The Cobb Chamber has assembled some helpful resources to assist you while navigating the new realities and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.
Check out resources from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, CDC, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Additional resources include information on tax payment delays, economic delivery taskforce, FREE webinars, and small business assistance during this crisis.
Small Business Relief Grants
Cobb County Government is partnering with SelectCobb to offer the county’s small businesses a funding opportunity to help mitigate financial hardships created by the coronavirus pandemic. The SelectCobb Small Business Relief Grants provide up to $20,000-$40,000 grants for small businesses based in Cobb County to use on personnel, rent, utilities, and acquiring PPE to ensure the safety of their employees. Applications open on June 8 at 10 a.m. on www.selectcobb.com/grants. The deadline for submissions is June 26 at 5 p.m.
Small businesses must meet the following requirements:
- Business must be an existing for-profit corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship;
- Business headquarters or primary location must be within Cobb County;
- Business must have 100 or fewer full-time, W-2 employees, i.e., employees working at least 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month;
- Business must have been in continuous operation for a minimum of 1 year prior to March 13, 2020;
- Business must have a current business license issued by Cobb County Government, City of Acworth, City of Austell, City of Kennesaw, City of Marietta, City of Powder Springs, or City of Smyrna;
- Business must be current on all local taxes;
- Business may be home-based or located in an owned or leased commercial space;
- Business must certify if they have received PPP funds as of time of application submittal; and
- Business cannot be a publicly traded company.
- Ineligible Businesses Include: Gambling Institutions, Multi-Level Marketing Organizations, Real Estate Investment Firms (REITS), Adult Entertainment
Each application will be reviewed by SelectCobb staff to ensure that all eligibility requirements are met. All eligible applications will then be reviewed by an independent committee responsible for selecting grant recipients.
For a full list of eligibility requirements and more information about the application process, visit www.selectcobb.com/grants.
Free Webinar June 10, 2020
If you’re planning to apply for a SelectCobb Small Business Relief Grant, this webinar is designed to answer your questions about the application and review process.
Speakers for the webinar include:
- John Loud, President, LOUD Security & 2020 Cobb Chamber Chairman
- Commissioner Bob Ott, District 2 Commissioner, Cobb County
- Kevin Greiner, President & CEO, Gas South & SelectCobb Chairman
- Jason Gaines, Planning and Economic Development Division Manager, Cobb County Community Development Agency
- Dana Johnson, COO, Cobb Chamber & Executive Director, SelectCobb
- Sharon Mason, President & CEO, Cobb Chamber
For more information on the SelectCobb Small Business Relief Grants, please visit www.selectcobb.com/grants.
Cobb County Business Concierge Services
Cobb County values our business community and understands its importance on our local economy. Whether you are at the initial stage of your business concept or an established business looking to expand, we know there are many variables to consider and we are here to help. Our Business Concierge Services assists current and prospective business owners who are looking to start, expand and relocate their business in Cobb County.
For more information, please contact our Business Concierge Team at [email protected] or (770) 528-2018.
Who do we serve?
- Individuals and entrepreneurs wanting to start or create a new business
- Business owners wanting to expand and relocate their business
- Business owners with questions or concerns about changes in Cobb County requirements and processes
- Entrepreneurial support by connecting business owners to technical, financial and market resources
- Small business incentives that assist in job creation, entrepreneurship, small business development, job retention and business recruitment
- Education and assistance in navigating the County permitting process, One Stop Shop
- Advocate for business within the County
- Arrange meetings across departments and provide a single point of contact within the County
- Assist with interactions and problem resolution with all County departments
- Work as an advocate with other agencies and community partners for coordinated solutions to business issues
- Identify and connect clients to additional business resources at the local and state level
- Connecting business to sustainability programs and resources
- Starting a business
- Expanding a business
- Managing a business
- Mentoring and Training
- Workforce Development
- Business Licensing
- Permitting & Inspections
- Online Permit Applications
- Site Plan Review
- Business License and Permitting Forms
- IRS Small Business & Self-employed Tax Center
- Starting a Business in the State of Georgia
- Cobb & Douglas Public Health
- One Stop Shop to assist new and existing companies facilitate and expedite permitting, construction and regulatory processes
- Tax Credits
- 2040 Comprehensive Plan
- County Code of Ordinances and Zoning
- County Info, Maps, Districts
- GIS Map
- Aerial Map of Cobb County
Access this application on a desktop computer for easiest use. Select your current or potential business location and explore demographics information within 1 mile, 3 miles, or 5 miles. Data is gathered by census tract.
