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 day. As information becomes available regarding assistance from the Small Business Administration and other federal programs, 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.
- We are hosting Daily Action Calls with local experts, service providers, and officials to provide guidance, support, and direction in these unprecedented times.
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.
ALL Chamber events and public use of our offices are suspended until further notice.
Resources (Click to see more)
Daily Action Calls
Each weekday at 3 p.m., we’re bringing you business experts to discuss what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of this pandemic.
We want your questions! Tweet to us @gsochamber or use the Zoom chat function.
Join the Zoom meeting on your computer:
Meeting ID: 780 338 797
+1 646 558 8656 US
Meeting ID: 780 338 797
Let’s admit it, we miss seeing your faces! Join us on Monday mornings at 10:15 a.m. and tell us how you’re doing. We want to hear your stories of innovation, adaptation, and what you’ve learned throughout the last couple of weeks. We’ll provide the platform, you bring the coffee. Let’s start our week out on the right foot – together.
Calls by Other Organizations
Fridays, 1 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posting & Finding Jobs
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.
From the Economic Development Partnership of NC Resources.
Business continuity planning, best practices, employment law FAQ and more.
Guides for employment law changes, workplace safety information and other resources.
Disaster planning for businesses.
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.
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, email@example.com
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
During this time, and especially because of the loss of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, it is important for our community to support local businesses. A couple ways to do this while following the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing are to purchase gift cards for later use, shop online and use delivery or pickup services.
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.
All Chamber events and programs scheduled through April 16 have been postponed or canceled.
The following events are postponed until further notice. Questions? Contact Tracy Myers at email@example.com.
Coffee & Conversation
Member Information Center Training
Illuminate Greensboro – POSTPONED
Co//ab is closed until at least April 16. Read Co//ab’s full COVID-19 policy here.
Questions? Contact Lou Anne Flanders-Stec at firstname.lastname@example.org.