COVID-19 Business Support
Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus and its potential impact on our region. Now is the time to prepare, not panic. While this is a quickly evolving situation, we will work to provide up-to-date information, actionable intelligence and help employers adopt a prepared mindset to focus on the health of their business. Business is still open- below you'll find information from our community on the best way to support their restaurant, retail, and service based businesses, and to keep commerce thriving during this time. Finally, you'll find a non-profit assistance section, to help our communities continue to thrive.
Remote Work Resources
Free Work from Home Technology Tools (Inc.com)
News & Updates
Major Local Announcements
- On Saturday, Gov. Henry McMaster announced that the state’s income tax filing deadline had been extended to July 15. The decision mimics changes that were made at the federal level, which set the federal income tax filing due date to July 15. (FOX Carolina)
- Governor Henry McMaster signed an emergency funding bill, giving $45 million to DHEC to help fund coronavirus relief in the state. (Independent Mail)
- S.C. workers who are temporarily out of work due to the coronavirus are eligible for six weeks of unemployment pay from the state. Employers are required to apply for the program before employees can receive the benefits. (The State)
- The City of Greer is closing it's parks and playgrounds due to the pandemic. It is also closing public access to city buildings and asking customers to contact staff electronically for assistance, effective Tuesday, 3/24. (City of Greer)
- Cancelled local events: Eggtastic Easter Event (4/4), City of Greer International Festival (4/18)
- Postponed events: Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Pelham Medical Center 36th Annual Greer Family Fest (5/1-5/2). New Date: 8/14-8/15.
- Phase 3 of the Stimulus Bill- the CARES Act passes. Find out how small businesses benefit here. (US Chamber of Commerce)
Key Federal & State Information
Federal Stimulus Package- Phase 1 & 2 Overview (Akin Gump).
Small Business & Non-Profit Loans
The Small Business Administration (SBA) will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.
Tax Payment Postponement
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Tuesday, March 17th that taxpayers can delay paying their income taxes on as much as $1 million in taxes owed for up to 90 days. Corporate filers would get the same length of time to pay amounts due on up to $10 million in taxes owed. https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948
Unemployment Insurance Information
Click here for general questions related to the COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
Click here for a quick reference of COVID-19 related UI scenarios.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions Regarding UI and COVID-19.
Healthcare & Wellness Resources
- As of March 20, 2020, Prisma Health System will not allow visitors in hospitals, Emergency Departments and/or outpatient facilities.
- As of March 19, 2020 Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has suspended visitation to all hospitals.
- Prisma Health System offices are evaluating all previously scheduled appointments and surgeries. Each provider practice will proactively be contacting patients to determine if an in person visit or virtual visits are their best option. Prisma health system is encouraging new patients to schedule virtual visits for convenient care online, while practicing social distancing.
- Prisma Health is offering a free virutal visit to individuals who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 can get a free virtual visit for symptoms with promo code COVID-19.
- Greenville County Library branches are physically closed, but online resources are open, and eCards are available to access downloadable books, movies, music and other resources.
- Take time to unwind and participate in activities you enjoy. Read a book, play games online, start a new TV show, or video call a friend.
- Walking outdoors is okay- as long as you maintain social distancing. Avoid public parks and trails (many are closed anyway) and be sure to keep at least arms distance away from those you encounter.
- Eat healthy meals, and try new recipes! Many stores are offering home delivery or touchless pickup. If you can't do those options- grocery shopping is still OK- maintain social distancing as much as possible. Stay 6 feet away from those you encounter, at least maintaining your "wingspan."
Business is still open- below you'll find information from our community on the best way to support their service based businesses, and to keep commerce thriving during this time. If your business or if you know of a service based business not on this list, please have them fill out our Business Is Still Open Survey
Greater Greer Non Profit Organzation Information
Click here for a list of Nonprofit organzations in the Greater Greer Community who need your help in these challenging times. Please consider helping your neighbors in need in the Greater Greer Community.
Click here for information on upstate restaurants providing food assistance for children who are no longer receiving meals through their K-12 schools (Kidding Around Greenville).
While many people are out of work, some companies are hiring during the coronavirus outbreak.
Here are the latest. Click on the blue links to learn more or apply.
We will continue to add to the list as we learn about more.
- American Security: hiring for various security positions across the Upstate.
- Dominion Senior Living Several temporary and permanent positions available. Temporary work assignments offer flexible work schedules with no contracts or previous experience necessary.
- CVS: has announced plans to hire 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country as the nation battles the coronavirus outbreak.
- Comfort Keepers Home Care offers a wide selection of rewarding in home caregiver opportunities – part-time and full time – for people who have a heartfelt desire to help seniors and adults live safely, independently and happily in the comfort of their own homes. Greenville | Spartanburg | Tryon
- Walgreens: plans to fill roughly 9,500 existing full and part-time roles in stores across the U.S. due to ‘significant demands on our stores and pharmacies during this time.’ Most positions are customer service associates, pharmacy technicians and shift leads.
- Dollar General : plans to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April as it continues to diligently work to support customers’ needs. More details
- Publix: hiring thousands of new employees across its seven-state footprint in order to meet the demand driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ingles: Short-term and long-term positions available
- Jet’s Pizza is hiring delivery drivers in 20 states, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
- Walmart: announced it is hiring 150,000 people in the U.S. through the end of May. In South Carolina, Walmart plans to hire more than 3,400 associates to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.
- Upstate business Elite Home Care is looking to hire folks to help those health officials say are most vulnerable to the coronavirus; senior citizens and adults with special care needs.
- Summit Janitorial Services
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