As we all know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the lives of many people around the world. We have been following the latest news and most current CDC updates and want to take this opportunity to share how Carolina Small Business Development Fund is handling this both internally and externally.
As part of our goal to reduce the amount of social interaction that might further the transmission of the virus and to protect those at-risk, we have asked our staff to work from home as much as possible for the next two weeks. We have also decided to transition all of our workshops and classes held throughout our offices across the state to online-only participation for the next two weeks, until further notice. If you are currently registered for one of our classes, please be on the lookout for information on how to participate virtually.
We have decided to postpone our signature event, the 8th Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 4, until further notice.
Our offices across the state remain open and our small business lending and business services are continuing as normal. We remain committed to our small business community and will provide updates and share resources as they're made available.
Though the extent and length of the impact are still unknown, it's clear that COVID-19 poses a serious economic risk to small business owners. CSBDF's research staff have published a blog that outlines how we think the pandemic will affect the state's entrepreneurs. We're committed to advocating for quick, efficient, and evidence-based policy solutions to this problem both now and over the next few years.
Below are additional links and resources that may help in answering questions you may have regarding the virus:
Thank you for your collaboration during this time. We welcome your communication about how this crisis is impacting your small business and how we can assist during this time. We also encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC's website for important updates and safety information.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Kevin. S. Dick, CEcD
President & Chief Executive Officer
Carolina Small Business Development Fund