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The Small Business Center Network is here to assist you and your business with resources and assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We work in partnership with a number of Federal, State and Local organizations to provide the information and strategies to help your business move forward. Our experienced business counselors can assist North Carolina’s business owners and farmers with:
- General Business Counseling
- Business Continuity and Strategic Planning
- Loan Application Assistance
- Financial Projections and Cash Flow Management
- Marketing Assistance
- Provision of Resource Information
- Referral to Appropriate Agencies and Sources of Assistance
- 1X1 Confidential Business Counseling is Free and Can Be Requested Here
General Business and Business Continuity
- National Center for Disaster Fraud
Suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) can be reported nationally by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Broadband and Internet Access Options for Small Businesses During COVID-19
Internet access options and providers offering extra assistance.
- US Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Disaster Preparedness
Find Resources to help prepare for disasters and organize your response.
- Ready.gov: Preparedness Planning for Your Business
Resources and toolkits to prepare businesses for a variety of hazards.
- DOL: COVID-19 and the FLSA Q and A
COVID-19 or other public health emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Acts FAQ.
- Facebook: Small Business Resilience Toolkit"
Framework for small businesses to create easy-to-use resiliency plan.
- Disaster Response Checklist Template
- 30, 60, 90 Day Planning Template for Moving Forward
- Restaurant and Bar COVID-19 Tips
Guidance and tips for restaurants and bars, including sample customer communications.
Small Business Public Resource Providers
- SBTDC COVID-19 Resources
The NC Small Business and Technology Development Center provides 1X1 counseling and can help navigate financial documents and apply for a loan.
- Business Link NC (BLNC)
Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) is a free service for anyone seeking to start a small business in North Carolina.
Public Sector and Government Procurement Resources:
NC Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) educates business owners on how to obtain contracts by providing comprehensive assistance in selling products and services to local, state and federal government agencies.
- NC Military Business Center
The NC Military Business Center (NCMBC) leverages military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina.
Finances and Lending:
- SBA Disaster Assistance Loan
Small business owners in NC are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Cornavirus (COVID-19).
- How to Apply for a SBA Disaster Loan
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information Fact Sheet
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Open to NC Applicants
- Download and Print SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Paperwork BEFORE starting Online Application
- Apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Online
- Preparing and Applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Presentation developed by the NC SBTDC to walk you through the EIDL application process step-by-step.
- On-demand SBA EIDL Loan Application Webinar
Webinar video developed by the NC SBTDC to walk you through the EIDL application process step-by-step.
- Request 1X1 Free and Confidential Help Preparing Your Loan Documents.
- SCORE Break-Even Analysis Template
- Disaster Sample Financial Template
Use this with your SBC counselor to understand what your true needs are for a loan.
- Cash Flow Template with Three Scenarios to Explore
Use this with your SBC counselor to explore three different cash flow options. If you have different revenue opportunities to explore, than this template is for you.
- Cash Flow Template with Instructions
Use this template if you have a simple revenue stream to explore and you don’t need to explore multiple cash flow options.
- What Banks Are Doing To Help Americans Affected by Coronavirus
Non-profit Lenders / CDFIs:
The Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) actively works to address these issues by investing federal resources - which are matched with private funding - in CDFIs working to serve low-income and under-served people and communities.
- Carolina Community Impact, Inc.
- Carolina Small Business Development Fund
- NC Community Development Initiative
- Self-Help Credit Union
- Thread Capital
Other Financial Support Options:
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund
Provided by United Way.
- NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending Program
- NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery for Small Businesses Press Release
Supported by the Golden Leaf Foundation.
- Mountain BizWorks Now Offering New COVID-19 Rapid Response Loan
Provided for Western North Carolina businesses.
Sales and Marketing:
- Coronavirus Print & Social Media Resources to Help Stop the Spread Template
Provided by Canva.com.
- Human Resources Support
- Remote Employees and Telecommunication
- Employer Legal Compliance, Public Health, Allowed Questions
- General Information on Unemployment
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- OSHA Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Spread in the Workplace
- FEMA Emergency Planning
- NC DHHS COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employers
- Legislation - Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies (reimbursement for paid sick leave for small businesses)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act - A Primer for Small Businesses
Supply Chain Management:
- IBIS World: COVID-19 Industry Exposure
- ManufacturedNC: Database of Supplies Manufactured in NC
Find manufacturers and suppliers based in North Carolina for your needs.
Federal and State Support:
- Live and Streaming Webinars
- On-Demand Content