CSBDF offices are currently closed to the public to comply with NC's reopening guidelines. All staff are available by email and phone.

COVID-19 Updates

Resources and updates for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community economic development practitioners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current Operations Status

Our offices are currently closed to the public. All staff are available to assist by phone and email. CSBDF is abiding by the Governor’s request that, where possible, organizations should continue with their remote working plans.

CSBDF’s Small Business COVID-19 Programs

Small Business Recovery Fund Loans
Established by the City of Durham and Durham County, 

For small businesses located within Durham County, affordable financing is available in the form of loans ranging from $5,000 to $35,000. For more information about the program, visit this page.

Small Business Emergency Stabilization Loans
Established by Mecklenburg County

For small businesses located within Mecklenburg County, affordable financing is available in the form of loans ranging from $5,000 to $35,000. For more information about the program, visit this page.

Federal Government Assistance

The Small business Administration currently has two programs for small business owners. For questions about these programs, please contact the SBA disaster assistance hotline at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

  1. Second Draw Paycheck Protection Program Forgivable Loans (PPP) are available for up to 3.5 times your average monthly payroll costs up to $2M. Proceeds from second draw PPP may be used for expenses including mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, property damage due to looting or vandalism, and certain supplier expenses. The business must demonstrate a 25% reduction in gross receipts across comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. If your business has not received a PPP forgivable loan before, you may be eligible for the first draw of the program under different terms.
  2. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are available in amounts up to $150,000 to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, but can be up to 30 years.

Thanking Our Supporters

Our assistance programs are only possible due to the help of our partners.