Coronavirus Quarantine Update – April 20

Community, Fannin County Chamber
Fannin Chamber Covid
Zoom Webinar Tuesday, April 20 Featuring SBDC and GDOL
The Chamber and Development Authority are hosting a virtual meeting through Zoom with Richard Montanaro, Small Business Development Center, and Lisa Adkisson, Georgia Department of Labor. [Zoom information is on the flier below] Rich will provide advice and suggestions for businesses, including some valuable tips for business survival and recovery. Lisa will talk about the GDOL programs and updates related to COVID-19. She has worked with GDOL for over 28 years and is a native of the area. She has a passion for supporting our local businesses.
Chamber Staff Making Calls to Members
The Chamber and Development Authority staff will be calling our members to see how you are doing and to ask a few questions to help with recovery when the quarantine is over. We will also be sharing some resources that could be beneficial to you as a business owner.
Shelter in Place Through April 30 – Governor Speaks Today at 4 p.m.
Governor Kemp is expected to outline plans for reopening the state this afternoon, April 20, at 4 p.m. Until anything changes, 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 . A copy of the Governor’s order regarding vacation rentals can be found here.
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.
Copper Basin RSVP Project is
Featured in Georgia Trend Magazine
For the eighth consecutive year, Georgia Trend Magazine and the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute are honoring four communities for their efforts to improve residents’ lives through public-private and nonprofit collaborations. This year they are spotlighting the Copper Basin, Cobb County, McDuffie County and Loganville with “Four For the Future” awards.
“The four communities are great examples of the success of public-private partnerships, and there are so many more that are yielding positive results in workforce development, education and healthcare.
Join us for a Webinar Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21st, at 10:00 am
We are hosting a virtual meeting through Zoom with Richard Montanaro, Small Business Development Center, and Lisa Adkisson, Georgia Department of Labor. Below is the link to follow to the webinar.
There is a chat function through Zoom, where you can type questions during the call, and we will do our best to get those answered. However, if you have specific questions you want addressed,please go ahead and send to my email at Please do not ask about when you will receive funding from EIDL or PPP or when you will receive unemployment money.
Zoom Information
Topic: SBDC and GDOL
Time: Apr 21, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 828 8326 7604
Password: 172956
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The Candidate Forum Scheduled for April 28 at the Performing Arts Center as been CANCELLED
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].
2020 Census
Get it done today! If you haven’t received a notification in the mail, or you’ve lost your mailer, you can click here to complete the Census for your household.
The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States. It is conducted every 10 years and is required by the U.S. Constitution. Census responses determine congressional representation in the states and inform how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed to states and local communities every year for critical public services and infrastructure, including health clinics, schools, roads and emergency services. Your count matters!
April 21
Business After Hours
Fannin County Family Connection
April 23
Ambassador Lunch
April 28
Candidate Forum
Performing Arts Center
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
FREE Guidance for Businesses
Puzzled at your obligations as an employer under the new federal paid leave laws? Did you know that there are new paid leave laws you might have to comply with? Wondering if and to what extent you can continue to operate under the various emergency orders and shelter-in-place orders? The Chamber has an avenue to help you get answers to these and even more questions about your obligations as an employer.
Blue Ridge attorney Kelly Michael Hundley advises business owners on exactly these kinds of issues. In an assist for business owners in the community, he has graciously agreed to provide up to 2 hours of free guidance and advice available for use over the next three months. So, if you wonder about what your obligations as a business owner are with respect to employees and the workplace, please take advantage of this offer. You can reach Kelly at (770) 680-4391 or [email protected] and check out his website,
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce | 152 Orvin Lance DriveBlue Ridge, GA 30513


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