Business Resources During COVID-19
While concern for safety, job security, and schooling increase, FCEDC wants to ensure Cumberland County residents are aware of the community’s efforts surrounding COVID-19. Below, you’ll find business relief resources, potential job opportunities, and information on how our community is taking action during this time of uncertainty. Stay connected during other county and state happenings by following our team on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Economic Impact Survey:
In March 2020, a group of community partners, known as FC Comeback Team, released a survey to collect economic data during COVID-19 on Cumberland County’s business community. A second survey has been released to inform the team of the progress and recovery efforts for a variety of business sectors.
Below is the latest survey report that the FC Comeback Team released in March.
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina distributed business-relief information for industries that are struggling as COVID-19 spreads. Below, you will find resources that may be helpful to you if your business is experiencing any losses during this time.
Supply Chain Disruptions:
- This database of North Carolina suppliers will assist in localizing your supply chain for everything made in our state.
- Register your business with ManufacturedNC if you are a North Carolina Manufacturer
Small Business Information and Funding Resources:
The North Carolina Small Business Administration has disaster assistance loans available for owners that are economically struggling during COVID-19. To learn more and apply, call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 1-800-228-8443. You can also find Cumberland County and City of Fayetteville loan assistance programs below.
- EIDL Fact Sheet
- Three-Step Process: SBA Disaster Loans
- COVID-19 Business Relief Resources
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- Small Business Resource Page (Greater Fayetteville Chamber)
- Nonprofit Resources (Greater Fayetteville Chamber)
- CARES Act Snapshot
- CARES Act Brief
- Golden LEAF Rapid Recovery Loan Program
- Fayetteville Small Business Bridge Loan
- Cumberland County Small Business Resiliency Grant Program
- Carolina Community Impact, Inc.
- Carolina Small Business Development Fund
- N.C. Community Development Initiative
- Self-Help Credit Union
- Thread Capital
- U.S. Small Business Administration
Business Counseling Services:
- Business Edge Services
- Small Business and Technology Development Center
- Small Business Center Network
- HR Resources (Greater Fayetteville Chamber)
- Insurance Information (Greater Fayetteville Chamber)
Unemployment Insurance Claims:
Other Government Resources:
- COVID-19 Recommendations for Businesses and Employers (NCDHHS)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC)
- Interactive Map and Local Resources (NCDHHS)
- Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Other Community Resources:
- City of Fayetteville (City Information)
- Cumberland County (County Information)
- Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (Small Businesses)
- Cool Spring Downtown District (Public & Small Businesses in Downtown Fayetteville)
- Cumberland Community Foundation (Nonprofits)
- Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Residents & Visitors)
- Greater Fayetteville Chamber (Chamber Members)
- Cumberland County Schools 24/7 Student Service Hotline
- Cumberland County Schools Curbside Meal Pick-Up
We understand the stress of unemployment due to times in crisis. To learn about applying for unemployment benefits, please visit the Cool Spring Downtown District page.
For displaced employees in the food industry due to COVID-19, many restaurants are staying open for drive-thru services. Signing up for delivery services like Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub are great options to stay employed within the community.