UPDATED: 04/03/2020

New listings are in italics.

 

Hello Downtown Community!

We have recently received information from the NC Department of Commerce and other sources with links & resources available for those businesses, non-profits, artists, and others who may be affected by the current public health crisis.

Please review the following links for more information.

For more assistance, call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 800.228.8443
BLNC staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Se Habla Español. There are Spanish-speaking counselors.
Call volume in BLNC is expected to be high, and callers may need to leave a message and await a returned call. Please be patient.
BLNC counselors will gather basic information from callers and refer the case to the most appropriate resource — small-business experts with the either the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) or the state’s Small Business Center Network (SBCN) — for assistance.
SBTDC and SBCN small-business counselors will assess needs – working, for example, to assist with the preparation of any SBA loan application materials that may be appropriate.

 

Small Business Loans, Grant Programs, & Financial Relief

+ NC DOR Tax Penalty Relief
https://www.ncdor.gov/news/press-releases/2020/03/31/nc-department-revenue-offers-expanded-penalty-relief-taxpayers

+ GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative
https://www.gofundme.com/small-business-relief-fundraisers

+ The Red Backpack Fund – grant program supporting women-owned small businesses
https://www.globalgiving.org/redbackpackfund/?fbclid=IwAR3ONiqcwjz-29jvW_5Zz_RH0bVgM5Io2zAW-4ftFjBbU1kAgWvkJqgW3J4

+ RestaurantOwner.com EIDL Information Webinar
https://www.restaurantowner.com/public/Surviving-COVID19-Emergency-Funding-Via-the-Coronavirus-Aid-Relief-and-Economic-Security-CARES-Act-and-What-It-Could-Mean-for-Your-Business.cfm?fbclid=IwAR1YvbEctWnTT9-bKf4wKXwpsdmfZ7eMI2za_EiHQQRol0SFsel2MyEGXnA#recording

+ US SBA Economic Injury & Disaster Loan application
https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

+ US SBA Local Office finder
https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find/?type=SBA%20District%20Office&pageNumber=1

+ US Senate Committee for Small Business & Entrepreneurship
https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/guide-to-the-cares-act

+ US SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program
https://www.sba.gov/document/support–express-bridge-loan-pilot-program-guide

+ Natural Capital Investment Fund Grants
https://www.ncifund.org/what-we-do/truist-ncifund-covid-19-grants?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a4b3a3d0-3d1c-4633-ad29-f44da0b9eedc&fbclid=IwAR1Kg0N5Db3kfiPgWJrknutPY6rc8EmOxARpXnQ6y20x8XBt3EjzaSKOCkk

+ NC SBA Small Business Loan FAQ
https://www.wraltechwire.com/2020/03/26/have-questions-about-disaster-assistance-loans-to-nc-small-businesses-here-are-some-answers/

+ Carolina Small Business Development Fund
https://carolinasmallbusiness.org/2020/03/theory-to-practice-covid-pandemic/

+ JP Morgan Chase Grant & Loan Opportunites
https://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/news/pr/jpmc-makes-50mm-philanthropic-investment-to-address-impacts-of-covid-19.htm

+ US SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

+ NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan
https://ncrapidrecovery.org/

+ Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)/ SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

+ Facebook Small Business Grants Program
https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

 

Worker Assistance & Protections

+ US SBA Paycheck Protection Program – for employees of small businesses
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

+ NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund
https://www.ncrestaurantrelief.com/learn-more

+ Unemployment Benefits – Employer Call Center
https://des.nc.gov/

+ Rapid Response – Support for Workers
https://www.nccommerce.com/…/business-closure-resources/rap…

+ WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification
https://www.nccommerce.com/…/business-clos…/file-warn-notice

 

Artist Relief & Resources

+ NC Arts Council
https://www.ncarts.org/arts-north-carolina-and-covid-19

+ NC Artists Relief Fund
https://vaeraleigh.org/artist-relief-fund

 

