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

Impact Survey
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.

NC Rapid Recovery Loans
The NC Rapid Recovery program is supported by the Golden Leaf Foundation. Learn how to 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:

Expert Q&A Call Recap: Unemployment Law

Covid-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County
The COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County was established to support local community members and nonprofits impacted by the novel coronavirus.  Read More…

General Resources

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.

Determining Your Employee Size & Affiliations

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Effective April 2, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act mandates paid sick leave and expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Read more…

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.

Business Continuity

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 Remote

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

Industry-Specific Resources

US Bartender’s Guild Emergency Fund

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)


NC Chamber-COVID 19 Resource Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Toolkit

NC Restaurant & Lodging Association

City of Winston-Salem

Forsyth County

Novant Health

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools