A message from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and the way we do business. We’ve learned how to remote work and come together as a community. First and foremost, our members are at the top of our minds and we wanted to let you know our next steps as we navigate this “new normal.”
- We are in constant communication with our federal, state, and local officials each. As information is continually updated regarding new funding sources and information, we want the needs and issues of our membership to be heard.
- We are working with our local restaurants and retailers to provide a comprehensive list of takeout, delivery, and gift card options. You are a critical part of the lifeblood of our community and we want to do everything in our power to amplify your services.
- From March 17 through May 21, we hosted 45 Daily Action Calls full of with local experts, service providers, and officials to provide guidance, support, and direction. Our full archive can be found here.
- As we begin to phase back into our lives and work, we will continue to be here for you. Please check out our Small Business Restart Guide. We’ve put together a checklist, some helpful links, posters for your workplace, and links to our member businesses providing PPE, cleaning supplies and services, and everything you need to get back to work safely.
We believe in the strength of Greensboro and are here for you. Please reach out with any questions and needs you may have. We have set up a simple survey to capture these and be distributed to the right person on our staff.
Public use of our offices are suspended until further notice. A complete list of Chamber virtual events can be found here.
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We’ve put together a checklist, some helpful links, posters for your workplace, and links to our member businesses providing PPE, cleaning supplies and services, and everything you need to get back to work safely.
Chamber Action Calls
From March 17-May 20, the Chamber held daily Zoom calls to keep our members and the greater Greensboro community abreast of the latest updates related to COVID-19 and quarantine life.
Click here to explore the archives.
A presentation from the US Chamber of Commerce on the major provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act – or CARES Act.
Greensboro-specific announcements, cancelations and other updates related to COVID-19.
Mindfulness and grounding exercises, coloring pages, mood-boosting foods and more.
Effective April 2, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act mandates paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave and enhanced unemployment compensation benefits.
Click here for downloadable workplace posters from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Effective Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m., Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a statewide Stay-At-Home order for non-essential businesses. Please check Section 2: Essential Businesses and Operations in the Stay-at-Home order to see if you are considered to be essential. If a company is essential they do NOT need any type of paperwork for their employees to go to work.
If a company is uncertain if they are essential, they may make an essential business request with the NC Dept. of Revenue here: https://www.ncdor.gov/home/ncdor-actions-covid-19/covid-19-essential-businesses.
If a company made a previous request to be considered an essential business it is not valid and they must make a new request with the Department of Revenue. Again, a company who is unsure if they are considered essential per the Stay-at-Home order, they must make this request through the new process in the essential business link above in order to get an official State decision.
Rapid Response offers no-cost access to HR experts to assist employers in identifying industry-appropriate, family friendly workplace benefits during re-opening and to help employers and working parents build resilience during and after the COVID crisis.
Webinars and dozens of articles on industry-specific relief.
From the Economic Development Partnership of NC Resources.
Business continuity planning, best practices, employment law FAQ and more.
Posting & Finding Jobs
A guide from the Small Business Administration.
Disaster planning for businesses.
A list of business relief resources.
Federal: The IRS has automatically extended payment deadlines until July 15, 2020, with some exceptions. The filing deadline is still April 15.
State: The North Carolina Department of Revenue is providing relief to certain taxpayers that failed to timely obtain a license, file a return, or pay a tax with a due date between March 15, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
Advice from Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP.
Guides for employment law changes, workplace safety information and other resources.
As an employer you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is a federal program that provides temporary payments to people in a federally declared disaster area whose employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster. Business owners that are self-employed, a farmer, or a commercial fisherman, who is unemployed as a direct result of the disaster may be eligible. For more information go to https://des.nc.gov/; Phone: 888-737-0259.
Free, one-on-one business counseling to help you find the best path forward. The SBCN also offers a wide range of educational webinars on everything from sales and marketing to supply chain management.
North Carolina small businesses and private nonprofits are now eligible to apply for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The working capital loans of up to $2 million can provide vital economic support to small businesses and nonprofits to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
The Golden LEAF Foundation is providing bridge loans of up to $50,000 with six months of no interest and no payments. These loans are intended to support businesses until they are able to secure an SBA loan or other long-term assistance.
Small businesses employing 3-20 people and located in an economically vulnerable community are eligible for $5,000 grants from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) are regulated like banks but these are nonprofits, focusing on helping small, community businesses.
- Thread Capital (NC Rural Center) – 919-212-4950, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carolina Small Business Development Fund (formerly The Support Center) – 919-803-1437. Veterans can obtain a loan with no money down.
- Self-Help Credit Union – 800-476-7428. Special lending for childcare locations.
- Carolina Community Impact, Inc. – 919-861-5321, email@example.com. Backed by Community Loan Center of NC Triangle.
- NC Community Development Initiative – 919.828.5655. Has great market research information too.
Post requests, share availability for supplies, post inquiries about the manufacturing capacity of a facility and/or announce that you are producing a new medical product.
Visit this database of products made or manufactured here in NC. You can also add your products to the list.
Contact the Raleigh Regional Office of the US Department of Commerce at 919-281-2750 or the Charlotte US Customs Office at 704-329-6100.
At the beginning of the pandemic in March, we sourced a guide of local restaurants and retailers. Please continue to use this list as you make choices to shop local and help support our local small businesses.
Click here for a list of local restaurants and retailers that remain open for takeout, delivery and online shopping.
Click here for a list of our members offering services and resources to those affected by COVID-19.