Local Business & Employment Resources

Companies That Are Hiring Now

Many local businesses and employees have felt the negative impacts of COVID-19 on their jobs and incomes. In a bit of good news, many of the "essential" businesses are hiring and some are even offering bonuses. To view a list of these companies, click here

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Relief

The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) has approved the request for North Carolina’s disaster relief declaration. This will allow small businesses impacted by the coronavirus to apply for a low-interest SBA disaster loan as a result of COVID-19. For more information or to apply for a loan:
You can also view a fact sheet outlining the process to apply for a disaster loan, including the documentation required, at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Documents/Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf

Small Businesses: Emergency Loan Guide and Checklist

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released a guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act "allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn." The guide helps businesses determine if they're eligible and the necessary steps to take to secure a loan. 

Unemployment and Tax Information

Due to high volume on their customer call line, the Department of Commerce recommends the fastest and most efficient way to file for assistance is online: https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment/. 

To find the latest information on unemployment insurance changes due to COVID-19, visit https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information.

Charlotte SCORE

The Charlotte SCORE chapter has more than 75 certified mentors that provide free one-on-one mentoring to business owners and entrepreneurs in the Charlotte region. They are available, along with the following resources, to assist businesses during this time. 

SCORE has also developed the following resources specifically for the COVID-19 situation:
  1. How Businesses Can Prepare for Coronavirus
  2. Small businesses disaster preparedness resources

Relief for Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities


Per a press releases, "USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak."

To view the release and the resources available, click here