Don’t throw away stimulus debit cards

Are you still waiting for your stimulus money? The latest payments are causing a lot of confusion. In fact, some people think the new envelope looks like junk mail and tossed it in the garbage.

  'That time is not now’; Gov. Cooper responds as Senate wants to reopen N.C. bars despite executive order

Beverage company to create 226 new jobs, invest $19 million in Burke County

  Gastonia venue operator wants clarification regarding reopening for event spaces

NC farmers start euthanizing 1.5M chickens amid pandemic

  Phase 2 of reopening North Carolina to begin at 5 p.m.

  Fireworks stands seeing booming sales in Fort Mill

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  Police evacuate people staying at Charlotte hotel deemed unsafe by fire department

  How ‘personal care’ services like waxing and nail bars are trying to reopen safely, Friday

  Brewery owners frustrated not to be included in Phase 2 of N.C. reopening

  NoDa business owners react to governor’s Phase 2 announcement

  Working through COVID-19: Hardware store owner describes adapting business model

  Kannapolis restaurant opens indoor dining in defiance of Governor Roy Cooper’s order

  Gym owners disappointed they can’t open in Phase 2, say they were ready to open

Governor Cooper announced North Carolina will enter Phase 2 on Friday at 5 p.m., but gyms were not included on the list of businesses allowed to reopen. Gym owners across Charlotte say they prepared to reopen but are now dissapointed with the announcement.

  While some Charlotte-area restaurants prepare to reopen dining rooms Friday, others decide to wait

As part of Phase 2 of reopening in North Carolina beginning Friday, restaurants will be allowed to partially re-open their dining rooms.

  N.C. trade group expects Phase 2 to begin Friday as officials provide restaurant guidelines

The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, a nonprofit trade association of restaurant and lodging business owners, sent a memo revealing that NCDHHS recently issued guidance for reopening businesses as part of Phase 2.

  Inspectors not enforcing social distancing guidelines nor requiring masks in S.C. close-contact businesses

The safety guidelines from Governor Henry McMaster, including social distancing and wearing a mask, are considered voluntary. So, an SCLLR spokeperson says they aren’t enforcing them come inspection time.

  Some North Carolina businesses are planning to reopen Friday

Fire department deems Charlotte hotel unsafe after discovery of ‘significant issues’ with life-safety systems

  As South Carolina businesses reopen, customers ready to patronize trusted establishments

  Neighborhood Theatre dealing with empty seats during pandemic

Starbucks is asking landlords for a break on rent

  Employees asked to take pay cut when headed back to work

  Still waiting, minority-owned businesses continue to seek federal relief

Shut out in many minority communities, small business owners from city to city, and even here in Charlotte are finding themselves in a position of being written off.

  Housing group calls for halt to Eastland rezoning

During a virtual zoning meeting Wednesday, Charlotte Economic Development Director Tracy Dodson admitted the Eastland Mall development is still a very big picture concept and things like an MLS team headquarters and what kind of restaurants and facilities would be there are way off in the distance.

  Charlotte Pipe and Foundry moving to Stanly Co. after more than 100 years in Charlotte

The announcement came Tuesday afternoon in a press release, stating the company’s board of directors “made a determination that it is in the best interest of the company” to build a new, state-of-the-art foundry on a 428-acre property in Oakboro, North Carolina in Stanly County.

  Charlotte plans to expand micro-business grants

The current program is limited to companies with five employees or less in low-income areas. The expansion of the program would make it available to all micro-businesses in city limits.

  Business workers sound off on easing of restrictions in South Carolina

The salon manager said she and her colleagues have been watching all of Governor Henry McMaster’s public updates about the coronavirus, hoping they’d eventually get more information about potentially reopening.

  Eastridge Mall in Gastonia reopens as Phase 1 begins in North Carolina

Eastridge Mall in Gastonia was one of the first malls to reopen after Phase 1 began in North Carolina Friday afternoon.

CIAA commissioner talks about moving forward during a global pandemic

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams is talking about how the organization will move forward in the midst of a global pandemic.

  Salon owners hopeful they will be able to open before end of May

It’s not clear yet what guidelines the state will recommend once salons reopen, but right now salons are discussing on their own.

  Farmers Markets opening with COVID-19 guidelines

As summer approaches, Farmers Markets across the Carolinas are starting to open, despite the coronavirus crisis.

