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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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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