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Let’s Talk Business: Reignite North Carolina Series (Hosted by the SBA North Carolina District Office)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) North Carolina District Office (NCDO) is dedicated to sparking change and igniting action so small businesses can confidently start, grow, and expand.
The series will begin on Wednesday, August 26, and will put attendees in a virtual environment (MS Teams) with representatives from local banks, resource partners, and community stakeholders. The series will consist of six virtual events aimed at providing information on SBA’s resources and programs. Focus areas will include access to capital, federal contracting, and entrepreneurial development. Additionally, updates will be given regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
All sessions are free and open to small businesses owners, non-profits, and faith-based organizations. Millennial and minority business owners are also strongly encouraged to attended.
- Session 1: Fire Up w/ Brian Hamilton
- This is the inaugural session of this series, featuring Brian Hamilton, a North Carolina entrepreneur who founded and later sold Sageworks. Hamilton now runs the Brian Hamilton Foundation, a nonprofit which seeks to spur entrepreneurship.
- Register for this session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-business-reignite-nc-kick-off-tickets-114529679354
- Session 2: You Have your PPP- What’s next?
- A discussion centered around the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), a loan program funded by lending institutions and guaranteed by SBA to help businesses with payroll and utility expenses during the pandemic. This session features a small business recipient of a PPP loan, SBA District Office staff, a lender that participated in the program and a counselor from the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC).
- Register for this session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-business-reignite-nc-you-have-your-ppp-whats-next-tickets-114531885954
- Session 3: An Update on the EIDL Program
- A discussion of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a direct loan to help small businesses and other organizations recover from the economic effects of COVID-19. This session features speakers from the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
- Register for this session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-business-reignite-nc-you-have-your-eidl-what-now-tickets-116885721339
- Session 4: Building a Sustainable Business Strategy amid COVID-19
- How can your business recover and move forward during this pandemic? Representatives from NC’s free business counseling services will share practical ideas and methods to keep you in business and positioned to survive and thrive!
- Register for this session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-business-reignite-nc-building-a-strategy-during-covid-19-tickets-116886565865
- Session 5: Fuel Your Business with SBA Funding
- In fiscal year 2019, more than 1,000 North Carolina businesses received a total of $686 million dollars through SBA’s 7(a) and 504 guaranty loan programs. From $5,000 to $5 million, SBA guaranty loans are made by lenders from Murphy to Manteo. Featured speakers will be business owners who have benefited from an SBA guaranteed loan and lenders who have made the loans possible. They will share their stories and how you, too, can get a loan.
- Register for this session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-business-reignite-nc-access-to-capital-tickets-116886987125
- Session 6: The World’s Largest Opportunity for Small Business: The U.S. Government
- The Federal Government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services. Last year, nearly $5 billion were awarded to businesses located in North Carolina. Forty three percent of those dollars were awarded to North Carolina’s small businesses. The panel session will include the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, North Carolina Military Business Center, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, and will address common contracting questions, resources available, and how to get certified as a small business to sell your goods and services to the federal government. The session will also feature a guest speaker who will share how he leveraged the 8(a) certification to build relationships and increase revenue in the federal marketplace.
- Register for this session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-business-reignite-nc-small-business-the-us-government-tickets-116887358235
Answers at 8 > M-W-F Call-In for NC Employers
CAI is hosting live call-in sessions for employers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. On the call, issue experts will discuss the most relevant topics around COVID-19, as well as the evolving regulations and best practices. There will be time for attendees to ask questions. Learn more and register here.
Previous Calls and Webinars : Recordings Available
COVID Liability Legislation Update
With the urging of the NC Chamber, the General Assembly has enacted multiple pieces of legislation that address COVID-related liability claims in North Carolina.
On Thursday, July 30, the Chamber is hosted an interactive webinar on with several experts who described and explained the legislation, it’s breadth, and its limitations. Recording Coming Soon.
The Evolving Workplace During COVID-19
On June 30 at 1 p.m., Bridget Pennick and Emily Pontius from Fredrikson & Byron will cover reviewing and revising handbooks to conform to new leave requirements, furloughs, layoffs, and unemployment. They will also discuss:
- continuing obligations to provide leave and accommodations under the ADA, FFCRA, and FMLA
- modifying the workplace to minimize risk, and
- adhering to CDC and state-specific requirements (social distancing, masks, employee screening, etc.)
Recording unavailable for this program.
NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program
On June 5 at 11 a.m., join Golden LEAF President Scott Hamilton, BEFCOR Executive Director Elain Fairman, and NC Senator Natasha Marcus (Dist. 41 in Mecklenburg County) for information and resources regarding the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program. Businesses are encouraged to visit https://ncrapidrecovery.org/ to apply or for answers to frequently asked questions. Recording unavailable for this program.
