Resources for Businesses impacted by COVID-19

Local Job Openings:

Please visit our job page to learn about some of the current local employment opportunities.

If you are an employer and would like to post a job on our job page, either fill out this form or if you already have a job posted to your website, we can link it to your page.  Contact christiegribble@fannincountyga.org.

Unemployment (GDOL):

To review all the guidelines and instructions, visit the GDOL website. You can always reach out to me, and I can try to field questions.
 

Technical Skills Training:

The Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Workforce Development was awarded a Dislocated Worker Grant that intends to help address workforce-related impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible individuals can click here to complete their initial application to receive job training and upskilling services provided by WorkSource GA.

 

SBA Loan Programs:

SBA Coronavirus funding options can be found here.

Some banks are still accepting applications for PPP funds.  Check with your local banker.

If you already have a PPP loan, the loan forgiveness application has been released and can be found here.  You can also speak with your banker.

Grant for Female Owned Businesses:

The Red Backpack Fund, which is an initiative started by the Spanx founder, Sara Blakely, is giving at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the US to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of the COVID-19 crisis.
 
The next round of applications opened up June 1-8, and there will be two more application rounds (one in July and another in August). You can sign up to get email notifications on the fund’s website.
 
Who is eligible to apply?
Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits in the U.S. and its territories with annual revenues less than $5M, at least one paid employee, and with fewer than 50 individuals on staff are eligible to apply. Sole proprietors and/or businesses or nonprofits that exclusively employ contractors are not eligible to receive this grant. Businesses and nonprofits must be in good standing and incorporated as a legal entity, and be able to demonstrate that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing hardship. You must be 18 years or older to apply.
 
Learn more about this grant by clicking here.
 

Need some assistance:

There are a couple of free resources that can be utilized by business owners, especially in a time of crisis.  These individuals are not the direct contacts for unemployment or lending but can be a source of guidance.

  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC):  Their focus during this unique and challenging time is helping small businesses with a tactical plan, cash flow issues, and connecting them with the resources that may be of help.  Virtual appointments may be scheduled by calling 706-622-2006 or  emailing rome@georgiasbdc.org.  Other resources are available at https://georgiasbdc.org.
  • Our local SCORE representative can be a virtual resource as well and can be reached at James.McKnight@scorevolunteer.org.