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August 31 - September 608/31/2020: U.S. SBA's Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (IATF) and Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) will hold virtual public meetings on Sept. 2 and 3 respectively via Microsoft Teams.Past Posts08/27/2020: Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced, on the 25th, 25 appointees to serve on various state boards and commissions. Of the 25, the following will be serving our Agricultural Industry and State Forestry Commission - State Forestry Commission - Kenneth Sheppard, president of KS Harvesters, Inc. and Benjamin Gillis is the CEO/COO/CFO for Gillis Ag & Timber. State Board for the Registration of Foresters - Jesse Johnson, an associate broker with Southern Land Exchange, LLC and a registered forester with Southern Timberland Consultants, Inc. John Godbee, Jr. the environmental and quality assurance programs consultant with F&W Forest Services.08/19/2020: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1,484,644 to improve energy efficiencies and grow renewable resources in rural Georgia. Funding for the projects announced today comes from Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses.
08/18/2020: IRS: Unemployment compensation is taxable; have tax withheld now and avoid a tax-time surprise: IR-2020-185, August 18, 2020
08/13/2020: Disaster Response Jobs at SBA. The SBA is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts.
08/08/2020: “Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act”, Senate Bill (SB) 359, signed by Gov. Kemp on 08/05/2020, generally provides immunity to healthcare facilities, healthcare providers, entities (including businesses, churches and schools), and individuals for certain COVID-19 related tort claims...read more
08.05.2020: Help Georgia voters by serving as a poll worker. Details and sign up at Secure the Vote7.28.2020: National Institute on Drug Abuse shares a Mayo Clinic list that details behaviors of someone who is addicted to medications.7.27.2020: UAC, in partnership with Georgia Chamber of Commerce is proud to share this brief conversation between Georgia Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Director of the GA Dept. of Public Health.7.27.2020: City of Washington’s webcast of the Fire Services Town Hall meeting held Thursday, July 23rd. You can also download the presentation slideshow.07.18.2020: UGA SBDC - helping small businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19, by offering all continuing education programming at no direct cost for calendar year 2020 thanks to special funding from the CARES Act.07.16.2020: Parent Survey - please complete the Wilkes County Schools Parent Survey to help Wilkes County Schools gain parent perspective as they plan for the Fall 2020 School Reopening.07.16.2020: Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce COVID 2020 Recurring Monthly Business Expense Assistance Grant has been extended through August 31, 2020 or while funds are available.07.16.2020: Governor Brian Kemp extends Executive Order 07.15.20.0107.09.2020: On July 6, The Department of Treasury announced that the Main Street Lending Program is now fully operational and ready to purchase qualifying loans. This program will provide bridge financing for small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus.07.01.2020: Region 7 COVID Business Loan Program CSRA Business Lending announced a new loan program on Tuesday June 30th. Grant Information (PDF) Application (PDF)06.22.2020: Free COVID-19 Testing by appointment only. Call 706-721-5800 and specify Wilkes County. Testing is every Wednesday at the Wilkes County Health Department.06.22.2020: Online courses and business success training programs offered by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will be provided at no cost to small business owners through 2020.06.22.2020: EIDLs and EIDL Advances have re-opened to all eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19. Are you a for-profit, Georgia business looking for assistance with the application process? Our business consultants are here to help! Contact your local office.06.22.2020: Meet Clara, CDC’s digital Coronavirus Self-Checker can help you decide when to call your doctor. Remember, if you’re sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, take steps like covering your coughs to protect others.6.03.2020: ECG’s Office of Economic & Community Development has assembled a list of current grants and funding opportunities that may be relevant to your needs. (PDF)5.15.2020: UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government offering a free webinar series designed to help Georgia communities plan their COVID-19 recovery.5.13.2020: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guide to the Main Street Lending Program (PDF)5.13.2020: Free SBDC Zoom webinar: You Received the PPP, Now What? Ask the Experts - Q&A with SBDC consultants. MUST register in advance.5.13.2020: Gov. Kemp issues Executive Order Eff. 5.14.20: Providing additional guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19. (PDF)5.12.2020: CDC - Updated strategies and recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19 (May 6)5.5.2020: SBA to make Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic5.5.2020: Boost with Facebook: Small Business Grants Program