Miscellaneous Resources

+ NC DA&CS Tips for Local Farmers Markets
https://ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2020/4-20Helpthemarketssocdistp.htm

+ US HUD CDBG Information
https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Quick-Guide-CDBG-Infectious-Disease-Response.pdf

+ NCDOI Medicare and Seniors Health Insurance Info
https://www.ncdoi.gov/consumers/medicare-and-seniors-health-insurance-information-program-shiip/covid-19-information

+ NC Texting Tool for Free Meals for Children
https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/governor-cooper-announces-texting-tool-access-food-children

+ NC Department of Commerce Resource Page
https://www.nccommerce.com/news/solutions-covid-19

+ NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
http://www.ncagr.gov/disaster/documents/COVID-19.htm

+ NCSU Extension Office – Resources for Farms & Landowners
https://strawberries.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/03/covid-19-farming-resources/

+ NC Attorney General on COVID-19 related scams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdpNXkERwb8

+ UNC-School of Government
https://www.sog.unc.edu/resources/microsites/coronavirus-covid-19

+ NC Department of Insurance bulletin
https://files.nc.gov/doi/documents/legislative-services/20-b-06-covid-19-pandemic.pdf

+ NLC Local Action Tracker
https://www.nlc.org/program-initiative/covid-19-local-action-tracker

+ Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative
https://www.commfoundations.com/blog/2020/3/11/community-foundations-nationwide-launch-efforts-to-help-communities-affected-by-the-coronavirus

+ NC Main Street & Rural Planning Tips & Resources Sheet
https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A54f85381-a096-4d7b-b26b-09c1e72b2d1e

+ Google Tips & Resources for Small Businesses
https://smallbusiness.withgoogle.com/news/resources-for-smbs-impacted-by-coronavirus/#!/

+ Pangea ISP – Increasing Free Wi-Fi Access
https://pangaea.us/

+ Identification of Essential & Non-essential Businesses – NC Emergency Management
https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/businesses-employers

+ The Carolina Textile District
https://www.carolinatextiledistrict.com/covid19-response

+ Biotechnology Innovation Organization
https://hub.bio.org/

+ Essential Industries Registration Procedures to Produce Medical Equipement
https://www.manufacturednc.com/

+ NC DHHS Coronavirus Updates
https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

+ FBI Cyber Security Resources
https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

+ US United Way COVID-19 Resources
https://www.unitedway.org/#

+ NC Rural Center Coronavirus Resource
http://www.sbtdc.org/coronavirus/

+ NC Dept. of Commerce Blog Post – Government Lending
https://ced.sog.unc.edu/local-government-as-lender-emergency-loans-for-small-businesses/

+ Small Business Center Network
https://www.ncsbc.net/

+ SBTDC – Small Business and Technology Development Center
http://www.sbtdc.org/

+ The Frankie Lemmon Foundation – Fair Labor Standards FAQ
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic

+ Business Edge (layoff aversion)
https://www.nccommerce.com/…/consulting-services-staffing-b…

+ COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic

+ SBTDC – Small Business and Technology Development Center
http://www.sbtdc.org/

+ Business Coaching, Disaster recovery and relief, Veteran entrepreneurship, Women’s business centers, Latino entrepreneurship, Training opportunities
https://carolinasmallbusiness.org/

+ Disaster Recovery
https://www.ncruralcenter.org/engagement/disaster-recovery/

+ Small Business Center Network
https://www.ncsbc.net/

+ Facebook Business Resource Hub: How to minimize business disruptions during emergencies
https://www.facebook.com/…/how-to-help-minimize-business-di…

+ EDPNC – COVID-19 Business Relief Resources
https://edpnc.com/nc-business-relief-resources-covid-19/

+ NC Center for Nonprofits
https://www.ncnonprofits.org/resources/pandemicresources

+ Crisis Communications Plan
https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/crisis

 

This page will be updated as we receive more information.