Coworking is a concept that has become very popular over the last couple of years. With the ever growing rise of teleworking and telecommuting, these new, non-traditional work environments are becoming the norm for many individuals in and around the Cobb County area who do not want to deal with the distractions of working from home nor the lengthy commute to the office. This story map will outline where the many Coworking, Accelerator, Incubator, and Entrepreneurial centers are located within Cobb County, while also providing information and links to each facility.
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Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Visit georgia.org
UGA, Small Business Development Center
The UGA - SBDC at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business offers entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses in Cobb and Cherokee County the tools and information they need to thrive.
In addition to free, one-on-one consulting services, they offer continuing education in a variety of subjects, including:
- Loan preparation
- Pricing strategies
- Financial score-carding
- Digital marketing strategy and SEO
- Business plan development
- Product development
IgniteHQ is an ecosystem of investors, enterprises, and entrepreneurs working together to locate, build, and scale innovative solutions. Through its unique funding, academic, and industry partnerships, IgniteHQ is the next generation startup community.
IgniteHQ connects startups and entrepreneurs with international accelerators, funding opportunities and talent to scale globally. We accelerate startups, cultivate job growth and provide market expansion resources in the Southeast. IgniteHQ offers entrepreneurs space to work and share ideas, as well as access to mentoring, advice and training opportunities. Visit ignitehq.com
Cobb Chamber's Walter Kelly, JR. Business Resource Center
The Cobb Chamber's Walter Kelly, Jr. Business Resource Center provides research and data customized to your needs. The center is a source of up-to-date information for companies or individuals searching for custom market data. The center includes databases that provide company profiles, demographic reports with current year estimates and a database of available commercial property. Visit cobbchamber.org
SCORE North Metro Atlanta
SCORE is a non-profit association and resource partner with the Small Business Administration dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Working and retired executives and business owners who share their expertise across more than 60 industries donate their time as volunteer business counselors, providing confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge. Visit northmetroatlanta.score.org
SCORE also provides:
- Free business tools, templates and tips
- Free mentoring
- Free or inexpensive business workshops (online or at the Chamber)
- Free or inexpensive webinars (24/7)
Let's Talk Business Network
Let's Talk Business Network™ was founded in 1993 in order to be the entrepreneurial support network, which means being a company built upon lifelong learning and sharing from the experiences and journeys of others. Our commitment to everyone we work with is key to their success both from a business and personal perspective, while insuring they build a company that has real market value that can be exited with significant financial returns to the entrepreneur. Learn more at ltbn.com
Edward Lowe Foundation
The Edward Lowe Foundation was established by Ed and Darlene Lowe in 1985. The foundation’s entrepreneurship initiatives are focused on second-stage companies — growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond startup but haven’t yet reached maturity. Our peer learning, leadership education and strategic information programs are geared to help these companies continue growing. We also educate communities about the challenges second-stagers face and how to work with them. Visit edwardlowe.org
U.S. Small Business Administration
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Visit sba.gov/ga for more information.
- SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions:
- Access to Capital (Business Financing)
- Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)
- Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
- Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)
New Business Phone Directory
Opening a new business is a complicated, though exciting, endeavor. Here are a few numbers and web sites to help you on your way to setting up your new business:
|Acworth Power||(770) 917-8903|
|Cobb EMC||(770) 429-2100|
|Georgia Power||(888) 655-5888|
|Greystone Power Corporation||(770) 942-6576|
|Marietta Power||(770) 794-5150|
|Atlanta Gas Light||(877) 427-2464|
|Austell Gas Systems||(770) 948-1841|
|Gas South||(866) 762-6427|
|Georgia Natural Gas||(888) 442-7489|
|SCANA Energy||(877) 467-2262|
|Auto Emission Inspections||(800) 449-2471|
|Auto Tags||(770) 528-4020|
|Better Business Bureau||(404) 688-4910|
|Board of Health||(770) 514-2300|
|Business License Office (Cobb)||(770) 528-8410|
|Cobb Transit (CobbLinc)||(770) 427-4444|
|Cobb County Government||(770) 528-1000|
|Cobb County State Court||(770) 528-1761|
|Department of Sanitation (Marietta)||(770) 794-5595|
|Department of Driver Services||(678) 413-8400|
|Georgia Department of Labor||(770) 528-6100|
|Land Disturbance Permitting||(770) 528-2147|
|Solid Waste||(770) 528-2500|