• The Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce's priorty is to keep the business community informed and prepared!

    While this is a quickly evolving situation, we will work to provide up-to-date information, actionable intelligence and help employers adopt a prepared mindset to focus on the health of their business. Here is some of the latest, most relevant information and resources for employers from national health organizations and agency leaders.


    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Georgia Department of Public Health

    Occupational Health & Safety Administration

    World Health Organization

    U.S. Small Business Administration



    Business Assistance Programs

    These local, state and federal resources are available to support businesses during a disaster or crisis. Learn more about how these programs can assist your businesses, as well as how to apply and access these resources.


    SBA Disaster Recovery Loans for Employers

    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Learn more and apply online.

    Economic Injury Relief Overview (Recording Available)

    Small Business Administrator Ashley D. Bell and Director of Government Guaranteed Lending for Synovus Joseph Shuford provide a detailed overview of the economic injury relief programs available to small businesses. >> Access the recording

    Special guest speaker, Senior U.S. Senator David Perdue, also delivered a high-level update on the CARES Act signed into law on March 27.  >> READ MORE HERE.

    Georgia Department of Labor Emergency Unemployment

    The Georgia Department of Labor updates rules so that Georgia employers may partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the -19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Download the How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions. Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work. 

    Georgia Department of Labor
    Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and Georgia Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark discuss the expanded rules and regulations in place to assist both businesses and employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    UGA Small Business Development Center

    UGA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) across the state are open and available to assist small businesses impacted by current circumstances. Virtual consulting and online resources are available. Contact SBDC-Albany at (229) 420-1144.

    Download the SBDC’s “Guide to Conquering a Business Crisis” for tips and strategies on cash management, price and cost containment, supply chain management and marketing.



    Resources for Job Seekers

    If you are looking for a job, we encourage you to check out the current job :


    Important Preparation Resources

    Download these critical business resources to assist your company during the pandemic.

    The Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber Business Toolbox provides useful information and guidance for employers.The U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Resilience in a Box provides best practices for addressing preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions.