COVID-19 Business Resources

UPDATED 4/2/20

The Nash County Economic Development Department is committed to providing resources and advice for the business community amid this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. We would also like to recognize to additional community partners; Nash Community College Small Business Center and the The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce for additional resource and opportunity’s to assist. 

This list will be updated frequently over the coming months to provide our businesses with the timeliest information available.

The Economic Development Department Office is open and fully operational to meet the needs of our businesses. If you have any questions or need any assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 252-462-2027

If you need additional information or resources please email us at

COVID-19 Essential Business

The Executive Order 121 issued by Governor Roy Cooper states which businesses are to be considered essential businesses at this time. If your business is not listed as an essential business but you wish to remain open, you may submit a request via web form to be considered an essential business. 

Request to be Considered an Essential Business

Executive Order 121 Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Resources

The Small Business Administration (US SBA) has authorized North Carolina as a designated state for access to Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL’s) for local small businesses. 

SBA Triangle Area (Raleigh)
Senior Area Manager
Patrick Rodriguez
919-532-5525 or 202-741-7097

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated $350 billion to help small businesses to keep workers employed.

To learn about the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program for eligible businesses and more available resources from Golden LEAF, click here.
*Please note current applications have exceeded the current funding level but affected businesses are still encouraged to apply, pending additional funding sources.

Additional Resources

Click here for North Carolina Business Relief Resources provided by EDPNC and other state partners.

Click here for Small Businesses Need Customers! Tips to Support the Local Economy provided by NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center

Click here for US Department of Commerce website Restore your Economy. RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts. It is managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and IEDC’s Economic Development Research Partners program. 

Operational and Staffing Resources

Click here for the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

NC Works can assist businesses with closing and/or layoffs and provide information for employees on how to file for unemployment insurance and additional job opportunities that may be available within the community. Contact: Diane Thomas, Rocky Mount NC Works Office 252-977-3306

Unemployment options due to COVID-19- The Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security has been directed not to allocate charges to employers for individuals who are paid benefits due to the effects of COVID-19 outbreak. For additional information please click here. 

SUPPORT LOCAL- We ask that you continue to support local restaurants by participating in curb-side service. A complete list of county restaurants with "to-go" dining options can be found on the Explore Nash County website.

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