COVID-19 Resources

North Carolina has eased some restrictions in the latest Executive Order 215 effective May 14 at 1:30 pm.

* View Executive Order 215 here

* View Frequently asked questions here

Here are some highlights:

  • Face covering requirements are lifted in most settings.
  • Capacity restrictions are lifted in all settings.
  • Social distancing requirements have been lifted in all settings. (For example, there is no longer a requirement that tables in restaurants be spaced out.)

Face covering Requirements Subject to NCDHHS Guidance

The following establishments,
businesses, and institutions are required to follow NCDHHS Guidance with
respect to indoor face covering requirements and all other COVID-19 related
restrictions and recommendations:

• Schools
• Childcare facilities
• Children’s day or overnight camps
• Certain health care settings like long term care centers
• Public or private transportation regulated by the State of North Carolina and North Carolina airports, bus and train stations or stops
• Prisons and establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness
• Establishments that are providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness

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].

New Video Conferencing Benefit for Members!

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought the power of Video Conferencing to the forefront as a must have business tool. This technology however does come at a cost!

As a chamber member you have access to a FREE video conferencing application built into our Cleveland County Jobs board! All you have to do is register as an employer at and the video conferencing option will appear on your dashboard!

Our unique user name and password for our members is:
username: ccchamber
password: 7044878521
The technology features:
• HD video and audio
• Safe – fully encrypted and firewall secured
• Collaboration Tools – Easily share screens
• Texting – Share URLs, communicate instructions
• Your members can host meetings with anyone
• Host or attend from computer or cell phone
• Meeting moderator has full control of all attendees
• No user data is ever stored or retained, keeping users safe from hackers

SBA Announces Opening of Paycheck Protection Program Portal

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA will begin accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021.

SBA is currently accepting Second Draw PPP loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs) and lenders with under $1 billion in assets, which includes approximately 5,000 institutions, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions. Lender Match can help you find a participating lender. The program will open to all lenders on January 19, 2021.

At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low or moderate income neighborhoods.

For More Information Visit:

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.

22 Grants, Loans and Programs to Benefit Your Small Business

Times are tough for small business, but help is available, from both the government—federal, state or local— and the private sector. It may be in the form of a grant, a loan or a leg up competing in a difficult business environment. Check here to get a breakdown to help you sort through what’s available.

The “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program program will support brick-and-mortar small businesses in designated Main Street districts (including Uptown Shelby) as they work to adapt to COVID-19 and prepare for the next phases of reopening across the country. Grants of $5,000 – $10,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be accepted from 12pm EST on Thursday, January 21 through Thursday, January 28 at 7:59pm EST. See Program Terms and Conditions here. More info, including eligibility requirements & eligible grant expenses at this link:

Resources and Webinars:

Growing Your Business with LinkedIn Webinar Recording

Did you miss the Growing Your Business with Linked In Webinar!!
Ira Bass with Connect to Success showed us how to focus on the business side of Linked In and reach growing prospects for your business.

Webinar Recording

PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar Recording

If you missed the PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar and Current SBA Lending Environment Webinar, it is now available

Webinar Recording

Access Presentation Here

Creating A Healthy Work Culture Webinars

Don’t worry if you missed the webinars presented by Chick-fil-A! You can access the recording materials below. Make sure to listen!!

Legislative Update with Speaker Tim Moore

Don’t worry if you missed the webinar! You can access the recording and presentation materials below. Tim gave us an update on pending legislation, his vision of the current state of the economy, as well as his projection for the future. Make sure to listen!!

$tate of the $tate
Did you miss the $tate of the $tate Webinar presented by Treasurer Folwell?

Access the recording here as he discusses the issues and the role that the Department of State Treasurer has in the economic well-being of the state

Access Webinar Recording Here!

What to Know About Children Going Back to School During COVID-19

Following North Carolina’s recent announcement about how the upcoming school year will look, Atrium knew there would be questions. They talked to three Atrium Health experts about their response to the recent announcement and what their advice might be for parents who have questions about their children’s safety

How to Set Up a Safe Remote Office
Did you miss the Safe Remote Office Webinar presented by Pharr Technologies? Don’t worry! Here is the webinar recording and presentation material!

Access Webinar Recording Here!

Click here for Presentation Material

Virtual Donor-Driven Fundraising Events in a Post Covid World
Did you miss the non-profit webinar for virtual donor-driven fundraising? Don’t worry! Here are some resource materials in case you missed it or for future reference when planning your upcoming year!

Virtual Training Guide
PowerPoint Presentation

PPE Resource
Check out the Carolinas Alliance COVID-19 PPE match site. This is a program dedicated to matching the needs of the Carolinas healthcare providers, businesses, and government organizations with manufacturers, vendors, suppliers, and talent who can help deliver crucial supplies and services.

Let Google Help You Reach Customers Online Webinar Recap

Did you miss the Google webinar? Don’t worry! Here are some resource materials in case you missed it !

Thank you for those that joined us for the Positioning Your Business for Post-Pandemic Success Webinar presented by Martin Brossman and Jeanne Munoz. Click here to access the webinar!

As North Carolina’s restaurants, hotels, attractions and businesses reopen after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Count On Me NC is a mutual pledge and public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe and protected.

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!