The Savannah Chamber Weekly Digest
Everything You Need to Know From the Chamber

Monday, August 3, 2020

Chatham County Board of Commission Chairman Al Scott issued a County-wide State of Emergency that went into effect on August 1. The County-wide State of Emergency orders that all persons wear a mask or face covering in public spaces to include commercial establishments, public places, government buildings, and any time people gather in groups of 10 or more. Masks or face coverings are required to properly cover the nose and mouth.

All restaurants, retail stores, salons, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other establishments must require employees to wear masks or face coverings at all times when having face-to-face interactions with the public.
Masks or face coverings are also required in religious services and are to be self-regulated.

Physical/social distance of six feet between persons is required to the extent that it is possible. Additionally, everyone is to wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer regularly.

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TOMORROW: Coffee Chats at Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District

Wake up and smell the coffee! At this first-thing-in-the-morning networking opportunity, participants smiling through their safety masks will begin with 30 minutes of open networking, then spend 30 minutes listening to each attendee share a 10-15 second “elevator pitch” about who they are and what they do. After everyone has spoken, the group will spend another 30 minutes meeting and greeting their new acquaintances. Sip on coffee while you pass out business cards and meet potential clients and partners. Please remember this event is only for 40 pre-registered members (no walk-ups). We will require masks and encourage social distancing and hand sanitizer.

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Source: Georgia Chamber 


Join the Georgia Chamber on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11 for a virtual Resiliency & Recovery Town Hall with Governor Brian P. Kemp. Governor Kemp will provide a COVID-19 update for the state covering everything from health and safety to business and the economy. This event is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, click here.

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Earlier this week, the Senate introduced its Phase 4 legislative package to provide financial relief to families, businesses, and communities across the country enduring the economic destruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Chamber has prepared an initial side-by-side summary for the business community of the House and Senate Phase 4 proposals specifically as they each pertain to the five priority areas—Liability Protection Against Unwarranted Lawsuits, Support for Small and Midsize Employers, Support for Childcare and K-12 Schools, Unemployment and Job Training, and State and Local Assistance— which were identified by the U.S. Chamber in its recommendations earlier this month. The side-by-side summary also includes initial draft recommendations from the U.S. Chamber for improving the package.

Click here to view the side-by-side summary. 

Source: University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

In order to help small businesses, recover from the effects of COVID-19, the University of Georgia Small Business development Center is currently offering all continuing education programming at no direct cost for calendar year 2020 thanks to special funding from the CARES Act. Courses include expert advice on marketing, customer engagement, human resources, finance and more. 

Source: Georgia Chamber

Join the Georgia Chamber August 6 at 2 p.m. along with the Presidents from three renowned state universities as we discuss potential strategies for a safe reopening of higher educational institutions amid the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic. Guest speakers will include Dr. Paul Jones of Fort Valley State University, Dr. Kyle Marrero with Georgia Southern University and Dr. Pamela Whitten of Kennesaw State University. The event is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, click here.

The popular travel and lifestyle magazine Conde Nast Traveler recently updated their Savannah City Guide for their more than 1 million unique views per month. The guide now includes articles on “The 15 Best Bars in Savannah,” “9 Best Brunch Places” and “10 Best Tours in Savannah” to name a few. The Visit Savannah team works year-round to establish contacts with the publication to ensure we have a good working relationship that results in great media coverage like the City Guide.

Click here to check out the revamped Conde Nast Traveler Savannah City Guide.

Source: Savannah CEO

United Way of the Coastal Empire’s WOMEN UNITED announced former Mayor Edna Branch Jackson as the 2020 Woman of the Year. “As part of the Women Who Rule campaign, United Way WOMEN UNITED® honors an outstanding woman who has devoted exceptional time and effort for the benefit of our community,” said Grant. “We are thrilled to honor former Mayor Jackson for her remarkable achievements, indelible contributions, and leadership. She is the voice of fairness, positivity, and advancement. She has spent her entire life promoting civil rights and serving our community.”

We are excited to welcome the newest members of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. Please remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!

Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cuttings and grand opening events and join us in congratulating the below members who recently hosted a celebration!

Thank you to these members for their continued support through their membership renewals.

Guidance and Resources

We will update and add to the links below as new guidance and resources become available. Click here to visit the Chamber's resource page.

For more info, please visit the CDC's Guidance for Businesses page.

The Savannah Area Chamber is working hard to provide timely access to business resource information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The interpretation and recommendations of the information provided by the Chamber should not replace the consult of professional advisors familiar with your unique business situation. While it is believed that the content of external links is accurate and reliable, accuracy and completeness of information contained herein is not guaranteed. Users of this information accept all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Savannah Area Chamber has no liability to the user.