The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is a rapidly changing national emergency. As best we are able, the Chamber is compiling pertinent information that impact our business community, and will archive that information here. Please check here regularly as we will be updating this information as the crisis unfolds. As always, we encourage you to support local. However, the importance of your action has never been more vital. When you can do so safely, please use TAKE OUT, DELIVERY, and VISIT local businesses in our market.
Last Updated - Friday, April 3, 2020
If you have additional information you'd like to share or have questions about the information listed here, email Ryan W. Simons, President, Wilson Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com.
Special / Time Limited
NC Restaurants Feeding Kids - Friday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m.
The NC Department of Public Instruction is leading the NC Restaurants Feeding Kids Initiative to connect restaurants and foodservice operations with schools and community organizations to ensure no child goes hungry while school is out of session.
Connect via Zoom conference at https://uncsph.zoom.us/j/314926078 [uncsph.zoom.us] (Meeting ID: 314 926 078) or
by phone at 1-646-558-8656, Access Code 314926078#.
Are you a restaurant, catering company or foodservice operation interested in helping feed kids in need during COVID-19 school closures? Nearly 900,000 children in North Carolina rely on receiving breakfast, lunch and snacks from school five days a week. During this emergency closure, approved schools and community partners are serving needy kids and teens across the state and receiving reimbursement through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Some schools and community partners operating through SFSP may experience difficulties with food supply and meal transportation. This is where you can step in! SFSP operators are allowed to contract with restaurants, caterers and foodservice operations to supply food for the kids in their community.
Nonprofit Resiliency Training - Wednesday, April 8: INFO HERE
A collaboration between Duke Energy and the Nonprofit Center of North Carolina, this free webinar series is designed to help nonprofit organizations build resiliency during this crisis.
Executive Orders / Shelter In Place / Stay At Home / Essential Businesses
Effective Monday, March 30, beginning at 5:00pm, Gov. Roy Cooper has announced a "Stay At Home" order for the state of North Carolina. Such an order requires individuals to stay at home except for exercise or essential activities, including work. Executive Order 121: INFO HERE
The order provides comprehensive guidance for what constitutes an "essential" business, and relies on information provided by the US Department of Homeland Security. For additional guidance on what constitutes an essential business: INFO HERE
In places where shelter in place orders have been issued, some have required essential worker "passes" or "permits". Currently, there is no universal pass authorized for use, however the following may be used at the discretion of essential businesses:
Health and Safety Information
Wilson County Health Department: INFO HERE
The Wilson County Health Department is the authority on local information related to this crisis. As a department of Wilson County government, the health department will share pertinent news through the county's social media feeds.
Centers for Disease Control: INFO HERE
The CDC provides regularly updated information on the national trends of this crisis.
Employer Response Guide: INFO HERE
This helpful guide provides information to employers on how to adjust business practices that are responsive to public health requirements.
Business Financial Assistance
Low-interest loans up to $2M, with flexible terms available to most for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Anecdotal processing time is 18-21 days.
US Small Business Administration Express Bridge Loans: INFO HERE
The Express Bridge Loans (EBL) Pilot Program allows SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited financing up to $25,000 for 7 years.
One of the more anticipated elements of phase 3 of the CARES Act allows for 8 weeks of cash flow assistance, structured as a forgiveable loan. See fact sheet above for how to apply for assistance through a local lender.
US Treasury Employee Retention Tax Credit: INFO HERE
Provides tax relief for businesses who maintain payroll despite significant losses or whose operations have been fully or partially suspended. Does not currently apply to businesses who participate in the SBA Paycheck Protection Program.
NC Rapid Recovery Loan: INFO HERE
Loans available up to $50,000 with six months no interest, no payments. Partnership between NC Rural Center and Golden LEAF Foundation.
Facebook Small Business Grants: INFO HERE
Facebook is granting 30,000 small businesses nationwide a total of $100M towards recovery from business lost during the COVID-19 crisis.
The US Chamber of Commerce has developed a useful and concise guide and checklist for businesses to use when applying for emergency aid from the SBA.
NCDES updates it's website regularly to provide the latest information on how to apply for unemployment insurance and resources for employers.
NC Small Business Technology Development Center: INFO HERE
SBTDC provides free counseling and advice to businesses navigating this crisis, including help completing applications for the financial assistance listed above.
Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC: INFO HERE
Now more than ever, it's important to protect your business' reputation. Customers will remember how you adjusted to these new economic conditions. The BBB has archived a number of webinars useful to preserving the brand you've worked hard to build.
Tax Foundation: INFO HERE
The Tax Foundation has assembled an easy to follow summary of the tax benefits built into the CARES Act.
Servpro Cleaning Protocol: INFO HERE
Chamber member Servpro has developed cleaning protocol to help businesses disinfect for the coronavirus. They also provide customized cleaning solutions for homes and businesses.
National Association of Manufacturers: INFO HERE
If you are a manufacturer, and would like to help in the nation's efforts to supply critical infrastructure and PPE, please notify NAM at the link above.
Supply Chain Disruptions: INFO HERE
If you are experiencing supply chain disruptions, and need a North Carolina supplier to fill orders, or if you are a supplier and want to be able to serve local vendors, register here.
Tourism/Hospitality Industry Assistance: INFO HERE
The Visit NC 365 Conference was recently cancelled, however they plan to host a series of informational webinars tailored to the tourism and hospitality industry. Click on the above link to view the latest webinars as they are scheduled.
Wilson Chamber of Commerce members* have been granted "Enhanced" membership listings on our website. This allows you to post news, updates, information, photos and more at wilsonncchamber.com at any time, and the information also syncs with our social media feeds. If you aren't sure if you have login credentials, contact Tyler Mayes, and begin using this resource immediately. (* - Does not apply to "Friend of the Chamber" or "Individual" membership tier levels).
#WilsonSpiritWeek begins Monday, April 6! Check our social media feeds for more information.
April Events - All cancelled / postponed
Public Policy Series Event #2 presented by the Action Group - Originally scheduled for April 7 - POSTPONED indefinately
Wilson Spring Expo presented by Greenlight Community Broadband - POSTPONED until November. Date to be announced soon.
Chamber Hours of Operation:
Until further notice, business hours are Monday - Thursday, 10:00am - 4:00pm. We are currently closed to the public, except by appointment.
Membership / Invoicing
The Chamber relies on the generosity of its member businesses to continue to serve our community. While we are continuing to issue renewal invoices, and ask members who are able to pay to do so, we are also sensitive to the fact that many of our businesses are facing challenging times. Effective immediately, we are suspending dropping members for nonpayment of dues. If you are currently not a member of Chamber, but want to help support our mission to build a market where businesses prosper, please contact us.
2020 Census participation forms have been mailed. Not only is participation in the Census a legal requirement, a proper count ensures that Wilson receives its fair share of representation and resources. Please do your part. For more information, visit my2020census.gov.
United Way of Wilson COVID-19 Relief Fund: INFO HERE
Please remember the non-profit agencies that are on the front line during this pandemic providing food, shelter, and assistance in our community. While staying home is recommended, you can still do your part by donating to the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Wilson County. Please consider helping financially if you are able.