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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for South Carolina small businesses suffering substantial economic injury resulting from COVID-19. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of S.C. Learn more here.

ANY BUSINESS WITH LESS THAN 500 EMPLOYEES QUALIFIES AS A SMALL BUSINESS.

Visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela for an application or call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information. The deadline to return Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications is December 21, 2020.

INFORMATION - SMALL BUSINESS

Small Business Response Resources

  • The Downtown Development Office has put together a list of ways you can respond to this crisis. Learn more.
  • South Carolina Dept. of Commerce and South Carolina Emergency Management: Click here.
  • South Carolina DHEC Information: Click here.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information: Click here.
  • US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response: Click here.
  • US Dept. of Labor COVID-19 Resources: Click here.
  • National Federation for Independent Businesses COVID-19 Resources: Click here.
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Resources: Click here.
  • Google for Small Business Resources: Click here.
  • Crisis Communications Planning Checklist: Click here.
  • Institute for Self Reliance Tip Sheet: Click here.
  • US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Resilience Resources: Click here.
  • South Carolina Dept. of Revenue Tax Information: Click here.
  • Small Business Mental Health Tip Sheet: Click here.

Restaurant Information

  • SC DHEC Food Service Restrictions: Click here.
  • Municipal Assoc. of South Carolina Restaurant Safety Enforcement Information: Click here.
  • South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Unemployment Assistance: Click here.
  • To-go/curbside operations guide: Click here.
  • To-go/curbside operations guide (Español): Click here.
  • James Beard Foundation Resources: Click here.
  • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Click here.
  • Relief Fund Information from Eater.com: Click here.

Retail Information

Information - Local

  • United Way 211 Help Starts Here flyer. (download)
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) – ES24 List Serve South Carolina Business and Industry may be added to the ES24 List Serve and receive the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. To be added to the list, send an email to esf24@emd.sc.gov with your company name, contact name(s), county, contact email address and phone number.
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) – Mobile Apps Emergency mobile apps available to the public.
  • The State newspaper - Live Coverage – real time coronavirus information free to the public.
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) – Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center – Specific resources for business and industry during emergencies and includes specific information on preparing your business for COVID-19.
  • South Carolina Department of Commerce – COVID-19 Business Resource Center – One stop for business and industry information during the COVID-19 pandemic including links to information on unemployment benefits, business interruption insurance coverage and virtual health visits.
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce – COVID-19 Resources – Business and industry resources and guidelines available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The SC Chamber is the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers.
  • The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina – Coronavirus & Your Electric Bill – The statewide service and trade association for electric cooperatives in South Carolina provides general information on the coronavirus and your electric bill along with a link to take you to your specific serving cooperative.

Information – National

  • National Association of Manufacturers – Coronavirus Resources – One stop source of coronavirus resources for manufacturers.
  • Restore Your Economy – Funded by the US Economic Development Association (EDA) and managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), provides information and best practices for public and private stakeholders on aiding local.
  • Department of Homeland Security – Business & Community Disaster Recovery – One stop for disaster recovery resources with multiple federal agencies and associated services.
  • Government Relief For Small Business
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