Small Business Center - Special Update
May 19, 2020
Hello Valued SBC Participant

We hope your week is off to a good start. We anticipate moving into Phase 2 of Governor Cooper's Re-opening Plan starting this Friday, May 22. Highlights:

  • Lifting of stay-at-home order. Vulnerable populations encouraged to stay at home.
  • Opening (limited) of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, personal care services (barbers, hair stylists, etc.), and other businesses that can follow safe practices. Reduced operating capacity is possible.
  • Opening of houses of worship and entertainment at reduced capacity.
  • Opening of public playgrounds.
  • Nursing homes and related businesses will be under rigorous restrictions.

Are your marketing, customer care, operations and financial plans in place for scaling up your business in the post-Covid era? Take advantage of webinars or one-on-one assistance .

We also ask you to share this email with anyone who could benefit from the information, resources and support.

Thank you! All the Best, deborah .

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Latest Small Business COVID-19 News

In case you missed this, our recent updates. ( Note: Some info may have changed/expired.)

  • SBC Special Update – May 11, 2020. Phase 1 info, Re-opening guidelines, Legal resources, free Ed2Go classes, webinars, grants…Lots to READ/SHARE >
  • SBC Special Update – May 4, 2020. SBA EIDL for Agribusiness, NC Governor’s $1.5 billion relief, webinars, grants and more… READ/SHARE >

Online Learning & Networking to Help Your Small Business


SBA Regional Administrator Ashley D. Bell & Rapper, Entrepreneur Tip "T.I." Harris Reach 100,000 Minority Entrepreneurs to Talk about COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
Wed 5/20 6:00 p.m.
Or Call 833-380-0652

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Social Media Posts
In partnership with Havelock Chamber
Thu 5/28 12-2 p.m.

Webinar: Financing Your Small Business
Tue 6/2 6-8 p.m.

Webinar: You Can Make A Living at That? Parts 1 & 2
The ULTIMATE Guide to Thinking big for your Small Business
Free book and workbook! Limited to 15 committed participants
Please decide quickly so we can mail your book to you. Thanks!

Webinar: Finance Essentials for Entrepreneurs
Tue 6/9 6-8 p.m.

Virtual Roundtable: Post Pandemic Success
Wed 6/10 Noon-1:30 p.m.

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Marketing’s 4 Ps
With the Havelock Chamber
Thu 6/11 12-2 p.m.

NC DOR Tax Seminars ( Now through June 2 ) – Great opportunity to get Covid-19 and general business tax information through North Carolina Department of Revenue webinars. SIGN UP >


"What farmers need to know about PPP and EIDL" for farmers/agribusiness that may be helpful. WATCH: Please pass along to others who may benefit. Thanks!

See the MANY online webinars, across our network, on a variety of topics to help your business NOW and in the future:
New! More counseling help is on its way!

Thanks for everyone's patience as we have fielded many more requests than our typical capacity and under challenging work schedule/location.

But, more help is on the way! Stay tuned for news about an increase in counseling availability starting June 1st!

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FREE Ed2Go Online Courses

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Jump on this opportunity to learn ( by June 30 ): Creating WordPress Websites, Managing Customer Service, Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring ...and other personal, professional and business development courses.

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From our families to yours, we wish you health and happiness during this crisis

Deborah Kania

Christina Bowman-Murray
Thank you for looking to the SBC for your small business needs!