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In light of Governor Ivey’s Statewide Public Health Order requiring restaurants to shut down dine-in services, we made a tool to help organize all Jackson Co. eateries in one place.

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Governor Ivey Announces 2M Small Business Grant Program “Revive Plus”

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced Revive Plus, a $200 million grant program to support small businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Plus is the second wave of funding for these organizations with 50 or fewer employees and will award grants of up to $20,000 for expenses they have incurred due to operational interruptions caused by the pandemic and related business closures.

Entities may access grant information and the grant application through the Coronavirus Relief Fund website. The application period for the Revive Plus Grant Program will open at noon, November 23, 2020, and run through noon, December 4, 2020.

Jackson County Unites to Organize Small Business Relief Fund

The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a Jackson County Partnership of epic philanthropic proportions. The group’s goal is to provide quick cash to the small businesses who are getting lost in the cracks of Government Funding options. Partnered up is: Google, Regions Bank, Jackson County Economic Development Authority, The Cities of Bridgeport, Scottsboro, Section, Stevenson, Woodville, Dutton, Jackson County Commission and several industries represented on the Chamber Board.

Alabama's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Alabama Department of Public Health | Division of Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks | Updates Daily at 10 a.m.
 

Google Helps businesses through COVID-19

This is the latest from the team at Google for Small Business.
Support includes steps you can take to increase viewership & Free digital skills training.

Our Commitment to Business In Light of COVID-19

As we continue to closely evaluate COVID-19 Business Resource information we receive, we will continue to keep our exhaustive resource page updated in order to offer the best possible support to our local businesses. 

PARCA Creates New Resource for COVID-19 in Alabama

During this time, it is more important than ever to remember that Alabama can do better. This is PARCA’s core belief-and we believe that Alabama can emerge from these trying times with a renewed commitment to responsive, effective, and transparent government. PARCA will be here to be part of that effort, including new research into Alabama’s public health system.

U.S. Chamber Launches Initiative to Discuss How America Will Return to Work

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce  announced the “Path Forward” program, an initiative to address how Americans and businesses can return to work safely, successfully, and sustainably. The program includes a comprehensive framework of considerations, recommendations on the practices and policies needed to begin a phased process to bring the full American economy back to work, and a virtual event series hosted by the U.S. Chamber Foundation that will feature diverse viewpoints from the public and private sectors.

Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief

Today, the U.S. Chamber released a useful guide for independent contractors and self-employed individuals to help them access assistance under the Federal CARES Act.  This includes loans through the Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, as well as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.  

Q&A with the Alabama Department of Labor

Yesterday, Secretary Fitzgerald Washington from The Alabama Department of Labor provided timely and important updates for both employers and displaced employees. You can listen to the 20 minute webinar replay, provided by the Chamber Tuscaloosa.

Quick Ways for Small Businesses to Tap Into the Cares Act Funding

We understand there are a lot of questions concerning small business aid & funding.

To ensure we are connecting our local businesses with accurate & timely answers, we coordinated a conference call with Glenn Spencer, Vice President Employee Policy Division at the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

During the call, Mr. Spencer outlined all current benefits that are being provided to business & industry under the Cares Act, pointed us in the direction of vital resources and answered pressing questions to problems most businesses are facing.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Guide

Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the funds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.

COVID-19 in Alabama: How to help & get help

AL.com has a regularly updated list of community resources, which includes everything from food resources, to online learning opportunities for kids, COVID-19 testing sites, and charitable giving opportunities to at-risk workers.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.

Alabama food stamp recipients can now buy food online through Amazon.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last year it was launching a pilot program allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to make grocery orders through online retailer Amazon. The pilot started in New York and, according to an announcement from Amazon, is now in place in Alabama.

SBA Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

FTC offers Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Thanks to @FTC for providing the following FREE WIFI access points across communities in the local coverage area, including several in Jackson Co.

COVID-19 Updates for America's Hotel Owners

The AAHOA is the Most Comprehensive COVID-19 Resource for America’s Hotel Owners, providing the latest information as it relates to COVID-19 and your business.

Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire on December 31, 2020.

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