COVID-19 Funding Help Center

PPP 2.0 and Other Disaster Recovery Funding Program FAQs & Learning Resources

Find what you need to navigate your small business through this unprecedented time. We’re here for you - we want to help you keep your dreams alive.

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New PPP Funding

The recent federal Covid-19 bill authorizes another $284 billion round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending including making the program available to new first time applicants as well allowing qualifying existing PPP recipients to get a “second draw.” A variety of resources to help you access this program are below. Once you’re ready to apply, visit our PPP application site.  

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Other Financial Assistance

In addition to the new PPP funding, there were other programs and resources created out of the approximately $900 billion that you may be eligible for and consider for you and your business.  Most of those other resources will be available and administered by other organizations, and not Mountain BizWorks, but we want to ensure you’re aware of all your resource options (especially since in some cases you may need to choose one program or another, and not participate in both.

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COVID-19 Funding Help Center

Step By Step Guide:

  1. Decide which programs are a possible fit for you, or your organization.
  2. Go to the appropriate website to determine the timing and process to register or apply for assistance.
  3. Download any appropriate application and corresponding instructions.
  4. Gather the appropriate documentation and information to complete the application
  5. Carefully complete the application per the instructions, be sure to complete the application fully and legibly, sign & initial, and check your work before you submit (incomplete, or unreadable, information may delay your request for assistance).
  6. Submit your information and any corresponding documentation.

Find Answers

Join us for our weekly webinar

Get the latest information on a new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funding approved as part of the new Stimulus Package passed by Congress at the end of 2020. As this new round is rolled out, we’ll share what we know, what you should expect, anticipated timelines, where to find resources, and how to participate. We’ll share the latest information, then open up the Zoom session for questions for our Mountain BizWork panel to help you make the right decision and navigate the process. We’ll focus primarily on the PPP program, but will also briefly outline some of the alternative support provided for in the latest Stimulus Package. If you can’t make it for the live sessions, we do plan to record the sessions and make them available on our website.

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Apply for Programs

Here are some resources to help you apply

As an experienced and approved lender for the PPP Loan program, we can help you prepare and apply for a PPP loan (either as a first time applicant, or as a returning Mountain BizWorks PPP borrower here for another round of funding). If you are interested in any of the other funding assistance resources, please use the link below to be directed to the appropriate organization. They can help you determine whether those options may be a good fit, and how to proceed with getting financial assistance.

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Talk to a Specialist

Schedule a 25 min Technical Assistance Session

To help our clients and other WNC small business owners navigate, prepare for, and access the various COVID-19 funding resources, Mountain BizWorks has established a response task force of Disaster Response Funding Specialists. Whether you're coming to us with questions about PPP forgiveness, your second draw, or your first time, schedule time here.

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Upcoming Webinars and Q&A Sessions

We’ll be running weekly webinars and Q&A sessions where small businesses and nonprofits can get advice and ask questions.


Find Technical Assistance in Your Area

All of our region’s community colleges house a Small Business Center that are providing invaluable PPP and COVID response support to area businesses. Connect with the one that serves your community: A-B Tech SBCBlue Ridge SBCCCC&TI SBCCleveland County SBCHaywood SBCIsothermal SBCMayland SBCMcDowell Tech SBCSouthwestern SBCTri-County SBCWestern Piedmont SBC, and Wilkes SBC. The SBTDC and Western Women’s Business Center are also excellent resources providing support on the SBA relief programs and more.


Other Questions?

If you were unable to find an answer to your question above, you are welcome to submit it here and one of our Disaster Funding Specialists will respond.

PPP loan program guidelines are still coming out regularly, so please check back here regularly.

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With your help, we can expand much needed financial services for small businesses across WNC.