COVID-19

The Coronavirus outbreak is prompting necessary public safety measures that impact the workforce and economy. It’s time to work together to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our employees, clients, and the community to the greatest extent possible. We know you’ll have questions about how to keep your business safe and healthy, too.

At the Chamber, we’re following expert guidance from official sources at the local, state, and national levels. We’ve gathered the resources below for you to reference as you make plans for your business. We will notify you as decisions and policies are announced for businesses and the economy.

It is more important than ever that we work together to support local businesses. Learn more and join the conversation here.


Business Resources

Ready NC (Registration of Essential Industries):

North Carolina Emergency Management has a process to vet businesses and allow them the ability to operate IF an emergency or shelter in place is ordered. Businesses that provide an essential product or service should visit the Ready NC website and follow instructions for registering their business.

Guidance for Producers of Critical Medical Equipment and Supplies:

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has produced a guide for companies that are producing or have pivoted to producing needed items to address COVID-19. Click here to view EDPNC’s comprehensive guide to ensure your company is listed where it should be and has access to supply chain assistance and other manufacturing resources.

Business Updates:

View a list of updates and messages from local businesses regarding how they are operating during COVID-19. If you are a business and would like to submit an update, complete the form linked on the page.

In addition, there are a few other great resources out there documenting local restaurants offering take-out and delivery services. Click the links below to access these lists!

U. S. Chamber of Commerce CARES Act Guide:

Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled a resource page for Small Businesses. This page will be updated frequently with new resources to assist you and your business throughout the Coronavirus crisis. Click here to view the page.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Step-by-Step Guide
on How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan:

If your business is struggling in the wake of COVID-19, these steps provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will help guide you through the application process for a low-interest small business loan. Click here for more information.

Video Communication Service:

MVP Video & Promotions is offering a service to facilitate producing a short video message for businesses to communicate with clients, customers, and/or employees. The purpose behind offering this service is to help the business community remain as strong as possible through this uncertain time. For more information about this service and the process, click here.

#AlamanceStrong Business Services Webpage:
Alamance Strong is a unified approach to COVID-19 business support. The #AlamanceStrong website is brought to you by a consortium of your community’s economic developers, business organizations and local governments. Our group feels that a clear, unified and supportive voice is needed now and going forward to help business owners recover from this pandemic. The Chamber, along with other partner agencies are here for you. Together we are #AlamanceStrong.

Chamber Communication

“All Business Briefing” Call Recordings:

Public Health & Employer Resources

Find information here for your business and employees.

National Health Information:
National Business Information:
Control and prevention measures, health and safety standards and additional resources:
Information on business relief policies, small business loans and more:

The SBA has approved the request for North Carolina’s disaster declaration to provide low-interest federal loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. These loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, AP and other bills. Business owners in need are encouraged to apply below.

Planning and response plans and a timeline of recent announcements:
Business toolkit and national advocacy efforts:

Working Remotely

Work, teach and learn from anywhere:
  • Google
    • If your business hours have changed, be sure to keep your customers informed by updating your Google Business listing here.
Technology resources for businesses of all sizes:
Conference Calling made easy:

ComTech is offering a free conference calling service for sixty days, at no charge to you and no contract to sign. With many in-person meetings now being transitioned to phone or virtual meetings, this service provides your own private phone number that meeting participants dial at their designated meeting time. For more information, click the link below to email confbridge@comtechnc.com to request your 60-day conference calling service.


Unemployment

As an employer you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). This is a federal program that provides temporary payments in a federally declared disaster area whos employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result. Business owners who are self-employed, farmers, or commercial fishermen who is unemployed as a direct result of the disaster may be eligible.

Information on Unemployment for both Employers that need to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim, or for Employees that need to file for benefits:

Community Resources

#Help4Alamance is a way to help Alamance County neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis. Current needs are still being assessed but could include food, housing, childcare and transportation.


Local/Additional Resources