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.

February 25, 2021

Governor Cooper Lifts Restrictions

UPDATED May 14th, 2021– Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina has removed its indoor mask mandate for most settings and lifted all mass gathering and social distancing restrictions.  As of 1:30 p.m. today, this ease of restrictions is effective immediately and follows CDC guidelines. Masks will still be required in child care, schools, public transportation, health care settings and certain congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters.  Governor Cooper says, “To keep moving forward- and to make sure that we keep saving lives- more people need to get vaccinated.”  North Carolina continues to focus on distributing vaccines […]
December 29, 2020

Legislative Update

On Tuesday, December 22, Congress approved $900 billion in federal COVID-19 assistance. The biggest take aways from this new legislation can be found below. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) The new stimulus bill reopens the PPP program for any business that did not apply before and expands which types of businesses can apply for forgivable PPP loans, including 501(c)(6) non-profits, local news media organizations or housing cooperatives. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is scheduled to reopen upon enactment of the new COVID-19 federal relief bill, with an additional $284 billion in allocated funding. Applications will remain open until funding is depleted or […]
December 9, 2020

Governor Cooper Extends modified “Stay at Home” Order

UPDATED January 27th, 2021 –  Governor Roy Cooper announced in a press conference that he is extending the current modified “Stay at Home” order until February 28th. Cooper said, “We are encouraged to see that our COVID numbers have stabilized in recent days, which is good, but the reality is that they are still high and that too many people are still falling seriously ill and dying.”  The Order also extends the current capacity limitations, indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and other public health restrictions put in place under previous executive orders. For FAQ regarding the latest Executive Order, Click […]
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, […]
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 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

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

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 […]
June 18, 2020

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 in Business group. Somehow through that vetting process, Chamber staff might have mentioned how our sign broke in half during the tornado that swept through […]
June 19, 2020

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 located in South Charlotte at Providence and Ardrey Kell Road, across from Waverly. Posted by Atrium Health on Thursday, June 18, 2020   About the […]
June 23, 2020

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 construction delays. There will be temporary vehicle lane reductions in the 200-block of North Trade Street. Walking traffic will also be rerouted during construction.  The […]
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 21 session will focus on Information Technology, and the July 22 will focus on Life Sciences and Biotechnology. Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Information Technology Wednesday […]
July 1, 2020

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 […]
July 2, 2020

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, […]
August 14, 2020

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 […]
August 21, 2020

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 […]
March 2, 2021

NEW MEMBER: Balanced Physical Therapy & Dance Wellness

Dr. Bridget Kelly Sinha is a physical therapist based in Charlotte, NC who officially opened Balanced Physical Therapy & Dance Wellness just a few months ago!  Attending Elon University, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Science, working as Director of Dance Medicine and Conditioning in a physical therapy center. Bridget went on to to attend the University of Kentucky where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She has experience in working with dancers, runners, treating chronic low back and neck pain, and currently works as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor! She is also a proud […]