paid by self-employed individuals. This is applicable to any tax deposits due between 3/27/20 and 12/31/2020.

    Why it's right for you:

    The social security payroll tax amounts to 6.2% of gross wages. You can pay 50% of the taxes by December 2021 and the other 50% by December 2022.

    Things to note:

    If you defer these tax deposits, you as the employer are solely liable for payment by the extended due date.

    Employers that participate in the PPP are not eligible for this program. However, they can defer taxes up until the date the employer applies for and receives a decision that their PPP loan has been forgiven.

    On Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

    Why it's right for you:

    For each quarter through the end of 2020, employers are eligible for a credit of up to 50% of the first $10,000 in qualified wages for each qualified employee. This employee retention credit is limited to the 6.2% employer share of Social Security taxes subject to several conditions, and any excess credit is refundable.

    Things to note:

    You cannot get this credit if you have a PPP loan.

    On Refusing to Work + Collecting Unemployment

    There are a lot of questions as Georgia prepares to reopen for business under strict social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Read More


    Kirkwood Business Owners' Association COVID-19 RESPONSE SURVEY

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the past month and business continuity steps you have taken. This information is needed to best understand the impact and the resources you have used.

    • We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to better advocated on behalf of small businesses in our community.


    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2020. 

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY NOW

  • 17 Apr 2020 11:50 AM | Anonymous
    Happy Friday!!!....whatever that means now. I know since COVID-19 changed our lives, most of our energy is focused on keeping our businesses afloat ...when we seem to be lost at sea.

    So today, do these FOUR THINGS and know you're doing great!

    We're here for you!

    We're in this TOGETHER! 


    1.     SIGN UP FOR THE SAVE SMALL BUSINESS FUND

    • Opens Monday 4/20/20. Businesses in 30317 are eligible for $5000 grants
    • Sign up to notified to apply on Monday 
    SIGN UP TO APPLY ON MONDAY


    2.     LET CONGRESS KNOW SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS NEED MORE FUNDING

    Since Friday, April 3, small businesses have been applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans authorized under the CARES Act that was enacted on March 27. 

    Business owners have experienced setbacks while applying for the PPP forgivable loans and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and Emergency Grants. Further appropriations and improvements to the PPP are needed as well as increased access to EIDLs and Emergency Grants. 

    Congress needs to hear from you NOW. Tell them your experience applying for PPPL and EIDLs and how they need to improve and expand these programs immediately.

    Act NOW and urge your Senators and Representative to improve and expand access to the PPP, EIDLs, and Emergency Grants.


    COVID-19 LOAN TRACKER
    EASY TEMPLATE TO SEND CONGRESS A MESSAGE NOW
    SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH PPPL PROGRAM


    3. FILL OUT THE Kirkwood Business Owners' Association COVID-19 RESPONSE SURVEY

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the past month and business continuity steps you have taken. This information is needed to best understand the impact and the resources you have used.

    • We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to better advocate on behalf of small businesses in our community.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2020. 


    FILL OUT THE SURVEY


    4. REGISTER FOR THE KBOA ZOOM MEETING ON TUESDAY, 4/21

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

    When: Apr 21, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpcvduurqzot-b1NyuxWwElHc1IiTdqPsg

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


  • 15 Apr 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    We want to know how your business has been impacted over the past month and business continuity steps you have taken. This information is needed to best understand the impact and the resources you have used. We will share this information with the City of Atlanta to better advocated on behalf of small businesses in our community.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2020. 

    FILL OUT THE SURVEY NOW

  • 15 Apr 2020 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    WEBINARS

    Free webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program

    Join Intuit on Friday, April 17 at 11:00 AM PT as our panel discusses this new government-backed relief program and how it can help eligible businesses and organizations.

    Commercial Tenant/Landlord FB Live with Downs Law

    https://www.facebook.com/events/868902863589924/

    There's obviously a lot of economic instability with the recent Covid-19 outbreak. What is the impact of the recent crisis on landlord/tenant relationships?

    Downs Law will answer landlord/tenant questions live on Facebook this Friday at noon.

    POST YOUR QUESTIONS
    Please post your questions on FB in the event conversation or send us a question in messenger.

    AWBI GRANTS

    AWBI Grants for COVID-19 Small Business Support + Recording of EIDL & PPP Webinar 

    Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative (AWBI) has just launched a new COVID-19 Small Business Support fund with a focus on supporting black owned businesses located in City of Atlanta's Southwest, Southeast, or Northwest neighborhoods.

    Grants ranging from $2,500 - $25,000 will be awarded to qualifying businesses to cover employee salaries, rent, supplier expenses, and technical assistance for up to 3 months.

    Criteria:

    • Business must be established prior to March 16, 2019.

    • Business must be in good standing.

    • Annual Revenues of the business or nonprofit not to exceed $3 million as evidenced by Financial Statement or other financial documentation.

    • Eligible uses include: working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, technical assistance or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.

    Learn more and apply >>

    https://www.atlantawealthbuilding.org/covid19-relief-fund


    PATCH LISTINGS

    Patch has made it easier for local businesses and individuals to help reach their communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

    For a limited time, events and classifieds are free to promote in one community, so your messages to your neighbors can get more visibility.

    Posting to Patch’s classifieds section can help spread the word out about job listings, housing opportunities, stuff for sale and more.

    Also, you can post to Patch’s local calendars to share fundraisers, webinars or other virtual events still happening while you’re sheltered in place.

    When you choose to promote your event or classified for free, your post will get featured on Patch’s news pages and in our newsletters for the next seven days. If you want to promote for longer, or to more communities, you can do so for just $1 per day.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to our support team, who can help you get started right away.

    The Patch Team


    GOFUND ME MATCHING GRANT

    Business Owners: If you have one, submit your GoFundMe to get a $500 matching grant. I did it a couple weeks ago and they just matched $500 to our GoFundMe today. It's really simple...

    Here are the requirements...

    • - Have at least $500 raised
    • - Have the business owner set up as the beneficiary to the campaign (if they aren't raising funds themselves)
    • - Have withdrawals set up
    • - Add the hashtag #smallbusinessrelief to your campaign story

    https://www.gofundme.com/small-business-relief-fundraisers…

    To donate to the grant fund:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/smallbusinessrelieffund




  • 09 Apr 2020 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    It’s been a wild ride this past month since COVID-19 has become an ever changing daily topic of our lives and impact on our small businesses.  Now, with the Governor extending the stay at home order  through the end of April, we feel your anxiety about the unknown especially how to navigate all the information that is out there!

    This is absolutely a time to lean on YOUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION.  Kirkwood Business Owners' Association was formed to promote, advocate and connect - no matter the circumstances.  During these uniquely challenging times, here is what we are doing on your behalf:

    Advocate

    Promote

    Connect

    • Weekly emails and blog posts with business resources

    • Members can expect a check-in call from our board of directors over the next few weeks. 

    • Virtual meetings over the next few months.

    BUSINESS OWNERS


    UNEMPLOYMENT FILING & DOR TAX DEADLINES

    As an Employer: Unemployment Filing for Partial Claims for your Employees



    Update on Department of Revenue Tax Filing Deadlines


    INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

    PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)

    This includes individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, or those with limited work history who will not qualify for state unemployment benefits.

    The GDOL is modifying its current online unemployment application adding new questions to better identify those individuals who may be eligible for PUA.  This modified application is expected to be available on Monday, April 13, 2020. Once the application is received, it will take several weeks to process.

    If you have already filed a claim with the GDOL and will be eligible to potentially receive benefits under this program, you do NOT have to refile your claim.  These individuals will be identified and sent an email with a link to provide additional information for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program.

    Read More


    BUSINESS OWNERS &

    INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

    CARES ACT: PPP AND  EIDL

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allocates $349 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the current circumstances they are encountering. The CARES Act provides funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, modifies the existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and provides immediate loan payment relief for current SBA 7(a) borrowers.


    READ MORE



    DOWNLOAD THE WEBINAR SLIDES

    NFIB Coronavirus Part V: UPDATE –  SBA’s EIDL and PPP Loan Programs

    Download here



    UPDATE ON INVEST ATLANTA BUSINESS CONTINUITY LOAN FUND AS OF 4.7.20

    • In just over two weeks the small business continuity loan fund has over 500 inquiries and/or applicants at some point in the process. 
    • To date 13 loans have been approved and over 80 are under review. 
    • Suspending the acceptance of applications. Only complete applications will be reviewed and considered at this time. 
    • In the process of working with philanthropy and other partners to increase the funds available, with the intention of increasing the number of small businesses that can be served through this program. 

    • Please share that all applications in process, but not completed, will be placed on hold until additional funds are identified. 

    • Program updates will be sent out to applicants via email. 

    • Those who have not yet begun an application, but are interested in receiving updates, should fill out this brief survey and indicate their interest in the business continuity loan fund.

    RESTAURANTS

    ARTISTS

    United States Artists Launches 

    $10M Artist Relief Fund to Help Artists Affected by COVID-19

    Artist Relief is an emergency, non-restricted fund that will grant $5,000 to individual artists facing financial hardship; serve as an informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Research Partner Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. 


    To apply for relief between 4/8-4/23: https://www.artistrelief.org/apply
  • 04 Apr 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    VIRTUAL SMALL BUSINESS COFFEE ON TUES. APRIL 7 @ 9:30AM




    We are holding a virtual business networking on Tuesday April 7th from 9:30-10:30am via Zoom. This month the board of directors will hold a COVID-19 Business Resource Q&A.

    Submit your questions by Monday April 6th @ Noon.
    https://forms.gle/Yn9nVJc7P7YmeNDo8


    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upcrceigqTMprkb2rysj3tCB-qrfYx81Iw

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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