March 13, 2020

Guidance for Businesses and Employers Regarding COVID-19

The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce cares about our community and small businesses, and has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our state. We hope to inform our membership on the best practices for staying safe and continuing routine operation (if you choose to do so). Below, you will find important information meant to give you guidance on what to do next and what precautions to take as you move forward. Keep yourself safe and informed by following precautions listed by official sources (such as the CDC, WHO, or local sources) covering the matter. This way, you can be in-the-know on the latest happenings and decide on the next step your business needs to take.

Here are a few informative articles from some reputable sources/experts on the subject. The links below should provide you with some resources to prepare your business and minimize the potential economic impact of the virus.

Alabama’s Small Business Development Center – Small Business Guidance on COVID-19: http://asbdc.org/small-business-guidance-on-covid-19/
U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Response Toolkit: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus-response-toolkit
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Follow this link for updates on lending and your potential eligibility:

WAFF 48 – U.S. Small Business Administration offers coronavirus disaster relief lending: https://www.waff.com/…/us-small-business-administration-of…/

Furthermore, please do not neglect to shop local! There are many ways to stay safe AND nurture your local economy during this uncertain time, such as buying a gift card now for use later, browsing a local business’s website for great finds from the comfort and safety of your own home, and reaching out to your favorite business(es) to see how you can help them in this difficult time.

We would also like to encourage grocery store pick up at Foodland Plus and Walmart and delivery from Foodland Plus or your favorite restaurant through Go Native.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: info@fortpaynechamber.com