• 04 Apr 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous


    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.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

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

  • 04 Apr 2020 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    We hope you are healthy, staying sane while you shelter at home, and taking walks in the sunshine. We know there is a lot of information out there and it is very overwhelming.  

    KBOA is here to curate the most up to date resources and support for our members and all Kirkwood businesses during these uncertain times.



    NFIB COVID-19 Part IV: How to Apply for a Coronavirus Small Business Loan Webinar: Friday April 3 @ Noon

    • NFIB will host its fourth COVID-19 webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 12 pm ET, which will focus exclusively on small business loan programs that are now available.
    • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications are already being accepted. And starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPPL). Businesses interested in a PPPL have been advised by the U.S. Treasury Department to apply as quickly as they can because there is a funding cap. 

    Facebook Live with Downs Law on Commercial Landlord/Tenant Q&A: Friday April 3 @ Noon


    Payroll Protection Plan: Opens Friday April 3 through June 30, 2020

    • For Self employed & Independent contractors opens on April 10th.
    Based on the legislation, it may be helpful for interested business owners to gather the following information about their business:
    • 2019 Payroll — including the last 12 months of payroll
    • 2019 Employees — 1099's for 2019 employees and independent contractors that would otherwise be an employee of your business. (Note: Do NOT include 1099's for services)
    • Healthcare costs — all health insurance premiums paid by the business owner under a group health plan.
    • Retirement — your company retirement plan funding paid for by the company.
    Sample Application

    CARES Act Info


    More good news for small businesses! Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Verizon are partnering to provide grants up to $10,000 to businesses and non-profits facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19 with an emphasis on supporting entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

    The grant can be used for paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, and other immediate operational costs.

    Applications are due on Saturday, April 4. Click here to apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LISCSBGrant



    Unemployment Filing Claims Info

    SBA Disaster Loan Relief Fund

    Invest Atlanta Business Continuity Loan Fund

    Truist-Liftfund Disaster Relief Apply for grants ranging from $5K-$25K to combat capital shortages.

  • 27 Mar 2020 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Today is the fifth day of the 14 day stay at home order until April 7th.        We hope you are getting outside and enjoying this beautiful Spring weather.

    We highly encourage all businesses to follow the City of Atlanta Executive Order to Stay at Home signed on March 23, 2020. For your health and our community's health we want to reiterate that only the "Essential Businesses" are allowed to be open. What does that mean? --

    • Essential Businesses are focused on brick and mortar locations where the public gathers, which increases the chances of spreading COVID-19. These "Essential Businesses" are outlined in Section 6. (f)
    • If your business is outlined in the Executive Order to be closed, we encourage you to follow the order.
    • If you have an appointment based business that does not operate out of a brick and mortar location but classified as non-essential business in the Executive Order, please follow CDC guidelines when operating.
    • Your cooperation makes a difference!
    • Remember to be gentle with yourself, your family and the community at large during this uncertain time. Please see Section 6. (a) for an outline of "Essential Activities" that may require you to leave your home.
    • Your health is the most important right now.
    • KBOA is here to help you connect with resources and up to date information regarding COVID-19!

    We will get through this together!!!


    • We've added this button to our website at Kirkwoodbiz.com as well as pinned on FB @kirkwoodbiz
    • If you have a change your business offerings during this time, please email kirkwoodbiz@gmail.com and we'll update the list.


    3.26.20 COVID-19 Update: Stay At Home Order + ATLStrong.org Launch + Schools Closed Until April 24

    3.24.20 Updates: Virtual Town Hall for Business & Hospitality TMW + Invest Atlanta Loan Fund Now Open

    3.18.20 COVID-19 Update + FILL OUT IMPACT SURVEY

    No Meeting 3/17 + COVID-19 Business Impact Survey + Resources!!!

  • 26 Mar 2020 10:44 AM | Anonymous


    HootSuite Article Adapting to More Digital and Social Ways of Being in a Time of Crisis + Free Access to Professional Plan Until July 1, 2020 

    Small Business Relief Initiative with Quickbooks & GoFundMe

    Invest Atlanta Business Continuity Loan Fund

    Atlanta BeltLine Business Resources During COVID-19


    QuickBooks customers with personal and business credit history and revenue of at least $50,000 over the past 12 months, you may be eligible for a loan up to $100,000 from Intuit's small business program. APPLY HERE

    Square customers:Square Capital supports eligible businesses with loans between $500-$250,000. Log in to your Square Dashboard, or learn more HERE

    Toast customer:Eligible restaurants can access capital without a credit score requirement via Toast Capital. LEARN MORE HERE

    Kabbage provides small businesses with a simple online application that can be paid over 6, 12, or 18 months with no origination fees.If it makes sense for your business, you can explore applying to a line of credit up to $250,000 HERE
    Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. Learn more.

    List of some banks providing relief during this time.

    JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses. Learn more.

    The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Learn more. 

    MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown. Learn more.

    Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans. Learn more.

    For assistance with applications, please reach out to the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

  • 26 Mar 2020 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    The City of Atlanta has ordered a 14 day STAY AT HOME ORDER. Find out what you can and can not do during this time.  

    This includes a list of essential businesses that are allowed to be open. 

    Here are the ones open in Kirkwood/East Lake!  

    • Restaurants with Take Out/Delivery + To Go Alcohol with Order: Arden's Garden, Dom Beijos, Urban Pie, Dulce Vegan, Elmiryachi, Anna's BBQ, Sun in My Belly, Salaryman, Poor Hendrix, My Coffee Shop and Dish Dive.
    • Gas Station:Valero with limited hours: 8am-8pm
    • Grocery Store: Kroger, Aldi and Publix (close by)
    • Dry Cleaner/Laundromat.: 
    • Liquor Store: 
    • Pharmacy: 
    • Pet Store:Kirkwood Feed & Seed + Kirkwood Bark & Lounge
    • Veterinary: 
    • Auto Repair: 
    • Home Supply Store
    • Post Office: Kirkwood Post Office


    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Launches #ATLSTRONG, Providing COVID-19 Information and Resources for Atlanta Residents

    ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the launch of #ATLSTRONG—a new website that will serve as a COVID-19 resource hub for Atlanta residents. By visiting ATLSTRONG.ORG, residents and businesses can sign up for COVID-19 text alerts, request information on emergency fund assistance relief and more.

    “Atlanta will rise above the challenges we face with the COVID-19 health threat, and we will do so together,” said Mayor Bottoms. “By staying connected, residents and businesses alike can do their part to ensure we stop the spread of this virus and start the recovery process.”

    By texting “ATLCOVID19” to 888777, users will receive the latest and necessary information on COVID-19 as it happens. By visiting ATLSTRONG.ORG, visitors will find information on meal assistance, CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, find information on Mayor Bottoms’ Executive and Administrative Orders and tax relief information for businesses.

    The launch of #ATLSTRONG is the latest action taken by Mayor Bottoms to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Atlanta. 

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order instituting a temporary order for those individuals within the territorial jurisdictional limits of the City of Atlanta to stay in their place of residence.

    Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order calling for the closure of all bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades, and private social clubs, located within the territorial jurisdictional limits of the City of Atlanta. However, restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments where food is served may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, drive-through, or take-out. 

    Mayor Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the Atlanta Police Department to refrain from enforcing prohibitions against the sale of unopened wine or malt beverages by the package for off premises consumption by restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments licensed for the sale of those beverages. 

    Mayor Bottoms also issued a directive for the Centers of Hope Afterschool program to continue to provide free meals to all students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools. For more information on the Centers of Hope Afterschool Program and Registration, please visit the Official Website

    The City has also posted prevention information and additional resources related to COVID-19 on its website here

    Chief among the City’s guidance to residents and visitors are the following preventative measures:

    1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
    2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    4. Stay home when you are sick. 
    5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
    6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
    7. If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials

    Recommended CDC safety guidelines can be found online here.


    Gov. Kemp Orders Schools Closed Through April 24

    GEORGIA — As the initial closing of Georgia schools nears on Tuesday, Gov. Brian Kemp extended the closure of all public schools in Georgia through April 24.

    Kemp signed an executive order on Thursday "that mandates public schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24 - students may return on Monday, April 27," Sen. Jen Jordan tweeted.

    "Prior to this date, governor will make a decision on the remainder of school year," Jordan said.


  • 24 Mar 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    a. City of Atlanta Shelter at Home Order + Governor Kemp Announcement: YESTERDAY 3.23.20
    b. Town Hall: TODAY 3.24.20: Amir Farokhi hosts District 2 COVID-19 Town c. Hall - Small Business & Hospitality Focus
    c. No Interest Loans: Invest Atlanta Business Continuity Loan Fund- Fill out sooner than later!!!

    d. SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: Now Open

    e. FB Grants- sign up for notifications

    The details --

    a. YESTERDAY: 3.23.20 City of Atlanta + Governor Kemp Announcement

    • Dekalb County asked families to shelter in place and added a 9pm voluntary curfew. READ MORE

    b.TODAY 3.24.20 - Amir Farokhi hosts District 2 COVID-19 Town Hall for Any Small Business & Hospitality Business in Atlanta

    Hosted by Amir Farokhi, District 2 Council member. 

