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COVID-19 and the Upstate

April 1, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting global supply chains and business operations, a number of resources are available to affected companies.

AccelerateSC Website and Resources

acceleratescDesigned to provide citizens centralized access to easily connect with COVID-19 related information, Governor Henry McMaster’s office has launched accelerate.sc.gov, a one-stop-shop for details details about the state’s revitalization efforts. The site is maintained by the South Carolina Department of Administration.

AccelerateSC was launched in April 2020 to establish a coordinated economic revitalization plan involving small and large business leaders, healthcare professionals, local government officials, and education professionals. The plan consists of five components of analysis and effort: Response, Protection, Governance, Resources, and Information.

Business Resources

For support or guidance regarding city or county measures, please contact your local economic development office, as they are focused on supporting existing Upstate industries.

South Carolina Department of Commerce Consolidated Business Resources:

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, SC Department of Employment and Workforce, SC Department of Revenue, & SC Department of Insurance have created a single location where businesses can find answers and resources to help them during this challenging time.

Information on the federal CARES Act, payroll tax credits and SBA loans are included. 

U.S. Small Business Administration:

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers several loans and assistance programs. Additionally, businesses across South Carolina may be eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program or SBA Express Bridge Loans.

See SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Upstate SC Alliance Operations

In following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to minimize gatherings, in-person Alliance events are currently paused or have shifted to a virtual format. Our office is operating under a hybrid model, with team members working both remotely and in the office. No matter where we physically sit, we will remain responsive to the needs of our investors, prospects and partners. You may reach our staff by email, cellphone, and via voicemail on their desk lines.

TOPICS: Existing Industry, International, Manufacturing