The Matthews Chamber of Commerce is committed to being a go-to resource for our business community during the Covid-19 Response and beyond. We’ll present information you can trust on this website, and we’ll present regional experts in virtual meetings – all designed to help you build business success. Check back to this page often for updated information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In for updates. And email us if you have suggestions or need additional information on any business-related topic.

May 20, 2020

Sources for Your Smart Restart Supplies

UPDATED June 2, 2020 — As you prepare your business to re-open or slowly expand its operations, these vendors are working to provide the supplies and information you need to protect your employees and your customers. If you are a vendor who should be on this list, let us know!  Personal Protective Equipment  Brand RPM (Matthews Chamber member): Masks, Thermometers, Gloves, Hand Sanitizer Carolina Textile District (Morganton, NC): Masks, Gowns Hydromer (Concord, NC):  Hand Sanitizer Mammoth Machine + Design (Huntersville, NC): Hand Sanitizer Melaleuca (Matthews Chamber member): Plant-Based Hand Sanitizer, Hand-sanitizing wipes NC Restaurant & Lodging Association: Masks, Gloves, Hand […]
May 8, 2020

Smart Restart: Your Playbook for Recovery Success

Download your free copy of Matthews Chamber’s Smart Restart. This Recovery Success Playbook outlines industry-by-industry best practices for safe and successful re-opening as we lift Stay-at-Home restrictions. This information, gleaned from industry associations and experts, was compiled by chambers of commerce across the country to give America’s business owners timely guidance on the smart safety measures to take to assure quick economic recovery success. Many thanks to the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for their leadership role in creating a template for North Carolina’s Chambers. Download your free copy  
April 9, 2020

Matthews Businesses Eligible for Meck County Loans

UPDATED: Mecklenburg County has created a COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Stabilization Loan Fund and a Micro Business Stabilization Fund. The funds are made possible by the County’s partnerships with Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Centralina Council of Governments. Funds will be distributed to qualifying small businesses and micro businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application process for both funds will be simple and quick, with disbursements available within 10 days of a completed application. COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Stabilization Loan Fund The County has committed $5,000,000 for this fund. Small businesses (up to 50 employees) located in Mecklenburg […]
April 8, 2020

A Primer on the Paycheck Protection Program

UPDATED April 16, 2020 — In early April, Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), providing for $349 billion in forgivable loans designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it had approved 1,661,397 loans, exhausting the program’s allotted funds. It can’t accept or approve new applications unless Congress signs off on additional funding, which at this point seems unlikely before early May.  If your loan application has been approved, your money is likely on the way: Lenders are required by the Treasury Department to […]
March 24, 2020

Governor Cooper Pauses in “Phase 3”

UPDATED November 10th, 2020 – Governor Roy Cooper announced in a press conference that North Carolina will remain “Paused” in Phase 3 for the next three weeks. North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases in recent weeks. Governor Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic. For FAQ regarding the latest Executive Order, Click Here. The following Phase 3 restrictions have been lowered:  North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit will be lowered to 10 people in an effort to drive down key COVID-19 metrics (The […]
March 24, 2020

Small Businesses Can Apply for Loans from Golden LEAF Foundation

UPDATED May 4, 2020 — Yesterday, the North Carolina Legislature finalized a relief package to address the Covid-19 pandemic in North Carolina, which included $125 million to expand a low-cost small-business loan fund run by the Golden LEAF Foundation. The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover. Who is eligible? Applicants must be a North Carolina small business affected by […]
March 23, 2020

News You Can Use

UPDATED May 27, 2020 — The Matthews Chamber of Commerce has compiled this list of resources for businesses looking for Quick Links to valuable information. Check back often for updates – and send us your recommendations for pages to add! NC Moves into “Phase 2” of Covid Recovery Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order on May 20 that will move into “Safer At Home Phase 2” on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. Read Executive Order No. 141. After two weeks in Phase 1, the state’s key COVID-19 indicators remain stable, but daily increases in case-counts signal a need […]
March 20, 2020

Tax Deadlines Postponed

UPDATED March 31, 2020 — The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. Corporate taxpayers are allowed a similar deferral of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. “Americans should file their tax returns by April 15 because many will receive a refund. […]
March 20, 2020

