Small Business Resources

Important COVID-19 Information

CDC Information – How to Protect Yourself  & What to do if you think you are infected?

Troup County Government Coronovirus COVID-19 Information

City of LaGrange COVID-19 Coronovirus Information

Troup County Schools Coronovirus Information

Visit LaGrange Daily News or follow LaGrange Daily News on Facebook for up to date local information. LDN is making coronavirus information

Georgia Coronavirus Map and Case Count

Coronavirus: Information for Georiga County Officials

Troup Economic Recovery Resources

Our Team is dedicated to helping you and your business find the right resources to get Troup County back on its feet!

As a response to recent business concerns caused by the COVID – 19 health crisis, local business and economic development leaders have joined forces to form an Economic Recovery Task Force.  Spearheaded by Connie Hensler, president of LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce and Meghan Duke, Economic Development director for the City of West Point, the group began conducting weekly online meetings to proactively develop and implement a strategic approach to drive Troup County’s economic recovery.

Troup Economic Recovery Resources was formed by the task force to become a local point of contact for area small business owners looking for trusted sources of information and services. Access to this network of information, comprised of Chamber member businesses, local municipalities, economic development agencies, community leaders, volunteers and professional service providers, is available to all small and nonprofit businesses in Troup County.

Troup Economic Recovery Resources will issue regular e- newsletters and offer access to informational webinars addressing current issues and business solutions.

For more information about Troup Economic Recovery Resources call 706-884-8671 or contact by email – info@lagrangechamber.org

Troup Economic Recovery Resource members include:

Connie Hensler, LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce, President

Leslie Traylor, LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce, Director of Member Engagement

Sara Grace Todd, LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce, Communications Manager

Meghan Duke, City of West Point, Economic Development Director

Bill Hunnicutt, Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, Executive Director

Barbie Watts, Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, Promotions & Marketing Director

Kathy Tilley, Visit LaGrange, President

Patty Youngblood, United Way, Executive Director

Bob Goehring, RLG International, Business consultant

Trae Long, Gay & Joseph, CPA

Brandon Eley, Eley Digital, E Commerce expert

Week 1:

COVID-19 Customizable Flyer for your business

https://www.uschamber.com/app/covid-19-flyer/

Paycheck Prevention Program Loan Forgiveness Application

https://content.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/3245-0407%20SBA%20Form%203508%20PPP%20Forgiveness%20Application.pdf

SBA Emergency Loans

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/SBA-Loan-Overview-Comparison-Chart.pdf

Local lenders (Chamber Directory)

http://business.lagrangechamber.com/list/ql/finance-insurance-10

Downtown LaGrange Video/Commercial

Restaurants:

Retail:    

US Chamber Resources for Reopening

https://www.uschamber.com/reopening-business#resources

After COVID-19, Ways to Pivot Your Business to Succeed – Region 4
Emergency Response (Online)
June 2, 2020

Week 2

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Troup County

  • LaGrange Medical Center – Urgent Care

309 Vernon St., LaGrange

  • CVS Drug Store

180 Roanoke Rd. LaGrange

  • Paul A.M.E. Church

Poplar St., Hogansville

( Beginning June 13, 10 a.m. – Free )

  • District 4 Public Health @ Whitesville Road Elementary

1700 Whitesville Rd. LaGrange

( June 8 and 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Free )

City of LaGrange Coronavirus Update Website

 http://coronavirus.lagrangega.org/

The Georgia Chamber

https://www.gachamber.com/covid19/

Here are a few of the latest posts for your reference:

Summary of Executive Orders from 05.28.2020 – On May 28, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Orders 05.28.20.02 and 05.28.20.01 addressing Georgia’s ongoing Public Health Emergency and furthering the Governor’s initiative on Reviving a Healthy Georgia.

Summary of Rural Loan Guarantee Program – On Friday, May 22, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Acceptable Use of PPP Forms – The Small Business Administration released the
Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness Application, and in doing so answered many questions about loan forgiveness and acceptable uses of PPP funds.

Reopening Guidance Flyer – Complete with executive order minimum basic operations and tips for keeping your workers and customers healthy.

