Doing Business during COVID-19
- Follow reopening guidance: SC Dept of Commerce has compiled reopening guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, cosmetology & fitness businesses, SCRLA has posted guidelines for restaurants, hotels and event venues, the National Retail Federation has issued an operation open doors checklist, and DHEC has issued guidance for hospitality, restaurants and retail
- UPDATE (JUNE 29, 2020): Starting at noon Monday, masks were required inside grocery stores and pharmacies within the City of Spartanburg to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance also called for all employees at restaurants and retail stores in the city to wear masks.
- Plan for cases: DHEC is providing this generalized guidance for use by employers and employees to determine the best practices to utilize in various scenarios involving COVID-19 in the workplace
- South Carolina's response: Learn about the work of Gov. Henry McMaster's accelerateSC Task Force, designed to help the state recover from COVID-19.
- Protect your team: Watch this webinar for Find Great People's human resources guidance on bringing staff back to the office, or this webinar where MAU panelists offer tips on implementing and communicating actionable strategies
- Educate your customers: Let them know what measures you're taking to ensure customer safety
- Keep innovating: Continue to offer online services, delivery and no-contact options, as well as identifying in-demand products
- Economic outlook: Hear predictions from Wells Fargo Economist Tim Quinlan
- What's next? Listen to this conversation with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham
- Best practices for reopening: The SC Chamber unveiled “Business in the Era of COVID-19: A Guide for Moving Your Business Forward," detailing best practices, frequently asked questions and potential liability risks employers face in reopening and ramping up business during the pandemic.
- Real estate info for you and your business: See Part 1 and Part 2 of a webinar with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate for what you need to know.
- Virtual Job Fairs: Click here for info from SC Works Greater Upstate on digital talent recruitment opportunities
Spartanburg's economic recovery is tied to our ability to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Experts have proven that wearing a mask significantly limits the spread of the virus.
Please note: Businesses in the City and County may choose to enforce mask requirements that go above and beyond what is required.
- The City of Spartanburg's Mask Ordinance requires masks for customers and employees in grocery stores, pharmacies and City facilities, where at-risk people are likely to be.
- Although encouraged, customers are not required to wear masks while supporting the City's restaurants, retail stores and salons, however, employees in these businesses are required to wear masks.
- Spartanburg County Council’s Mask Resolution strongly encourages the use of masks in grocery stores, pharmacies and County-owned buildings to protect at-risk populations. The resolution does not require the use of masks in these facilities.
- Apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan: Assistance is available for SC businesses, including $10,000 emergency advances:
- Navigate the CARES Act: The CARES Act is a $2 trillion economic support package focused on direct payments, target relief, small business loans, health care surge, and state and local aid
- It includes the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses stay open and keep employees on payroll by providing cash-flow assistance via 100% federally guaranteed loans that may be forgiven if borrowers maintain or restore payroll
- Read this information, determine if you are eligible, review the application & apply through an SBA-approved lender - if you don't have a relationship in place, we recommend starting with CommunityWorks
- Webinar: Navigate the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program & Loan Forgiveness
- Video: How to prepare a PPP application
- Webinar: Minority Business Resource Round-up
- Get tax relief: Local, state and federal relief
- Spartanburg County, the City of Spartanburg, and the City of Inman have all extended reporting deadlines for hospitality and accommodations taxes.
- SC Dept. of Revenue tax returns and payments due April 1-June 1 will now be due June 1, 2020, without penalty and interest. This includes SC Individual Income Taxes, Corporate Income Taxes, Sales and Use Tax, Admissions Tax, Withholding Tax, and other taxes administered by the SCDOR. The SCDOR is automatically applying this tax relief for all applicable returns and payments; you don't need to take any additional action.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline to file federal taxes was moved from April 15 to July 15, 2020 without penalties or interest, regardless of the amount owed. The deferment applies to all taxpayers, individuals, trusts and estates, corporations, and other non-corporate tax-filers. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.
- Get unemployment insurance guidance: For self-employed contractors and gig workers, see this guidance from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce
- Apply for grants: Major companies have announced support for small businesses
- Amazon Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Save Small Business Fund: Businesses in economically-vulnerable areas employing 3-20 people, which includes many Spartanburg County businesses, can apply for $5,000 in Save Small Business Fund grants
- The SC CARES Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program aims to aid minority-owned and small businesses with 25 or fewer employees that have experienced negative business impacts due to COVID-19.
- Apply for childcare assistance: the SC Department of Social Services has released new vouchers to help cover childcare costs for working families.
- Get business guidance: The S.C. Department of Commerce has created an online resource center to engage the state's business community on what's available to deal with COVID-19 & the Small Business Administration has compiled small business guidance and loan resources
- Get HR guidance: FordHarrison LLP recorded complimentary webinars to help businesses navigate COVID-19
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, funded at $105 billion, provides free testing, paid sick leave and unemployment benefits.
- View this webinar for tips on avoiding scams from the Better Business Bureau
- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and its subsidiary BlueChoice HealthPlan have waived all out-of-pocket costs related to in-network COVID-19 medical treatments for members through June 1. Individuals who have lost insurance can contact BlueCross BlueShield to discuss individual coverage options. Click here for more.
- Give us a call: Need to vet an idea or simply talk it out? Reach out to a team member
How Business can PROTECT SPARTANBURG
- Work from home: We ask that our employers do whatever they can to allow employees who can work from home, to work from home
- Protect your workforce: We ask employers who cannot operate without employees in office to implement CDC recommendations to protect your workforce - DHEC and OSHA have also issued workplace guidance
- Educate your employees: We ask you to educate your employees on the symptoms of COVID-19 and the right ways to seek medical assessment as symptoms arise, as we must protect our medical facilities and our emergency rooms
- Protect our healthcare system: If legally possible, please do not require a healthcare provider's note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way - see FAQs from Spartanburg Regional
Many of our local small businesses will be impacted over the weeks and months ahead. We urge our community to band together and support small business like never before, while following critical recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Support local businesses: Need to buy supplies? Find a local business. If your employees are still on site, consider supplying meals
- Purchase essentials from locally-owned stores: Spartanburg specialty stores include pharmacies, butchers, wine shops, and prepared foods, just to name a few
- Patronize local restaurants: Order takeout, curbside pickup and delivery from local restaurants as often as you would go out to eat (or more!)
- Participate in innovative digital offerings: Support small business offering online classes and entertainment
- Shop remotely with local merchants: Need to buy a gift? Choose to shop online at a local store, or purchase from a store offering delivery
- Buy gift cards to spend later: Go above and beyond to benefit your favorite businesses
- Choose local vendors: It's not just hospitality and retailers who are losing out on business - select local vendors for your business needs
- Influence others to do the same: The more people who support local business, the stronger our local economy will be