Effective Monday, May 11th, city buildings will reopen with limited access and safety guidelines in place. See COVID-19 Update for more information.
Face Covering Ordinance
On Thursday, July 16, 2020 Travelers Rest City Council voted to pass a face covering ordinance. The ordinance requires retail establishments and restaurants to require their staff to wear face masks. Below you will find a link to download the entire ordinance as well as ordinance fast facts to answer frequently asked questions. Download the July 18, 2020 Face Mask Ordinance: HERE
CARES ACT – SMALL BUSINESSES RELAUNCH GRANT PROGRAM
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a law meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Beginning July 6, 2020 applications will be available for small businesses that DID NOT receive PPP, EIDL; or benefited from the SBA Debt Relief Program under the CARES Act.
Greenville County has been entrusted with allocating $70,000 to qualifying small businesses and is currently accepting applications. To learn more download the FAQ Fact Sheet.
Businesses can apply for grants online at https://www.greenvillecounty.org/CARES.aspx.
SCORE – Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub
Sometimes talking with someone who understands what it takes to run a business can be very helpful. For over 50 years, SCORE has offered FREE mentoring and they continue to do so through their Small Business Resource Hub.
Here are just a few links to their Hub to get you started:
Remote Mentoring – Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video. If you already have a SCORE mentor, ask them if you can use a remote mentoring method for your sessions. If you don’t already have a SCORE mentor, you can request a remote business mentor today.
Local Workshops and Events – In-person events are suspended, but Online support is available
LIVE webinars on your coronavirus-related concerns:
– National Resources and Policy Updates for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
– Marketing Advice to Combat an Economic Downturn
– Navigating Long-Term Uncertainty and the Aftermath of Disruption
Check out SCORE on Facebook
In addition to free mentoring and online workshops, SCORE is collecting resources to answer critical questions during the COVID-19 pandemic—and afterward. Please check their website frequently for updates as they add resources regularly.
More Business Resources During COVID-19
FAQs & Answers
How can I apply for a SBA economic disaster loan?
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Eligible small businesses and nonprofits may apply online here.
According to the SBA, the turn around time between submitting your application and cash in hand is about 30 days, so business owners are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. There is no cost to apply.
How can I add my Business to TR Take Outs or Buy Local TR?
Tell us what you are doing to help get your products or services safely to your customers. Perhaps you offer delivery or online shipping, curbside service, extra in-store precautions, FaceTime shopping, gift cards, etc. Send us your information here.
Let us know, so we can help let our community know!
How can I contact my local representatives?
Call Congress with this simple message: The federal government must respond quickly and aggressively to keep small businesses solvent through the crisis. Small businesses need grants and subsidies. Loans alone will leave many small businesses crippled by debt and at risk of failure. Find your representatives here.
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