Georgia Power Company

Community Development Team virtual learning Series: June 9, 10 a.m.

In an effort to offer timely information in the ever-changing world of COVID-19, the Georgia Power Community Development team has launched a new virtual learning series. CommUNITY Conversations are designed to provide pertinent information and best practices from across the state as we transition back to work during and post pandemic.

During the second installment of the series, you’ll hear from commercial and industrial consultants on market trends and the current state of development.

Featured speakers include:

James Blair, Founder & Managing Director, Navigator Consulting, Daniel Stubbs, Senior Vice President & Partner, Binswanger

Charles Stallworth, Business Recruitment Director, Georgia Power, Rope Roberts, Community Development Manager, Georgia Power

Please use the link listed below to join the conversation.

https://livestream.com/southernco/gec

Paycheck Protection Program

Loan Forgiveness Application

https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/3245-0407-SBA-Form-3508-PPP-Forgiveness-Application.pdf

SBDC’s After COVID-19, Ways to Pivot Your Business

SBDC’s LinkedIn Article

SBDC’s Guide to Conquering a Business Crisis

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Guide-to-Conquering-a-Business-Crisis.pdf

Upcoming SBDC Webinars June through November

Week 3

Georgia Cities Foundation

Resources for Small Business in GA Affected by COVID-19

http://www.georgiacitiesfoundation.org/GCFSite/media/PDFs/Resources-for-Small-Businesses-in-Georgia-Affected-by-COVID-19.pdf

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Of 2020

The PPPFA:

  • Increases the covered period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Change the 75%/25% rule to 60% for payroll and 40% for other eligible expenses; and
  • Allows you to increase the term of the loan from 2 years to 5 years.

We are implementing an online loan forgiveness solution, which will be prepopulated with your PPP loan information. This online solution will:

  • Provide a streamlined application process allowing you to collaborate with your advisors;
  • Accurately calculate the loan forgiveness amount;
  • Allow us to complete our good faith review in a timely manner.

With all these changes happening, we are waiting to launch the loan forgiveness solution until the new rules and regulations are finalized.

We suggest you only use the existing Loan Forgiveness Application (Form 3508) to determine which documentation you will need to submit with the application.

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/paycheck-protection-program-flexibility-72132/

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Reopening Business

Digital Resource Center

https://www.uschamber.com/reopening-business#resources

State of Georgia

COVID-19 : Support for Businesses

https://georgia.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-georgia/covid-19-state-services-georgia/covid-19-support-businesses#:~:text=Federal%20support%20helps%20small%20businesses,President%20recently%20signed%20into%20law.

Georgia Department of Economic Development

COVID-19 Updates and Information

https://www.georgia.org/covid19

Week 4

#MaskTroupCounty

Distribution Sites:

Distribution 1: Friday, June 19, 2020, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
– Ark Refuge Ministries, 504 E Depot St, LaGrange, GA 30241
– LaGrange Housing Authority, 201 Chatham Street, LaGrange, GA 30240 & 611 Borton Street, LaGrange, GA 30241
– District 4 Public Health, 301 Main St., LaGrange, GA 30240
– West Point Tech Training Center, 1122 O G Skinner Dr, West Point, GA 31833
– Hogansville Public Library, 310 Johnson St, Hogansville, GA 30230

Distribution 2: Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
– Ark Refuge Ministries, 504 E Depot St, LaGrange, GA 30241
– LaGrange Housing Authority, 201 Chatham Street, LaGrange, GA 30240 & 611 Borton Street, LaGrange, GA 30241
– West Point Tech Training Center, 1122 O G Skinner Dr, West Point, GA 31833
– Hogansville Public Library, 310 Johnson St, Hogansville, GA 30230

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Troup County

  • LaGrange Medical Center – Urgent Care
    • 309 Vernon St., LaGrange
  • CVS Drug Store
    • Roanoke Rd. LaGrange
  • Paul A.M.E. Church
    • Poplar St., Hogansville (10 a.m. – Free)
  • Emory Healthcare
    • 303 Smith Street (By Appointment Only)

