The Center for Disease Control has issued several guidelines for businesses to operate
safely for the benefit of their employees and their staff. We encourage you to review these regulations
and ask if they will work in your business. Please go to
for more information on these guidelines.


On June 26, 2020, the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce
(JMCAAC) was proud to sponsor with the Jackson Madison County School System in the groundbreaking
and development of the new Jackson Central Merry High School and the new Madison Academic School
located on the campus of the University of Memphis Lambuth. Members of the JMCAAC were
instrumental in the construction and development phases of this monumental operation. Our hats are
off to these community leaders.

On June 2, 2020, Governor Bill Lee announced the use of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to assist Tennessee small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  Governor Lee has directed the Tennessee Department of Revenue to issue business relief payments through the Tennessee Business Relief Program to small businesses for costs incurred as a result of mandatory business closures.  The deadline to certify for a relief payment is September 25, 2020.

Please Note: An expansion to the Tennessee Business Relief Program was announced on August 13, 2020. The expanded program includes a number of additional eligible business types.

The department has proactively identified potentially eligible businesses using information available in our tax system. Notifications to businesses included in the expanded program will be sent beginning the week of August 17th.  We ask businesses who have received a notification to certify their business information on our TNTAP website. Once a business completes its certification and the department verifies eligibility, we will issue a relief payment. These payments range from $2,500 to $30,000, depending on the amount of the business’ gross sales.

If you previously submitted a certification form and received notification that your business was ineligible, there is no need to resubmit your information. If the department is able to confirm your eligibility under the expanded Tennessee Business Relief Program, you will automatically receive a relief payment as well as notice of this determination.


News Releases


The Governor’s Office of the State of Tennessee has provided the Jackson Madison County
African American Chamber of Commerce a supply of instant read infrared thermometers. Based on the
recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) it is requested that businesses monitor the
temperature of their customers and employees before entering the business coupled with wearing a
mask for the protection of both employees and customers. If you need an infrared thermometer for
your business, please contact us at 731.424.2030 or the Finance Director, Don McCorry at 731.506.8219.