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Last updated 3:49 p.m., October 2, 2020.


Business Resources
The COVID-19 Pandemic is a tough time for business owners. We've compiled some helpful resources with social media ideas, grant applications, free webinars, unemployment information, and more for employers and employees.

For information on the phases and guidance for reopening your business while maintaining the health and safety of visitors and employees, please visit our reopening guidelines page.

Business Link North Carolina, via the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, offers a team of small business counselors to talk to any North Carolina business. Call 1-800-228-8443. 


RETOOLNC will offer guidance and funding to Historically Underutilized Businesses
United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) National Charity Foundation

LISC and Lowe's Small Business Grant
United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) National Charity Foundation

One Fair Wage - Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Relief Fund
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
Musicians Foundation Emergency Grant Program
Professional Beauty Association COVID-19 Relief Fund
Beauty Changes Lives
Hairline Illusion Stylist Grants Program
Crafters Emergency Relief Fund
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Hello Alice COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant


NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program for Small Businesses   
The Golden LEAF Foundation has deployed $15 million in funding to launch a rapid recovery loan program to help small businesses suffering economic losses related to COVID-19. Loans will be made to eligible businesses for up to $50,000 with zero interest and no payments for six months. Find out more information and begin applying for a loan here.
UPDATE April 23: Governor Cooper announced more funding for this program is being made available.
UPDATE May 4: Governor Cooper will sign into law today $125 million for the Golden LEAF no interest loan program.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through August 8, 2020. Read the fact sheet here. Frequently asked questions on the PPP loans can be found here. Frequently asked questions on PPP loan forgiveness can be found here.
UPDATE 6.5.2020: The Senate passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. The bill includes important enhancements to the PPP, notably modifying the portion of funds that can be used for non-payroll expenses and extending the time period during which funds must be spent in order to qualify for loan forgiveness from eight weeks to 24 weeks. Read more here.
UPDATE 8.8.2020: Current law dictates that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) close at the end of August 8, 2020. As such, SBA is no longer accepting PPP applications from participating lenders.

Other SBA COVID-19 Relief Programs can be found here.

Other Helpful Resources

Google My Business
In cooperation with Miles Partnership, we've curated this re-opening guide for your Google My Business listing with information and directions on best practices and new features to help your business recover from the pandemic.

North Carolina Business Relief Resources - COVID-19
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) has developed a resource guide for North Carolina businesses to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. For all general questions, call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 800.228.8443 to be connected with a business counselor.

COVID-19 Main Street Resource Center
Relevant information from federal agencies and national organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Chamber of Commerce;
•    A listing of funding opportunities as well as information on upcoming webinars and virtual events;
•    Tip Sheets with quick ideas and inspiration that your program can implement during the crisis;
•    Social graphics highlighting ways your local community can continue to engage and support your Main Street businesses--ready for download and sharing! Be sure to use #SupportLocalSafely when posting;
•    And more!

Daily Advance Advertising
The Daily Advance is running a stimulus program for local businesses that includes 4 additional ads with any advertising package. Contact Rich Houghton or Lisa Bailey for more information.

College of the Albemarle Small Business Center
College of The Albemarle Small Business Center and other Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina are offering free webinars to help ensure that the small business owners in the state stay informed, get questions answered by experts, and can prepare for the future. Click here to learn more and to register for these free webinars.

NC Department of Commerce
The North Carolina Department of Commerce has compiled COVID-19 Resources for N.C. Businesses and Employers. Read more here.

211 Resource page
2-1-1 has compiled a comprehensive resource page related to unemployment, benefits and mortgage assistance.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Save Small Business Initiative
We are committed to mobilizing and maximizing the impact of the nation’s response to COVID-19. Join us in supporting small businesses, their workers, and the families and communities that depend on them. Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Save Small Business Initiative include weekly virtual workshops, guides to financial and tax assistance programs, and more. Access their resources here.

In an effort to support area businesses, Tripadvisor has enabled opening and closing notifications on listings within its platform. Such notifications can now be manually customized through Tripadvisor’s management center.  

In an effort to help restaurants listed on-site, Tripadvisor added new features highlighting take-away and delivery options and the ability to buy gift cards. Restaurants can claim their business listing on Tripadvisor if they haven't done so already and update their business listing for free with information delivery options and/or gift cards. Details here.

NC Restaurant & Lodging Association
COVID-19 FAQ for NC Restaurants and Lodging Establishments:  
As the impact of Coronavirus continues to have devastating impact across the globe, the hospitality industry is facing unprecedented challenges. NCRLA has compiled a list of common questions and answers that will be helpful. Contact them at

COVID-19 Small Business Loans and Information
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program  *UPDATE 07.15.2020: Funds for this program are depleted.
Small Business Center at College of the Albemarle
North Carolina Small Business Technology & Development Center
World Health Organization Myth Busters on the Coronavirus
Federal and North Carolina Business Resources


Unemployment Resources

unemployment Benefits
Governor Cooper announced that the first payments for the unemployment claims related to coronavirus will begin going out the first week of April. Press Release.

CARES Act Unemployment Programs in North Carolina
The NC Division of Employment Security (DES) has received official guidance from the US Department of Labor on implementing the three unemployment programs under the CARES Act. Read more information here.

Additional Unemployment Information
Assisting Your Employees Filing for Unemployment Benefits
Employers Quick Reference Guide
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

North Carolina Immediate Job Openings

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