Thanks to GeorgiaLink and GGDA members Pulsework and TriNet for their help in putting these resources together. Note that as new programs come into existence, we will update this list.
OSHA Checklist for Reopening Businesses. This checklist is the starting point for reopening your studio.
Payroll Protection Program. This new low-interest loan program from the Small Business Administration is especially attractive because you might not have to repay some of it if you keep paying employees for the next few months. THIS VIDEO helps explain the program.
If you have utilized the Payroll Protection Program, this is a simple explanation of how to stay in compliance for loan forgiveness: https://gusto.com/blog/business-finance/ppp-loan-forgiveness-spending-guide
SBA Loans. You may qualify for low-interest small business administration loans to help cover payroll. The above video also addresses this program; as a Georgia business, you can apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans until the December 18 deadline, HERE. Synovus (this is not a recommendation to bank with them) has a comparison of the two SBA programs HERE.
FMLA. We have gotten a number of questions about the Family Medical Leave Act, partially because of all the proposed changes being reported. Here is a link to the most current details: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic As of March 20, 2020, we also recommend this webinair on the subject: https://www.trinet.com/webinar/webcast-replay-how-small-and-medium-size-businesses-can-prepare-for-the-impact-of-covid-19
Personal Taxes. The federal government and the state of Georgia have extended the time you have to file AND pay your income taxes until July 15. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020 Georgia has extended the time you have to file state taxes until July 15.
C Corp Taxes. The federal government has also extended the date for C Corps to pay their taxes until July 15, 2020.
Lloyd Melnick has a good list of tips for working at home. https://lloydmelnick.com/2020/03/24/being-efficient-while-working-from-home
Livestreaming. If you are a GGDA member who wants to livestream during this period, you can email [email protected] for its help in setting up or promoting your livestreams.
Game Development Videos. If you are not already subscribed to the GGDA YouTube channel, we recommend you do so as we already have hundreds of videos on all aspects of game development, and are putting up new content on a regular basis. https://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgiaGameDevs
Congratulations to GGDA members Hi-Rez Studios and Tripwire Interactive for being leaders in employee work-from-home programs.