SBA and Federal Relief Packages Help Filling Out SBA Loan Local and State Government Funding Banks Grants and Loans
SBA and Federal Relief Packages
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended and expanded assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 This includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief, and Employee Retention Credit.
SBA North Carolina District, located in Charlotte, and its three satellite offices are responsible for the delivery of SBA programs in the state. Raleigh is represented by the SBA Triangle North Carolina Office – Raleigh and our representative is Patrick Rodriguez, SBA Senior Area Manager. His phone number is 919-532-5525.
SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021.
Help Filling Out SBA Loan
The SBA loan process can be daunting. Fortunately, there are several local organizations equipped to assist business owners in completing the application.
Business Link North Carolina (BLNC)
Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) is a free service for small businesses in North Carolina. Working in partnership with the NC Department of Commerce, BLNC offers one-on-one phone consultations with small business owners.
Reach a BLNC business counselor Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., at 800-228-8443 or contact them online. All inquiries will receive a response from a confidential business counselor within three (3) business days. “Se Habla Español.”
Small Business Center
Representatives for the Small Business Center are available to provide counseling to existing business owners and to those who want to start a business. The Small Business Center also provides free educational workshops that cover common topics of starting and growing a business.
Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
SBTDC prepares businesses and helps them recover from disasters and is committed to providing businesses with guidance to help them manage during this crisis. Learn more
CAUTION: In unsettled times of crisis, it is not uncommon for business owners to encounter questionable SBA loan assistance offers from unfamiliar sources. Some offers can turn out to be expensive, and others outright fraudulent, including ID theft. It would be prudent to at least check with one of the free resources listed above if you have any questions about any potential “offers,” especially if they seem too good to be true
Local and State Government Funding
We understand that many businesses are seeking financial support as the pandemic continues to impact revenue and operations. This section will be updated as additional funding resources become available.
To support minority entrepreneurs and low-to-moderate income communities and individuals, NC Rural Center and Truist Bank announced a new $40 million nonprofit fund called CornerSquare Community Capital. All of the funding will be allocated to racially and ethnically diverse small business owners, women, and individuals in low- and moderate-income communities, with a focus on African American-owned small businesses.
North Carolina banks associated with SBA lending are listed can be found on the SBA website.
For traditional loans, many area banks are working with borrowers to provide flexible loan payment solutions. Please contact your bank for more information.
Grants and Loans
- Duke Energy Revitalization Micro-Grant is offering up to $25k to small businesses. The grant application is open now through May 31. Grant decisions will be announced in August. new!
- Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate through their Boost Small Business Grants Program
- Google is offering $800M in support for small businesses, health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic.
- Crowdfunded Small Business Loan Relief from Honeycomb Credit
- The James Beard Foundation has launched the Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
- Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) provides resources for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 Emergency including relief funds for restaurant workers
- One Fair Wage (OFW) has launched an Emergency Fund for tipped works