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Business COVID-19

Skills to Develop for Post-Coronavirus

In the midst of Covid-19, we are experiencing adjustments in our everyday work flow, getting on numerous video calls and searching for new software. We all have a sneaking suspicion that life after this pandemic will not resemble what we were used to. In this time as we’re learning new skills, we may see some of them shift into new, normal skills. Below, you’ll find an article from Forbes outlining expected skills.

8 Job Skills to Succeed in a Post-Coronavirus World | Bernard Marr, April 2020

 

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Small Business Guides to Navigating The CARES Act Loans

As small businesses, we are all learning how to adjust and navigate what all businesses will look like for us in the near and distant future. At Cornerstone, we want you to be successful and continue to grow. You’re wins, are our wins! We want to help!

We aren’t the experts but here are a few resources we found explaining The Guide of Small Business owners regarding the Cares Act and The Checklist to Emergency Loans.

Even the banks and experts are still learning more about these loans and the best ways to utilize them, so continue educating yourself on how you can apply for and use these loans to best benefit you and your company.

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COVID-19

Helpful Widgets to Keep You Focused at Home

So the madness has officially set in. Personally, this means everyone rushes to the store to get the essentials: toilet paper, bread, milk, coffee, wine, and (if you are anything like me) ice cream. However, as an employee that is preparing work from home, your essentials may look a little different. Of course you need the same basics to stay alive and sane in your house but what tools do you need to remain successful working from home?

Well, after a little time at home, I have found a few resources to help save us, keep us sane, and manage our time wisely. When you are at work, you probably make a point to take a lunch break and step outside of the office for a moment to refresh yourself. Maybe you enjoy walks after you accomplish a daunting task on your list. But at home you may find it harder to keep track of time, mark off your to-do list, and make sure your meetings are on schedule and efficient, Hopefully theses little tools will help you manage your time wisely while also taking care of yourself:

  • Break Timer is a Chrome extension that reminds you to step away from your computer to give your eyes and brain a break. 
  • Toggl is another Chrome extension to help keep track of your time and what you are allocating it towards. This will help with time management and help you track where your time is going!
  • – Video calls are a great way to communicate with teammates and/or clients during this time. It keeps your meetings personal, productive, and efficient. A video platform we recommend is Google Meet. This platform is user friendly and easily compatible with all other google apps we love. 
  • – If you are anything like me, there is nothing more satisfying than making a task list and checking each item off. But sometimes, your physical checklist can’t follow you everywhere. Here are some virtual checklist and task management recommendations:
    • > Tasks is a google chrome add on that you can have pulled up next to your email and google calendar. This is also available as a mobile app to access anywhere.
    • > Trello is a great platform for managing tasks, adding checklists within the task, setting reminders, and collaborating with a team. 

 

Everything works differently for each person, but these are some great resources and surely one of them will prove useful to your everyday routine

 

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Family

Social Distancing but Make it Fun

2020 has been what we all expected. With the devastating fires in Australia, the tornado that destroyed Nashville, and now COVID-19 crippling most of the world. It feels like we can’t catch a break. At a time where we all need to feel a sense of community and support, we are being told to stay home and distance ourselves from others. While this is what the CDC recommends (and is absolutely for the best), it isn’t easy. It’s been less than a week, the stir-crazy is sinking in, and the wilder the kids get the quicker your patience runs out! Before you absolutely lose your mind and lock the kids in the backyard, check out a few of these fun things our team has been implementing in our homes. We hope they are helpful to you as well! 

