Almost immediately after the Covid-19 pandemic began affecting Durham’s economy, area business support agencies sprung into action, forming a coalition to help small businesses navigate through this difficult time. Below are resources from some of those economic development partners working to support small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI)
DDI has put together a comprehensive list of resources for downtown businesses in need . DDI regularly updates the page with new information as it is available, so check back often. There is also a great merchant list which lists the status of several downtown businesses, and lists the services they have available during the stay-at-home order. Visit the merchant list page to be added.
The Durham Chamber is continually working with the city and county to find ways to support small businesses affected by COVID-19. They have assembled a resources page for businesses and residents in the Durham area.
Durham’s premier marketing agency has created a response page to the Coronavirus for Durham’s hospitality partners. The page and information about funding assistance, hospitality industry resources, and information about how individuals can support businesses in need.
North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA)
NCRLA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis, and its pronounced impact on the restaurant and hotel industry. The organization is working around the clock with state leaders, industry partners, and subject matter experts to advocate for policies that support businesses and employees. They have a comprehensive, searchable resources page with regularly-updated information.
The Small Business Center Network of North Carolina is available to help you navigate challenges associated with COVID-19. Their services are funded by tax dollars, and therefore are free. They offer free one on one confidential business counseling with seasoned and professional counselors who can assist you with loan requests, business plans, general startup questions, marketing, sales, and much more.
Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC)
The North Carolina SBTDC has assembled a number of resources to help businesses navigate through the COVID-19 event, including a business toolkit, and an FAQs page. As a collective, they have a long history of helping businesses prepare for and recover from disasters, and are committed to providing businesses with guidance to help them manage during this crisis.
The organization has also put together a helpful overview of the SBA emergency loans program, including the eligibility requirements of each program.