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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.


SBDC Guide to Conquering a business crisis

Practical steps for any business to conserve cash, lower costs, manage supply chain, and effectively ​market 


find your local sbdc

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Contact your local office for individual consulting services, view past webinars, and access a wide range of resources on their website.


small business administration eidl + ppp

Overview of process and required documentation


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


inc summary of grants 

Summary of grants for small businesses affected by COVID-19


eight steps for small businesses to take from u.s. chamber of commerce

High priority actions for your small businesses to enact from new hygiene protocols, remote work, insurance, to online sales and more.


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 - free conference call lines 

Slack - free online collaboration and project management platform


Score's Disaster preparedness planning tools

Leverage toolkits and guidance from SCORE to help your business plan for and operate during disasters


disaster financial assistance with food, housing, + bills

Determine if you qualify for additional assistance with food + bills. 


free linkedin courses

LinkedIn learning courses to help small businesses pause, reassess personal and business needs, and start to build.



Tools, recommended steps, and links to other resources including small business grants. 


Grow with google

Resources to help you navigate through these uncertain times. 


KABBAGE launching gift card sales

Kabbage will help small businesses sign up and sell gift cards online, so customers can buy now and frequent your business later 


kilpatrick townsend legal taskforce

Providing information about known legal issues during COVID-19.

Ways for Customers to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19



Put immediate cash into the local businesses that you frequent today and use it later 


avoid refunds

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. 


buy local

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.


order in

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.

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