NC STAY AT HOME ORDER
On March 27, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced a statewide Stay at Home order for nonessential activity. The order went into effect on March 30 at 5:00 p.m. and will be active for 30 days. A copy of the order can be found here; an FAQ page with additional guidance was also published by the governor's office.
ESSENTIAL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION
Businesses excluded from the list of COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations in Governor Cooper's Stay at Home Executive Order who believe that they may be essential may direct requests to be included to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. A business that has made a request to the Department to be included as a COVID-19 Essential Business or Operation may continue to operate until that request is acted upon.
RANDOLPH COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
On March 4, 2020 Randolph County Public Health opened an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the current situation, including a Coronavirus Hotline: 336-318-6227. EOC hours are 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday.
The EOC will remain operational until the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak subsides. Additional information available on the Randolph County Public Health web page.
NORTH CAROLINA RELIEF RESOURCES
For all general questions call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 800.228.8443.
Information about a variety of other resources can be accessed here.
SBA COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS GUIDANCE AND LOAN RESOURCES
Small businesses in North Carolina are currently eligible to apply for a low interest loan due to COVID-19. For more information about this and other SBA services click here.
COVID-19 AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IN NORTH CAROLINA
Changes have been made to the state's unemployment system due to the current impacts of COVID-19 in North Carolina. For more information click here.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
The CDC website provides guidance for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19, as well as up to date information about reported cases.
RAPID RECOVERY LOAN PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Golden Leaf and the NC Rural Center have just introduced a new loan program called NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loans. The new product is a rapid recovery loan that is designed to provide businesses with the capital they need before federal loans and insurance payouts are approved. The SBA process is an 8-21 day process. The process for this program is expected to be completed in 4 days (if all the info is provided). There is a very easy online application process that starts here.
THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER'S GUIDE TO THE CARES ACT
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
COVID-19 GREENSBORO CHAMBER
Here is a link to the Greensboro Chamber daily action calls with information about COVID-19 from business experts about what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of this pandemic.
SBTDC INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Our hard-working colleagues at North Carolina's Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC's) are helping develop a COVID-19 recovery plan and apply for CARES Act PPP and EIDL financing. Contact the Greensboro office for more information and assistance. They have also prepared a document with an overview and comparison of SBA emergency loan programs.