  • – Connect with nature: Now that it’s finally stopped raining, take advantage of feeling the sunshine on your face! And just because you’re social distancing from other humans, doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside. Go for a walk around the neighborhood with the kids and dogs, break out the soccer ball and run around the backyard, even just take a drive with the windows down. Vitamin D will do you some good! 
  • – Add some fun to your todo list: We are all working from home, but honestly, many of us have pretty empty todo lists. Now is your time to try something you’ve always wanted! Whether that is teaching your kids how to do the cupid shuffle, or working on that puzzle that’s been sitting halfway finished for 3 months, make sure you add some fun to your day. Laughter and joy is what’s holding most of us together when it feels like everything else is falling apart around us! 
  • – Dance the blues away: Like I mentioned earlier, teaching the kids the cupid shuffle is a fun way to break the day up, but also you have to get up and move too! One of my favorite Instagram families ‘The Boss Family’ (Stephen is the DJ on Ellen Degeneres talk show) are live streaming dance workouts throughout the day to get you moving, get the blood flowing, and bring some smiles into your day! You can check them out by searching for @Allisonholker or @sir_twitch_alot
  • – Be Productive: This might not bring a whole lot of fun in the moment, but once it’s done you’re going to be so relieved! How often do you get 2 weeks at home without having a sick kid or having to use PTO? Use this time to tackle the coat closet that’s been collecting junk for the past 2 years or finally do the kid-friendly scie! You have extra time, don’t let it go to waste by binge watching Friends for the 24th time (we are NOT judging you for this!!). Use this time wisely, don’t take it for granted! 

 

We’re here for you during this time–whether it’s to video chat so you can have ‘adult conversation’ or if it’s to give you some ideas to help break the day up. Just know, The Cornerstone Team has your back! We look forward to seeing you all back at Cornerstone in a few weeks once the Coronavirus has run its course and our community is back on its feet! Stay safe, clean & healthy, Coworkers!

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Updates

COVID-19 Update: Our Approach to Keeping You Safe at Cornerstone Coworking

To all our Cornerstone Members, 

We hope this update finds you and your families safe and healthy. 

The City of Lawrenceville announced a joint emergency stay at home order with Gwinnett County. Citizens are urged to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.

We have been in direct contact with the Mayor of Lawrenceville, David Still, and Cornerstone will not be able to operate starting at 12:01 am on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will continue until April 13, 2020, unless extended.

Cornerstone Residents and other members who have mail service will be allowed access to the building to retrieve their mail, and we will have staff who will retrieve it daily and place in the mailboxes and or the private office spaces as normal.

We will also postpone any membership billings that were scheduled for April 1st until April 15th. If the shelter in place order extends beyond that we will adjust this as well. You will be charged a prorated amount based on when we reopen.

Our awesome staff members are still available to help with any and all needs that can be performed remotely. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything–we want to help!

Use the following services to connect with our staff for any assistance you might need:

  • – Cornerstone mobile app
  • – Website – https://cancollab.com 
  • – Email – Info@cancollab.com
  • – Phone – 770-609-2323

We have been attending video conference calls and webinars and staying on top of the CARES Act which passed this afternoon. Look for some additional emails from us on this in the near future. Until then, here are some highlights of what we understand to have passed.

The CARES Act will provide loans that can convert to grants (no need to be paid back) for the following eligible organizations:

  • > A small business with fewer than 500 employees
  • > A small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard
  • > A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees
  • > An individual who operates as a sole proprietor
  • > An individual who operates as an independent contractor
  • > An individual who is self-employed who regularly carries on any trade or business

A borrower is eligible for loan forgiveness equal to the amount the borrower spent on the following items during the 8-week period beginning on the date of the origination of the loan:

  • > Payroll costs (using the same definition of payroll costs used to determine loan eligibility)
  • > Interest on the mortgage obligation incurred in the ordinary course of business
  • > Rent on a leasing agreement 
  • > Payments on utilities (electricity, gas, water, transportation, telephone, or internet)
  • > For borrowers with tipped employees, additional wages paid to those employees

Loan forgiveness cannot exceed the principal.

We appreciate your understanding and help during this time. Any updates will be communicated as they come, but feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or recommendations. If there is anything we can do to help you, let us know! 

We are praying for each of you, your families, and your business during this time and hope to see you all soon.

Stay Diligent, Stay Productive and Stay Safe,

The Cornerstone Team