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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
  • Wake County Hotline for Business Owners: 919.856.7420*
    *Call this number for questions about the Wake County Proclamations 


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.


Wake County COVID-19 Updates

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.


Business Resources

US Small Business Administration Loans and Programs
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
Local US Small Business Administration: Local Assistance
Cherry Bekaert Shares IRS Filing and Payment Deadline FAQs: see here
Cherry Bekaert Webinar: Accounting Implications of COVID-19
Capitol Broadcasting Webinar Series: Here To Help – Local Business Virtual Conference Series
City of Raleigh Office of Economic Development and Innovation Webinar: Insights from Raleigh Businesses and Navigating the Loan Process
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
Raleigh Chamber - Congressman David Price and SBA District Director Thomas Stith to Discuss CARES Act: sign up for the webinar
Raleigh Chamber - FAQs for Employers about Accounting and Legal Issues: sign up for the webinar


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


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


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


Technology Services


  • Local entrepreneur Scot Wingo created a site to assist Raleigh’s elderly by matching them with volunteers willing to walk their dogs, deliver groceries, or otherwise help.
  • Activate Good Volunteer Opportunities: see here

Virtual Meeting

  • MeetingMaker: Local startup MeetingMaker enables easy, efficient, remote one-on-one meetings between managers and employees. Given the COVID-19 crisis and the surge in remote work, MeetingMaker is free for as long as social distancing is recommended. Host your first 1:1 meeting... for free!
  • Cisco: Cisco is offering free 90-day licenses for non-WebEx customers, and enhanced capabilities for existing (and new) WebEx users. Effective immediately, Cisco has expanded the capabilities on our free Webex offer in all countries where it is available, not only those impacted by COVID-19. Access resource here.

Educational Tools & Assistance

Cybersecurity Resources:

  • Trend Micro is offering your employees 6 months of free access to their consumer security product, Trend Micro™ Maximum Security, which they can install on their personal computers so they can work securely. Access resource here.
  • PC Matic: Offering free cybersecurity protection and remote management tools until June 30, 2020. Access resource here.


General Resources

Health Care Resources

UNC Health: Response Website - see here

  • Spanish Response Video - see here
    • UNC Health is currently developing additional printed resources in Burmese, Karen, Haitian and Arabic.

WakeMed: Response Website - see here
Duke Health: Response Website - see here
Duke Relief Fund for Students, Health Care Professionals and the Community of Durham: see here

Working from Home with Kids

Scholastic: Free materials Use code ‘TOGETHER’ for 90% off
Growga*: offering Free online streaming classes

  • Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 10am
  • *Chapel Hill-based kid’s yoga and mindfulness company


Recent News

Local Articles

NC Biotech Center: BioMedomics Seeks FDA OK for COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic and see here

NC Biotech Center: Medicago Vaccine Could Help Smoke Out Coronavirus

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

WRAL: WRAL Shares How You Can Support Small Businesses in the Triangle

Raleigh Convergence: Raleigh Convergence Shares Tips & Job Resources

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

Downtown Raleigh Alliance: Where to Shop in Downtown Raleigh

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

Raleigh Convergence: How to help as coronavirus caution affects our neighbors

Visit Raleigh Insider Blog: 150 Ways to Support Local Businesses in Raleigh, N.C., by Shopping Online