Information and Resources for Businesses

COVID-19

Dear Clayton County Business Community,

Whether you are in the large industry sector or the small business category, we appreciate you and want to stay engaged with you in this changing environment.  Clayton County is working closely with state, federal and global partners to confront the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Clayton County Government has implemented telework options for employees and Chairman Turner has declared a State of Emergency in Clayton County.  All non-essential travel has been suspended, following Governor Kemp’s order issued on March 12.

As we proceed through an uncertain time, we remain committed to our vital mission of supporting economic development across the entire county.   

Erica.rocker-wills@claytoncountyga.gov or call 678-858-5276

 

State Agency and Economic Development Resources 

Small Business Administration – twitter.com/SBA_Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor:  Information regarding unemployment claims related to COVID-19 and finding employment. 
Georgia Department of Insurance: Information on measures aimed at assisting individuals and business impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 related to the insurance industry. 
Georgia Ports Authority:  Information on operations and response to COVID-19. 
University System of Georgia: Information on the system’s response to COVID-19. 
Georgia Department of Education: Information regarding COVID-19 impact on K-12 education in Georgia. 

 

Impact on Local Business 

​​​Arts 
The Georgia Council for the Arts has updated its emergency preparedness page with links to resources as the arts community and nonprofits face the effects of COVID-19. The page includes news and updates on affected GCA Grants and other resources. Please note, nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for SBA Economic Impact Disaster Loans.

Automotive 
Motor carriers operating in Georgia are subject to updated regulations related to Governor Kemp’s March 14 Public Health State of Emergency Declaration. For details specific to the motor carrier industry, which are in effect until April 15, click here

International Consular Services
While most Consular offices in Atlanta are closed to the public during COVID-19, they are using their social media platforms to communicate. Many Consular services are being handled in person only for those guests with urgent needs and by appointment only. For a comprehensive list of updates compiled by Global Atlanta, click here.

Small Business 
On March 18, Georgia received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This declaration will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in all 159 counties in Georgia to help with financial obligations and operating expenses. Georgia businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and ahead of the December 18 deadline. To get started, click here

Tourism  
Explore Georgia, the tourism division within the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has activated its Explore Georgia Travel Alert Page on the Explore Georgia website to provide visitors with travel-related information, event cancelations and more. The site will be updated as the situation develops further.  

Travelers using the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport can find updates and a FAQ on the airport website

Trade 
If you are a Georgia exporter whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is offering relief provisions including waivers, deadline extensions, streamlined processing and flexibility to help U.S. businesses experiencing disruptions. For additional information, click here

Georgia Visitor Information Centers (VICs) were closed on March 13, until further notice. Restroom facilities remain open daily at nine of the 11 VICs, and the Georgia Department of Transportation has performed a deep clean of all VIC restroom facilities and will continue with scheduled cleanings, maintaining all health and hygiene standards. 

Health and Employee Wellness
If you believe that you are sick with COVID-19, follow these instructions from the CDC.

If you have an employee who tests positive for COVID-19, contact the Georgia Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584). 

For updates and tips on how to prepare for yourself and your family, call the Georgia Coronavirus Hotline at 1-844-442-2681. 

For the latest Georgia information on COVID-19:
• ​​​​​​​Georgia Department of Public Health: Twitter and Facebook: @GaDPH
• ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Governor Brian P. Kemp: Twitter and Facebook: @GovKemp


Our Team:
Business Opportunity Specialist Teams (8(a) and HUBZone)
Robert Ware, Supervisory BOS at robert.ware@sba.gov or via phone 404.331.0128
Lillian Martin, BOS at lillian.martin@sba.gov or via phone 404.331.0127
Uneeda Collins, BOS at uneeda.collins@sba.gov or via phone 404.331.0120
Brian Murden, BOS at brian.murden@sba.gov or via phone 404.331.0123
For Offer Letters:  GeorgiaOfferLetters@SBA.gov
 
Lender Relations and Economic Development Specialist(s):
Jeff Patterson, Supervisor LRS/EDS Team at jeffrey.patterson@sba.gov or 404.331.0126
Melanie Bryant, LRS at Melanie.Bryant@sba.gov or via phone 404.331.0131
W. Lewis Burger, LRS/EDS at w.burger@sba.gov or via phone 404.331.0115
Patrice Dozier, EDS at Patrice.dozier@sba.gov or via phone 404.331.0118
 
General Email:  Georgia@SBA.gov
Lender Email:  GeorgiaLenders@SBA.gov