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Small Business Centers offer additional resources for business owners

The North Carolina Small Business Center Network is offering additional resources to business owners to navigate the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

“Your safety, health and well-being is of the utmost concern to us and we wanted to let you know that we stand ready to support you as we contend with the disruption of the coronavirus in our nation, our state and our local communities,” wrote NCSBCN Director Anne Shaw.

The goal of the Small Business Center Network is to serve business owner safely, providing them with the information they need to prepare and respond as the situation unfolds.

“Our hope is that you are able to sustain your businesses during this financially, mentally and physically stressful time,” Shaw wrote. “To help you weather this economic storm, we are preparing a number of resources that will be available on our website.”

Small Business Center counselors are available to speak by phone or other virtual means to help business owners with:

  • General business guidance
  • Assessing the economic impact on your business
  • Strategies for scaling your business operations
  • Analyzing break-even and cash flow
  • Reviewing financial obligations and planning communications with creditors
  • Loan package preparation and information on funding sources
  • Referrals to relevant sources of assistance

In addition, local Small Business Centers are considering ways to continue to serve training and information needs and may offer seminars online or provide re-scheduled programming that business owners can take advantage of when conditions improve.

Business owners can contact their local Small Business Center and complete a request for counseling by visiting www.ncsbc.net. Visit the SBCN Business Continuity and Disaster Relief page by visiting https://www.ncsbc.net/DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=4577.