Business Resources

For questions about COVID-19 regulations, please email:  covid-19businessinquiry@charleston-sc.gov

Reopening Business - Signage 

Free downloadable 8.5 x 11 flyers to display for your business. The following checklists provide guidance for operating under heightened hygiene & cleaning standards. Businesses should implement reasonable steps to comply with sanitation guidelines published by the CDC, DHEC, or other state or public health officials. 

Click through to access multiple flyers available in English & Spanish. 

Face Mask Policy

Face Mask Policy

Maximum Occupancy

PNG Occupancy Flyer

Attention - Suppliers & Vendors

PNG Attention Flyer

Actions to Stop the Spread:

PNG Actions Flyer

Protect from COVID-19:

PNG Reopening Flyer

Spanish - Face Mask Policy

Spanish Face Mask Policy

Food & Bev Signage Checklist

PNG Food Bev Signage.pdf (2)

Spanish - Business Actions:

Spanish - Business Actions Flyer

Spanish - Protect from COVID:

Spanish Reopening Flyer

Reopening Business

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Face Mask Ordinance FAQs The emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in public areas throughout the city of Charleston to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 goes into effect at 12 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Review these FAQs for more information.
Health & Safety Requirements for Retail Businesses   Effective Thursday, April 23, 2020, all retail businesses in the City of Charleston that are open for access by the public shall follow the following procedures for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City, its employers, and employees.
DHEC Restaurant Reopening Toolkit DHEC, in conjunction with SCRLA, is developing this toolkit to assist restaurants and the public with successful re-opening in response to COVID-19. Phase I, effective May 4, 2020, focuses on outdoor dining. This toolkit provides voluntary resources including signage, templates, a checklist, and ​educational materials for facilities. 
SC Restaurant & Lodging Association  Restaurant reopening guidelines & outdoor dining guidelines. 
SCDHEC Guidance on Reopening  As businesses continue to operate and/or start back up, it remains critical to both the state's
public health as well as our economic health that we all individually and collectively continue to
follow guidelines that will minimize the spread of COVID-19.
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. 
SC COVID19 Emergency Supply Collaborative  Companies looking for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your employees, please complete the online form to provide a list of needs.
CDC Business FAQs How to maintain healthy business operations, cleaning in the workplace, reducing the spread of COVID-19 and more. 
Back to Work Safely  This site features expert, industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage as they emerge from the COVID-19 quarantines.
Ready to Reopen Playbook A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic.
Clarification of Business Designation Form Governor McMaster has directed the incremental modification of “Non-Essential” business closures.  If you are a business representative seeking clarification on your business designation, please fill out the form below.
One Region Ready Business Toolkit  As you prepare to welcome your employees, customers and clients back into your business, the Chamber is committed to providing you the tools you need for a safe return to work, including: Directory of member companies who can provide needed supplies and services, One Region Ready Plan and Guidelines, One Region Ready Pledge, Reopening Webinars and Additional Resources.
MUSC Back2Business MUSC Health has launched Back2Business to help business owners and organizations reopen smoothly and seamlessly, and follow the latest evidence based guidelines for maintaining a safe environment. Our health professionals will provide area businesses with customized services and resources from preparations for reopening to implementing and managing maintenance and mitigation strategies.

Support Local

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Black-owned Restaurant Map KJ Kearney, creator of Black Food Fridays, made a map of Black-owned restaurants in the Charleston area a couple months earlier that has since grown to feature about 80 businesses. 
SC Buy Black Locally Online resources to find and support Black-owned businesses listing about 250 businesses in the state.
Local PPE Supply Hub Lowcountry Local First created a Local PPE Supply Hub for personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and cleaning services). Does your local business provide PPE? E-mail jordan@lowcountrylocalfirst.org to submit your business for inclusion.
Lowcountry Local First Directory for local businesses. Delivering resources, programming, networking, mentorship and more to local businesses of all shapes and sizes.
The Post & Courier Business Guide  To better support the resilient and creative businesses during this unprecedented time we are offering a free way for businesses to connect with their customers and share how to continue to shop and offer support.
MUSC Support Local Guide  How to buy local food during quarantine. Local producers, distributors, and pick-up locations. 
Charleston Farmers Market  While the Charleston Farmers Markets may be closed until further notice, fresh local produce is still available. Follow this page to stay up to date on ways to shop local produce and products. 

