The Fannin County community will continue to “Shelter in Place” through the end of April, according to emergency orders by Governor Kemp and Fannin County last week. In addition, the Governor issued orders for all vacation rentals to stop. More information about the county resolution can be found at www.fannincountyga.com . A copy of the Governor’s order regarding vacation rentals can be found here.
What is the Difference in Emergency Declaration and Shelter in Place?
The Governor’s Emergency Order goes through May 13. That is the order he initially did so that federal disaster relief was available. Shelter in Place goes through April 30 in both the state and county orders.
Please Wear a Face Mask and Ask Your Customers to do the Same
Currently there are 12 cases recorded in Fannin County. Community members have contracted COVID-19 from contact at area big box stores. It is essential for your protection, the protection of others and for the flattening of the curve – that we all wear masks when in public. This is a CDC recommendation. A mask can be as simple as a bandana or a scarf that covers your mouth and nose. Continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
Website for Economic Impact Stimulus Check Information
There is a website for information about the economic impact stimulus payments here.
Primary Vote Extended to June 9
The state has extended the primary vote scheduled for May until June 9. More information will follow regarding early voting. The Governmental Committee is considering planning another Candidate Forum, however it is impossible to plan right now.
Chamber Video #StrongerTogether
Follow the link below to view the Chamber Video #StrongerTogether, produced by Square Frame Media videographer Daniel Loudermilk. At the time this newsletter was posted, the video had received 36,400 views and more than 450 shares. The message is simple — we are all in this together.
Updated Information on Take Out & Online Shopping
Help our small businesses survive by taking out dinner, purchasing gift cards and shopping online during the social distancing period while you are at home. Small businesses depend on cash flow to survive; some of them may not open again when things do get better. Visit the Website to see a list of restaurants offering delivery, curbside and pick up options and stores that have eCommerce, gift cards and curbside pick up.
Development Authority Webpage
Resources for Small Business
Visit the Fannin County Economic Development Authority’s website for resources available to businesses, unemployment information, job opportunities and more.
The Small Business Administration currently has two major loan programs in response to COVID-19. A business can apply for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Paycheck Protection Program IF there are different use of proceeds for each program. CLICK HERE to see the Overview of SBA Emergency Loans.
Click here to watch a quick overview of the SBA Emergency loans from our SBDC contact. SBDC is a free resource to assist small businesses, and that includes sole proprietors and independent contractors. You can schedule a conversation with SBDC at 706-622-2006 or by emailing [email protected].