Now Easier to Qualify for Unemployment Benefits

If you’ve had to lay-off staff because of the COVID-19 public-pause, there’s some help available for your former employees. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a March 17th Executive Order that makes it easier to qualify for unemployment benefits. You can read the full order here, but some of the changes the Order creates: It removes the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment payment for those workers who lose their jobs; It removes the requirement that a person must be actively looking for another job during this time when many potential employers are closed and social distancing guidelines are […]
November 4, 2020

Matthews CARES Act Funding Relief Program Round II

The Town of Matthews has announced Round II of Matthews CARES Act Funding Relief. This grant program was created to encourage and support the Matthews community as it responds to the unique set of challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. The first round of funding included small business and non-profit organizations, while Round II is for businesses only.  The program will provide one-time reimbursable grants of up to $10,000 to help offset the impacts of this pandemic. The source of funding for this grant program is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal stimulus package.  Businesses […]
October 9, 2020

Matthews Announces Grant Program for Small Businesses & Non-Profits

Matthews, NC – The Town of Matthews today announced a new grant program to help small businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Matthews CARES Act Funding Relief Program will provide one-time reimbursable grants of up to $10,000 to help offset the impacts of the pandemic. The source of funding for this grant program is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal stimulus package. Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria may apply for up to $10,000 in reimbursement funds via the grant application. All funds must be spent and receipts submitted by December 18, […]
October 2, 2020

NEW MEMBER: Silver Psychiatric Services

Silver Psychicatric Services Dr. Randie Schacter, DO , is our newest Matthews Chamber Member! Dr. Schacter has operated her private practice in Matthews since 2010. As a board-certified doctor by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, she helps patients from childhood through adulthood. Dr. Schacter is also a believer in the power of mindfulness and using art as a stress reduction therapy. She is passionate about pottery and has been practicing the technique for over ten years. Keep on the look out for her passion project of offering Mindfulness and […]
October 2, 2020

ArtWalk Artist: Clean Line Soap Company

Jessica has been making soap for nearly a decade, since buying a handmade bar in a shop in Brevard, NC and being amazed at the quality over commercial soaps. She immediately fell in love with the science and artistry of the craft, and spent two years perfecting her recipes before creating Clean Line Soap, and including other products.
October 2, 2020

ArtWalk Artist: Creative Bee Jewelry

Hi! I’m Elesha, owner of Creative Bee Jewelry. I have been making jewelry for over 10 years but recently found a love of polymer clay. I love mixing my clay pieces with other materials such as brass, leather, cork and vintage pieces as well. Quarantine finally gave me the time I needed to start my Etsy shop. I live in Charlotte and am so happy to be included in this virtual art walk.
October 1, 2020

ArtWalk Artist: Songbird Cabin Designs

Eileen Engel is the maker behind Songbird Cabin Designs. Her jewelry is deeply influenced by her love of the Southwest as well as the lush green woods here in NC. Songbird Cabin Designs is named for her first home in Waxhaw~a little log cabin that was tucked into the woods which provided endless inspiration via the light through the trees, the full moon over mighty oaks, the abundant flowers of spring and summer, the breathtaking colors of the autumn leaves, the birds and the bugs and the tiniest of acorns adorning the path through the woods. Thank you for your […]
October 1, 2020

ArtWalk Artist: Robyn Moore Arts

Hello and thank you for visiting Robyn Moore Arts, a Charlotte based business. My Home Collection is a collection of functional art created items for use around the home. Cheeseboards, Coasters, Lazy Susans, Trays, etc. My artistry evolved from a love of color. As a self-taught artist, my curiosity and fearless approach unearthed a passion that colors my life with pure joy and freedom. My style is ever-changing and evolving. I draw inspiration from my emotions, my family, travels and nature. I love creating art with an array of vivid colors that enables thought to mind, soul, and heart.
October 1, 2020

ArtWalk Artist: Bows and Such by Amelia

My name is Ana and I’m a girl and dog mom. Fast facts about me, I love to bake, knit and crochet. I almost opened a bakery but life has other plans. My obsession about bows and headbands began immediately upon learning we were having our little girl, Amelia. She has been our greatest blessing and everything! Each and every item is inspired by my precious little girl. Hoping to spread the same love and happiness we get by wearing these bows and headbands. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy!
October 1, 2020

ArtWalk Artist: Specialty Wood Designs

We make handcrafted, one of a kind wood products and gifts in our shop located in Charlotte, NC. Although we specialize in kitchen products such as cutting boards and lazy susans, we also make many other useful and artistic items for the home. Custom orders are welcome! Contact us and let us create something special for you.