In uncertain times, being a startup founder comes with a whole new level of stress, anxiety, and fears. We are here to help you find resources to combat those things and come out on the other side bigger, better and more resilient than before. We are here for you and we are in this with you.
Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
The President allocated as much as $50 billion to the SBA to extend financial assistance (low interest loans) to businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Please find the SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers here.
COVID CARES Act
Watch this webinar to see Aprio unpack the historic $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the largest economic stimulus package in modern history and what it means to businesses and individuals.
They will discuss the key stimulus bill measures including:
• Direct payments to taxpayers
• The $500 billion lending program for businesses
• The historic boost for unemployment benefits
• Special rules for retirement funds
• Emergency FMLA and paid sick leave
Amex Waiving Interest and Late Fees
According to a statement by American Express, they are ready to assist customers having financial difficulties due to the effects of COVID-19. To learn about their financial hardship programs click here.
CoronaVirus Tax Relief
The Treasury Department and IRS just announced a three-month delay for any tax filing and the option to defer payments owed up to $1 million to July 15. This will apply to individual tax returns but should also cover many pass-through entities and small businesses.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. What makes a company eligible is still up in the air, but you can read more and sign up to get updates here.
Morris, Manning, Martin Webinar & Task Force
MMM hosted a webinar on COVID-19 LEGAL ISSUES: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW Watch here!
They covered several important issues that impact tech companies, including:
- H.R. 6201: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Handling employee sick leave and other leaves of absence
- Workplace reductions and furloughs
- Remote workforce issues
- Wage and hour compliance
- Employee safety
- Employee benefits issues related to COVID-19
They have also put together a task force to keep everyone updated on legal updates. You can see those here.
Invest Atlanta Economic Assistance for Atlanta Businesses Affected by COVID-19
The city capitalized a $1.5m loan fund to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic disruption. The basic terms of the loan will be: 0% interest, 6-12 month deferment, 5-year payment term and the range of loans will be $5,000-$30,000. All loan information can be found here. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Invest Atlanta here.
Resources For Transitioning to Remote Work
Remote Livestream Q&A
Basecamp has been a 100% remote company for 20 years. Founder, Jason Fried, tackles a livestream Q&A with helpful insight into managing remote work and remote teams.
- Basecamp is more than just a project management tool — it’s a better way to work. Teams that switch to Basecamp are more productive and better organized. They communicate better and require fewer meetings. And they’re far more efficient than before. Here’s how Basecamp makes it happen.
The Guide to Remote Hiring and Onboarding
Free CoronaVirus Phishing Test
Educate your workforce to stay secure. With our new remote workforce we are already seeing hacking and phishing attempts at an all time high. Curricula is offering free phishing tests and you can sign up here.
15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered
Remote work might be our new reality. Do you have questions about how to shift? Check out this article by the Harvard Business Review.
Resources For Transitioning to Working from Home with Kids
Georgia Aquarium Live Streams
Need a few minutes to get that e-mail out or take that phone call? Show your kids these live streams and they’ll be occupied long enough for you to work! It’s also said that watching fish reduces blood pressure and increases relaxation. Watch here!
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home
Every day at 1PM Mo Willems welcomes kids to Lunch Doodles! Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. Watch here!
GoNoodle engages kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Mental Health Resources
Tips for Working from Home Effectively
Staying locked in during a global pandemic does not translate into zen feelings. Here are some options to help you put your best mind forward!
Staying Centered Among the Chaos
Read this Village blog post by Community Coordinator, Irina Burlack, to focus on what you CAN control. We already know that you are washing your hands and staying away from big crowds. Irina teaches us coping mechanisms and creates an on-demand de-stress toolbox.
Managing Stress & Anxiety from the CDC
Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Check out the CDC’s recommendations here.
As we always say, we are here to help startups find success. We are here to walk alongside you (6 feet apart, of course) as we come together to navigate the new normal. During this unprecedented time, we want you to know we are cheering for you!