Mecklenburg County, Carolina Small Business Partner to Provide COVID-19 Stabilization Funds for Small Businesses
Raleigh, NC – In response to the local economic impact of the current health crisis, Mecklenburg County partnered with Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) to create the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Stabilization Loan Fund.
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution for the establishment of these funds during its virtual regular meeting on Tuesday, April 7. Funds will be made available to qualifying small businesses that have been affected in recent weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CSBDF, a statewide nonprofit lender, serves as the primary capital provider for small businesses applying for this loan fund and collaborates with the County through all phases of the application and loan process.
“Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) has a history and mission of helping small businesses in North Carolina with affordable access to capital, technical assistance as well as sound and objective advocacy. We stand ready to assist Mecklenburg County with the loans they want to provide to Mecklenburg County’s small businesses because the mission of the COVID-19 Stabilization Fund is in keeping with our mission. We applaud the County on their efforts to preserve the dreams of many small businesses in Mecklenburg while contributing to economic sustainability and mobility,” said Kevin Dick, President & Chief Executive Officer of CSBDF.
COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Stabilization Loan Fund
The County has committed $5,000,000 for this fund. Small businesses (up to 50 employees) located in Mecklenburg County can apply for loans of $10,000 – $35,000. Loans will be available with up to 10-year terms at an interest rate of 3%. Interest-only payments for the first 12 months. Applicants must provide:
- One-page simplified loan application (online)
- A statement describing how the COVID-19 has adversely impacted the business
- Copy of driver license
- Copy of lease agreement or mortgage statement
- Tax returns (business) 2018 & P&L statement for 2019
- Tax returns (personal) 2018
- Year-to-date P&L statement including balance sheet
- One year of income and expense projection including cash flow
The application process is simple and quick, with disbursements available within 10 days of applying. Funds may be used to cover the day-to-day operating expenses of the business, such as payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, utilities or losses due to destabilizing events. No collateral is required, and businesses will not be charged any fees.
For additional details regarding program guidelines and loan terms or to apply, visit CarolinaSmallBusiness.org/covid19mecklenburg.
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