COVID-19-Related Resources for Durham Community

By Durham Chamber of Commerce / Published 03.22.20
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The Durham Chamber of Commerce is continuing to work with the County and City on ways to help our community and businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Email us HERE with your questions or concerns. If we don’t have the answers to some of your questions and concerns, we will help you find them. That’s our commitment to you. In the meantime, below you will find resources to help you if you live, work, or have a business in the Durham area.

 

“HERE TO HELP”: LOCAL BUSINESS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SERIES

This webinar series, sponsored by Capitol Broadcasting Company, will be presented with several guest speakers all aimed at how to help our local businesses survive this turbulent time. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6546099012389619724?trk=public-post_share-update_update-text

 

COVID-19 BUSINESS INFORMATION SESSIONS

The sessions below are in collaboration with Downtown Durham Inc., Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), and Durham Tech. The sessions are designed to help businesses navigate the various complexities of running a business during this crisis, and to give business owners a place to share their concerns. Registration for these sessions is required. After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to registrants.

 

Monday, March 23

COVID-19 Durham Business Sessions: Employment and Unemployment on March 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT. Please preregister at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3803780673192726284

 

Tuesday, March 24 – First Session

COVID-19 Durham Business Sessions: Letting the Businesses Speak on March 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT. Please preregister at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6301089338733681677

 

Tuesday, March 24 – Second Session

COVID-19 Durham Business Sessions: SBA’s new Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program on March 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT. Please preregister at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7977189262161749773

 

Wednesday, March 25

COVID-19 Durham Business Sessions: Local and Federal Taxes on March 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT. Please preregister at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7447909653318168589

 

Thursday, March 26

COVID-19 Durham Business Sessions: Letting the Businesses Speak on March 26, 2020 2:00 PM EDT. Please preregister at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2713243259323978765

 

Friday, March 27

COVID-19 Durham Business Sessions: Recap, Tips and Checklist on March 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT. Please preregister for at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3867678791442591245

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Duke Office of Durham & Community Affairs offers a variety of ways to either help or receive help in and around our community, for residents, students and businesses.

https://sites.duke.edu/covidcommunityresources/

As of March 20, here is a list of all the retail/storefronts in Durham offering services online.

https://www.discoverdurham.com/blog/durham-retail-delivery/

Effective March 21, Duke Energy will waive all fees for late payments and returned checks, and for credit or debit card payments for residential accounts. In addition, they are relaxing the usual timelines for payment arrangements. Customers—residential and business—who were recently disconnected can call 800.777.9898 (residential) or 800.653.5307 (business) to make arrangements for service restoration.

 

Strongkey has created this repository of resources for those who want to help and those who need help. Visit: https://www.bullcityresponds.com/

 

INCOME TAX EXTENSION

The Secretary of the Treasury moved the April 15 filing date to July 15 for 2020. If you ordinarily, pay a first-quarter estimated tax payment due April 15, that is deferred until July 15, 2020. For a better understanding about how these changes apply to your particular situation, contact a tax professional. If you do not have one, DMJ & Co., PLLC of Durham (919-489-3393) may be able to help.

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESSES  

Morningstar Law Group has published some articles to help businesses with legal issues arising from COVID-19.  Those articles can be found on our firm’s website, which will continue to be updated, as necessary:  https://bit.ly/mlg-covid19

For assistance on how to navigate the legal impact of COVID-19 on your business—from the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act to Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, contact a legal professional. If you do not have one, Ward and Smith, P.A. (800-998-1102) may be able to help.

 

HELP FOR HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES

The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) partners with restaurant and lodging establishments to impact legislation and policies, and provide resources to help members run their businesses. They are closely monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting hospitality businesses and can send updates directly to those who text COVID-19 to 52886. For more information on this organization, visit: https://www.ncrla.org/

 

HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs. View details here: https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/federal-small-business-stimulus-aid-programs-guide

Facebook is offering a Small Business Grant Program. View details here: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

 

Since 1984, the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has been supporting small businesses in North Carolina for over 35 years through one-on-one counseling and professional programming. They have helped North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs by providing management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most of our services are free of charge, and all are confidential. To learn more visit: http://www.sbtdc.org/

The SBA has approved the North Carolina Governor’s request for a disaster declaration, and you may begin the application process.  Applicants are encouraged to apply online:  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication

To learn how to navigate the new changes to the unemployment insurance system, see below:

 

To learn about financial resources available for businesses impacted by COVID-19, see below:

  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or call the SBA at 1‐800‐659‐2955.

To be among the first to know about future resources available for small businesses, see below:

  • Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 800.228.8443.
  • BLNC staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. There are Spanish-speaking counselors. BLNC may be experiencing a higher-than-normal call volume, and callers may be asked to leave a message.

 

HELP FOR SMALL & MEDIUM MANUFACTURERS

If you have a small to medium manufacturing business and need guidance, find help here: http://www.mfgfoundation.com/covid-19-guidance-resources-for-small-and-medium-manufacturers/

 

MOST RELIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

Look to the experts for guidance and facts on this pandemic. Reliable information is the best chance we have at informing the public and stopping the spread of this illness. These are THE FACTS, and below are the experts who are most informed on this issue:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS): https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

Durham County Department of Public Health: https://www.dcopublichealth.org/services/communicable-diseases/communicable-diseases/coronavirus-disease-2020