Local Business & Employment Resources
Union County Small Business Strong 2020The Union County Chamber of Commerce is launching the Union County Small Business Strong 2020. This week-long Virtual Conference, beginning May 11, includes:
- Business Builders – a live panel of subject-matter experts outlining next steps to successfully reopen your business, and a second discussion on managing change led by a dynamic industry leader
- Pivot, Don’t Panic – recorded interviews with industry experts and business owners who have found creative ways to thrive in these challenging times
- Tools to Rebuild – resources to empower you to prepare to grow your business again
For more information or to register for the virtual sessions, visit https://www.unioncountycoc.com/union-county-small-business-strong/.
Congress Replenishes PPP and EIDL ProgramsMore small business aid is on the way after Congress passed legislation to replenish emergency loan and grant programs for small businesses, self-employed individuals and independent contractors.
The measure includes an additional $310 billion for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program and an additional $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. This new funding is expected to go quickly.
Here are step-by-step guides to apply for funding through PPP and EIDL.
SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE TO PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) LOANS
SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE TO ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS (EIDL)
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR GUIDE TO PPP AND EIDL LOANS
North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery LoanThe Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIFund) North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan program is primarily designed to be a timely source of bridge financing until businesses can access SBA Disaster or other federal disaster funding. Loans issued by NCIFund are not designed to be a singular source of assistance for small businesses. Repayment is expected either from more permanent funding sources or from the future cash flow of the business. Learn more about the recovery loan program.
North Carolina Restaurant Workers Relief FundAny hospitality employee of a North Carolina restaurant or hotel facing significant financial hardship due to a lay-off, furlough or reduction in hours as a direct result of COVID-19 can apply for the NC Restaurants Workers Relief Fund. Learn more about the fund and how to apply.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)NCDHHS has a comprehensive list of executive orders passed by Roy Cooper that impact businesses in North Carolina, and resources guidance on how to continue modified operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about NCDHHS resources.
Save Small Business Grant ProgramThe US Chamber has launched the Save Small Business Fund, a grant-making initiative funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners. The fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to small businesses across the United States. These are one-time supplemental cash grants.
- Employ between 3 and 20 people
- Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Be in an economically vulnerable community
- In Union County, that includes the following Zip Codes: 28103, 28108, 28110, 28112, 28174
The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3:00 PM.
Learn more details of the program and apply here.
Beware of Scams and Fraud SchemesFraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.
Click here for more information on potential scams.
Comparison: SBA Emergency Loans
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allocates $349 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the current circumstances they are encountering. The CARES Act provides funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, modifies the existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and provides immediate loan payment relief for current SBA 7(a) borrowers.
Click here to view an overview of the key components of and eligibility requirements of these programs.
Companies That Are Hiring Now Many local businesses and employees have felt the negative impacts of COVID-19 on their jobs and incomes. In a bit of good news, many of the "essential" businesses are hiring and some are even offering bonuses. To view a list of these companies, click here.
Verizon-LISC COVID-19 Recovery FundWe just received this important information. This is NOT A LOAN...this IS A GRANT! DEADLINE TO APPLY - SATURDAY April 4th
As LISC Charlotte is working on other local small business fund initiatives, LISC is grateful for Verizon’s National partnership for making the Verizon-LISC COVID-19 Recovery Fund a reality. Charlotte area small businesses are encouraged to apply for grant support to help address your immediate financial impact due to the pandemic.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
• WHAT IT CAN BE USED FOR? Paying rent and utilities
• Meeting payroll
• Paying outstanding debt to vendors
• Other immediate operational costs
Click here to access the application. Your application must be completed by Saturday, April 4th, 11:59 p.m. ET.
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND:
· For business owners with multiple businesses, please answer this survey based on your largest business owned.
· Each awardee is limited to one grant per tax ID. You will need this ID to complete the application.
· Eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission of request to include required documents uploaded.
· This program is not eligible to employees of Verizon or LISC.
· Your application must be completed by Saturday, April 4th, 11:59 p.m. ET.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and troubleshooting. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
ABOUT THE VERIZON-LISC SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY FUND
Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability. Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster ReliefThe U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) has approved the request for North Carolina’s disaster relief declaration. This will allow small businesses impacted by the coronavirus to apply for a low-interest SBA disaster loan as a result of COVID-19. For more information or to apply for a loan:
- Visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
- Call 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard of hearing
- Email email@example.com
You can also view a fact sheet outlining the process to apply for a disaster loan, including the documentation required, at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Documents/Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf.
Check out this webinar with with Levi Kinnard of the US Small Business Administration to share information about the Economic Disaster Injury Loans available to small businesses dealing with the challenges related to the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Small Businesses: Emergency Loan Guide and ChecklistThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released a guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act "allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn." The guide helps businesses determine if they're eligible and the necessary steps to take to secure a loan.
Unemployment and Tax InformationDue to high volume on their customer call line, the Department of Commerce recommends the fastest and most efficient way to file for assistance is online: https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment/.
To find the latest information on unemployment insurance changes due to COVID-19, visit https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information.
Charlotte SCOREThe Charlotte SCORE chapter has more than 75 certified mentors that provide free one-on-one mentoring to business owners and entrepreneurs in the Charlotte region. They are available, along with the following resources, to assist businesses during this time.
- Small Business and Technology and Development Center (SBTDC): http://www.sbtdc.org/
- SCORE: https://www.score.org/
- Women’s Business Centers:
- Asheville area: https://www.wwbcnc.org/
- Charlotte area: https://theinstitutenc.org/programs/wbcc/
- Fayetteville area: https://www.wbcfay.org/
- Raleigh-Durham area: https://theinstitutenc.org/programs/womens-business-center-of-north-carolina/
Relief for Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities
Per a press releases, "USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak."
To view the release and the resources available, click here.