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

SBDC Small Business Procurement

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/small-biz-procurement/?programid=178513

Georgia Chamber

COVID-19 Information

https://www.gachamber.com/covid19/

Week 5

Social Media Tips & Tricks for Your Business

How can you leverage this opportunity for your business? In this webinar, we will go over Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and discuss why you might want to utilize each one, and highlight some tips and best practices. In addition to these platforms, we will run through a few alternative and emerging social media platforms that could work well for your brand. Learning Objectives: *Find out how customers are using social media and what they are looking for before purchasing *Learn the basics of how to use Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube *Understanding different social media platforms and which ones will benefit your business When the registration process is complete, you will receive instructions on how to log into your webinar.

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/course/?programid=178657

Doing Business with GDOT

Learn how to qualify with GDOT to become a Routine Maintenance Contractor. This session is facilitated by GDOT supportive services representatives. The informational objectives for small business owners: •Learn about the projects funded by H.B. 170 •Understand the Process to become eligible to apply for Maintenance Projects with DOAS •Hear about the project forecast for District 4 •Learn how to do business in District 4 •Learn about the Supportive Services available to DBEs, Small Businesses and Veterans on State Funded Projects Registration is required. Webinar link to join meeting will be sent after registering.

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/small-biz-procurement/?programid=178513

HR Checkup: What do you need to know right now

HR Checkup covers critical areas in Human Resources that businesses should focus on in preparation for recovery and as employees return to work. The webinar will cover eight key areas for small business owners to consider in order to strengthen HR processes. The key to successfully navigating any crisis is to plan and then to have a strategy in place for recovery. Join us as we discuss topics including employee classification, job descriptions and the importance of having defined policies and procedures.

Takeaways:

  • Knowledge of HR areas to review as employees return to work
  • Resources to assist with return to work processes.

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/course/?programid=178653

Week 6

Troup County Emergency Relief Fund

A Partnership between the United Way of West Georgia, Inc., the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley and the Callaway Foundation

Click the link below to donate

https://unitedwaywga.org/

LaGrange Community Feeds the Frontline!

Community members now have an easy way to thank our frontline workers.

Many local restaurants have recently received donations from grateful citizens seeking to thank frontline workers with fresh cooked meals. The Downtown LaGrange Development Authority staff has established a website to manage community online donations: https://feeding-the-frontlines-lg.constantcontactsites.com The contributions will be pooled with other donations from the community and used to pay for meals or surprise packages fulfilled through participating local restaurants and retailers. Please contact the DLDA, 706.298.4533, if your company is interested in participating in this initiative or if your frontline workers should be added to the meal rotation.

Together We Pledge!

Together, Harris and Troup County are working hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Help keep Harris and Troup County and our visitors healthy from COVID-19 by taking the Together We Pledge today. Many Harris and Troup County businesses have take the Together We Pledge, an initiative to keep employees, residents, and visitors healthy and safe. Visit the website, Togetherwepledge.com to learn more.

Week 7

Back-to-Business Webinar

Workplace Wellness Featuring Piedmont Newnan Hospital

Wednesday, August 26, 3 p.m.

Save the date!! LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Coweta Chamber of Commerce to promote workplace wellness. Piedmont Healthcare provides valuable information for business owners and operators who seek up-to-date and relevant information when preparing for the unexpected. Stay tuned for more details.

SBDC Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Webinar Series

August 24 – 27, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

August 24 – Series 1

Disaster impacts, terminology and re-entry processes from state and local Emergency Management Agencies

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/course/?programid=178437

August 25 – Series 2

Emergency loan programs available to small businesses and farmers/ranchers from the SBA and USDA

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/course/?programid=178687

August 26 – Series 3

Insurance concerns

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/course/?programid=178688

August 27 – Series 4

Business Continuity Planning

https://www.georgiasbdc.org/course/?programid=178689

4 Simple Things You Can Do to Stabilize Your Small Business Right Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely upended our normal way of doing business. Stay in place orders have caused stores to shut their doors in many states. Other companies find themselves unable to fulfill shipments due to supply chain disruptions.

For more information, click the link below.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/350651