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.

July 22, 2020
Town Bans Late-Night Alcohol Sales

To Curb Coronavirus Spread, Local Governments Prohibit Alcohol Sales After 11 PM

Beginning Thursday, July 23, restaurants and other businesses are prohibited from selling beer, wine, or liquor after 11 p.m. The 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 with a class-2 misdemeanor. Local law enforcement agencies will enforce the order, which will be in effective until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 7. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 24, 2020
Stay Safe - Wear A Mask

Governor Extends Phase 2 Into August

UPDATED July 14, 2020 — Governor Roy Cooper today announced North Carolina will remain in “Safer at Home” Phase 2 of its Covid Restart until Friday, August 7, 2020. Governor Cooper’s June 24 order requiring face coverings in public places also remains in place. Read the full text of Executive Order No. 147.   Growing evidence shows that cloth face coverings, when worn consistently, can decrease the spread of COVID-19, especially among people who are not yet […]
March 24, 2020
NC Rapid Recovery Loans

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, […]
March 23, 2020
News You Can Use

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 […]
June 18, 2020
Jacquie Golbus of Carolina Signs and Wonders

NEW MEMBER: Carolina Signs and Wonders

It didn’t really start with our storm-damage – but the story of our broken sign tells you a lot about one of our newest members, Carolina Signs and Wonders, and its owner, Jacquie Golbus. Jacquie does her homework. When she was ready to launch her business, she checked out our Chamber. She attended events; met some of our great members; asked a bunch of questions. Now she’s a member of the Chamber and our Women […]
June 19, 2020
Atrium Health Providence Emergency Department

Atrium Health Opens New Emergency Department

Congratulations to Matthews Chamber member and President’s Circle member Atrium Health for its June 18th virtual ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Atrium Health Providence Emergency Department at 11516 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277. Watch the brief ceremony below! Our First-Ever Virtual Ribbon Cutting: Introducing Atrium Health Providence, a facility of Atrium Health Pineville. Take a look at our brand new freestanding emergency department before it opens on Tuesday, June 23. Atrium Health Providence is […]
June 23, 2020
North Trade Street Improvements

Intersection Improvements In Downtown Matthews

Changes are coming to a highly traveled intersection in downtown Matthews. The intersection of North Trade Street and Matthews Station Street will be undergoing construction this summer to improve pedestrian safety. The project, which has been in development since 2017, will raise the intersection, extend the curb, and create hi-visibility crosswalks. Lighting improvements have recently been installed at this intersection.  Construction began Monday, June 22, and will end on August 14, assuming summer weather doesn’t create […]
June 24, 2020

Give Your Input on NC Workforce Credentials

Credential Conversations The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is co-hosting two online sessions for employers in the Charlotte region to gain insight on industry perspectives of NC Workforce Credentials and Work-Based learning, and how they align with the skill sets businesses are hiring for. These discussions will provide an opportunity to shape the initial definition of NC Workforce Credentials and to identify the best models of work-based learning to build a highly qualified workforce. The July […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
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