Business Resources

Free downloadable 8.5 x 11 signage to display for your business. The following checklists provide guidance for operating under heightened hygiene & cleaning standards. Businesses should implement reasonable steps to comply with sanitation guidelines published by the CDC, DHEC, or other state or public health officials.

Maximum Occupancy

PNG Occupancy Flyer

Attention - Suppliers & Vendors

PNG Attention Flyer

Actions to Stop the Spread:

PNG Actions Flyer

Do Not Enter:

PNG Reopening Flyer

Retail Sanitation Checklist

PNG Reopening Business.pdf (2)

Food & Bev Signage Checklist

PNG Food Bev Signage.pdf (2)

Reopening Business

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OneRegion reIGNITE re|IGNITE, an effort led by One Region, seeks to provide guidance to businesses and employees on how and when to safely reopen businesses. The strategy leverages expertise from business, healthcare, nonprofit, and government sectors to create a coordinated, science-based approach to restoring the local economy.  
Health & Safety Requirements for Retail Businesses   Effective Thursday, April 23, 2020, all retail businesses in the City of Charleston that are open for access by the public shall follow the following procedures for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City, its employers, and employees.
DHEC Restaurant Reopening Toolkit DHEC, in conjunction with SCRLA, is developing this toolkit to assist restaurants and the public with successful re-opening in response to COVID-19. Phase I, effective May 4, 2020, focuses on outdoor dining. This toolkit provides voluntary resources including signage, templates, a checklist, and ​educational materials for facilities. 
SC Restaurant & Lodging Association  Restaurant reopening guidelines & outdoor dining guidelines. 
SCDHEC Guidance on Reopening  As businesses continue to operate and/or start back up, it remains critical to both the state's
public health as well as our economic health that we all individually and collectively continue to
follow guidelines that will minimize the spread of COVID-19.
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. 
SC COVID19 Emergency Supply Collaborative  Companies looking for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your employees, please complete the online form to provide a list of needs.
US Foods Takeout & Delivery Resources If on-premise dining isn’t an option for now, you can still get great food to diners via carryout or delivery. Get the information and support you need on avoiding takeout food safety risks, reducing food waste, safety with social distancing, delivery driver trainings and more. 
Office of Resilience and Emergency Management  List of suppliers for environmentally acceptable packages and products. 
CDC Business FAQs How to maintain healthy business operations, cleaning in the workplace, reducing the spread of COVID-19 and more. 
Back to Work Safely  This site features expert, industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage as they emerge from the COVID-19 quarantines.
Ready to Reopen Playbook A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic.
Non-Essential Business Guidance SC Dept. of Commerce guidance for non-essential businesses. Governor McMaster has directed the incremental modification of “Non-Essential” business closures. If your business category is not addressed and/or you need further clarification, you can complete the Clarification of Business Designation form.
Clarification of Business Designation Form Governor McMaster has directed the incremental modification of “Non-Essential” business closures.  If you are a business representative seeking clarification on your business designation, please fill out the form below.
RightCycle PPE The RightCycle Program by Kimberly-Clark™ Professional turns hard-to-recycle PPE into new consumer goods. Items to recycle include: Gloves, disposable cleanroom and lab apparel, and safety eyewear. These everyday items get a second life when they are recycled. 

Support Local

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Lowcountry Local First Directory for local businesses. Delivering resources, programming, networking, mentorship and more to local businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Explore Charleston Guide to current charleston area openings from accommodations to attractions. 
The Post & Courier Business Guide  To better support the resilient and creative businesses during this unprecedented time we are offering a free way for businesses to connect with their customers and share how to continue to shop and offer support.
MUSC Support Local Guide  How to buy local food during quarantine. Local producers, distributors, and pick-up locations. 
USAtoday Support Local Support Local is an initiative that lets you show your support for your local businesses during this challenging time. Search for a local business if your favorite business isn't on the list, add it and purchase a gift card now so that you can enjoy it later. 
Charleston Farmers Market  While the Charleston Farmers Markets may be closed until further notice, fresh local produce is still available. Follow this page to stay up to date on ways to shop local produce and products. 

Financial Assistance

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Small Business Administration  1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339); disastercustomerservice@sba.gov SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
GrantWatch   Search for grants currently available for small businesses.
SBA Lenders in SC   This page contains a list of SBA 7(a) Lenders, 504 Certified Development Companies, and SBA Micro-lenders. For more information about programs or to start the application process, please contact the lenders directly.
Treasury.gov   Read about the Paycheck Protection Program loans for employers and self-employed individuals.
COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources  hello@icareifyoulisten.com Emergency funding & resources for artists.
USBG National Charity Foundation   US Bar Guild COVID-19 Relief & Response (grants, volunteer, donate, & more).
Comparison: SBA's EIDL Loan Program vs SBA's CARES Act info.charlestonsc@scorevolunteer.org
(843) 727-4778
3/27/2020: Information regarding the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program compared to the newly approved Paycheck Protection Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
LDC  (843) 973-7298 Business and Social Service Resources. The LDC Helps Entrepreneurs and Communities by Providing Small Business Lending Throughout Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties.
Paycheck Protection Program Info Sheet   Information on the Paycheck Protection Program. How to apply? What do I need to apply? What can I use these loans for? 
Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this step-by-step guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to apply for a loan. Here’s what you need to know. 
Funding Female Founders    From how to access SBA Disaster Recovery Loans, to grants and relief packages, this guide is a frequently-updated list of everything women-led businesses will need to weather the impacts of Coronavirus.
SBA: Payment Protection Program    Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program overview and general guidelines. 
Video: SBA Loan Explained!   This video contains a 15-minute instruction on how to apply for the SBA EIDL loan.(Note: Video is not associated with the SBA nor are they a qualified attorney or a financial advisor).
BCDCOG Revolving Loan Fund   BCD Council of Governments: The Revolving Loan Fund’s (RLF) primary goal is job creation and protection. Eligible uses for loans include the purchase of equipment and land and the improvement of real estate and building facilities.
Square PPP Loan   Whether you’re a sole proprietor, self-employed, a small business owner with employees, or an independent contractor,  PPP offers low-interest loans that may be 100% forgiven. If you don't use Square currently, you can sign up for a Square account to receive updates. 
Lendio PPP Loan   Lendio can connect you to an SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan.  An application submitted to Lendio does not guarantee you will receive a PPP loan.
PayPal PPP Loan   PayPal is accepting loan applications for the Paycheck Protection Program.  The lender for the PPP loan through PayPal is WebBank, Member FDIC.
Employee Retention Tax Credit   The employee retention tax credit is a broad based refundable tax credit designed to encourage employers to keep employees on their payroll. 
MicroVenture Small Business Grants   MicroVentures Gives is a 501(c)(3) charity that is currently working to provide meaningful grants to small businesses across the U.S. who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. We are accepting nominations for small businesses that need support right now across industries, whether that be your favorite coffeeshop or a local startup.
MailChimp Price Relief    Current customers who have 25 or fewer employees in categories including restaurants and hospitality; brick and mortar retail; travel and leisure; entertainment; health, beauty, and wellness; and other select Main Street businesses are eligible for up to three months of free Mailchimp service.

Best Practice & Guidance

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IRS   Read about the relief bill and how it will be implemented for small and mid-size businesses.
SC Dept. of Commerce (803) 737-0400 Business Resource Center, Financial assistance, Insurance & Tax assistance, Employment resources.
US Chamber of Commerce   Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business guide and Checklist. Am I eligible? What are lenders looking for? How much can I borrow?
Rep. Cunningham's Guide for Small Businesses   Document compiled by Representative Cunningham's office with state, local and federal resources for small business owners.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (843) 577-2510 Guidance and resources for businesses to prepare your workplace and communicate with employees about the COVID-19 Event.
Envolve Entrepreneurship   Resources for the startup community. Tools and best practices for startups and entrepreneurs including teleworking, workshops, discounts, and surveys. 
Public Private Strategies   Public Private Strategies has curated a list of resources that have been made available by advocacy groups, technology companies, and federal, state, and local government agencies to help businesses and their workers maintain their physical and economic health during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. 
Dept of Homeland Security   Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.
US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship   The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. 
Charleston Small Business Development Center (843) 740-6160 The Charleston Area SBDC provides no-cost, one–on–one consultation to prospective and existing business owners. Consultants at your local SBDC are ready to assist with the loan application process via telephone, email and online systems. As part of the CARES Act, SBDCs will be receiving additional funds to assist businesses impacted by the coronavirus, including help applying for financial assistance through the SBA.
SCORE (843) 727-4778 Free small business mentoring, counseling, and resources. 
Charleston County Economic Development (843) 958-4511 Charleston County Economic Development offices might be physically closed but are still doing business and ready to serve you. Compiled list of resources. 
CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers   Guidance and best practices to help businesses prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. How to maintain healthy business operations. 
US Chamber Small Business Guide    Hosted on CO—, the Chamber’s digital platform for small businesses, the Coronavirus Small Business Resources Hub features the latest step-by-step guides, infographics, advice, and resources to help small business owners access financial relief and navigate disruption. 
COVID-19 Local Action Tracker    The National League of Cities Covid Action Tracker is the most complete collection of municipal responses to COVID-19. This information was collected through active research and direct submissions from local leaders.

