Here at the Whitby2020 Campaign for Mayor, we understand the needs of small business owners in Macon-Bibb. The COVID-19 battered businesses are suffering immensely under the current conditions of the city.
- No Traffic
- No Customers
- No Money
This is a MASSIVE problem!
We understand that the lag time of the government has been a problem and is jeopardizing many of the favorite places we frequent in Macon-Bibb.
Hard-working business owners are at risk of losing what they worked so vigorously to build. Every week that goes by is devastating to profits, which provide for family livelihood, amongst other things.
The Federal Government signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act related to the administration of and eligibility criteria for state unemployment insurance (UI) programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for those not typically eligible for UI, such as gig workers, and expanded UI benefits. Additional the CARES Act through the Small Business Administration is providing a much-needed lifeline to businesses locally struggling from the coronavirus epidemic.
We are working hard to put Cliff Whitby in the office for Mayor of Macon-Bibb where he can immediately start working on a plan to help prevent such a tragic economic downfall.
While you wait to vote on May 19th, 2020, here are some places to visit TODAY for instant help.
Sites for Small Business Loans, Grants and Assistance
Department of Labor (DOL)
1. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program– provide Unemployment Assistance to individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation. The PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of benefits, which are available retroactively starting with weeks of unemployment beginning on or after January 27, 2020, and ending on or before December 31, 2020.
2. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program – Extends unemployment benefits by up to 13 weeks and covers those who have already exhausted their unemployment benefits.
3. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC) -Provides an additional $600 per week to individuals who are collecting regular Unemployment Compensation.
Details can be found at the following website, please contact your local department of labor:
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The CARES Act is helping small businesses bridge this economic emergency by giving them the funds they need to keep their employees on their payroll and stay in business, helping hardworking American business owners by:
1. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
2. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Loan Advance
3. SBA Express Bridge Loans, Debt Relief, and Loan Forgiveness
Details can be found at the following websites:
Department of Treasury and Office of Comptroller of Currency
Additional information and details concerning Banking and Financial institution guidance can also be found at the following websites: