I’m concerned about my income or my business.


Resources for Small Businesses and Workers

Downtown Columbus

If you haven’t received your Economic Impact Payment federal stimulus check, you can get an update by visiting the IRS website.

If you filed an income tax return last year, click here.
If you did not file an income tax return last year, click here.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

To stay up to date on the implementation of these programs, please visit the following websites:

  • SBA – here you will find information on all COVID-19 related programs that SBA is providing, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.
  • Department of Treasury – here you will find information on the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other tax provisions meant to help employers, including non-profits.

Hiring Well Doing Good

Hiring Well Doing Good (HWDG) is a program of the Georgia Center for Opportunity. Our mission is to work with community partners across all sectors to identify, train, and equip those who are chronically unemployed and underemployed for the workforce, in order to re–engage and strengthen our local economy. We are working in Columbus, GA to help workers get the skills, training, and ongoing support to help them thrive in a job long term. Visit hiringwelldoinggood.com for more information.

Georgia Public Broadband and Wifi

This Georgia Department of Community Affairs resource allows you to find the publicly-available WiFi options for your area. Click here and you’ll be directed to a map where you can find access points near you.

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

Who It’s For: Restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. If you need assistance, please submit the following application form.
What It Does: We are getting emergency cash support into the hands of the workers who need it the most.
For More Information visit https://ofwemergencyfund.org/.

Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program

Who It’s For: Individuals in the food and beverage industry who are in crisis.
What It Does: The Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to employees and/or owners of restaurants or bars, or are employed by suppliers of restaurants or bars, that face unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance. Apply for financial assistance here.
For More Information: Please visit https://southernsmoke.org/.

For more information on local initiatives providing support to small businesses, click here to check out the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.