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COVID-19 Business Resources

Resources for Business Owners

As our community responds to COVID-19, the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce will continue to be a resource for business owners and the community at large. Please use this page to view the latest updates and resources.

For the latest policy updates regarding COVID-19, check the below link regularly.

Interim Guidance for Restaurants

On May 22, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim guidance for restaurants as the state prepares to enter into Phase 2 of slowly lifting restrictions while combating COVID-19.

Smart Restart Guide

To ensure the safety and well-being of our community and to help you navigate the new normal in the days, weeks and months ahead, we have created the Smart Restart playbook. This comprehensive guide includes many of the recommendations and guidelines from the CDC as well as other federal and state agencies. This resource will act as a living document and will be updated as situations change moving forward.

Information on COVID-19

Supporting Local Businesses & Community

In this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to support those companies whose businesses are impacted by closures or restrictions.

  • Call ahead or check online to find out if business hours or services have changed.
  • Support local restaurants by ordering take-out, buying gift cards, etc.
  • Support our local restaurant—search our directory

Business Resources

Funding Resources for Business

Resources for Individuals & Families

Unemployment Benefits

The State of North Carolina has waived the waiting period and other restrictions to receive un-employment benefits.  Complete information on how to apply for unemployment benefits can be found here.  Individuals can also call (888) 737-0259 to talk directly to an unemployment counselor.

Internet Access for Families:

Altice USA will extend its free student broadband and Wifi offerings until the end of the 2019-2020 school year to help students and schools stay connected to online teaching and learning.  Get more details here.


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