Website: Federal Resources for Small Businesses

There’s a new official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The URL is https://www-qa.covid-sb.org. It includes information on Financing Assistance, Contracting Assistance, Tax Credits, FLMA and Labor Resources, OSHA, and Cybersecurity.

Federal and State Coronavirus Websites

Essential Business Request

If a company is uncertain if they are essential, they may make an essential business request with the NC Dept. of Revenue here: https://www.ncdor.gov/home/ncdor-actions-covid-19/covid-19-essential-businesses. If a company made a previous request to be considered an essential business through BEOC it is not valid and they must start again. Again, a company must ask with the new process in the essential business link above if the company is not sure and wants to get an official State decision.

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security

ManufacturedNC Database of Suppliers

Find the manufacturer or supplier your business needs at ManufacturedNC. This database of suppliers contains everything produced in NC. Whether you’re a manufacturer who wants to localize your supply chain or a business searching for packaging suppliers, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

If you are an N.C. manufacturer, please register your business with ManufacturedNC here. Other businesses may be looking for you.

Supplying Critical Products to the State of NC

North Carolina Emergency Management has assembled a vetting team to review vendors wishing to supply critical products to the State of North Carolina. Supplies urgently needed include: NIOSH-Approved Respirators (N95s, etc.), Other Respirators (KN95s, etc.), Procedural or Surgical Masks, Powered Air-Purifying Respirators, Goggles, Safety Glasses, Face Shields, Nitrile Examination/Medical Gloves, Nitrile Non-medical Gloves, Coveralls, Gowns (Isolation or Surgical), Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant (Spray or Wipe), and Invasive Ventilators. If your company can sell Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or other critical supplies to NC, please complete this online form.

Manufacturers interested making Personal Protective Equipment

Manufacturers interested in pivoting to PPE (gowns, masks, gloves, etc.) can contact the Carolina Textile District (CTD) for help in transitioning their production to prototype and producing medical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. They should also register their business with the NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership by clicking here.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OHSA has developed a COVID-19 planning guide to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.

Count on Me NC: The NC Restaurant Promise

The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), in partnership with NC DHHS, tourism bureau Visit NC and NC State University, is rolling out Count on Me NC, a program designed to reassure guests that participating restaurants—and, eventually, customer-facing, hospitality related businesses—are operating at the highest levels of sanitation and safety.

Pro Bono Legal Clinic offers COVID-19 assistance

The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center is launching a remote legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits with legal needs from the impact of COVID-19. The NC Small Business/Nonprofit Initiative will match qualifying small businesses or nonprofits with 25 or fewer employees with NC law firms. Pro bono lawyers will be matched to offer a free 45-minute phone or virtual legal consultation, helping these small business owners or nonprofits navigate the CARES Act, or questions related to employment, contracts, commercial leases, insurance and insolvency issues. For more information, view their flyer.