City Supports

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Curbside Relief Program curbside@charleston-sc.gov View curbside pickup zones for restaurants; email to apply for curbside pickup outside your business or restaurant.
Non-Essential Business Exemption Application   Apply to be considered an "essential business" as part of the stay at home ordinance. 

Restaurants

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National Restaurant Association Coronavirus information and resources including food safety measures and changing restaurant operations.  
Toast Resources & Relief Programs  Programs and resources for restaurants and restaurant workers. 
Coronavirus Safety Flyer  ServSafe flyers and resources in English & Spanish. 
James Beard Foundation: Industry Support Webinars To help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 the James Beard Foundation is hosting webinars to help provide resources for the hospitality industry and to better stay connected throughout difficult times. 
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation  Direct funds available for individual restaurant workers, non-profit organizations serving restaurant workers during crisis, and zero interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running. 
SCRLA SC Restaurant & Lodging Association resource guide including SCDHEC, SCDEW, emergency funding, employee relief funds and more. 
USBG National Charity Foundation  During these uncertain times the USBG Foundation strives to be a resource for our bar industry community. If you are a bartender, bar back, bar server, or are otherwise engaged in the service or preparation of alcoholic beverages, you are eligible.  For this campaign, USBG expects grants to range between $150 to $500.
Gotcha To Go Delivery Service  Gotcha TO GO simplifies the standard order/delivery formula. We help you increase staff retention by using current employees as delivery drivers to ensure quality, on-time deliveries for a low, fixed investment.
OriginSC Workers Assistance Grant Charleston Restaurant Workers Assistance Grant for Charleston County Restaurant Workers who have lost tips due to COBID-19. To qualify for this grant you have to have been working in a Charleston County Restaurant, have lost tips do to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have at least one pay stub dated after 2/14/2020.

Nonprofits

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Together SC Resources for nonprofits. Financial resources, fundraising efforts, working from home, advocacy, best practices. Contact (803) 929-0399. 
Candid Candid is compiling a list of funds specifically established in the wake of coronavirus. The list focuses on funds hosted at US-based foundations that serve nonprofits, though others outside of this criteria may appear as well.
No Kid Hungry Corona Virus Grant Request Offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.
GrantWatch Search for grants available to nonprofits.
Independent Sector  How to apply for nonprofit relief funds. Navigating resources for individuals, small, and large nonprofits. 
SCACED South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development resource list including information to help you, your organization, and your family during these times. 
Facebook Social Good  How to better navigate your nonprofit through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we’ve compiled specific Facebook tools recommendations as well as resources from leading health authorities on how to communicate information in an effective, relevant and timely fashion.
GrantWatch In addition to posting new COVID-19 Coronavirus funding opportunities, we will continue to update active grants with new extended grant deadlines.

Free Resources

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Google My Business Help If your business is affected by COVID-19, update your Google My Business profile to provide the most accurate information to your customers. You can provide updates about your business to customers such as: hours, services, contact info, and temporary closures.
Lawyers for Good Government Remote Legal Clinic Apply to receive free legal advice for small businesses.
Business Warrior Apply for 12 free months of software for your small business.
Hootsuite In response to the global impact of COVID-19, Hootsuite is offering free access to their professional plan to help small businesses & nonprofits stay connected to their customers via social media management.
WorkHuman Free software for small businesses that are having employees work from home.
Calendy Free access to Zoom and GoToMeeting.
Cloudflare Cloudflare, a Web-security company, is offering its Cloudflare for Teams free for small businesses through September 1. The product makes it easier for your team to securely access internal applications remotely without a VPN.
DNS Filter To protect your team from phishing attacks and malware while they're working from home, DNSFilter is offering its advanced DNS security service free for businesses through July 1.
Panopto Free 90-day access to video recording and Zoom meeting recording.
Headspace Headspace is offering a collection of guided meditations and exercises (including brand-new recordings) available for free to all employers and their employees.
Blackbaud COVID-19 Resources Blackbaud has compiled a list of resources for nonprofits operating and fundraising during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Salesforce Care for Small Businesses  Financial relief grants, online resources, workshops, and tools to make working form home easier. 
Inc. Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by Covid-19. Cybersecurity, marketing, supply chain solutions, legal issues, cloud storage, and more. 
Facebook Business Resource Hub  Facebook guide for businesses including quick tips, grants, free resources, and more. 
SC.gov: How Do I.. Get answers to questions frequently asked by others living and visiting South Carolina.