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    The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce

    Athens-Limestone County Small Business Assistance Initiative

    To apply, businesses must meet the following criteria:

    Must have experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19

    Must have employed between 2 - 50 (FTE) employees as of February 29, 2020

    Must be in good standing with state and local government jurisdictions

    Must be located in Limestone County

    Small Business Assistance Initiative Application, click here

     

    Small Business Administration

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has an information page for Business Guidance and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. To visit their page, please click here.

    * To apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grant, click here

    Payroll Protection Program info, click here

    Locate a lender, click here

    Payroll Protection Program Sample Application form, click here

     

    Small Business Development Center

    Small Business Owner’s Guide for the CARE Act, click here

     

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has established “Combating the Coronavirus” on its website with resources including workplace tips for employees, customizable flyers and signage, preparedness checklists, social media toolkits, travel notices, and reports on the worldwide economic condition and how it may impact your business. To visit their page, please click here.

    Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist, click here

     

    Alabama Department of Labor

    Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits Frequently Asked Questions, click here

         -More FAQs, click here

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    Families First Coronavirus Response Act, click here

    COVID-19 Resources from the Alabama Department of Labor, click here

    The Alabama Department of Labor announced it will waive employer charges for COVID-19 related claims and the state is urging employers to file claims on employees’ behalf (News Release)

    File a COVID-19 claim, click here

    File a partial claim for employees, click here

     

    Alabama Department of Revenue

    For small businesses, restaurants, and other food service businesses unable to pay their state sales taxes due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), late payment penalties will be waived for taxes reported on returns filed for the February, March, and April 2020 reporting periods. Similar relief is being provided for state lodgings taxes due for these same periods.

    Alabama Department of Revenue COVID-19 Update page, click here

     

    US Department of Labor

    The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  COVID-19 and the American Workplace page, Click here

     

    Alabama Department of Public Health

    For the most updated information about COVID-19 in Alabama, please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's resource page on the outbreak.

     

    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about COVID-19 with the latest updates, resources for the community, and guidelines to help protect yourself. To visit their page, please click here.

     

    Additional Local Resources:

    Athens Limestone Hospital COVID-19 Information, click here

    Information on the Athens-Limestone Hospital Fever & Flu Clinic, click here

    City of Athens, COVID0-19 Information, click here

    Limestone County EMA, click here

    Support Small Business - North Alabama (BBB's Public Facebook Group) Click Here

    Support our Local Member Restaurants with #TakeOutTuesday & #TakeOutThursday, Several local restaurants are offering delivery, curbside and pick-up options

    Better Business Bureau information about resources for businesses, scams related to COVID-19, click here

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