White County Strong
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White County Strong
Since 1987, your White County Chamber of Commerce has been banner-carrier for small business, free enterprise, quality growth and community response. Over the years, we have faced some unsteady economic times. And like before, we are here to help rally the troops, lobby for economic relief, and serve in many local and regional business purposes. In our current national healthcare crisis with COVID-19, we continue to drive plans for businesses preparedness and the economic recovery that will soon follow. We acknowledge that our industries of tourism, healthcare, insurance, retail, hospitality and manufacturing are hard hit by this pandemic driven economic downturn and we are working to support those businesses and others as we move forward....TOGETHER. Because we are WHITE COUNTY STRONG.
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
US Small Business Admin Office of Governor Kemp Small Business Dev Ctr US Chamber GA Chamber GADOL CDC Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
UPDATE: COVID-19 Testing is now available for all Georgians. For more information, click here.
Reopening Georgia's Economy Phase 1 - April 20, 2020
For the full document click here
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Executive order Monday, April 20, 2020 - Click here.
Unemployment info for individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for state unemployment benefits, click here.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Employers are required to file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Please view the following video as a guide to making application.
The Family and Medical Leave Act poster if available for free by clicking here. Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) require that posters or notices be posted in the workplace. Please note that posting requirements vary by statute; that is, not all employers are covered by each of the statutes administered by the WHD and thus may not be required to post a specific notice. For example, some small businesses may not be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act and thus would not be subject to the Act's posting requirements. Please note that that this page only contains information and links to federal WHD poster requirements only. For more information regarding other federal employment posters, please visit the Department's Poster Elaws Advisor, Poster Page or Poster Frequently Asked Questions. For state posting requirements, contact your State Department of Labor.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans -
There are currently (03/31/2020) two available SBA loans. Your business may be eligible for one or both. For a quick comparison of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) click here. For a recorded update from United Community Bank on 03/30/2020, click here.
Synopsis of the CARES relief package updated Saturday, March 28 at Noon. Read the full document here.
For the online application by clicking here.
To listen to an update from our call with U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the small business community, click here.
RESTAURANT , TAKEOUT , DELIVERY & CURBSIDE
Bojangles DRIVE THRU
Captain D's DRIVE THRU, TAKE-OUT, ONLINE ORDERS
Chick-Fil-A DRIVE THRU, CURBSIDE, DELIVERY
Clyde’s Table and Tavern DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT, CURBSIDE
Creekside Deli DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
Dairy Queen DRIVE THRU
Dunkin’ Donuts DRIVE THRU
El Campesino DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
Glenda's DRIVE THRU, CURBSIDE
Huddle House DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
McDonald's DRIVE THRU
North GA BBQ DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
Papa Johns DELIVERY
RibCountry TAKE-OUT, CURBSIDE, DINE IN
The Soda Fountain Café DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT **Note new address 184 West Kytle Street, Suite C**
Kitchen of Dana TAKE-OUT
Bigg Daddys TAKE-OUT, CURBSIDE, DINE-IN
Chattahoochee Cheese Market OPEN
Cimmi’s Café DINE-IN
Cowboys and Angels DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
Hofbrauhaus DINE-IN, CURBSIDE
Hofer's Bakery & Cafe DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
North Georgia BBQ DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
The Troll Tavern DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT
Bernie's DINE-IN (reservations required)
These businesses offer on-line shopping, over the phone orders, curbside service and/or gift cards.
Cleveland Drug Company - Drive-thru and gift certificates
Cleveland Florist - Call-in Orders (706) 348-1297
Factory Connections Gift Cards available
Nora Mill General Store - on-line, curbside delivery, gift certificates
Quilt'n Kaboodle - Call-in Orders, curbside delivery and gift certificates 706-865-0065
Revival Gifts and Apparel - on-line shopping, curbside delivery, and gift cards
Roger's Ace Hardware - call-in orders, curbside delivery, gift certificates 706-865-2184
Straight Shooters Guns and Ammo - on-line orders, gift certificates
Velvet's Vintage on-line and call in orders, gift certificates 706-219-0229
White County Farmers' Exchange curbside pickup 706-865-2831
Betty's Country Store
Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen
Nora Mill Granary - on-line, curbside delivery, gift certificates
The Glass Blowing Shop - on-line orders for shipping, call-in orders for curbside pick-up 706-878-3156
Wildwood General Store - call-in orders and gift cards 706-878-5373
Lavender Cottage and Garden on-line orders, curbside pickup, phone in orders *Free shipping with $50 order
Amy's Green Cleaning - Order online
Old Sautee Store - Phone -in orders, curbside delivery, gift cards 1-888-463-9853
LOCAL HEALTH UPDATES
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Office of Georgia Gov Brian Kemp GA Dept of Public Health White Co Emergency Management City of Cleveland City of Helen Northeast Georgia Health System (hospital)
UPDATE: COVID-19 testing is now available for all Georgians. For more information, click here.
White County State of Emergency and Protective Ordinance Resolution 03262020
City of Cleveland Ordinance 03262020 and for more information click here
REMOTE WORKING TIPS
Forbes Magazine: 5 Essential Corona Virus Work from Home Tech Tips
PLATFORMS FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS-Skype for Business: audio and video conferencing. You will need to create a Skype account, and then you're able to sync with SharePoint in Microsoft, and share media. FREE download.-Facebook Messenger: able to text chat, audio message, or face-to-face web conferencing within the app, may be useful for getting into contact directly with businesses through their Facebook page, FREE .-Zoom: used by many educators currently. Easy to use, chat/audio/video available, can show screen in real-time, can be online or in app, FREE to sign up by using work email, ZoomPlus offers more for a price-GoToMeeting: one-click meetings, collaboration meetings made easier, webinars available, cloud recordings, Office365 plug in, Cost starting at $12.00.-TeamViewer:software for audio and video conferences, interactive screen sharing, Cost starting at $49.00.-Microsoft Teams:uses SharePoint to share files in Office programs, conference calls, group chat, FREE to those with Office365 program package, Costs start at $12.95/month for others.
- Get dressed. Working in your pajamas sounds cool, but you will feel a bit lazy and too relaxed. Plus, if you start a work call and hit the video button by mistake, well…
- Carve out a dedicated work area, even if it is temporary during this Coronavirus situation. A separate workspace is healthy as well as keeping to your regular work routine, even though you are not in the office. Plus, it lets you close the door and leave work behind.
- Replicate your office work tech as much as possible. If you work with two screens, haul them home for this time. If you don’t have two screens, why not?
- Since you might not have an ergonomic desk and chair setup at home, plan to take more physical breaks to get up, stretch, move around. Avoid the fridge, though. Keep your normal coffee break and lunch time, but avoid distractions.
- Get noise-cancelling headphones if you need to listen in to a conference call and your kid is running around. Or read about Krisp here. Or, get good and fast with that mute button.
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