Financial Assistance

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Small Business Administration  1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339); disastercustomerservice@sba.gov SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
GrantWatch   Search for grants currently available for small businesses.
SBA Lenders in SC   This page contains a list of SBA 7(a) Lenders, 504 Certified Development Companies, and SBA Micro-lenders. For more information about programs or to start the application process, please contact the lenders directly.
Comparison: SBA's EIDL Loan Program vs SBA's CARES Act info.charlestonsc@scorevolunteer.org
(843) 727-4778
3/27/2020: Information regarding the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program compared to the newly approved Paycheck Protection Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
LDC  (843) 973-7298 Business and Social Service Resources. The LDC Helps Entrepreneurs and Communities by Providing Small Business Lending Throughout Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties.
Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this step-by-step guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to apply for a loan. Here’s what you need to know. 
Funding Female Founders    From how to access SBA Disaster Recovery Loans, to grants and relief packages, this guide is a frequently-updated list of everything women-led businesses will need to weather the impacts of Coronavirus.
BCDCOG Revolving Loan Fund   BCD Council of Governments: The Revolving Loan Fund’s (RLF) primary goal is job creation and protection. Eligible uses for loans include the purchase of equipment and land and the improvement of real estate and building facilities.
Lendio PPP Loan   Lendio can connect you to an SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan.  An application submitted to Lendio does not guarantee you will receive a PPP loan.
SCCLF Working Capital Loan  borrow@sccommunityloanfund.org. Efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have created unprecedented challenges for South Carolina nonprofits and small businesses. Based on feedback from current SCCLF borrowers, SC nonprofits, and community partners, we created a working capital program designed to alleviate some of the financial strain created by this uncertain time. 
Small Business Grants available to Female Entrepreneur   AABRS guide to finding small business grants that are available only to female entrepreneurs. 

Best Practice & Guidance

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IRS   Read about the relief bill and how it will be implemented for small and mid-size businesses.
US Chamber of Commerce   Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business guide and Checklist. Am I eligible? What are lenders looking for? How much can I borrow?
Rep. Cunningham's Guide for Small Businesses   Document compiled by Representative Cunningham's office with state, local and federal resources for small business owners.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (843) 577-2510 Guidance and resources for businesses to prepare your workplace and communicate with employees about the COVID-19 Event.
Envolve Entrepreneurship   Resources for the startup community. Tools and best practices for startups and entrepreneurs including teleworking, workshops, discounts, and surveys. 
US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship   The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. 
Charleston Small Business Development Center (843) 740-6160 The Charleston Area SBDC provides no-cost, one–on–one consultation to prospective and existing business owners. Consultants at your local SBDC are ready to assist with the loan application process via telephone, email and online systems. As part of the CARES Act, SBDCs will be receiving additional funds to assist businesses impacted by the coronavirus, including help applying for financial assistance through the SBA.
SCORE (843) 727-4778 Free small business mentoring, counseling, and resources. 
Charleston County Economic Development (843) 958-4511 Charleston County Economic Development offices might be physically closed but are still doing business and ready to serve you. Compiled list of resources. 
CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers   Guidance and best practices to help businesses prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. How to maintain healthy business operations. 
US Chamber Small Business Guide    Hosted on CO—, the Chamber’s digital platform for small businesses, the Coronavirus Small Business Resources Hub features the latest step-by-step guides, infographics, advice, and resources to help small business owners access financial relief and navigate disruption. 
COVID-19 Local Action Tracker    The National League of Cities Covid Action Tracker is the most complete collection of municipal responses to COVID-19. This information was collected through active research and direct submissions from local leaders.

City Supports

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Curbside Relief Program curbside@charleston-sc.gov View curbside pickup zones for restaurants; email to apply for curbside pickup outside your business or restaurant.
Non-Essential Business Exemption Application   Apply to be considered an "essential business" as part of the stay at home ordinance. 
Outdoor Dining Application  covid-19businessinquiry@charleston-sc.gov The City is opening up opportunities for adding outdoor dining through a streamlined approval process. This registration allows for the temporary use of additional areas for outdoor dining on private property and public sidewalks.

