For the most recent updates affecting our community please visit Buncombe County’s COVID-19 preparedness page.
Posters for your windows
If you have a local business and you’re reopening, feel free to download and print out this poster for your window (and use this one if you are requiring face masks). It is important that we communicate, together, as a community, the need to keep each other safe and how we all can participate in that.
We’re also encouraging businesses to post these Pro-Mask = Pro-Asheville posters and use the hashtag on social media #MaskAVL to encourage folks to wear them, as they make all of us safer.
Downtown Asheville Business Survey
We partnered with the Asheville Downtown Association and Asheville Independent Restaurant Association to release a COVID-19 Downtown Business Census. The results from the survey will be instrumental in helping us prioritize business needs as we move into the next phase of reopening.
This survey takes 10 minutes to complete and we’re asking that you complete the survey by Friday, May 29. Please answer to the best of your capabilities and for your present situation.
**Note, this survey is for downtown businesses. We are working with other neighborhood and trade associations to deploy another for other groups.
Planning on reopening, need supplies?
Find local suppliers to help you reopen (hand-sanitizer, cleaning supplies, gloves, masks…) with this list updated by the Chamber and from the SupplyConnector (started locally).
City of Asheville Public Space Usage
Initiatives currently being explored include:
- Curbside pick-up zones in commercial districts
- Expanded use of sidewalks and the creation of “parklets” in on-street parking spaces for dining and merchandise
- Expanded opportunities for flexible use of private property
- Pedestrian zones and/or temporary shared spaces for commerce and recreation
If you have a local business and missed the first round to apply for a PPP or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, an additional $321B has been allocated for PPP and $60B for the EIDL. As of 5/12 there is still funding available. The Tourism Development Authority grant applications start 5/15, see below.
- Mountain BizWorks will take applications and administer the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority $5M grants (in up to $50,000 increments) starting 5/15. Add your name here if you want to be kept up to date.
- Visit here for a PPP checklist of what you’ll need.
- EIDL loan information and application via the SBA.
- Self Help Credit Union
We support the American Sustainable Business Council‘s effort to Save our Economy Now. Please consider signing on and telling congress. It’s easy!
Virtual Town Halls past recordings
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has pulled together panelists to discuss important considerations and resources for businesses on reopening.
- Child care/Adult Day Care
- Professional Services
- Personal Services
The City of Asheville set up a Ready Team call center at 828-419-0095 or at [email protected] to help answer general questions related to COVID-19 in Buncombe County and direct you to the best resources available if we cannot answer your questions. In a partnership with United Way’s 211, the call center will have options for Spanish, Russian and multiple other languages.