RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – With weekly updates to keep content current, WRAL TechWire’s Triangle Getting Started Guide offers a timely set of resources for anyone looking to start or grow a business in the Triangle region.
Last week, we recapped every update to the guide in 2021, and now we’re going back to another set of resources for local entrepreneurs.
The latest addition comes to our list of COVID relief programs for local startups and small businesses. We started this section in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic.
Today we added a line on an upcoming informational webinar covering the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s new disaster recovery grant for businesses facing losses from a pandemic. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance, an organization serving local small businesses, will host an information webinar this Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. to discuss program provisions, eligibility criteria and application procedures. We have added a link to the webinar in our list of COVID relief programs.
As we saw a few weeks ago, the Business Takeover Grant is a hospitality grant for hotels, restaurants, bars and other catering and accommodation businesses, as well as for businesses in art, entertainment and recreation. A reimbursement grant is also available for other businesses that have not received funding from other assistance programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program or the Job Retention Grant.
Applications were launched in December and will close on January 31.
Other recent additions to the Triangle Getting Started Guide
Every week, we update the guide with new resources for local entrepreneurs for our exclusive Triangle Startup Guide.
If we missed anything, please feel free to suggest it for inclusion. You can email me directly or use this contact form.
Here’s a look at the additions we’ve made in recent weeks:
- In the “Venture Capital and Angel Groups” section of the guide, we’ve added the Triangle Tweener Fund, a sort of “index” targeting start-ups in the Triangle. The fund was launched in December with the support of more than 20 local entrepreneurs.
- In the “Inspiration, Advice, and Other Resources” section of the guide, we’ve added the Tech Innovation Index, a new report from the North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH). The annual publication provides a detailed look at how the state’s metropolitan areas stack up against the nation’s other major metropolises, measuring technological innovation in three broader categories: talent supply, talent demand, and l ‘innovation. The inaugural report, released earlier this month, ranked two Triangle metro hubs – Durham-Chapel Hill and Raleigh-Cary – in the top 10 metropolitan areas in the United States.
- In the “COVID-19 Funding, Assistance and Resources” section, we have added a few small business administration programs with deadlines coming up on December 31: Economic Disaster Lending (EIDL), Targeted EIDL Advance, and Targeted Advance. additional.
- In the “Competitions, Grants, and Other Funding” section of the guide, we’ve added NC State University’s upcoming Make-A-Thon program, where teams of students are tasked with creating the best solution to a challenge. sustainability. At the end of the weekend, participating teams will present their ideas to judges and local businesses for a chance to win cash prizes. This year’s contest, which runs January 27-30, will offer $ 2,000 to the winning team, $ 1,000 to the second and $ 500 to the third. The registration deadline is January 16.
- In the “Accelerators and Mentoring Programs” section, we have added LaunchWENDELL, a new 10-week program from Town of Wendell and Wake Technical Community College that aims to support entrepreneurs and small business owners in Wendell. Applications for the first cohort are open until December 1, and classes are expected to begin in January 2022. Participants will be assigned a business mentor to guide their business development strategy.
- We have added the Southern Opportunity And Resilience (SOAR) Fund to the COVID-19 resource section of the guide. The program provides low-interest loans of up to $ 100,000 to small businesses and nonprofits in 15 states in the Southeastern region, including North Carolina. To be eligible, small businesses must experience economic disruption related to the pandemic and have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and annual revenues of less than $ 5 million.