The Bainbridge - Decatur County Chamber seeks to provide access to recommendations, regulations, services and expertise to its members.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this mission remains constant.  Prior to acting, members should consult their own professional advisors for information and counsel specific to the individual and unique situations faced by organizations, individuals and corporations.  The opinions, interpretations and recommendations of the Bainbridge Decatur County Chamber are informational only and should not be relied upon by the recipient as legal or professional advice.  The Bainbrdige Decatur County Chamber makes no representations as to the accuracy or reliability of the content contained herein.  Users of this information accept any and all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Bainbridge Decatur County Chamber has no liability to user.

4.8.20 - Kindred at Home Ready to Serve Seniors with In-home Healthcare during Pandemic 

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4.8.20 - GA Department of Public Health Letter

DPH has provided guidelines in this letter for essential businesses to maintain a healthy working enviroment.

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Quarantine and Isolation Recommendations

Mayor Reynolds Declares Local State of Emergency


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Health Department Information for Bulk Food Sales by Restaurants

Please see the letter below information on bulk food sales as outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

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Business Impact Survey

During this time, we are working diligently to try and capture data reflecting the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We urge all businesses in our community to keep track of any impact they have personally and respond through this survey. Our hopes are that the information collected could help provide any government relief that could potentially be offered.  

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Bridge Together: A Local Business Support Platform

We encourage ALL to join our Bainbridge community Facebook page and pledge to support ALL local businesses during these tough times!!! This page is organized by the staff of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce for members as well as non-members. We want to create and support a community movement of Bainbridge residents supporting local businesses in a challenging economy and provide fact-based resources for businesses to navigate during this pandemic.

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4.21.20 - Georgia Begins to Reopen - Guidelines 

Read a summary of Governor Kemp's guidelines on getting back to business in Georgia. 

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4.7.20 - Governor Kemp and UGA’s release on CARES Act funding overview

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4.7.20 - University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Overview

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4.7.20 - Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Expanded Rules & Resources Overview and related FAQs

Overview Here 

FAQ Here

4.7.20 - Georgia Chamber’s Small Business Guidance on Emergency Loans

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3.30.20 - Georgia Department of Labor Expanded Rules and Resources

This week, the Georgia Department of Labor has issued several new rules to support employees across our state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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4.7.20 - Paid Leave Programs - Employers Guide 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire on December 31, 2020.

Both programs are in addition to any leave you already offer.

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4.7.20 - EEOC’s employer rights during COVID-19 pandemic

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4.4.20- Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit (CARES Act)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.

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4.2.20 - Paycheck Protection Program vs. SBA Disaster Loan; Which is best for you? 

The Small Business Administration is offering several different loan and grant options for small business (500 or less employees). This guide will help businesses determine if one or both loans is useful. 

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4.1.20 - The Paycheck Protection Program ( A Simple Guide ) 

A simple breakdown of the who, what, when, where, and how of the Paycheck Protection Program by the Small Business Association.

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SBA PPP Application

3.30.20 - Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 2.0

Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations. 

This guidance and accompanying list are intended to support State, Local, and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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4.7.20 - Overview of Federal Stimulus Phases 1, 2 and 3

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” passed the U.S. House on March 27th. Having been signed into law shortly thereafter by President Trump, this critical legislation will provide emergency relief for American workers and businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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