Last week, we added some timely COVID-19 support/relief resources for local businesses that need a boost in the current economic environment. See the full list of COVID-related resources here. Here’s a quick summary:
- We added Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s Storefront Revitalization Grant program, which provides up to $5,000 in funding to downtown Raleigh-based businesses seeking funds to repair/rebuild their storefronts and pivot amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due on September 28.
- We also added the new deadline for the next round of NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loans, announced earlier this month. The program offers loans (up to $250,000) with no payments and .25% interest for 18 months. Available for qualifying NC small businesses and family farms. Applications for the next round are due on October 15.
- We added the NC Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) program, announced last week by the NC Department of Commerce. The MURR program offers up to $20,000 for businesses affected by the pandemic to offset fixed costs like rent, mortgage interests and utility bills. Applications will open soon. The Department of Commerce is hosting online info sessions on September 29 and October 2 to explain more about the program.
Separate from COVID-19 resources, we also updated the “more resources” section of the guide to include the NC Broadband Infrastructure Office’s OneMap tool, which offers insights on broadband service availability across the state. Companies and individuals can use these resources to find broadband service offerings in their area.
If we missed a resource that you think we should add to the Triangle Startup Guide, please don’t hesitate to submit it for inclusion. You can email me directly, tweet me @shannoncuthrell or use this contact form.