It's All About Community. Although our daily lives have changed and travel and exploration of our area has all but ceased at this time, the Alamance County Visitors Bureau continues to share the efforts of our partners and highlight their businesses. Whether it's dining, retail or the opportunity to get outdoors and explore our own "backyard", we are charged with sharing the message that our partners are here and need the support of our community now more than ever.
North Carolina is one of the top ten most visited states in the country and we play an important role in that result. Our partners are proud to call Alamance County home and they are the reason we continue to grow as a place to visit. Our downtowns have seen tremendous growth and people have noticed. We do not want to lose that momentum.
We continue to share their stories. We are adding new campaigns to our social platforms that will provide for further engagement. If you are missing your favorite local spot - this campaign will be for you! In addition, changes have been made to some of our upcoming advertising schedules since travel has been halted for the majority. With so many of our retailers getting creative on how to continue to stay relevant and keep their business "open", virtual shopping and a variety of classes are now available.
One of our upcoming on-air marketing messages include:
"While it might be a little while before you’re able to get out and explore the area, we'll be here to help you celebrate when things feel normal again. We look forward to sharing our musical experiences, exploring our downtown shops and dining together."
Our website offers several partner resources and we will continue to update this list. Dining establishments offering curbside or takeout service, are available here.
This is a time to inspire our residents and our followers.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is an unprecedented event causing significant disruptions and impacts to life across all sectors. The disruption to our local economy will be temporary. The City of Graham has created the COVID-19 information page on the city's website (cityofgraham.com/covid-19/) with resources to help lessen the pandemic's effects on Graham's business community and their employees. City officials will continue to update the content as more information on funding, technical assistance, and other resources become available.
Leos Creative along and other downtown Graham business owners have created an app connecting consumers and business owners. The app is a tool to provide consumers an alternative way to shop while social distancing is in place. The app provides business owners the opportunity to post information. The post can range from daily specials to new arrivals. To access the app https://lovegraham.glideapp.io/
Mayor Jerry Peterman has issued a Proclamation ordering all individuals living within the City of Graham to “stay at home” effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020. His decision for his Proclamation is a result of various conversations with state and local public health officials, leaders from local hospitals, and mayors and municipal managers advising local leaders to reinforce safety measures for their residents. The Proclamation is valid through Thursday, April 16, 2020 and will be regularly reviewed and evaluated and may be revised, amended, or extended accordingly, based upon existing evidence and recommendations by the Public Health Director and Alamance Emergency Management.
Further updates on Graham's response can be found at: cityofgraham.com/covid-19
United Way of Alamance County has been working diligently these past few weeks given the impact COVID-19 is having on our community and partners. #Help4Alamance is a fund that has been established to help Alamance County neighbors during this public health crisis. As a part of the Alamance County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), we, along with many community partners, have been meeting to focus on the changes that Alamance County is facing based on this crisis.
Housing insecurity, childcare and food access have been priorities during this time of uncertainty. Staff have been serving on the housing insecurity task force of the EOC and been able to coordinate meals for those staying in hotels awaiting COVID-19 test results. Currently, shelters in the county are taking precautions to lessen the possibility of the spread of COVID-19 in their residents.
Food pantries have been serving record numbers throughout the county. United Way is assisting in finding access to fresh foods and shelf-stable items for these pantries. ABSS has recently launched feeding sites and bus route deliveries for breakfast and lunch. United Way is also playing a crucial role in obtaining supplies for childcare centers such as hand sanitizer, baby wipes and toilet paper. We aided in coordinating childcare for county government workers that are considered mission critical and must report to work during this time.
If you are interested in donating or volunteering, please click here. Your donation will be used based on the greatest needs. We expect these needs to change in the days and weeks ahead and will be meeting regularly with community partners to assess these needs. If we all work together, we will lessen the severity of the COVID-19 impact on Alamance County.
Dollar for dollar, your donation to #Help4Alamance will be matched up to $25,000! https://app.mobilecause.com/e/I7Eq1w?vid=6ebk9
If you are in need of NC COVID-19 resources and assistance, dial 211 or (888) 892- 1162. This free line operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. If you would like text message updates, text COVID-19 to 898211 to receive general information and updates.
NPR's Kelsey Snell has assembled an excellent article summarizing the federal CARES Act legislation that is designed to help business and individuals recover and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The article takes you step-by-step through the legislation as approved: Coronavirus Legislation Details.
Some other excellent web resources summarizing the CARES act include:
International Economic Development Corporation
National Law Review
Please share your favorites with us!
As the leading Business Organization in Alamance County the Alamance Chamber recognizes the extreme circumstances under which our businesses are working during COVID-19. The Chamber is here to serve as a hub for businesses looking for resources and information. We’ve gathered resources for businesses to reference as you make plans for your business. These resources can be found at on the COVID-19 Resource Page on our website.
The Coronavirus outbreak is prompting necessary public safety measures that impact the workforce and economy. It’s time to work together to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our employees, clients, and the community to the greatest extent possible all while supporting local businesses. Supporting local businesses is important as the Alamance County Community navigates through this uncertain time. There are several ways that you can support local businesses including following local businesses on Social Media, sharing their post and generating traffic to their websites, shop small/shop local online or over the telephone, order take-out from local restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries, buy gift cards now and plan to use them later, maintain subscriptions to health clubs, and ask our small businesses how you can help them.
In addition to providing resources on our website, the Chamber is hosting regular “All Business Briefing” calls to provide access to resources and information. To see all upcoming calls visit our Events Calendar. Registration is not required. We encourage all businesses have a representative participate in these calls.
We will notify you as decisions and policies are announced for businesses and the economy. We encourage businesses to follow us on Facebook.
It is more important than ever that we work together to support local businesses. The Alamance Chamber is here to be a partner with your business.
Chamber Website: http://www.alamancechamber.com/
To all of our #AlamanceStrong Businesses: Thank you for helping the public health community’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic! We are encouraging companies that are producing or have pivoted to producing needed items to do the following:
Want to make sure that others in the state know what you manufacture? Register on https://www.manufacturednc.com/. This site has existed for some time and is where we are directing individual hospitals and care providers who reach out to us seeking specific resources and items.
Are you a manufacturer willing to help with production of finished PPE or materials? Is your business able to pivot to manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment? Manufacturers interested in contributing to textile PPE (gowns, masks, gloves, etc.) can contact the Carolina Textile District (CTD) for help in transitioning their production to prototype and producing medical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact Sara Chester. Carolina Textile District for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 828-674-3141
One of the brightest spots of this Coronavirus outbreak has been the willingness of community leaders, ecosystem builders and small business owners to develop open, web-based systems to keep track of business response in an ever-changing environment. We've been amazed by all of the hard work going on out there throughout Alamance County and Burlington!
Here are the best open-source resources we've identified for residents, businesses and organizations who are looking to support small business or share resources available to the broader community.
*Please note that posting these links to do not equate endorsement of the people, companies or offers found within.
Burlington Restaurant Delivery & Curbside List
Alamance CVB Restaurant Delivery & Curbside List
Alamance Chamber of Commerce Business Updates
Chapel Hill - Carrboro Chamber Google Doc - Frequently Asked Business Questions
Durham Retail Curbside & Delivery
Share with us your favorite crowd or org-sourced lists that are helping drive community action and support in your neighborhood or block!