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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Update: All Extension face-to-face programming and events have been canceled or postponed through April 24. For now, the majority of our local County Extension Offices are closed to the public or are limiting access. Read the full announcement.

While it is not at all "business as usual," we want to assure you UGA Extension is committed to doing all we can to be a part of the solution in this unique situation. UGA Extension offers resources on sanitizing your home, hand washing, emergency food supplies, and keeping farm operations running.

COVID-19 Resources

In an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our office is currently closed and all UGA Extension Evans County programs and events are cancelled through at least March 31, 2020. If you need to contact staff, please email us or call. We are monitoring this situation closely, and this schedule is subject to change. 

We are still accepting soil, water, and plant samples. There is a place to put them with instructions; located right beside the front door of our office.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.

Telephone: (912) 739-1292
Email: uge3109@uga.edu

In addition, UGA Extension has many valuable resources for assisting our community citizens during this time. Please visit https://extension.uga.edu/to…/timely-topics/emergencies.html .

This is uncharted territory for all of us; we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to provide Extension services to the citizens of Evans County.

 

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 2, 2020

 

Gov. Kemp, University of Georgia's SBDC Provide Overview of CARES Act Funding

 

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided an overview of the funding allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This critical funding will help small businesses keep workers employed during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the University of Georgia’s 17 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state has launched an information website to provide guidance on accessing a variety of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.

Beginning April 6, these state partners will host a series of web-based information sessions tailored to each region of the state. In addition, SBDC will be available to assist businesses, where necessary.

The CARES Act provides funds for SBA to aid small businesses through its network of private small business lenders. Georgia has more than 70 qualified SBA lenders, and detailed information about the following vital lending programs can also be found HERE.

"Small businesses are the engine of Georgia's economy and provide economic opportunity for millions of Georgia families," said Governor Kemp. "As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, this critical resource will provide a lifeline to small businesses across our state. I am encouraging all Georgians to support their local businesses in this difficult time. We will get through this together."

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development is continuing to work with our partners statewide to confront COVID-19 and move forward together,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We thank Governor Kemp, DCA, and SBDC for working together with us to better and more efficiently serve our state’s small businesses at this time of great need.”

“DCA is proud to work with our state partners to support the small businesses that are such a vital part of the communities we serve," said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn.

“The University of Georgia has a strong track record of helping to develop new small businesses across the state. Assisting these firms to navigate COVID-19 aligns perfectly with our land-grant mission,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

 


7(a) Loan Payment Relief
SBA will pay the principal, interest, and any associated fees owed on 7(a) loans as follows:

▪ Existing borrower not on deferment: six months beginning with the next payment due on the loan;
▪ Existing borrower on deferment: six months of payments beginning with the next payment due on the loan after the deferment period; and
▪ New borrower: six months of payments beginning with the first payment due on the loan, but only for new loans made within the first six months starting from the date of enactment.

Existing borrower not on deferment: six months beginning with the next payment due on the loan;


Existing borrower on deferment: six months of payments beginning with the next payment due on the loan after the deferment period; and


New borrower: six months of payments beginning with the first payment due on the loan, but only for new loans made within the first six months starting from the date of enactment.

 


Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

▪ Eligibility: Businesses with 500 employees or fewer. This includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives, ESPOs, and tribal small businesses with <= 500 employees.
▪ Up to $2 million can be provided to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster did not occur.
▪ Loans can be made based solely on credit scores.
▪ The interest rate on EIDLs will be 3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses.
▪ The first twelve payments will be deferred and not become due until one year after the original disbursement. Interest does not accrue during this time.
▪ The term of these loans will be up to thirty years.

Eligibility: Businesses with 500 employees or fewer. This includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives, ESPOs, and tribal small businesses with <= 500 employees.


Up to $2 million can be provided to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster did not occur.


Loans can be made based solely on credit scores.


The interest rate on EIDLs will be 3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses.


The first twelve payments will be deferred and not become due until one year after the original disbursement. Interest does not accrue during this time.


The term of these loans will be up to thirty years.



Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance

▪ Eligibility: Advances are available to small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, tribal businesses, as well as cooperatives and employee-owned businesses in operation on January 31, 2020.
▪ For those that apply for the EIDL, an advance of up to $10,000 will be provided to small businesses within several days of applying for the loan.
▪ The advance does not need to be repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EDL.
▪ Funds can be used to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments.

Eligibility: Advances are available to small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, tribal businesses, as well as cooperatives and employee-owned businesses in operation on January 31, 2020.


For those that apply for the EIDL, an advance of up to $10,000 will be provided to small businesses within several days of applying for the loan.


The advance does not need to be repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EDL.


Funds can be used to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments.

 


Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
A new $349 billion lending program under the existing SBA 7(a) program. The SBA guarantee of PPP loans will be 100 percent through the end of 2020. PPP loan payments will be deferred for a minimum of six and up to twelve months. Loans will be administered through local and regional banks; any federally regulated bank may become an SBA lender for this purpose. The Department of the Treasury will issue regulations for these loans quickly.

▪ Eligibility: Small businesses as defined by SBA size standards, generally up to 500 employees, but up to 1,500 depending on the sector; sole proprietors, the self-employed, and independent contractors.
▪ The interest rate will not exceed 4 percent; currently fixed at 0.5 percent.
▪ Regulatory streamlining: SBA's standard "no credit elsewhere" test is waived, no personal guarantee or collateral required, and no additional fees will be applied to these loans.
▪ Size of loans: Up to $10 million. Loan amount is based on recent payroll costs, compensation paid to individuals, including those who are self-employed. Compensation in excess of $100,000 per year to any individual is excluded.
▪ Requirements: The business must certify the loan will be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments, and pay utilities.
▪ Loans may be forgiven, up to an amount equaling eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utility cost, incurred during the eight-week period starting from the loan origination. Compensation in excess of $100,000 a year to any individual will not qualify for forgiveness. Additionally, loan forgiveness is reduced by layoffs or pay reductions in excess of 25 percent, and loan forgiveness is not treated as taxable income.

Eligibility: Small businesses as defined by SBA size standards, generally up to 500 employees, but up to 1,500 depending on the sector; sole proprietors, the self-employed, and independent contractors.


The interest rate will not exceed 4 percent; currently fixed at 0.5 percent.


Regulatory streamlining: SBA's standard "no credit elsewhere" test is waived, no personal guarantee or collateral required, and no additional fees will be applied to these loans.


Size of loans: Up to $10 million. Loan amount is based on recent payroll costs, compensation paid to individuals, including those who are self-employed. Compensation in excess of $100,000 per year to any individual is excluded.


Requirements: The business must certify the loan will be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments, and pay utilities.


Loans may be forgiven, up to an amount equaling eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utility cost, incurred during the eight-week period starting from the loan origination. Compensation in excess of $100,000 a year to any individual will not qualify for forgiveness. Additionally, loan forgiveness is reduced by layoffs or pay reductions in excess of 25 percent, and loan forgiveness is not treated as taxable income.



Should you need assistance, the UGA Small Business Development Center offices across the state are open and available. Contact information for every office is available HERE.


Press Contacts

Candice Broce
Director of Communications & Chief Deputy Executive Counsel
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
candice.broce@georgia.gov

Cody Hall
Press Secretary
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
cody.hall@georgia.gov


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