COVID-19 Business Resources

UPDATED 8/5/20

The Nash County Economic Development Department is committed to providing resources and advice for the business community amid this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. We would also like to recognize to additional community partners; Nash Community College Small Business Center and the The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce for additional resource and opportunity’s to assist. 

This list will be updated frequently over the coming months to provide our businesses with the timeliest information available.

The Economic Development Department Office is open and fully operational to meet the needs of our businesses. If you have any questions or need any assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 252-462-2027

If you need additional information or resources please email us at

NEW Guidance from Dept of Employment Security on Federal Unemployment Assistance due to COVID 

Stay Ahead of the Curve

North Carolina is taking a three-phased approach to lift restrictions in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. North Carolina moved into Phase 1 May 8, 2020. Phase 2 began at 5:00 pm Friday, May 22.

staying ahead of the curve

Guidance on the requirements and recommendations for each phase

Click here for frequently asked questions

FAQ for Phase 2 (UPDATED FAQs 6/26/20)

Count On Me NC

Financial Resources (UPDATED 7/28/20)

Nash County Non-Profit Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) - Updated 8/5/20

New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (UPDATED 6/18/20)

Borrower-friendly PPP loan forgiveness application. New EZ version of the forgiveness application applies to borrowers that: are self-employed and have no employees; OR did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number of hours of their employees; OR experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

The Small Business Administration (US SBA) has authorized North Carolina as a designated state for access to Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL’s) for local small businesses. 

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to all eligible small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 (UPDATED 6/16/20)

SBA Triangle Area (Raleigh)
Senior Area Manager
Patrick Rodriguez
919-532-5525 or 202-741-7097

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

EDA CARES Act funds were appropriated under the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program. The EDA will accept applications for grants to support a wide variety of assistance including:

  • Planning and Technical Assistance
  • Capitalization and Recapitalization of Revolving Loan Funds, which provide access to capital for businesses
  • Construction of infrastructure and other economic development projects
  • Innovation grants

To learn more about EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, click here.

NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program was launched March 24, 2020 with an initial allocation of $15 million provided by the Golden LEAF Foundation. An additional $125 million has been appropriated to Golden LEAF for the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Program. 

To learn about the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program for eligible businesses and more available resources from Golden LEAF, click here.

Additional Resources

Click here for Coronavirus and USDA Assitance for Farmers

Current USDA flexibilities and programs for farmers and ranchers include: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Dumped Milk, Crop Insurance Flexibilities, Farm Loan Flexibilities, Commodity Loan Flexibilities, Crop Acreage Reporting, and Animal Mortality.

Site also details the SBA’s PPP and EIDL program available to agricultural producers and resources for conducting business online. 

Click here for North Carolina Business Relief Resources provided by EDPNC and other state partners.

Click here for Small Businesses Need Customers! Tips to Support the Local Economy provided by NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center

Click here for US Department of Commerce website Restore your Economy. RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts. It is managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and IEDC’s Economic Development Research Partners program. 

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Nash County Business Retention COVID-19 Survey. Nash County believes each business is vital to the success in our local economy. We understand that the COVID 19 pandemic has increased undue hardships on area businesses and we want to know how we can help. We would like ask you to complete a brief 5 minute survey for us to better understand the needs of your business and your employees. This will allow us to provide you with the most appropriate resources.

Operational and Staffing Resources

Click here for the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

NC Works can assist businesses with closing and/or layoffs and provide information for employees on how to file for unemployment insurance and additional job opportunities that may be available within the community. Contact: Diane Thomas, Rocky Mount NC Works Office 252-977-3306

Unemployment options due to COVID-19- The Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security has been directed not to allocate charges to employers for individuals who are paid benefits due to the effects of COVID-19 outbreak. For additional information please click here. 

New COVID-19 web portal, with information from across State government, including public health, unemployment, parks, courts, state offices like DMV, and more. North Carolina COVID-19 Response: COVID-19 Information from Across State Government 

SUPPORT LOCAL- We ask that you continue to support local restaurants by participating in curb-side service. A complete list of county restaurants with "to-go" dining options can be found on the Explore Nash County website.

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