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My Brother's Keeper Fund Eligibility Requirements - Application Period Currently CLOSED
  • Must be a FOR PROFIT personal or professional services business that has been prohibited from operating in ANY capacity according to Executive Order 138 issued on May 5, 2020 (those businesses where physical distancing proved improbable).  Any business that has been authorized to operate since May 5 – even partially – is ineligible.

 

Examples of ELIGIBLE businesses

  • Barber shops
  • Beauty salons
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Event venues

Examples of INELIGIBLE businesses

  • Restaurants
  • Most retail stores
  • General office settings
  • Most manufacturers

 

  • Must be a business whose primary physical location is in Wilson County.
  • May not have employed more than 10 full-time (or full-time equivalent) employees at any time between January 1, 2020 and May 5, 2020.
  • Must have been in continuous operation no less than one year prior to the stay at home order issued on May 5, 2020.
  • Grants will be awarded based on demonstrated business expenses such as payroll costs, rent, utilities, etc.  Proof of the expense must accompany the application.  Examples include copies of receipts, invoices, utility bill, etc.
  • A final determination of eligibility will be made by a committee of the Wilson Commerce Foundation.
  • Grant awards will not exceed $500 per business or applicant.
  • Grant funds are limited.  Not all eligible applicants will be awarded a grant, nor will all requests be awarded in full.
  • No more than one grant will be awarded to each business or applicant.

The Chamber has developed it's Smart Restart Plan as a guide to help businesses in our market open quickly, safely, and successfully as a way to rebound from this crisis.  CLICK HERE to view the plan!

Chamber-Specific Information

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).

Chamber 101: Social Distancing Edition presented by Executive Personnel Group:

Recorded on April 23, this virtual edition of our popular Chamber 101 program covers what the Chamber has been doing to help our business community during this crisis, and offers guidance on some of the most popular financial assistance available to businesses.

Chamber Events

Small Business Month presented by BB&T, Providence Bank, Select Bank & Trust, and Southern Bank, POSTPONED until August.

Public Policy Series Event #2 presented by the Action Group - Originally scheduled for April 7 - POSTPONED indefinately

Wilson Spring (FALL!) Expo presented by Greenlight Community Broadband - POSTPONED until Saturday, October 24!

 

Chamber Hours of Operation:

Effective May 11, the Chamber has returned to normal business hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9a until 5p; Friday, 9a until 2p.

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Sources Membership Directory:

Now is the time to ensure your business ad is included in the 2020 Sources directory.  This year's directory will commemorate how our business community persevered through this crisis, and will be an affordable and useful way to remember how your business helped our market recover.  To reserve your ad, contact Asia Robinson at arobinson@wilsonncchamber.com

 

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 until Junly 31.  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.  ASK US ABOUT OUR MONTHLY INSTALLMENT OPTION!