UPDATED: 03/24/2021

Staying Ahead of the Curve: New COVID-19 Restrictions in NC

UPDATED: 04/22/2020

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.


North Carolina COVID-19 Response Portal


Small Business Loans, Grant Programs, & Financial Relief

+ NC Governor Press Release – COVID-19 Relief Bills

+ Golden LEAF Foundation – NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

+ News-Topic Advertising Grant Program

+ NC DOR Tax Penalty Relief

+ GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative

+ The Red Backpack Fund – grant program supporting women-owned small businesses

+ EIDL Information Webinar

+ US SBA Economic Injury & Disaster Loan application

+ US SBA Local Office finder

+ US Senate Committee for Small Business & Entrepreneurship

+ US SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program–express-bridge-loan-pilot-program-guide

+ Natural Capital Investment Fund Grants

+ NC SBA Small Business Loan FAQ

+ Carolina Small Business Development Fund

+ US SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

+ NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan

+ Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)/ SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

+ Facebook Small Business Grants Program


Worker Assistance & Protections

+ US SBA Paycheck Protection Program – for employees of small businesses

+ NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

+ Unemployment Benefits – Employer Call Center

+ Rapid Response – Support for Workers…/business-closure-resources/rap…

+ WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification…/business-clos…/file-warn-notice


Artist Relief & Resources

+ NC Arts Council

+ NC Artists Relief Fund


Miscellaneous Resources

+ Grow with Google – Manage Your Business Remotely webinar

+ Rural Advancement Foundation International – resources for agriculture

+ USDA Resources for Rural Communities

+ PPE Supply Chain Resource

+ Choosing Which Federal Aid Program is Right for your Business, hosted by NCGrowthCREATE, the UNC Tax Center, and the UNC Entrepreneurship Center.

+ NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership – for manufacturers

+ Request for Essential Business Status

+ NC Executive Order 121 – Essential Businesses

+ NC DA&CS Tips for Local Farmers Markets

+ US HUD CDBG Information

+ NCDOI Medicare and Seniors Health Insurance Info

+ NC Texting Tool for Free Meals for Children

+ NC Department of Commerce Resource Page

+ NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

+ NCSU Extension Office – Resources for Farms & Landowners

+ NC Attorney General on COVID-19 related scams

+ UNC-School of Government

+ NC Department of Insurance bulletin

+ NLC Local Action Tracker

+ Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative

+ NC Main Street & Rural Planning Tips & Resources Sheet

+ Google Tips & Resources for Small Businesses!/

+ Pangea ISP – Increasing Free Wi-Fi Access

+ Identification of Essential & Non-essential Businesses – NC Emergency Management

+ The Carolina Textile District

+ Biotechnology Innovation Organization

+ Essential Industries Registration Procedures to Produce Medical Equipement

+ NC DHHS Coronavirus Updates

+ FBI Cyber Security Resources

+ US United Way COVID-19 Resources

+ NC Rural Center Coronavirus Resource

+ NC Dept. of Commerce Blog Post – Government Lending

+ Small Business Center Network

+ SBTDC – Small Business and Technology Development Center

+ The Frankie Lemmon Foundation – Fair Labor Standards FAQ

+ Business Edge (layoff aversion)…/consulting-services-staffing-b…

+ COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers

+ SBTDC – Small Business and Technology Development Center

+ Business Coaching, Disaster recovery and relief, Veteran entrepreneurship, Women’s business centers, Latino entrepreneurship, Training opportunities

+ Disaster Recovery

+ Small Business Center Network

+ Facebook Business Resource Hub: How to minimize business disruptions during emergencies…/how-to-help-minimize-business-di…

+ EDPNC – COVID-19 Business Relief Resources

+ NC Center for Nonprofits

+ Crisis Communications Plan


This page will be updated as we receive more information.