The Matthews Chamber of Commerce is committed to being a go-to resource for our business community during the Covid-19 Smart Restart. 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 Interim Executive Director Lisa Gray if you have suggestions or need additional information on any business-related topic.

May 20, 2020
Your Sources for PPE

Sources for Your Smart Restart Supplies

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, […]
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
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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
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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 […]
April 2, 2020
Don't Miss These Great Events!

Go Virtual: Business-Building Events & Experts

The Matthews Chamber is offering virtual events to bring you expertise and connect you to fellow superstar business leaders! Sign-up today for your next meeting – and share with other business leaders in your network.  Paycheck Protection Program: Maximize Your Forgiveness Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 2 PM REGISTER HERE Your PPP money finally arrived – congrats! Now, what are the steps you should be taking to turn this loan into a grant? On our […]
March 24, 2020
Mecklenburg Orders Stay At Home Order

North Carolina Enters Phase 2, Lifting More Restrictions

UPDATED MAY 20, 2020 — Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina 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 to take a more modest step forward in […]
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 […]
March 20, 2020

Matthews Chamber Events Postponed

    UPDATED March 20, 2020 — The Matthews Chamber, in accordance with public-health recommendations, is adopting the social distancing protocol and postponing Chamber activities through May 7, 2020. We will offer virtual meetings regularly, particularly when we can make expertise available to members navigating their businesses through the COVID-19 public pause.  The following events are postponed, and we will schedule new dates as soon as circumstances allow. If you are registered for any of […]
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