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.
While this is a ever-evolving situation, we will work to provide up-to-date information to help support businesses and their employees. Click Here to Read Daily Updates
Effective March 27: City of Winston-Salem Stay at Home Order
Small Business Support
Please take a few moments to check in with us. Your answers will help plan for successful recovery efforts.
Support Small Businesses
Now more than ever it is important to support local small businesses.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loans
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact COVID-19 has had on the applicant’s business. The loans are intended to help businesses maintain normal operations. If you have questions, refer to this Q&A before you apply.
N.C. Unemployment Updates
Governor Cooper’s executive order to close dining room services at N.C. restaurants and bars also updated several unemployment provisions:
- Removes the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits for those workers who lose their jobs;
- Removes the requirement that a person must look for another job during this time when so many potential employers are closed and social distancing guidelines are in effect
- Allows employees who lose their jobs or, in certain cases have their hours reduced due to COVID-19 issues, to apply for unemployment benefits
- Waives the requirement that part of the application process be in person
- Directs that these unemployment losses won’t be counted against employers
The CARES Act
Congress enacted a historic $2.2 trillion relief package that includes direct payments to individuals and families and support for industries and businesses.
The US Chamber has a Guide and Checklist for businesses interested in applying for CARES Act relief.
CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program: What Small Businesses Need to Know
Bell, Davis, and Pitt published this resource for employers to learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program included in the CARES Act.
Federal: Federal tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15th. (3/20)
North Carolina: The NCDOR will not impose the late payment penalty for income tax due on April 15, 2020 if the tax is paid by July 15, 2020. (3/19)
Goodwill Professional Services Center
Employment resources for employers and employees.
Back to Business
Whether you are an essential business currently operating or preparing for reopening, increased health, safety, and sanitation policies are a likely resource need. We’ve collected some service providers in key areas to support your business continuity.
Working remotely for the first time? Inc. has some advice:
– Get dressed for work
– Replicate your office experience as closely as possible
– Take short breaks
– Take care of yourself
Open For Business Hub
The Open for Business Hub lists technology companies that are helping small businesses by enabling remote work throughout this period.
How Businesses Can Securely Work From Home
Resource guide from OnPar Technologies