COVID-19 Resources for Small Business

Wilkes Economic Development Corporation Small Business Recovery Grant

The Wilkes Economic Development Corporation (Wilkes EDC) introduced the Wilkes Small Business Recovery Program to assist small businesses impacted during the COVID-19 crisis. The program uses funds from the Local Expansion & Attraction Program (LEAP) and in partnership with local government, private donors including The Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation Inc., Lowe’s and a few undisclosed donors. 

According to program guidelines, this funding is primarily intended to assist retail and service establishments, including businesses that serve food, with two but no more than 15 employees. This incentive is available on a first come, first served basis, until funding is fully committed. Applications are available online beginning Monday, May 11 at 9 AM. 

In addition, Wilkes EDC also has funds available through a Marketing Assistance Program.

Coronavirus Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

This bill, H.R. 748,  responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. It provides FY2020 supplemental appropriations for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The supplemental appropriations are designated as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits.

In addition, the bill

  • funds various loans, grants, and other forms of assistance for businesses, industries, states, local governments, and hospitals;
  • provides tax rebates of up to $1,200 per individual and an additional $500 per child, subject to limits based on adjusted gross income;
  • temporarily expands unemployment benefits; and
  • suspends payments and interest on federal student loans.

More on CARES

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Applications and more information can be found here.

Click here for a TOOLKIT

Click here for LOAN PROGRAM

SBA Disaster Recovery Fact Sheet 

Small Business and Technology Development Center

Helping businesses prepare for and recover from disasters. SBTDC has been identified as a “first responder” for business recovery in the state’s disaster recovery plan.

The Small Business Development and Technology Center (SBTDC) administers SBA disaster assistance programs, and is available to help small businesses apply for emergency loans and offer business counseling. SBTDC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NC PTAC) can help businesses understand how to participate in disaster recovery efforts as a federal government contractor.  For more information, see SBTDC’s COVID-19 small business resource site and NC PTAC’s weekly free webinar on federal disaster contracting.  A small business emergency loan overview is attached.  This information is also posted on the SOG’s COVID-19 Emergency Management resource site.

NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan

In response to the unique economic challenges of COVID-19, a consortium of public, private, and nonprofit partners have come together and launched an innovative recovery-lending program to help support entrepreneurs like you and stabilize North Carolina’s small business sector. Go here for more information and to apply.

CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers

CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease see links below. 

Recommended strategies for employers to use now (click here)

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations (click here

Guidance for Business Water Systems to Ensure Safety After Prolonged Closure

Count On Me NC

As North Carolina’s restaurants, hotels, attractions and shops reopen, Count On Me NC is a public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19. Count On Me NC is a joint effort created by government and health officials in partnership with industry leaders from across the state.

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    Marketing & Downtown Director

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