COVID-19 Resources

Back In Business & Better Initiative:

We are happy to announce that we have a new “Back in Business & Better” Initiative.

The Chamber will provide you with a sign for the front of your business and you record a short 30-60 second video about your reopening, new hours, sales, etc!

We will share your video on Facebook and via email to let our members and the community know you are “Back in Business & Better!”

Please contact us to get your sign at 704-487-8521 or [email protected].

North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26 unless changed or canceled.

Although the state’s overall key indicators remain stable, the continued increases in daily case counts signals a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.

View detailed restrictions by business type
View Phase 2 frequently asked questions

View public health guidance for Phase 2

View Executive Order 141

View slideshow summary of trends as of May 20

Local Resources:

Funding Opportunities:

City of Shelby has now implemented an emergency loss program designed for small businesses impacted during COVID-19! Shelby 1 Fund Small Business Loans aim to provide a rapid source of assistance for City of Shelby-based businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Mountain BizWorks is the administrator for the emergency loans program. Click here for details and to apply. For more information you can access a Shelby1Fund webinar here.

As part of Salesforce’s commitment to small businesses and giving back to the community, Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to see if you are eligible and how to continue with an application.

The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they grapple with, and recover from, the economic impact of COVID-19. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover. The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan is supported by North Carolina entities and is for North Carolina businesses. It is designed to complement federal and other assistance programs, but it is not directly associated with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Learn more here!

Since its inception, Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and countries, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. Click here for more!

Resources and Webinars:

Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness webinar presented Scott Fedyshyn, Fedyshyn CPA Group.

Click here to access the webinar and click here for a copy of the power point presentation!

PPP and EIDL webinar presented by Sharon Harvey, SBA Senior Area Manager for Western, NC and Michael Arriola, Deputy District Director.

Click here to access the webinar and click here for a copy of the power point presentation! 

BBB Webinar: Covid-19 Scams and What You Need to Know. Click here to watch!

Carolina’s Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives CARES Act Slide Show Presentation – can be found here! Click here for the accompanying webinar.

Click here for COVID-19 response webinars presented by Sun Life.