    Open to any small business and hospitality business in Atlanta. 

    Town Hall Login Details: 

    You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

    When: Mar 24, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Topic: District2 COVID-19 Town Hall - Small Business & Hospitality


    Please click the link below to join the webinar:



    Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16465588656,,811863095#  or +13126266799,,811863095#

    Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782

        Webinar ID: 811 863 095

    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aKIpsF53v



    c. Small Business Funds Available


    Invest Atlanta Business Continuity Loan Fund NOW OPEN https://www.investatlanta.com/business-continuity-loan-fund


    SBA Loan Overview with Application Link


    Facebook Grants for Small Businesses


    Stay safe! 



  • 18 Mar 2020 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    We hope you, your family and employees are healthy! Let's all do what's necessary to #flattenthecurve of COVID-19 so we can get back to business!

    KBOA is here to advocate on the behalf of its members, provide information and communicate!!!


    • Answer the phone and have an up-to-date recorded message

      • Your customers may want to call-in their orders. 

    • Update your hours on your website, on Google and on Facebook. If your hours change, make sure to make the change in all places.

      • Restaurants: Make changes to your listings on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Zomato and Bing.

    • Update your operations for instance you no longer provide sit-down service, only take-out or curbside pick-up. 

      • Note those changes on your website and all social media.

    • Amplify your social media presence! Tag @KirkwoodBiz on IG & Facebook #kirkwoodatl #kirkwoodbiz

    • Offer online gift cards that can be purchased now and used later: https://www.merchantmaverick.com/gift-cards-for-small-businesses/

    • Offer subscriptions services, online delivery options and live streaming services/events.


      Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Creates $7 Million Fund to Assist Those Impacted by COVID-19

    • $1.5 million to support small business continuity

    • Invest Atlanta is working on a Small Business Continuity Loan Fund. Details are being worked on now.

    • idealDESIGN,inc is coordinating with the City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine Inc and StartMe on how to best address needs and assistance for small businesses.


    Fill out as many times as you need to help us track the impact on your business due to COVID-19. The survey is timestamped!

    SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Declared for GA- Application Now Open

    SBA Loan Process Overview


    Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days

    NEW Information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services

  • 16 Mar 2020 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    We hope you and your family are in good health. We care about the businesses and community at large of Kirkwood, so the Kirkwood Business Owners' Association is following all City of Atlanta mandates regarding meetings at this time and have cancelled our Tuesday, March 17th general meeting. 

    This is an uncertain time in our local economy and community with the impact on each of us changes daily.  KBOA is here to assist by sharing resources, gathering data and communicating to our members and supporters during these changing times as best as we can.

    It is KBOA's job to advocate on behalf of our members with City, County, and State governments!

    The data gathered on the survey will help us represent the needs of our community as more COVID-19 developments unfold.






    Any food service worker in Georgia diagnosed with COVID-19 or under medical mandatory quarantine should immediately apply for financial assistance through Giving Kitchen. Full stop. We have their backs.” 
  • 02 Mar 2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    11:00: Welcome: Enjoy treats by Sweet Librarians. Thank you!!

    • Introductions: Your Name, Business, Are you a Kirkwood Resident?

    11:10: Approve/Amend Minutes - Secretary Katie Greiner-Francis: Birdie’s Bone Broth for Pets

    11:10: KBOA Finances: Treasurer: Josh Bennett, Bennett’s Accounting Services

    • Wells Fargo Bank Balance:  Checking $55,056.51  Savings $28,276.83  PayPal $5.35

    • We’re not using PayPal and will zero it out

    • P&L is not out for January

    Katie Kissel/KNO: Working with Natalyn Archibong & Bee Nygen re: response time with emergency situations.  There’s an open discussion with Natalyn & Bee on 2/19, from 6:30 - 8pmThere will be a walk through on Tuesday, Feb 25 @ 3pm (tentative date) with Atomic with their arborist and landscaper

    • How do we work together with sponsorships, how do we promote Kirkwood as a whole, bringing back the newsletter

    11:15: Organization Update

    ~ Design award will be offered, Jen will add link

    • Nonprofit Award Applications open until April 13, 2020 at kirkwoodbiz.com

    ~Talked about getting a board member teamed up

    ~Please spread the news 

    11:25: Community Discussion: How do we increase income to give back more?  

