Coronavirus (COVID‐19) Updates

Current Status: Mountain BizWorks is open and operating virtually – all loan consultations, coaching sessions, classes, workshops, and meetings are being conducted remotely. Learn more about our COVID-19 response.

Updates & Information

March 19, 2020 @ 11:35 am

The IRS issues guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax payments until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.

March 18, 2020 @ 5:15 pm

SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available to North Carolina small businesses. Apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov.

March 17, 2020 @ 5:35 pm

Mountain BizWorks will defer all April loan payments for existing loan clients. Read the full announcement.

March 16, 2020 @ 5:07 pm

Mountain BizWorks is open and operating virtually – all loan consultations, coaching sessions, classes, workshops, and meetings are being conducted remotely.

March 16, 2020 @ 4:36 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the first four geographies designated for low-interest disaster relief loans to help businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. North Carolina’s Governor has submitted the required request to ensure our state’s small businesses are also eligible for these loans.

March 13, 2020 @ 5:45 pm

Beginning Monday, March 16, and continuing for a minimum of two weeks, business coaching sessions will not be permitted at Mountain BizWorks offices. Virtual coaching sessions using Google Hangouts, Zoom, GoTo Meeting, or other technologies will remain available. You can request coaching by filling out our online form.

March 13, 2020 @ 10:40 am

Yesterday, the Small Business Administration announced that it will provide up to $2 million in disaster assistance loans to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Read the press release and review the process for accessing SBA’s disaster relief lending.

March 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Currently, there are no reported cases nor evidence of community spread in our region, so all of our offices remain open. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are transitioning all group classes to online-only participation for the next two weeks, starting Monday, March 16. We have also decided to postpone a few of our larger public workshops and events.

POSTPONED  March 19 @ 5:30 pm – ScaleUp WNC Cohort #9 Kick-Off Event
POSTPONED  March 20 @ 1:00 pm – Scaling Your Craft Business Workshop
POSTPONED  April 2 @ 4:00 pm – Crafting the Built Environment Workshop

We will provide details regarding the rescheduling of these events and workshops at a later date.

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The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID‐19) is a rapidly evolving situation. Check back regularly for updates, and visit CDC.gov for the latest situational news and guidelines.