SANFORD – The Central Carolina Community College Small Business Centers, in response to business disruptions brought about by COVID-19, has implemented the Central Carolina Recovery Program for small businesses in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee Counties.

If your business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for free 1-on-1 virtual consulting with an expert to help your business not just survive during COVID-19, but to thrive moving forward.

“We are really excited about the potential for the Central Carolina Recovery Program,” said Jon Spoon, CCCC Small Business Centers Director. “These past few months have been truly unprecedented for our local business community. Many people are facing difficult choices that they had never anticipated.

“We really appreciate our Small Business Center Network leadership and the State of North Carolina for recognizing the need for more intensive small business support and allocating funding. This program will allow us to deliver targeted assistance for small businesses based on their particular needs. We have always provided business counseling, but the CCRP will enable us to connect business owners with the subject matter expertise they need to survive the crisis and come through it ready to thrive,” said Spoon.

These are some of the areas in which specialized expert help is available:

  • Selling online
  • Cost savings/streamlining
  • Social media
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting assistance and training
  • Business startup process (New business)
  • Using online platforms for training / service offerings
  • Technology consulting
  • Legal assistance
  • Customer retention
  • Marketing plan development
  • Complying with SBA funding requirements (for those who have received PPP funding and want to maximize loan forgiveness)

Funding is limited for this program. Apply now at

Those who have questions can email to:

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