Business Resources Update- 3/26/2020
Chamber Members:

During this time of uncertainty, and with information changing at warp speed, I will be sending out daily update emails with resources for you and your business or industry.

The Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce is here to help your business in any way we can during this unprecedented time.

Our Chamber staff has been in constant contact with government officials in regards to the ever growing COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have a specific need or question, please call me directly at 678-767-7113 or email

Nicole Densmore
President & CEO
Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce
Murray County Schools will follow the direction of Governor Kemp and remain closed through Friday April 24, 2020. They will provide updates going forward.
S. 3548 CARES Act
Phase 3 Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Bandy Heritage Center- Coronavirus Collection
Chamber Member Roll Call - Social Media
In an effort to help our Chamber Members stay visible to the community during this time, we have rolled out a new social media campaign. Each day, we will add Chamber Member business Facebook Pages to this post on the Chamber's Facebook Page. Be on the lookout for your business page to be tagged.
Business & Employers Best Practices
Click below to find the latest set of recommendations and guidance for businesses from the Georgia Chamber

The following best practices may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

Click the link below for guidance for Business and Employers.

Georgia Department of Labor
The Georgia Department of Labor now has a COVID-19 EMPLOYER Frequently Asked Questions section on their website.

Two of the most commonly asked questions are:

  • Will my DOL account be charged for the benefits? You will NOT be charged for benefits paid on partial claims that you submit because of COVID-19. However, you will be charged for claims filed by your employees, and you will be required to reimburse GDOL for the total amount of benefits paid on individual-initiated claims.

  • Will these claims affect my UI tax rate? The employer-filed partial claims will NOT affect your tax rate. Claims filed by your employees may affect your tax rate.

Click below for claim filing instructions and for desk aid

Is your Company Considered an Essential Business?
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has been asked to track the "exclusion" requests that are coming in from industries/companies that want to be considered “essential businesses” and allowed to remain open if some sort of government mandated shut down is ordered.

GDEcD does want to stress that Governor Kemp does not believe that a mandated shut down is in the best interest of the state at this time, but as we all know, this is an extremely fluid situation. They will track the requests, inputting the information below so that it can be pulled and considered if circumstances warrant.

The GDEcD regional team will follow up with the company at the appropriate time. Here are the data points that they need on each request:

  • Company/Industry Association Name
  • Location (address if an individual company, "statewide" if it’s a trade association")
  • Type of Industry
  • Point of contact (name, phone, email)
  • Reasons for exclusion request
  • GDEcD staff member that has been in contact or followed up (via GDEcD’s regional team)

GDEcD will not be determining if a request is valid or not, they will only track and report.

I f you would like your business or company on the Essentials List. Please email the above requested information to
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legislative Bill
Follow updates and live proceedings on the Senate and House Floor below.

The Small Business Development Center understands that many small businesses will suffer a decline in business as a result of COVID-19. Social distancing protocols are an important part of controlling the spread of the virus, but may also have an unintended significant negative impact on business activity.  

We are here to help with one-on-one counseling services and can accommodate with teleconferencing in lieu of face-to-face meetings. As we are funded by the SBA and the University of Georgia, these services are provided at no cost to the business owner.  

Our focus during this unique and challenging time is helping small businesses with a tactical plan, cash flow issues, and connecting them with the resources that may be of help. 

We have three experienced business consultants on staff who have the experience to help small business during challenging times. 

Virtual appointments may be scheduled by calling 706-622-2006 or emailing .

Other resources are available at
Chatsworth- Eton- Murray County
Chamber of Commerce