COVID-19 Response


Polk County Chamber of Commerce COVID-19
Community Resource Kit


Coronvirus Relief Legislation: An Overview of the CARES Act

The Polk County Chamber of Commerce recognizes that we are all getting bombarded with information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), recommendations, action steps, etc. The following information relates to action steps the Chamber is taking to provide support and assistance to local businesses and to protect the health and well-being of our staff, board and members.
 
Support for Local Businesses:
The Chamber is taking the lead on supporting the Polk County business community in dealing with the economic consequences of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Chamber Executive Director has worked to create an interim communication and engagement plan that we will deploy beginning Wednesday, March 18. The primary purpose of this effort will be to engage local businesses in providing support to residents and community businesses in responding to COVID-19. The goals are:
 
1. Establish a central location/resource for local businesses and residents to connect regarding access to resources (personal products, health products, retail merchandise, prepared foods, non-prepared foods, delivery services, etc.)
 
2. Provide a platform for local businesses to communicate their services and products that may be useful to the community
 
3. Provide a platform for local businesses to secure services, guidance and products that will improve their ability to respond to economic consequences of COVID-19
 
We will begin with an aggressive social media and email communication campaign highlighting the following resources:
 
  • CDC Recommendations and Guidance for Business and Employers
  • Sign up for CDC.gov e-mails and updates
  • Polk County Government Updates 
  • Floyd Medical COVID-19 Updates
  • Redmond Regional Medical Center How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
  • Updates from the SBA Regarding Disaster Assistance for Businesses
  • Georgia Department of Public Health
  • US Travel Association
 
Beginning March 18th we will also deploy a series of webinars/articles on enduring the economic changes and how to use this time to strengthen businesses. The Chamber will be using social media channels and email beginning tomorrow to let the community know how they should take action to help support their community and local businesses:
 
  • Polk School District Food Program
  • At home educational ideas
  • Highlighting businesses that are providing online shopping, pick-up, meet at car options
  • Buy gift cards from local businesses (especially small, independent businesses) for use in the future or for gifts
  • Use the time at home to do a DIY home improvement project, landscaping projects, Spring cleaning projects (list of local hardware and supply stores and pickup / delivery options)
  • Make a phone call to family, friends and neighbors
  • Easy recipes with minimum items to help save space at home
  • Prepare heat & serve meals to drop off to neighbors