Restaurants

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National Restaurant Association Coronavirus information and resources including food safety measures and changing restaurant operations.  
Toast Resources & Relief Programs  Programs and resources for restaurants and restaurant workers. 
James Beard Foundation: Industry Support Webinars To help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 the James Beard Foundation is hosting webinars to help provide resources for the hospitality industry and to better stay connected throughout difficult times. 
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation  Direct funds available for individual restaurant workers, non-profit organizations serving restaurant workers during crisis, and zero interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running. 
SCRLA SC Restaurant & Lodging Association resource guide including SCDHEC, SCDEW, guidance for when an employee tests positive, diner's responsibilities and more!
Gotcha To Go Delivery Service  Gotcha TO GO simplifies the standard order/delivery formula. We help you increase staff retention by using current employees as delivery drivers to ensure quality, on-time deliveries for a low, fixed investment.
US Foods Takeout & Delivery Resources  If on-premise dining isn’t an option for now, you can still get great food to diners via carryout or delivery. Get the information and support you need on avoiding takeout food safety risks, reducing food waste, safety with social distancing, delivery driver trainings and more. 

Nonprofits

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Together SC Resources for nonprofits. Financial resources, fundraising efforts, working from home, advocacy, best practices. Contact (803) 929-0399. 
Candid Candid is compiling a list of funds specifically established in the wake of coronavirus. The list focuses on funds hosted at US-based foundations that serve nonprofits, though others outside of this criteria may appear as well.
GrantWatch Search for grants available to nonprofits.
Independent Sector  How to apply for nonprofit relief funds. Navigating resources for individuals, small, and large nonprofits. 
SCACED South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development resource list including information to help you, your organization, and your family during these times. 
Blackbaud COVID-19 Resources Blackbaud has compiled a list of resources for nonprofits operating and fundraising during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Free Resources

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Charleston Legal Access The Initiative is an opportunity for South Carolina’s organizations who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis to receive free, limited-scope legal advice. 
Inc. Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by Covid-19. Cybersecurity, marketing, supply chain solutions, legal issues, cloud storage, and more. 
Facebook Business Resource Hub  Facebook guide for businesses including quick tips, grants, free resources, and more. 
SC.gov: How Do I.. Get answers to questions frequently asked by others living and visiting South Carolina.


Free Tech Resources

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Google My Business Help Update your 'Google My Business' profile to provide the most accurate information to your customers. You can provide updates to your customers, including: hours, services, contact info, and temporary closures.
Mailchimp Price Relief  Current customers who have 25 or fewer employees in categories including restaurants and hospitality; brick and mortar retail; travel and leisure; entertainment; health, beauty, and wellness; and other select Main Street businesses are eligible for up to three months of free Mailchimp service.
Business Resources  Apply for 12 months of free software for your small business.
WorkHuman Free software for small businesses that are having employees work from home.
Calendy Free access to Zoom and GoToMeeting.
Panopto Free 90-day access to video recording and Zoom meeting recording.
Headspace Headspace is offering a collection of guided meditations and exercises (including brand-new recordings) available for free to all employers and their employees.
Salesforce Care for Small Businesses  Get the tools to keep your customers and employees connected and safe — free for 90 days for organizations with 20 employees or less.  Virtual toolbox of free resources, solutions, and tips to help you guide your business through this difficult time.
Comcast Technology Guide  Comcast Business is here to help. We’ve put together a Technology Guide to help you navigate the “new normal” – no matter what that normal is for your business.

Green Business Resources

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Office of Resilience and Sustainability List of green business resources including: events management, reducing waste, saving energy, buying green, financial assistance, and more!
ENERGY STAR Action Workbook
The ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Small Business is intended to serve as a resource and planning guide for owners, operators, and employees of small businesses. This 101-page guidebook provides step-by-step guidance on ways to increase energy efficiency in facilities by implementing realistic and cost-effective energy improvement projects.
CofC Office of Sustainability On this page, you will find a handful of guides created to address a range of sustainability issues right here at home.
RightCycle PPE The RightCycle Program by Kimberly-Clark™ Professional turns hard-to-recycle PPE into new consumer goods. Items to recycle include: Gloves, disposable cleanroom and lab apparel, and safety eyewear. These everyday items get a second life when they are recycled. 
Plastic-Free Reopening Guidelines The Oceanic Standard Plastic-Free Reopening Guidelines for Restaurant & Hotel Food Service. A set of free industry guides for adopting sustainable practices.