    • 2020 Budget is in progress. To be able to support Kirkwood Cares/Neighbor in Need, StartME Microgrant, and other events on an ongoing basis, we need to raise more money.  Some Ideas: 

      • Increase the pouring/food station fee to $200. 55 @ $150 = $8,250 | 55 @ $200 =$11,000 There were no objections to increase pouring station to $200

      • Break for vendors who want both food & pouring (package deal)

      • Have food vendors stay open 30 min after pouring stations close

      • Have food vendors increase their inventory

      • Increase the early bird ticket price by $5. 400@$30=$12,000 | 400 @$35 = $14,000

        • $2750 + $2000 = $4750.00 (Could fund both mirogrants annually) 

        • One objection to increase tickets to $35

        • We will take it back to figure out where the increase should go

    11:40: Membership- Sam Mugavero-Smugs Fitness 

    Welcome pack: 2019/2020 membership decal (GET YOUR NEW STICKER TODAY)/ I love KWD stickers + One Sheet + RESOURCE GUIDE (TO BE UPDATED) 

    11:45: Wine Stroll Committee (Sumarie Forrester- Poppa Corns & Vice Chair Randy Brazee- Homes for Atlanta    SAVE THE DATE: 14th Annual Kirkwood Wine Stroll is Friday September 18, 2020| 7:00-10:00PM! Kirkwoodwinestroll.com

    • Sponsorships Open January 27th! Interested? Email kirkwoodwinestroll@gmail.com

      • Discussing new levels and benefits on 2/19

      • PRESENTING SPONSOR:  Wahoo Grill/ Wahoo Wine & Provisions for a 3rd year!!!

      • 6 new committee members

      • Will start sponsorship push after March 11 meeting

    • Next Meeting: Wednesday March 11 @ 6pm- Sumarie’s House

    11:50: New Business/Upcoming Events
    • Angel Assistance:  $50 special for Kirkwood before March 1      www.angelassistance.orgcontact@angelassistance.org, application fee is $300, next Thursday, 2/27 @ 1pm - looking for businesses to work with

    • Dekalb Complete Streets Open House:  Thursday Feb 27 | 6:30pm | 110 Hilliard Street | FB Event

    • Little 5 Points Alliance got approval to study Euclid Ave, meetings this weekend 2/21 & 2/22 

    • StartME Tradeshow:  Saturday March 7 | 9am-11am | Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

    • Georgia Farmers Market Assoc: They are moving.  This will be the last KBOA meeting for GFMA

    Noon:  Adjourn   SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE Add #kirkwoodbiz to all of your posts so we can share! #kirkwoodatl #kirkwoodbiz @ KirkwoodBIZ on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Add Kirkwoodbiz as a co-host to your event so we can add to our FB page!

  • 03 Feb 2020 7:30 AM | Anonymous


    Our annual fundraising event, Kirkwood Wine Stroll, is Friday September 18, 2020 from 7-10PM in downtown Kirkwood. The goal of the event is to raise positive awareness and build a stronger business network within Kirkwood and surrounding communities. From event profits, KBOA funds the annual budget,  donates to local non profit organizations and implements beautification and marketing projects within the business districts of Kirkwood.  

    The Kirkwood Business Owners' Association is seeking submissions from non-profit organizations and civic organizations that need funding for specific projects in 2021.  KBOA has awarded $15,000 to 14 nonprofits since 2016.

    + Must be a 501 (c) 3  designation with the IRS.

    + The non profit location of business must be within the NPU-O planning unit of the City of Atlanta which includes Kirkwood, East Lake, Edgewood and East Lake Commons. 

    + All awarded organizations are required to have a presence at the 15th Annual Wine Stroll, assist with volunteer recruitment and marketing of the event.  

    + Non profits awarded a grant in 2019 are not eligible to submit in 2020. 

    **All awards are subject to the success of the 15th Annual Kirkwood Wine Stroll on Friday September 18th! 

    ***Awards are presented at our annual Holiday Party on the 1st Tuesday in December 2020. Non profits must be present to receive the award and get a great photo!!!

    Submission Deadline: Monday April 13 , 2020             

    Announcement of Award: Monday May 11, 2020   

    Wine Stroll: Friday September 18, 2020

    + Must be a 501 (c) 3  designation with the IRS.

    + The non profit location of business must be within the NPU-O planning unit of the City of Atlanta which includes Kirkwood, East Lake, Edgewood and East Lake Commons. 

    + All awarded organizations are required to have a presence at the 15th Annual Wine Stroll, assist with volunteer recruitment and marketing of the event.  

    + Non profits awarded a grant in 2019 are not eligible to submit in 2020. 

    **All awards are subject to the success of the 15th Annual Kirkwood Wine Stroll on Friday September 18th! 

    ***Awards are presented at our annual Holiday Party on the 1st Tuesday in December 2020. Non profits must be present to receive the award and get a great photo!!!


Kirkwood Business Owners Association (KBOA) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. Atlanta, Georgia 30317

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