This is a page where we will share the latest news and resources that may help small businesses, especially restaurants and retailers, navigate today and the days ahead. We will update this regularly. 


Navigating PPP 2.0

On January 13th, 2021, Center City Partners hosted a panel conversation with Rosa Berger, Vice President, South End Financial Center Manager, Fifth Third Bank and Deb Walker, Cherry Bekaert, National Director for Compensation and Benefits about navigating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) after re-opening on January 11, 2021. Here are two resources from that conversation:



Note: This summary of general information does not constitute legal, accounting or financial advice.  Potential participants in the PPP loan program should consult their legal, financial and accounting advisors, and their PPP lenders, to determine how the PPP rules and regulations apply to their particular situations.  The information in this summary may become inaccurate as the PPP rules and regulations evolve.  Please check and for updated, current information.


Covid-19 Impact Snapshot- Small Business Spotlight

The strength of our community—looking out for our neighbors, rallying around our small businesses, supporting our front line workers—has been a powerful beacon of hope during these trying times. Learn more about how our businesses are affected and are adapting, here


Covid-19 Impact Snapshot – Residential Spotlight

This City City Snapshot, the second in our ongoing series, contains a focus on the impact COVID-19 has had on the urban residential experience.  In this Snapshot, we sought to understand the aspects of Center City life that residents value—what they miss and what has sustained them through this crisis. Residents told us that they fought feelings of isolation by connecting with neighbors at a safe distance from their windows, patios, and balconies. Click here to read the full report


Operations Resources for Businesses


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Helpful Resources from the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

This list of ideas has been shared in discussion among business owners. 

  • Create new online e-commerce platforms and virtual shopping events
  • Expand sick leave policies for employees, and reiterating that no one sick should enter place of business 
  • Post signage and communicating to customers and clients that they should not enter if sick, and instructions on how they can call to request delivery or curbside delivery 
  • Contact your landlord immediately to request rent abatement 
  • Collect donations for individuals and households in need 
  • Respond with warmth, kindness and hope to support each other, employees and customers. 
  • Band together to support local businesses.