Preparing for a Safe Return to Work (6/4)
This webinar is jam-packed with concrete and actionable advice that will help businesses in all industries optimize their relaunching strategies. The NC Chamber thanks Mindy Schestag, director of operations at Manpower North America, for taking the time to share these valuable insights. Watch here.
EPA and CDC Disinfecting Best Practices
Are you ready to reopen safely? If you’ve already relaunched your operations, are you using best practices to promote the health and safety of your employees and customers?
Join Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Deputy Director Dr. Margaret Kitt for a teleconference on Thursday, May 28, detailing the latest EPA and CDC guidance on reopening businesses.
This complimentary teleconference is limited to the first 1,000 participants and is open only to members of the NC Chamber and South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, including members of local chambers. Recording unavailable for this program.
COVID-19: Reopening Best Practices for Businesses
On Thursday, May 14, at 3 p.m., Michael McKnight, employment law expert and shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, and Veronica Bryant, Environmental Health (EH) preparedness and outbreak coordinator for the NC Division of Public Health for reopening best practices. Watch Here
- This presentation will cover liability traps to avoid as businesses relaunch in the new environment, including employee health and safety issues, leave laws, retaliation concerns, and best practices to minimize risk in these areas.
- Also discussed will be the proper disinfecting procedures, social distancing recommendations, hand hygiene, and other best practices as we move to reopen.
COVID-19: Laboratory Testing for Virus Presence and Antibody Response (May 6)
On Wednesday, May 6, at 11 a.m., join Labcorp Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dorothy Adcock and Vice President of Employer Services Heather Provino for an overview of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Tailored to business leaders, the presentation will help distinguish laboratory testing for the presence of virus and its antibody response. LabCorp will also provide options for testing available to employers as they prepare for responsible re-entry of employees as the state re-opens its businesses. Scientific information regarding COVID-19 is evolving rapidly and the information provided in this presentation will be accurate as of early May 2020. Watch here.
Education: The Road to Recovery and Resiliency (May 5)
COVID-19 forced numerous industries to quickly re-think the delivery of products and services. One of the biggest shifts occurred in education, with more than two million students in public or private schools and universities shifting to a virtual learning, at-home format. Join us Tuesday, May 5, at 2 p.m. as education leaders discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our state’s education systems and what the road to recovery looks like. Speakers include Peter Hans, president of NC Community Colleges; Dr. Randy Woodson, chancellor of NC State University; and Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Vance County Schools and NC Superintendent of the Year. Watch here.
North Carolina’s Road to Reopening: Aligning Health Policy and Business (April 30)
On Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m., join Dr. Mark McClellan, Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, for an overview of the current health system response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be joined by Dale Jenkins, CEO of Curi and former chair of the NC Chamber, to outline a roadmap to reopening North Carolina and the country, sharing ideas on how policymakers and the business community together can help ensure the well-being of our communities. Watch here.
COVID-19 Response & Recovery: Legislative Update from NC’s Elected Leaders (April 27)
On Monday, April 27 at 11 a.m., join NC legislators for an analysis of COVID-19’s impact on the statewide business community, as well as a preview of upcoming legislative priorities. Participants include NC Senators Chuck Edwards and Paul Newton, as well as Representatives Pat McElraft and Michael Wray. Watch here.
COVID-19 Relief Resources for Small Businesses (April 23)
Join Thomas Stith, North Carolina director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, on Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. for an overview of relief resources available to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch here.
What to Expect from Washington: USDA Official Talks COVID-19 Response (April 21)
On Tuesday, April 21 at 3 p.m., join Assistant Secretary for Congressional and External Relations, Ken Barbic, for an insight on what the U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak for the agriculture community. Key topics addressed on the webinar include: Food supply challenges and the USDA’s efforts to align the interests of various stakeholders across supply chains to ensure continued production and delivery of agricultural products; The impacts of COVID-19 on H-2A temporary agricultural workers; Federal relief programs impacting agriculture, including the Families First Act, the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program; Ongoing discussions in Congress about a potential Phase 4 bill to provide additional relief to U.S. businesses, including the agriculture sector. Watch here.
Ask The Experts: The COVID-19 Economy—Slowdown or Shutdown? (April 16)
On Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m., Richmond Federal Reserve President and CEO Tom Barkin will join renowned North Carolina economist Dr. Michael Walden and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC Managing Director & Senior Economist Mark Vitner to provide a candid economic outlook for our state and nation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights and bring your questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our economic landscape. Time for Q&A will be allotted. Watch here.
Overview of CARES Act Tax Relief for Businesses (April 8)
Experts from Smith Anderson and Martin Marietta offer details regarding tax relief for businesses through the CARES Act. Watch here.
Paycheck Protection Program: What You Need to Know (April 2)
The North Carolina Bankers Association discusses the federal assistance available to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program and the CARES Act. Watch here.
A Breakdown of the CARES Act for Small Business (March 27)
National Small Business Town Hall Presented by Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Watch here.