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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.

September 14, 2020

Apply Today for MeckCounty CARES Small Business Relief Grant

Thanks to CARES Act funding awarded to Mecklenburg County, applications are now being accepted for the MeckCounty CARES Small Business Relief Grant.  The grant can provide up to $25,000 for small businesses located in the six towns or unincorporated areas of the County whose businesses have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.   In order to apply – Small Businesses must:  Have 50 employees or less  Be in one of the six towns or unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County    Registered with the NC Secretary of State prior to Jan. 1, 2020  Demonstrate that business was adversely impacted by COVID-19   The funds may be used for […]
August 14, 2020
NC's Job Retention Grant Program

NC Offers New Job Retention Grants – Sep 1 Deadline

Your business or nonprofit organization may be eligible for a grant from the NC Department of Commerce’s new Job Retention program, if you’ve experienced interruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Your organization may qualify to receive these grant funds if: You employ in North Carolina at least 90% of the number of full-time employees during the COVID-19 period (March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020) as you employed in North Carolina for the pay period ending on or about February 28, 2020; You can demonstrate that you’ve experienced an economic loss because of the COVID-19 pandemic as follows: For […]
July 22, 2020
Town Bans Late-Night Alcohol Sales

UPDATE: Governor Extends Ban on Alcohol Sales After 11 PM

UPDATED AUGUST 31, 2020 – Today Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 162, extending the July 23 ban on alcohol sales after 11 pm until Friday, October 2, 2020. “North Carolina has made good progress stabilizing our COVID-19 numbers, and this order will help us continue it,” said Governor Cooper. “Now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat this pandemic.” The order’s restrictions apply to the unincorporated parts of Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte, and the towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, and Davidson. Violators of the county order could be charged […]
June 11, 2020
Sidewalk Dining

Town of Matthews Allows Temporary Outdoor Seating

The Town of Matthews has established guidelines to allow food and beverage establishments to add temporary outdoor seating areas. Restaurants and bars can take advantage of these temporary measures that allow increased outdoor seating while assuring safe social distancing. If you are interested in temporarily expanding your business’ outdoor seating, submit an application to the Town of Matthews Planning and Development Department for approval. Find the guidelines and application here. The resolution passed by the Matthews Town Board of Commissioners on June 8, 2020 allows for additional outdoor seating in one of the following circumstances. Businesses applying for temporary outdoor […]
May 20, 2020
Your Sources for PPE

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
Matthews Chamber Smart Restart

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
Downtown Matthews

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
Apply for Business Loans

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
Stay Safe - Wear A Mask

Governor Cooper Relaxes Restrictions, Announcing Phase “2.5”

UPDATED September 1, 2020 – Today Governor Roy Cooper announced that after a summer of hard work to slow the spread of COVID-19, North Carolina takes a modest step forward into what he calls “Phase 2.5.” Mask and social distancing mandates remain in place, but beginning this Friday, September 4th at 5pm the following less restrictive directives take effect throughout North Carolina: Mass gathering limits increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors (from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors); Playgrounds may open; Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity; Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, […]
August 26, 2020
ecomaids of Waxhaw-Matthews-Monroe

NEW MEMBER: ecomaids of Waxhaw-Matthews-Monroe

It started with mosquitos. After several years of working for a Fortune 100 company in the Charlotte area, Dan Williams (pictured above) started a methodical search for a franchise opportunity. Mosquito Hunters, a franchise offered by Happinest Brands, seemed perfect EXCEPT that mosquito abatement isn’t a year-round activity here. Dan liked what he was learning about Happinest though, and so he shifted his entrepreneurial gaze toward another of its brands: ecomaids. Today, Dan Williams has founded ecomaids of Waxhax-Matthews-Monroe and is one of the Matthews Chamber’s newest members. Welcome, Dan! Ecomaids offers eco-friendly cleaning services. Their products never contain harsh […]
August 21, 2020
Jason Bernd, President, Novant Health Matthews

Novant Health Matthews Welcomes New President

Novant Health has named Jason Bernd as president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, taking on the role of recently retired Roland Bibeau. In this role, Bernd leads hospital operations. Bernd has been with Novant Health since 2006 and has held a variety of positions, most recently serving as president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Under his leadership, Novant Health opened its new state-of-the-art orthopedic hospital in 2017 and new ambulatory surgery center in 2018. Read the full press release on the Novant website. Bernd has a bachelor’s degree in chemical […]
August 14, 2020
NC's Job Retention Grant Program

