Tip + Tools for Small Businesses and Their Customers During COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, we want to share resources with small business owners as they navigate these everchanging times. Refer to our general resource page for upcoming events/webinars. Please consult The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updates on coronavirus disease 2019.
Department of labor Unemployment benefits
Steps to apply for Georgia State and Federal supplemental unemployment benefits, expanded to include self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, and others.
Note: there may be a backlog of several weeks - once certified, claimants are eligible for backpay
free virtual collaboration tools
Leverage tools to help you collaborate with business partners, suppliers, staff, and others.
Microsoft Zoom - free basic account available
Google Hangout - free account requires GMAIL address
FreeConferenceCall.com - free conference call lines
Slack - free online collaboration and project management platform
Ways for Customers to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19
BUY GIFT CARDS
Put immediate cash into the local businesses that you frequent today and use it later
Ask for credit to apply to future purchases. When small businesses provide a full refund, they give back their cost of goods sold along with their profit.
Many local businesses are offering no contact pick-up, delivery, and/or virtual services (such as fitness or art classes).
View Start:ME active ventures here.
If still recommended by the CDC, support local eateries by calling in an order and paying over the phone.
contribute to crowdfunding campaigns
Support local businesses and local employees you love by making donations to campaigns supporting them, particularly those in hospitality, entertainment, and the arts.
Contribute to Start:ME's Small Business Resiliency Campaign here.