Updated: 5.15.2020 at 11:20 a.m.

The Chatham EDC, with support from partners at the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, is compiling resources and advice for businesses amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This page will be updated as resources become available.

Reopening Your Business

The Chatham EDC worked with our local partners to create a resource to provide businesses with the best-known guidance to ensure consumer confidence, promote community health, and protect you and your employees as your reopen your business in the age of COVID-19. The guide can be found at reopeninghelp.com

Access to Capital

In addition to your traditional sources of capital, these resources may be of interest:


Preparing for every scenario will ease transitions.

  • Practice good hygiene to keep customers and employees comfortable.
  • Prepare for disruption of services, including scenarios with mandated closure. What does 60% operation look like? 20% staffing? Temporarily closing?
  • The Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence has COVID-19 resources for small and medium manufacturers.
  • Prepare your supply chain. Register on Manufactured NC to localize your supply chain.
  • EDPNC has guidance for manufacturers who can pivot to making critical medical equipment and supplies.
  • Check your insurance to understand coverage.


  • Staffing: Continue to refine your contingency plans for varying levels of customers, revenue and staff availability. Check, modify, and communicate HR policies regarding remote working, sick-leave, and compensation during health crisis.
  • Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences. Where relevant, consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time. Create and test remote employee collaboration systems.
  • Reduction of Workforce: NCWorks.gov can assist businesses with closing, layoffs and layoff aversions and provide information for employees on how to file for unemployment insurance and apply for job opportunities.
    • Contact information: Malinda Marsh, Manager, NCWorks Chatham County,  984-484-8496, 919-545-8058, 919-214-2902 (mobile) or mmarsh@cccc.edu.  
  • Due to COVID-19, there are changes in North Carolina unemployment insurance program.

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