Stay Informed Regarding COVID-19

Visit the Center for Disease Control’s website for the most current information and health tips to keep yourself and others safe.

Visit the City’s website to stay up-to-date with the City response to COVID-19.

How Can We Help?

Our team is here and ready to assist your however we can. We know each business has its own unique circumstances and challenges during this time, and we stand ready to do all we can to help you navigate this uncertain time. Please let us know how we can help!

Visit our Business Resources page for additional resources, funding sources, business guides, and other important information. This page is updated regularly.

Andrea Worthy
Economic Development Director
Caroline Davis
Economic Development Specialist

State of Georgia Shelter-in-Place Order

Georgia is under a shelter-in-place order from 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, to 11:59 p.m. April 13. Read the executive order HERE.

Read more about essential services, critical infrastructure, & exceptions HERE

Loan and Grant Information

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP or P3)

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Small businesses of up to 500 employees, as well as non-profits, independent contractors, and sole proprietors are eligible. Applications should be made directly to a bank or credit union qualified as an SBA 7(a) loan lender.

APPLICATION FORM

 

Overview of the program HERE
Find more detailed information for borrowers HERE
U.S. Chamber Synopsis HERE

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

The CARES Act also provides additional assistance through an opportunity for small business owners and non-profits to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending and will be forgiven. 

LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE

 

SBA Loan PowerPoint HERE
U.S. Chamber Synopsis HERE
Contact disaster customer service: 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

U.S. and Georgia Departments of Labor Updates

New GDoL Rule Requiring Employers to
File Unemployment Benefits for Employees

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020The 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.

Find step-by-step instructions on how to file partial claims as an employer.

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.

Please continue to monitor the GDoL website or any updates to these guidelines.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Department of Labor has posted important FFCRA posters on their website. Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website. These provisions will apply beginning April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

Find these posters and more information on the U.S. Department of Labor HERE.

Federal AND State Income
Tax Filing Deadlines 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.

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.

Resources for Restaurants

Submit Your Restaurant’s Information
to Visit Sandy Springs

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.

Your Economic Development Team

We are here to support you.
Please reach out to us with questions or concerns.

Andrea Worthy

Andrea Worthy

Economic Development Director

Caroline Davis

Caroline Davis

Economic Development Specialist

This newsletter is prepared by the City of Sandy Springs. You can learn more about the City on our website at sandyspringsga.gov. You can also telephone our Call Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 770-730-5600.