In an effort to support local businesses, York County Economic Development has developed this community resource page in response to the impacts of COVID-19. We realize that our role in Economic Development is critical right now, in regards to sharing timely and relevant information with the businesses and workers that help make our county thrive.
The below is a compilation of information and tools collected from federal, state and local entities. Please know that we are staying connected daily to ensure there is a consistent flow of communication with our economic development partners at the state and local level.
We deeply value the well-being of our companies and your families. It is our sincere hope that the impact to your company or loved ones has not been significant, and that you remain healthy during these coming months as we make a best effort to support you during this time.
Can’t find what you need? Reach out to our team.
As new information is being received daily, please return to this page for updates. Updated: 5/21/2020
Resources for Businesses
Small Business Assistance and CARES Act
U.S. Small Business Administration - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans
SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
- Small Business Debt Relief Program
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Senate Committee On Small Business & Entrepreneurship (PDF) – Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
U.S. Small Business Administration – Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance Application
This disaster relief program is being handled directly through the SBA with no assistance, direction or involvement with SBA approved lending agencies or banks.
U.S. Small Business Administration, SC District Office – South Carolina List of Approved SBA Lenders
U.S. Small Business Administration, SC District Office – Borrower Frequently Asked Questions
York County Regional Chamber - York County SBA-Certified Lenders
Catawba Regional Council of Governments – Catawba Regional Development Corporation
Local non-profit Certified Development Corporation (CDC) and small business lending agency established to provide supplemental government financing for new or expanding businesses.
SC Small Business Development Center – Winthrop Region Small Business Development Center
Our office continues to receive guidance from the State of South Carolina regarding “essential”/”non-essential” business closings. This determination is made by the Governor with additional information and clarification offered by the SC Department of Commerce.
SC Government COVID-19 Response – AccelerateSC
SC Office of the Governor, Henry McMaster – Executive Order 2020-36, Additional Modification of Non-Essential Business Closures
SC Office of the Governor, Henry McMaster – Executive Order 2020-34, Authorization of Limited Indoor Dining Services & Rescission of Boating Restrictions
SC Office of the Governor, Henry McMaster – Executive Order 2020-31, Modification of Home or Work Order & Authorization of Outdoor Dining Services
SC Department of Commerce – Listing of “Non-Essential” Businesses, Updated April 20, 2020
SC Department of Commerce – Clarification Request for “Non-Essential” Businesses
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Identifying Critical Infrastructure during COVID-19
Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – COVID-19 Workplace Guidance
Call To Manufacturers – Critical Need Equipment & Crucial Supplies Required for Business Operations
South Carolina Emergency Supply Collaborative
A collaboration between SCMEP, the SC Hospital Association, the SC Department of Commerce and SCBIO has resulted in the expedited launch of a new web portal that connects parties in need of essential supplies and equipment with those that can provide it in quickly and efficiently.
The Carolinas Alliance COVID-19 Match Site
An initiative of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and partners across the Carolinas. This site connects manufacturers, vendors, suppliers and talent with health care providers and businesses on the front lines in the battle against the Corona virus.
Other Useful Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Resources for Businesses and Employers
SC Department of Commerce – SC COVID-19 Business Resources
SC Department of Workforce & Employment – COVID-19 Employers Resource Hub
York County Government – COVID-19 Response
International Economic Development Council – Restore Your Economy
One-stop shop of disaster preparedness, post-disaster economic recovery, and disaster resiliency resources, tools, event announcements as well as opportunities to connect with peers through social media groups.
Resources for Workers
SC Department of Employment & Workforce – COVID-19 Workforce Resource Hub
Get general information and file a COVID-19 related unemployment claim through the MyBenefits Portal.
SC Department of Employment & Workforce – MyBenefits Portal
The unemployment insurance claims process is 100% online. You do not have to visit an SC Works center to file for benefits. There is no “in-person” process.
SC Catawba Works Office - Rock Hill Office, (803) 328-3881
Local office serving York County workers with unemployment insurance by phone during normal business hours.