  Charlotte restaurants still see Cinco De Mayo boost despite pandemic restrictions

Even with restrictions in place, some Charlotte restaurants still saw a business boost because of Cinco de Mayo.

  Some South Carolina restaurants see increase in customers after opening outdoor patios

Those tired of being inside and eating home-cooked meals wanted fresh air and maybe some fries on the side.

York County Ballet closing its doors due to coronavirus pandemic

York County Ballet is closing its school of ballet due to the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

  Meck business leaders share concerns, excitement over reopening

While Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said the county would provide help where they could it was clear throughout the meeting that local leaders are waiting on guidance from the state for many of the answers that business owners are seeking.

  Meck budget recommendation only sees slight increase because of COVID-19

In her budget recommendation, Diorio suggested moderately increasing spending although funding for one-time expenditures in county departments would be slashed by 60 percent compared to the 2020 budget.

  Charlotte tattoo shop owner feels no choice but to reopen despite N.C. ‘Stay At Home’ order

The owner of Marc Wade tattoo shop in east Charlotte says he’s a law-abiding citizen and always follows the rules under normal circumstances. But the times we live in are anything but normal.

  North Carolinians finally receiving federal PUS benefits

So far DES reports paying nearly $49 million in claims for the PUA program.

  Small business owners struggle to get access to capital

Small business owners say that requirements on some loan applications freeze them out from getting capital.

  Mecklenburg County aligning with N.C. ‘Stay At Home’ order means more options for some businesses

A welcome change is coming for local retail stores because they will now be able to allow curbside pickup.

  City of Charlotte announces micro business relief fund application

The City of Charlotte has announced the opening of the Micro Business Relief Fund (MBRF) application.

  Minority-owned businesses struggling more than other businesses to receive funding from Payment Protection Program

Across America, black-owned businesses are 95 percent more likely to not receive stimulus money. That’s according to the Center for Responsible Lending.

  N.C. farmers experiencing months-long waits at food processing plants

Across the country, food processing plants are closing because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

  New businesses face challenges opening amid COVID-19-related restrictions

While many local businesses are fighting to survive, some are in the unique position of just starting out during COVID-19-related restrictions.

Rowan County, Hobby Lobby at odds on store’s potential reopening

Hobby Lobby and Rowan County are at odds over the potential reopening of the retail store, despite the Stay at Home order.

  Restaurants, bars part of N.C. governor’s three-phase plan to reopen state

This restaurant owner says he actually prefers to wait a while before people come to eat again in his compact dining room, for the safety of diners and staff. That wait will mean taking another stab at takeout.

  Chicken sale in Morganton has people lined up for miles

With an overflow of inventory, Case Farms decided to let the public buy it. 40 pounds of chicken tenderloins or breast were sold for $40. Leg quarters were offered at half that price.

  N.C. farmers say flow of migrant workers needs to continue

Farmers say all that and more will need the attention of migrant workers before long.

  Governor McMaster: Customers allowed to shop in SC retail stores once again

Customers are once again allowed to enter retail stores in South Carolina.

  Popular bars, coffee shops convert to grocery stores to help NoDa community

Small businesses, who are still operating, are finding new ways to bring customers in while trying to help the community as well. Several are converting their stores, that used to sell beer or coffee, into mini grocery stores.

Smithfield Foods closing 2 more facilities after COVID-19 forces shutdown of major plant

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced Wednesday it will close two smaller facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Urban League of Central Carolinas holds its first virtual job fair

Companies participating were Walmart, UPS, Atrium Health UPS, and RJ Leeper Construction.

North Carolinians begin to receive extra $600 in weekly unemployment assistance

North Carolina residents are now beginning to receive an additional $600 per week in unemployment assistance.

  Hair salons use DIY kits, virtual visits during COVID-19-related restrictions

With hair salons bare and chairs empty because of COVID-19-related restrictions, it is a time for hair stylists to get creative.

  Unemployed Charlotte father and son start delivering pizzas, together

With COVID-19 leaving many people out of work, some are turning to jobs they may not have considered before. That includes a Ballantyne clothing business owner, who you may now see at your door, delivering pizzas.

Stimulus checks: People who don’t file taxes can now give direct deposit info to Treasury

Americans who aren’t required to file taxes and are concerned about getting their government stimulus check quickly can now visit a new web portal set up by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service that lets people enter their bank direct-deposit information.