NC Offers New Job Retention Grants – Sep 1 Deadline

Your business or nonprofit organization may be eligible for a grant from the NC Department of Commerce’s new Job Retention program, if you’ve experienced interruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Your organization may qualify to receive these grant funds if: You employ in North Carolina at least 90% of the number of full-time employees during the COVID-19 period (March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020) as you employed in North Carolina for the pay period ending on or about February 28, 2020; You can demonstrate that you’ve experienced an economic loss because of the COVID-19 pandemic as follows: For […]
August 14, 2020
Matthews Chamber Executive Director Jessica Tullar

Meet the Chamber’s New Executive Director

The Matthews Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Jessica Tullar, the organization’s new Executive Director. Jessica brings 16+ years of non-profit experience to her role with the Chamber, most recently serving as the manager of Discovery Place, Inc.’s Rockingham location. She worked for Discovery Place for nine years, first as a creative play professional and then a program coordinator, before she was promoted to manager. Prior to Discovery Place, Jessia spent seven years as the education coordinator for a New York museum. In addition to dual undergraduate degrees in Communications and Dance from SUNY Brockport, Jessica […]
July 28, 2020
Central Bark's Jennifer Adams and Annabelle

NEW MEMBER: Central Bark

Matthews Chamber’s newest member, Jennifer Adams, is opening her new Central Bark doggy daycare on Monroe Road to solve her own problem. Where could she take her 7 year-old Boxer, Annabelle, for socialization – without over-stimulating her? This balance, between play and rest, is at the heart of Central Bark’s “whole dog care” philosophy. Central Bark addresses the physical, mental, and emotional health of dogs through Small Group Play: Central Bark’s dog-to-handler ratio is 12:1. Throughout the day, dogs enjoy alternating play and rest periods. Every dog receives Rest Enrichment to promote calm rest and positive associations with the crate. […]
July 22, 2020
Town Bans Late-Night Alcohol Sales

UPDATE: Governor Extends Ban on Alcohol Sales After 11 PM

UPDATED AUGUST 31, 2020 – Today Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 162, extending the July 23 ban on alcohol sales after 11 pm until Friday, October 2, 2020. “North Carolina has made good progress stabilizing our COVID-19 numbers, and this order will help us continue it,” said Governor Cooper. “Now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat this pandemic.” The order’s restrictions apply to the unincorporated parts of Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte, and the towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, and Davidson. Violators of the county order could be charged […]
July 5, 2020
Alex Sequina, Shine of Charlotte

NEW MEMBER: Shine of Charlotte

Former beer brewer Alex Sequina (pronounce that suh-KEY-nuh) was looking for a new line of work – one that would be more conducive to family life, now that he and his wife had a baby. His step-dad, a serial business-owner, suggested franchising. Alex started researching, and last March, he inked a deal to become North Carolina’s second Shine franchisee. Shine of Charlotte brings the sparkle to window cleaning, gutter cleaning, washing roofs, patios, decks, siding, and driveways. In the holiday season, SHINE brings electric sparkle to its clients by hanging their holiday lighting. SHINE operates throughout the Charlotte area, including […]
July 2, 2020
Adam Sellars with Keller Williams Select

NEW MEMBER: Adam Sellars with Keller Williams SELECT

Shelby native Adam Sellars loves Matthews. He’s a residential realtor with Keller Williams SELECT, and a new member here at Matthews Chamber. When you meet him, he may tell you stories about how much he loves Keller Williams for its focus on family and community involvement. But he’s more likely to go straight to the family stories: The families here in Matthews he’s served and helped protect through the home-buying process; His regular 6-mile bike rides to C.O.S. Kids – the Matthews mainstay that loves and cares for 2-year-old daughter Hudsyn; The Santa suit his grandmother made for his grandfather, […]
July 1, 2020
Transformation Coach Pat Roque

3 Secrets to Crush Coronavirus Career Chaos

Monday, July 6, 2020 5 – 6 PM, ET REGISTER HERE Matthews Chamber of Commerce recently presented Transformation Coach Pat Roque discussing “Your Network is your Networth.” Now Pat is offering Chamber members access to another of her career-boosting live training webinars: 3 Secrets to Crush Coronavirus Career Chaos! Do you know someone who says that they feel stuck in their career? Are you struggling with what your next move should be? Some would encourage you to hunker down and wait for the pandemic to blow over. #TRUTHBOMB: that’s a TERRIBLE IDEA!! Inertia is NOT your career friend. This may […]
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