Downtown Resources for COVID-19

It is the mission of the city of Rocky Mount to advance the well-being, safety and quality of life for our community members, and we are in contact with local health agencies to monitor the spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina as a result of the spread of the Coronavirus and expects more cases of the virus to spread throughout the state.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, though may be more severe in some people, and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some cases can progress to pneumonia, multi-organ failure, and death. If you are sick or suspect you may have the virus, to keep from spreading illness to others, you are encouraged to stay home, except for seeking medical care, avoid public areas and do not use public transportation.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when needed. Please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/citybeat and Twitter at @cityofrockymtnc

MURR Program

The N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR), administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, can provide up to $20,000 in relief funds per qualifying business location. Business applicants from certain industry sectors that have not been able to operate during the COVID period may apply for up to two of their business locations. For additional information on the program, visit nccommerce.com/murr.

Nash Community College

The Small Business Wellness Clinic will help small businesses affected by COVID-19, assess the health of their business and develop a plan to address current issues.
Download flyer (PDF)

Downtown Cares Sponsorship

Downtown Cares is a local non-profit initiative designed to support seniors, frontline essential workers and local small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program assembles a care package of a meal, hand sanitizer and a mask for such groups utilizing items purchased from local small downtown businesses. The city of Rocky Mount will sponsor $1,000 toward the initiative.
Download proposal (PDF)

Resources from the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center

Paycheck and Protection Program for Small Businesses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

SBA Disaster Loans for Businesses

Per the U.S. Small Business Administration, affected businesses may apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans. Applicants may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by email at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications forms can also be downloaded at disasterloan.sba.gov.

NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

On March 23, 2020, the Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors approved funding to launch the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program, managed by the NC Rural Center. The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program will make loans to eligible businesses for up to $50,000 with zero interest and no payments for six months. Learn more here.

Ways to Support Downtown Businesses

During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our downtown businesses, as well as all businesses throughout our community. Please continue supporting them even if you cannot visit physically. Our downtown businesses and organizations are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. The loss of revenue is putting them at risk. Download PDF Flyer

  • Shop online or via phone

  • For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip as you would dining in

  • Order gift cards from local businesses to be used at a later date

  • Buy digital products, subscriptions, or memberships.

  • Leave reviews for your favorite small businesses on Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Yelp.

  • If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the calendar year, place your orders now.

  • Bars are allowed to service pick up orders with sealed containers.

Further Resources

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