The Blount Partnership is committed to leading the Blount County business community through this crisis. Be sure to check out the continually updating Managing Your Business during COVID-19 webpage. If you missed a daily update, refer to the listing page .   

As more businesses and the state opens up you find more issues. If there's anything you need or feel the Blount Partnership can assist you with, please reach out .

The items below have popped up this week and you might find the information useful. Also, please consult the resources page at the link above.

Finally, check out the webinar page which has links to three events today.
PPP CHECKLIST
If you received a Paycheck Protection Program loan, receiving forgiveness should be a top priority.

This PPP Forgiveness Checklist is a guide based on the current knowledge and not the final rules. But these steps should give you a head start on receiving full loan forgiveness.

Please review the updated  Paycheck Protection Program FAQ  for borrowers and lenders.
REFUSAL TO WORK COULD HURT BENEFITS
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development remind employees that, "Not returning to work when there is available employment may be considered a “refusal of work” and could potentially disqualify claimants from receiving Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits."

Federal guidelines the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development follows to administer the Tennessee Unemployment Compensation (TUC) program state an individual must be willing and able to work to receive state unemployment benefits.

Not returning to work when there is available employment may be considered a “refusal of work” and could potentially disqualify claimants from receiving TUC benefits.

The federal CARES Act provides provisions for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for state unemployment benefits, but those provisions do not apply to employees apprehensive about returning to work because of health concerns.

Under federal law, workers who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 who can work, and do not qualify for any other Unemployment Insurance provisions through the state or under the CARES Act, must return to work if called back.

Employees and employers can find answers to commonly asked questions about returning to work on the Department’s website,  www.tn.gov/workforce

Employers can use the Refusal to Work Form to notify the Department of an employee’s refusal to return the work. The Department will investigate the claim to determine if the employee is no longer eligible for unemployment benefits because they are able and available to earn income.
U.S. CHAMBER REOPENING RESOURCES
Filling a huge gap, the U.S. Chamber launched Digital Resources Center with tools and guidance to help employers reopen their businesses safely.

This Digital Resources Center provides you the latest sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. 

Additionally, the Tennessee Pledge as part of Gov. Bill Lee's Economic Recovery Group is in full effect. It has all the state guidelines and other resources .

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center has put together a list of helpful resources that you may find useful.

SCORE is here to help your small business survive, recover and thrive. It is offering free mentoring from small business experts who are available to answer your questions. It's a great way to bounce your issues off someone who can give you direct honest answers.
MEMBER RESOURCES
Here's some of the latest member resources. You can view the entire list here .

LUNCH IS CALLING
Honey Baked Ham is offering $7.99 box lunch which includes sandwich, chips and cookie and free delivery with any order over 50 people. If your business is interested please contact Nancy Brown at 865-242-2636 or email at Z0215@hbham.com

OPERATIONS EVALUATION FOR COVID-19

BIORISK ASSESSMENT
Infection Blasters , which specializes in Biorisk assessment and facility auditing is offering these deals.
Blount County Chamber members receive: 
  • $100 Value Free Sample Contamination Testing & Microbial Imaging
  • 10% Off Biorisk Assessment Preparedness Plan consulting services
  • 10% Off Mass disinfection Pro-Active cleaning services
  • 5% Off Temperature Checking Kiosks
  • 20% off face mask & signage printing

PPE
Ullrich Print Plus is now in Blount County has all your PPE products including masks, hand sanitizing stations, sneeze guards, floor graphics and signage. Give them a call for the latest details at (865) 523-0931.  

Graphic Creations  has an ample supply of personal protection supplies, including cloth masks.

Meiji Corporation has developed COVID-19 safety equipment and solutions designed to meet the new needs of businesses. Contact  meijitn@meijicorp.com today to work with our team and develop a plan to meet your individual needs with a fast turnaround! 


Bacon & Co. is offering multiple face mask options .

SMTXtra is supporting the fight against COVID-19 with a full array of PPE and sanitization products . Email Paul Pittman for more details Paul.Pittman@smtxtra.com  

Burns Mailing & Printing has PPE items av ailable. Please give them a call at 865-584-2265 for price and availability.  

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
Restoration 1  -- COVID-19 Emergency Disinfection available 24/7. Providing disinfecting services for retail businesses that have a confirmed or unconfirmed Covid 19 exposure. Our prices are $0.55 a square foot for most places.
 
SERVPRO   of Blount County – We offer COVID-19 disinfecting services for commercial buildings; suspected or confirmed cases. We adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards and offer free estimates. Call 865-982-2332 or email  office@servproblountcounty.com
AMERICAN PICKERS
Those interested should reach out at 1-855-653-7878 or email AmericanPickers@cineflix.com .
                                                                                                 
Mike and Frank only pick private collections so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.