Shortly after COVID-19 began affecting Durham, area business support agencies sprung into action, forming a coalition to help small businesses get through this difficult time. Read more about these resources below.
Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI)
DDI has put together a list of resources for downtown businesses in need. They update the page with new information as it is available, so check back often. There is also a merchant list which lists the status of many downtown businesses, and lists the services they have during COVID. 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 a resources page for businesses and residents in the Durham area.
Discover Durham has created a page for Durham’s hospitality partners. The page has information about funding, hospitality industry resources, and information about how individuals can support businesses in need.
North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA)
NCRLA is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on the restaurant and hotel industry. They are 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 user-friendly resource page with updated information.
The Small Business Center Network of North Carolina can help you navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Their services are of free of cost, including their one on one confidential business counseling with 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 a number of resources to help businesses through COVID-19, 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.