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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

NCMEP is assisting manufacturers with learning about the types of materials and equipment in the most need and how to pivot their business to meet the need. Through our statewide partnerships, we also are connecting manufacturers to support services for hiring, layoff aversion and financial support. Please see which of the following categories below fit your current needs. 

I am a manufacturer who may be able to pivot my business to support the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) / medical devices during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

NCMEP field staff are available to have discussions with any manufacturer considering a pivot to produce medical equipment and PPE. 

Step 1: Submit a brief response to our ManufacturedNC online form. 

Step 2: A regional field staff representative from your area who will reach out to learn more about your specific questions and business needs. 

I am a manufacturer who has already pivoted my business to support the demand for PPE, but cannot find materials to produce PPE

Several manufacturers of surgical grade raw materials have contacted us to let us know that they have existing inventory or capacity to produce material in large quantity.  Please fill out the ManufacturedNC form for this request as well and one of our field staff will be in contact with you. 

I am a manufacturer who has produced PPE and would like to make them available to NC state agencies

In order to best assess vendor offers for critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies, a vendor vetting team has been established to support the Emergency Operations Center procurement activities. 

Any manufacturers interest in providing these types of products to the state of NC should contact 

NC Emergency Management has identified a list of healthcare products in critical need. Healthcare Products urgently needed include: Surgical masks (ear-loop, 3-ply), N95 respirator (must be NIOSH approved), Surgical gowns, Face shields/Eye protection, Yellow isolation gowns (universal or XL), Blue poly gowns (universal or XL), Shoe Covers, Hand Sanitizer, Antibacterial Soap, Disinfecting Spray (Liquid), Disinfecting Wipes, Bleach, Ventilators w/accessories, Air-purifying respirators (PAPR/CAPRs), PAPR Hood, PAPR Filters, PAPR Batteries, Goggles, Tyvek Suits, Coveralls, P99 and N100 Respirators, Bouffant Cap, Boot Covers for Tyvek Suits, Protect Foam (Foaming Antibacterial Barrier).

I am a manufacturer who needs to hire additional staff to ramp up production during this time

The local area NCWorks career centers will compile job postings for companies who are doing massive temporary hiring. They will work directly with you to post job openings and find potential staff to fill critical roles.

EDPNC has also posted immediate employment opportunities and manufacturers wishing to post jobs on this site can contact John Loyack at

I am a manufacturer who has, or may in the near future, experience job losses due to COVID-19

The Business Edge Layoff Aversion Program is prepared to work with your company on implementing a variety of layoff aversion strategies, free of charge. 

I am a manufacturer interested in financial resources to help me get through the COVID-19 crisis due to loss in business

NC Rapid Recovery Loan – Golden LEAF funding will support the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program by enabling loans to be made to eligible businesses. The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program is managed by the NC Rural Center, a statewide nonprofit that has been supporting small business owners for more than 30 years, and a broad coalition of nonprofit lending partners to directly assist small business owners.

 US Small Business Administration – In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the US Small Business Administration is encouraging small business owners to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Payroll Protection Program.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance: Small business owners in NC are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

Facebook Small Business GrantsFacebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund

Information on tax filing extensions for NC DOR and US Treasury


Other Resources

America Makes – COVID-19 Health Care Needs and AM Capabilities Repository

Carolinas Small Business Development Fund

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Homeland Security

Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC)

Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence

Manufactured in North Carolina Supplier Database

National Association of Manufacturers

National Cyber Security Alliance

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina Office of State Human Resources

NC Department of Commerce

N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office

NC Rapid Recovery Loans (Supported by Golden Leaf Foundation)

NC Chamber Resource Guide

NC State University

OSHA – The Proper Way to Take a Mask On and Off

Paycheck Protection Program

US Chamber of Commerce

US Small Business Administration

World Health Organization

Vertical IQ