Stimulus checks: Federal deposits expected to start within days

Adults with income below $75,000 are due to receive $1,200 each, with the first checks expected to land within days.

McMaster issues executive order allowing furloughed employees to qualify for unemployment

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a new executive order that allows furloughed employees to receive “COVID-19 Support Payments” from their employers and also qualify for unemployment benefits.

  Nearly 450,000 North Carolinians file for unemployment

Members of North Carolina’s House Select Committee on COVID-19 received an update on the status of the state’s unemployment applications. Members of the committee’s economic support working group participated in the meeting via conference call to maintain social distancing.

  Small business struggles to pay bills first of the month

Wags and Whiskers is a doggie daycare facility in Fort Mill, South Carolina. It boards dogs for about $35 a day. Shanon Little is the owner and says due to COVID-19, her business has been down.

  Charlotte-based Showmars now offering ‘Grocery Essentials’ for customers amid coronavirus pandemic

A Charlotte-based restaurant chain is now offering up a new service that will allow customers to get groceries delivered to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

  People who lost jobs before and during coronavirus pandemic struggle to find employment

The one thing these people all have in common is that they all need help.

  Donations, trash piling up at closed Goodwill locations in the Charlotte area

Officials say trash and donations are beginning to pile up at Goodwill stores and donation centers that are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hobby Lobby open during coronavirus pandemic, even as other retailers close

As major U.S. retailers temporarily shut their doors to help contain the coronavirus, Hobby Lobby is assuring consumers that it’s safe to keep shopping.

Charlotte-based Honeywell CEO speaks about masks during White House COVID-19 presser

Darius Adamczyk, the chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a Charlotte-based industrial technology company, spoke during a White House press briefing with President Donald Trump on Monday.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden closing indefinitely, staff reduced to 9 due to COVID-19 crisis

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019, is closing to the general public indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.

QuikTrip hiring workers in the Charlotte area during COVID-19 outbreak

QuikTrip (QT) is looking to fill both full and part-time positions for store clerks and assistant managers in the Charlotte area during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Charlotte gun store owner speaks on business being deemed ‘essential’

A Charlotte gun store owner speaks about his business being deemed ‘essential'.

  NC residents continue to have trouble calling about unemployment issues amid COVID-19 pandemic

North Carolina residents say they continue to have trouble calling about unemployment issues amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Waffle House closes more than 400 locations due to COVID-19, largest number in company history

The previous record holder for closed Waffle House locations was during Hurricane Katrina, where 130 locations were closed. That’s according to the Waffle House CEO, Walt Ehmer, who was in Charlotte Wednesday.

  Charlotte businesses shut down Wednesday night to comply with state order

Wednesday morning there were a lot of last minute haircuts taking place at Shear Excellence in Dilworth.

Amazon suspends 3,900 sellers for coronavirus-related price gouging

Amazon has booted nearly 4,000 sellers for what the ecommerce company called “seeking to profit off the COVID-19 crisis.”

  Hairstylists, barbers respond to N.C. governor’s order to close due to COVID-19 outbreak

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called for several businesses to shut down, including hair salons and barbershops.

  Northlake Mall to close for two weeks due to coronavirus pandemic

Northlake Mall officials announced that the mall will be suspending hours until April 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kroger giving appreciation bonuses for employees working during coronavirus pandemic

Employees working at Kroger will be receiving an appreciation bonus for those working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vice President Pence says he and his wife will be tested for coronavirus

Pence made the announcement during the daily briefing by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, who are charged with leading the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lowe’s commits $25 million, updates operations in response to coronavirus pandemic

Lowe’s is changing the company’s operations and committing $25 million to product, funds and collaboration as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Kohl’s stores closing for two weeks

TJ Maxx and HomeGoods will be closing their stores for two weeks, CEO and President Ernie Herrman announced on Thursday.

Major hotel executive: “I’ve just cut 95% of my staff

Hotel operator Ashford Inc., which owns or runs more than 130 properties around the country, has laid off or furloughed 95% of its employees

  Concord Mills, SouthPark Mall, Charlotte Premium Outlets temporarily closing due to COVID-19 outbreak

Concord Mills, SouthPark Mall and Charlotte Premium Outlets are all temporarily closing due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.