March 19 Update

The Mitchell County Student Support Team has worked to compile community resources. Please know that these resources could change, but to our knowledge, they are accurate at this time.

If you know of other resources that are not on the list, please reach out to us and we will make sure the correct team members get the additions.

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The action enables affected businesses to apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans. Applicants may apply  via SBA’s secure website at Other information is available at the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955.

NCWorks Career Centers will be closed to the general public effective Monday, March 23, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 the NC Works Career Centers will be closed to the public/walk in customers. NCWorks Career Center staff will continue to report to work as normal.Employers and Job Seekers are welcome to call the NCWorks Career Centers during normal business hours from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.Employers and Job Seekers may request an in person appointment; priority will be given to employers and job seekers who do not have internet access. Questions regarding unemployment insurance benefits should be directed to the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security  
Click here for contact to apply for unemployment insurance benefits

How to Assist your Employees with filing for unemployment benefits:

NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security

The Division of Employment Security is responsible for the administration of the unemployment insurance program in the state of North Carolina. This program is a federal-state partnership and is funded by federal and state unemployment taxes.

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How to file for unemployment benefits
Apply for Unemployment in NC

How to apply for unemployment benefits.

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Please be patient when contacting the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security due to the overwhelming number of layoffs as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency .
COVID-19 Information

Unemployment Changes Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) NC Employment Security Division is publishing instructions and guidance on this page to help you understand new changes to the state’s unemployment system due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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Town of Spruce Pine- Effective today, the Town Hall will be closed to walk-in pedestrian traffic. The drive-thru is open for transactions or questions during business hours. Park restrooms will be closed as well. Please call (828)765-3000 if you have questions.

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