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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Federal Relief Programs like the Paycheck Protection Program, are now available because of the economic aid to hard-hit Small Businesses Act passed by Congress last December.
Josh Rogers, president and CEO of Newtown Macon says they’ve been offering free coaching and weekly webinars since the federal relief programs began last year.
“It’s great to come talk to Newtown and get some assistance,” Rogers said. “You need one on one to make sure you don’t leave any money on the table that could sustain your business.”
Rogers says small businesses should apply for everything they qualify for even if they think they don’t need it. He says the federal relief could be helpful if your business faces a slump in sales down the road.
“This is already funded,” Rogers said. “The applications are already open but there are limited amounts of money in each of the programs. So there is a chance the money could run out if you don’t go ahead and apply now.”
Federal Relief Programs
Currently, the programs available are:
- (2) rounds of Paycheck Protection Program
- Employee Retention Tax Credit Program
- Small Business Association Loan.
Rogers says the Shuttered Venues Grant should be available in a few weeks. He also says businesses could qualify for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Every one of those programs has got different restrictions and qualifications,” Rogers said. “So it could take a little time to just go through your business and figure out everyone you qualify for and then get those applications submitted.”
The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Yvonne Williams says they offer seminars and virtual events that business owners can go back and view multiple times if they’d like.
“You gotta be proactive and you just gotta take your time,” Williams. “I know people are running their businesses but that’s the beauty of virtual technology. We have websites, we have recordings, we have great content. That leads you to other opportunities for resources.”
Williams encourages people to continue to shop and eat locally as much as possible.
“Doing business in macon is a very very great thing to do for your chamber members and for the community at large,” Williams said.
Small businesses with 20 employees or less can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program for the next two weeks. It ends March 9 at 5 p.m.