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COVID-19 Resources

The well-being of our community and businesses is a priority for us at the Raleigh Chamber and Wake County Economic Development. We’ve been monitoring the situation and collecting information about how to manage the risks.

Below is an evolving list of articles and resources to help navigate through this challenging time. If you have a resources to share, please email

Direct Contact Information

  • Wake County COVID-19: Email
  • Wake County Public Health Hotline: 919.856.7044 (Multiple languages available)
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline: 866.462.3821
  • To donate cleaning and healthcare supplies: email and 919-856-6946


Raleigh Chamber Rapid Response Website

In partnership with the Raleigh Chamber, a Rapid Response website has been created to serve as a central location for helpful information and resources. The site also features an email form for questions. The form will be shared with our rapid response team and you’ll receive a response quickly. We encourage you to visit the site.


Updates from Governor Cooper

Governor Cooper’s Phase 2 FAQs

NCDHHS COVID-19 Guidance for Phase 2

Learn about the Three Phases of Governor Cooper’s Plan to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions


Wake County COVID-19 Updates

As of: Friday, May 1, 2020
Guidance for Businesses
Wake County FAQs

As of: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
News Release: Wake County to Follow Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order Starting May 1

As of: Friday, April 24, 2020
Wake County Public School System: All schools closed for the remainder of the school year

As of: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Wake County Extends Stay-At-Home Order To Protect Residents From COVID-19

Updated April 9: Wake County COVID-19 Information and Resources Guide

As of: Friday, March 27, 2020
Wake County: Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 with Data

As of: Thursday, March 26, 2020
New Release: Wake County Issues Stay-at-Home Proclamation to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Proclamation of Emergency Restrictions 
Guidance for Wake County Businesses
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 in Wake County
Wake County Hotline for Business Owners: 919.856.7420

As of: Sunday, March 22, 2020
News Release: Wake County Issues New Restrictions to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Proclamation of Emergency Restrictions
Restrictions FAQs

For additional information, please visit Wake County's COVID-19 web page.


Wake Forward Small Business Loan Program

The Wake County Wake Forward program will provide loans to small businesses and sole proprietors that have lost revenue due to COVID-19. The small business loan program allocates $5 million in total to support small businesses in Wake County, with $1 million of that funding set aside for sole proprietor businesses. Businesses must be located in Wake County. To learn more about the program, you can watch this video and apply here


Raleigh Small Business COVID-19 Support Fund

The City of Raleigh government has partnered with Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) and Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) to provide grant funds for qualifying small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. To learn more about the grant funds, you can visit the CSBDF website.


Work in the Triangle

The new COVID-19 resources page on the Work in the Triangle website features unemployment information, staffing firms to help you find employment, national and local organizations hiring across the Triangle, immediate job openings, and local business support. Looking for a job? Check out @WorkTriangle NC on Twitter.


Reopening & Recovery Resources

NC Department of Health and Human Services
Guidelines for Conducting Business: see here

NC Manufacturing Reopening Resources: see here

CDC & OSHA Guidelines

Resources for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Ventilation: see here
North Carolina’s PPE Supply Connector: see here

NC Restaurant & Lodging
Count on Me NC, a public health initiative: see here
Visit Raleigh Tourism COVID-19 Guidelines: see here

Reopening Insights
McKinsey’s Implications for Business: see here
JLL’s Guide to Returning to Work: see here
Deloitte: The essence of resilient leadership: Business recovery from COVID-19
U.S. Travel Association: see here


Business Resources

US Small Business Administration Loans and Programs
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center & Wake Tech Small Business Center: COVID-19 Small Business Resources Webinar (April 15)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center & Wake Tech Small Business Center: Operation Hope: Credit & Money Management (April 16)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center & Wake Tech Small Business Center: Financial Freedom w/Lady Bizness (April 23)
US Small Business Administration: Guidance for Small Businesses
US Small Business Administration: Grant Information
US Small Business Administration: COVID-19 Small Business Loans and Information
US Small Business Administration: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
US Small Business Administration: 3 Step Process to Apply for Disaster Loans
US Small Business Administration: Lenders Serving North Carolina
US Small Business Administration: Loan Overview and Comparison
US Small Business Adminstration: Loan Options
Local US Small Business Administration: Local Assistance
Cherry Bekaert Shares IRS Filing and Payment Deadline FAQs: see here
Cherry Bekaert: Sales and Use Tax Extension Information & Income Tax Filing Due Dates
Capitol Broadcasting Webinar Series: Here To Help – Local Business Virtual Conference Series
Google Resources for Small Businesses: Google Ad Credits
NC Small Business and Technology Development Center: COVID-19 Resources
US Chamber of Commerce: Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
Yelp Support: Free Advertising Help
The Red Backpack Fund: Elevating Female Entrepreneurs  
Recorded Webinar: Dr. Michael Walden Covers Coronavirus and the Economy
Recorded Webinar: Town Hall Meeting with N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore


General Business and Small Business Resources


Industry Resources

  • COVID-19 Guidance & Resources for Small & Medium Manufacturers: see here
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Essential Worker Information
  • EDPNC Resource List for Businesses Pivoting to PPE Manufacturing: see here
  • IHS Markit COVID-19 Business Blogs and Commentary: see here
  • IHS Markit Webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 on Shipping and Trade: see here
  • Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Powering Through a Pandemic - COVID-19, Economic Uncertainty, and Impact to the Global Energy Sector: sign up for the webinar
  • Economic Modeling Specialists International COVID-19 Resources: see here
  • Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) Job’s Dashboard: see here
  • NC State Industry Expansion Solutions - NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership Survey
  • NC State Manufacturing COVID-19 Resources: see here


Business Operations Information


Local & National General Resources

World Health Organization Myth Busters
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Frequently Asked Questions
World Health Organization
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Wake County Frequently Asked Questions


Wake County Municipality Resources


Education Resources


Retail and Restaurant Resources

Durham Delivery & Curbside: see here
Raleigh Delivery & Curbside: see here and here
National Restaurant Association: see here
Visit Raleigh:  150 Ways to Support Local Businesses in Raleigh, N.C., by Shopping Online
NC Restaurant & Lodging Association COVID-19 Resources: see here
Offline Raleigh Durham: Real-time updates on local business hours & operations: see here
Downtown Raleigh Alliance- Where to Order Takeout/Delivery: see here
Cameron Village: see here
North Hills/Midtown: see here
Food Trucks Serving the Triangle during COVID-19: see here
Boxyard RTP Tenants - Curbside Pickup/Delivery: see here
North Carolina Healthcare Association COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Meal Fund: see here
NCSU Food Safety Extension: see guidance here
Town of Cary: COVID-19 Business Support Form
Shop Local Raleigh: COVID-19 Resource Page
Visit Raleigh: COVID-19 Resources


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WRAL Techwire: Open Jobs in the Triangle

Pepsi Bottling Ventures Making Face Shields

Forbes: Federal, State and Local Coronavirus Small Business Assistance

WRAL Techwire: Amazon looks to hire another 75,000 – some jobs already being posted in NC

WRAL Techwire: Looking for work? Fidelity Investments looking to hire 2,000 – including 100 in Triangle 

Harvard Business Review: Ensure Your Customer Relationships Outlast Coronavirus

Harvard Business review: Coronavirus is Putting Corporate Social Responsibility to the Test 

TBJ: Essential or Non-essential Business?

WRAL: Where to find school meals

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NC Biotech Center: Heat Biologics, University of Miami Developing Quick Point-Of-Care COVID-19 Test

Fox Business: Cisco Committing $225M to Global Coronavirus Response

WRAL Techwire: UNC Health Deploys Coronavirus Test

News & Observer: An Air-Locked Lab at UNC is Leading Research on Cures for Coronavirus

WRAL Techwire: Duke joins first national effort to test potential COVID-19 therapy

NC Biotech Center: NCCU Awarded Grant to Help Detect Biological Threats at the Border

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Raleigh Convergence: Raleigh Convergence Shares Tips & Job Resources

Downtown Raleigh Alliance: 7 Ways to Support Downtown Raleigh Businesses Right Now

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Raleigh Chamber Blog: Coronavirus Information and Resources

Walk West Blog: A Crisis Communications Primer in these Uncertain Times

WRAL TechWire: Wingo’s advice to startups during virus crisis: Prepare for the worst, pray for the best

WRAL TechWire: David Gardner: The effects of the coronavirus on NC entrepreneurs and investors

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