Economic, Business, and Employment COVID-19 Resources

The Office of Economic Development and Innovation commits to supporting Raleigh’s vibrant business community as it responds to the impacts of COVID-19. We are monitoring guidance from federal, state and local public health authorities and resources provided by the State and Federal Government. 

If you're a local business and are interested in resources to help enforce compliance with safety guidelines:

The City of Raleigh continues to remain operational, but some services are still limited. Visit the City of Raleigh's COVID-19 Response page for more information. 

For Questions Regarding If You Can Be Open for Business call the Department of Revenue 877-252-3052.

Phase 3 Information

Executive Order 176 begins Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. and continues for three weeks through Dec. 4. Its new provisions include:

  • Large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators.
  • Smaller outdoor entertainment venues, like arenas or amphitheaters, may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less.
  • Bars may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. Indoor bars remain closed.
  • Amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy, outdoor attractions only.
  • The limits on mass gatherings will be reduced to 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended to Oct. 23

State and public health officials will continue watching the key COVID-19 trends over the next several weeks to determine if any further restrictions can be eased when the current Executive Order expires December 4 at 5 p.m.

Funding for Small Businesses

Raleigh, Wake County and N.C. Humanities Council are among many groups with programs for small businesses during COVID-19.  

Learn more about these programs

Find Out More About:

  1. Government Information
  2. Business Finances
  3. Health Recommendations for Businesses
  4. General Business Resources
  5. Legal Assistance
  6. Childcare and Employee Support
  7. Curbside Pick-Up Zones for Restaurants
  8. Community Matters
  9. Social Distancing Media Kit

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Return to the City's main COVID-19 Information page.

Small Business Listening Session

Session was held on March 16, 2020



Veronica Creech
Economic Development Director

Rafael Baptista
Sr. Manager of Community Economic Development

Beth Friedrich
Sr. Manager of Community Economic Development

Mark Weldon
Business Retention & Expansion Manager

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