While there is still much we do not know about COVID-19’s long-term impact, there is one thing we are certain of: we are all in this together. We are learning how to adapt and evolve, together, day-by-day.
In response to the unique economic challenges of COVID-19, a consortium of public, private, and nonprofit partners came together and launched an innovative recovery-lending program to help support entrepreneurs like you and stabilize North Carolina’s small business sector.
Application is now closed.
What was the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program?
The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program supported North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recovered from the economic impact of COVID-19. This rapid recovery loan helped small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover.
This was not a grant program.
NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery loans were not designed to be a singular source of assistance for small businesses. Repayment was expected either from more permanent funding sources or from the future cash flow of the business.
About NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loans
Loans were available for up to $250,000, based on the business's losses due to COVID-19 and current revenue. Loan agreements were structured as follows:
- Loan sizes were approximately two months or more of current revenue. Documentation had to be provided to show COVID-19 impact was greater than or equal to the loan size, which may have included forecasted impact through December 30, 2020.
- 18 months of no payments at 0.25% interest, followed by up to 8.5 years (or 102 months) of principal and interest payments at 5.5% interest.
- There were no prepayment penalties.
- Defaulted loans were subject to collections.
- Any individual with greater than 20% ownership in the applying business must have personally guaranteed the loan.
- Proceeds from the loan may have only been used for maintaining or restarting a business.
- The use of loan funds to pay off debts already incurred for qualifying business maintenance or restart purposes may have been authorized on a case-by-case basis.
- Borrowers were required to assign the proceeds of future assistance programs, including SBA loans, to the repayment of their Rapid Recovery Loan.
Who was eligible?
- Applicants must have been a North Carolina small business affected by COVID-19 (all 100 NC counties are eligible).
- Applicants must have had at least one (1) employee, who could be the self-employed owner.
- Start-up businesses that began operations before March 23, 2020 were eligible.
Logistics & Timeline
- Businesses interested in applying should have been prepared to complete an online application and provide tax returns, profit and loss statements, and bank statements.
- The partners in this program were committed to moving as fast as possible to assist businesses and they would be in touch with applicants as soon as possible.
- Loans subject to availability of funds.
Application is now closed.
Many outstanding resources are available across North Carolina to help our state’s small business owners. Below are just a few of the many dedicated organizations that are ready to assist you and your business. Check back as we add more resources.
Business Link North Carolina, a division of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, has an information page with directions to specific assistance regarding COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions, funding resources, small business grant opportunities, and business counseling services, including layoff aversion strategies.
SBTDC has provided guidance for business owners on how to navigate through COVID-19.
The Small Business Center Network has provided a list of resources, including webinars, articles, and blog posts that may provide guidance and assistance to business owners contending with COVID-19. They also have a network of experienced business counselors who can help business owners and farmers with business counseling, strategic planning, loan application assistance, financial projects and cash flow management, marketing assistance, and referrals to agencies and other support sources.
According to a press release, the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted Governor Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration to support small businesses. This means that there are SBA disaster recovery loans available for small business owners in North Carolina. SBA has created a dedicated page for COVID-19 resources, including information about loan products and resources, guidance for businesses and employers, government contracting, and information about local assistance.
On March 17, 2020, Governor Cooper outlined changes to the state’s unemployment system in response to COVID-19. This resource from the Division of Employment Security provides a Frequently Asked Questions sheet about changes to unemployment in response to COVID-19 mitigation measures.
The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina provides specific resources for women entrepreneurs, including business counseling services.
The CDC has provided interim guidance and precautions for businesses and employers to take in response to COVID-19.
HUB International has assembled a guide overviewing legal and regulatory considerations for businesses and employers while contending with COVID-19. They also have a resource hub on their website with specific resources for risk services, businesses and employees, individuals and families, and government and other resources.
Para obtener información sobre NC Rapid Recovery Loan Program en español, visite espanol.threadcap.org