Resources available to Businesses

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Many of our local businesses, both small and large, are being impacted daily by COVID-19.  Please rest assured that your local Workforce Development Board staff as well as your local NCWorks Career Center staff are here to help and guide you.  We have gathered together a list of resources that may assist you in the coming days and months.

Information from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – this includes information on the Paycheck Protection Program, the EIDL Loan Advance Program, the SBA Express Bridge Loans, and the SBA Debt Relief Program.

NC COVID-19 Response Page:

NC 211:

List of Lenders:

Resources from the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina:

EDPNC COVID-19 Business Relief Resources v2_

Updated information from EDPNC:

Golden Leaf Grant information:  Press Release – Golden LEAF deploys $15M – NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

Information released by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis in response to assistance for small businesses: Resources for Small Businesses

FAQ regarding Paycheck Protection Program:  Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequenty-Asked-Questions

Tips for Small Businesses:  Tips For Small Businesses_040720

Resources from USDA:

Resources and information from the NC Department of Labor:

Unemployment Information for Employers

The link below will take you to a list of frequently asked questions put together by the NC Division of Employment Security (DES).  While your local NCWorks Career Center staff can answer general questions, all unemployment claims are processed by DES.

Tip Sheet for filing on behalf of your employees:

Information for filing on behalf of your employees:

Unemployment Resource Guide for Employers:  CSS_Guide to Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Fact Sheet for Employers:  UI Fact Sheet Employer

If, as an employer, you are having issues logging into the DES website to verify information and you need to contact DES, please call 1-866-278-3822.

Other sources of information

Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce:

Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce:

Information from the Small Business Center Network through the NC Community College System:

Information from the U.S. Chamber Foundation:

Main Street Lending Program:

Rural Forward NC:

NC Rapid Recovery:

Contact information for your local Workforce Development Board staff

Workforce Development Director, Jennie Bowen: or 252-974-1815

Business Services Manager, Wayne Rollins: or 252-974-1821

Lou Stout, Business Engagement Coordinator: or 252-974-2446

NCWorks Career Center Contact Information

Beaufort County: 252-940-0900 or

** Beaufort County employers can also text the word HIRE to 919-418-3829 if you have immediate hiring needs

Bertie County:  252-794-0799 or

Hertford County:  252-862-1257 or

Martin County:  252-792-7816 or

Pitt County:  252-355-9067 or

Employers can also utilize