City of Atlanta helps small businesses rise again

City of Atlanta helps small businesses rise again

By: Felipe Rivas

2 min read August 2020—True to its motto, the city of Atlanta looks to rise again by launching a new program to help small businesses recover from pandemic-related challenges. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the launch of the Resurgence Grant Fund, which is set to begin accepting applications next week. The Resurgence Grant Fund is slated to help qualifying businesses keep their operations open and cover pandemic-related expenses via grants of various amounts. 

“The City of Atlanta’s motto is Resurgens- Latin for ‘rising again.’ Resurgens is more than an emblem, it is part of the One Atlanta way, coming together as one community to support each other in times of need,” Bottoms said in a press release. “As COVID-19 continues to challenge Atlanta’s small businesses and the communities that depend on them, the Resurgence program will provide funds to help businesses operate safely and protect their employees as our city recovers together.”

Atlanta business owners wishing to take advantage of the Resurgence Program can apply for up to $40,000 to reimburse the costs of business interruptions as a result of shelter-in-place measures and pandemic-related closures. Business owners can use the grants to buy personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and other health measures to protect their employees and customers. Through the funds, businesses will have access to up to $10,000 of no-cost technical assistance services, such as legal resources and workforce development, as they pivot their business practices to adapt to a more socially-distanced, digital and touch-free environment, the mayor’s office said in a press release. 

Eligible businesses must meet the following criteria: 

  • Operates an active for-profit enterprise in the City of Atlanta;
  • Holds a 2020 city of Atlanta business license;
  • Continuously in business and operating since March 1, 2019;
  • Had fewer than 250 employees as of March 1, 2020; and
  • Documented business interruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related emergency declarations, resulting in financial loss.

Economic development authority Invest Atlanta will handle the application process. The application window will be open from Aug. 10 to Aug. 31. “We are listening to the needs of the business community and continue to deploy resources to help them through the impacts of COVID-19,” said Eloise Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta, in a press release. “Economic prosperity and competitiveness in Atlanta start with equity, and Atlanta’s recovery from the pandemic must be an equitable recovery. These new grant programs will help achieve this by ensuring more Atlanta small business owners have access to funds to adapt their business and operate safely.”

The Resurgence Grant Fund is made possible by the $88-million federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding to the city of Atlanta, of which $22 million was allocated to support small businesses and independent professionals impacted by the pandemic, the mayor’s office said in press release. 

Interest business owners can attend a citywide Resurgence Grant Fund webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 12, hosted by Invest Atlanta. 

 

To learn more, visit:

https://www.atlantaga.gov/

ttps://www.investatlanta.com/resurgence-grant-fund

GFL Businesses Adapt as Coronavirus Threat Looms for US

GFL Businesses Adapt as Coronavirus Threat Looms for US

By: Sara Warden

2 min read March 2020 — Businesses across South Florida have been hit by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, as the government issued new advice urging people to stay home if possible. Drastic measures have been taken to prevent the further spread of the virus, but some Fort Lauderdale companies are taking the crisis in stride.

 

 

Fort Lauderdale made the decision to close all public beaches, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. All meetings of city boards and committees have been postponed until the end of March at the earliest. Only essential businesses such as pharmacies and grocery stores are excluded from the measures. The TSA reported that one of its agents at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport tested positive for the virus, bringing the tally to two officers across the state.

“We have to do everything possible to minimize crowds and unfortunately, our beautiful beaches must be part of that plan,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis to South Florida Business Journal. “I want to be clear that this is not an overreaction, but a way for us to help stop further cases of COVID-19 in our community.”

With the measures set to last until April 12, one of the biggest concerns for Fort Lauderdale residents – and for people all over the world – is of a potential shortage in supplies of essentials such as canned goods, medicine and toilet paper. 

As the virus response ramped up, Postmates and Walgreens announced an expansion of their partnership to allow customers to order Walgreens pharmacy goods through Postmates and have them delivered to their doors. The service was piloted in New York six months ago but its ramp up to cover a handful of cities including Fort Lauderdale comes at an opportune time to allow citizens to comfortably practice social distancing. 

Businesses are urging employees to work from home, but are threatened by a drop in productivity. Some forward-thinking businesses had already made preparations, having monitored the unfolding situation from its roots in China’s Wuhan region in December. Davie-based Bankers Healthcare Group implemented home office last Friday after extensive testing of its digital systems. 

“We’ve been preparing for this transition for more than a month, checking and testing our systems to ensure we could continue to do business as usual,” co-founder Eric Castro told South Florida business Journal. “We don’t anticipate any challenges or disruption to our business, and are confident we will not lose productivity.”

 

To learn more, visit:

https://www.broward.org/Airport/Pages/default.aspx

https://postmates.com/

https://www.walgreens.com/

https://bankershealthcaregroup.com/

 

For up-to-date advice on the Coronavirus response, you can check the CDC website here.  For Florida-specific information, click here