The following in an archive of on-demand webinars and virtual forums related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Click on the title to view. Please note that some links may be deactivated over time.

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Webinar: The ‘Asheville Cares’ Stay Safe Pledge Toolkit

How do businesses communicate their compliance with public health recommendations to keep customers and guests safe? In return, what responsibility do customers and guests have in following safety precautions when they patronize a local business? Communicate a shared commitment to safety with the Stay Safe Pledge, designed by Explore Asheville in collaboration with local industry partners, and made available in a variety of formats for businesses and organizations in Buncombe County and beyond. Listen in on a webinar that took place on May 27, 2020, to learn more.


Phase 2 Town Hall on Preparing for Reopening — Lodging Industry

Owners and managers of hotels, motels, bed & breakfast establishments, short-term rentals and homestays in Buncombe County tuned in for a May 22, 2020, conversation about preparing for Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening, hosted by Explore Asheville and public health officials with Buncombe County. VIEW POWERPOINT PRESENTATION from the Town Hall here.


 Phase 2 Town Hall on Preparing for Reopening — Entertainment Venues & Attractions

Owners and operators of entertainment venues, tours, and attractions tuned in for a May 22, 2020, conversation about preparing for Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening, hosted by Explore Asheville and public health officials with Buncombe County.


Phase 2 Town Hall on Preparing for Reopening — Restaurants

A presentation about preparing for Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening, hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and public health officials with Buncombe County, which took place Friday May 22, 2020.


Phase 2 Town Hall on Preparing for Reopening — Personal Services

A presentation about preparing for Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening, hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and public health officials with Buncombe County, which took place Friday May 22, 2020.


Q&A Sessions for Applicants Interested in the Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund

Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund administrator Mountain BizWorks is conducting several live question-and-answer sessions where businesses and nonprofits interested in applying for a grant can get questions answered, learn how to navigate the application process more efficiently, and find out how to access application counseling resources. Register below. Check back on this page for links to recordings after the live sessions have taken place.


Application Walk-Through for the Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund

Mountain BizWorks, the administrator of the Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund created by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, hosted a webinar on May 15, where the Mountain BizWorks team walked through the application form, went over frequently asked questions, and shared ways that interested businesses can get help applying.


Eligibility and How Applications Will Be Evaluated for the Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund

Mountain BizWorks, the administrator of the Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund created by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, hosted a webinar on May 14, where the Mountain BizWorks team reviewed eligibility and how applications will be evaluated.


Leadership Asheville Buzz Breakfast: Asheville Is Resilient

Leadership Asheville’s webinar on May 12 discussed how Asheville has risen from challenges in the past and how we might leverage those today. Leading the presentation was Asheville native Kevan Frazier PhD, Executive Director, Western Carolina University Programs in Asheville and founder of Asheville by Foot, a local walking tour business, as well as one of the co-owners of Well Played Board Game Café in downtown Asheville. Also speaking were Jack Cecil,President, Biltmore Farms, LLC;  and Pat Whalen,President, Public Interest Projects, Inc.


Reopening Your Business – Phase 1: Industry Town Halls 

Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have hosted a series of industry-specific, virtual town halls. These sessions are now available on-demand.


Leadership Asheville Virtual Buzz Breakfast: Asheville’s Resilience

This Zoom video conference on April 28 focused on Asheville’s health and economy: Where we are now, how long recovery might take, and what can be done to help everyone recover. Panelists will be Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, Interim Health Director and Medical Director of Buncombe County Health & Human Services; Stephanie Brown, President & CEO of Explore Asheville; Kit Cramer, President & CEO of Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; Libby Kyles, CEO of Asheville YWCA; and Jim Fox, Senior Resilience Associate, NEMAC+ FernLeaf.


How To Apply for Bridge Loans

The NC Restaurant & Lodging Association partnered with the Rural Center to present a webinar on ‘bridge loans’ regarding the process for North Carolina small businesses to apply for bridge loans, the way underwriting works, etc. The free webinar was presented by Rural Center President Patrick Woodie on April 24 and is available on-demand, to anyone, both members and non-members.


Training for Corporate Leaders & Teams

Delivering Happiness is offering 30-minute interactive mini-sessions called “Adapt & Thrive” designed to deepen business leaders’ ability to adapt in changing times. All sessions are free with registration. Weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. through May 6.


Destinations International: Weekly COVID-19 Webinars

Destinations International is hosting an ongoing series of webinars featuring a panel of travel industry experts who present the latest industry trend lines and insights. Most are available for viewing even without a membership.


NC Tourism Legislative Update

Visit NC hosted a webinar for tourism partners on April 22 on North Carolina’s political and economic landscape and how it affects the state’s tourism industry. Panelists include Brian Lewis, NC Travel Industry Association; Lynn Minges, NC Restaurant & Lodging Association; and Kara Weishaar, NC Travel & Tourism Coalition.


Changes in Employment Laws Related to COVID-19

UNC Asheville’s Family Business Forum presented a free webinar on April 20 recapping the recent changes made to employment laws related to COVID-19. The webinar featured attorneys Sabrina Rockoff and Murphy Fletcher from McGuire, Wood & Bissette.


Explore Asheville Partner Forum: COVID-19 & Beyond

View an April 14 video conference with industry partners presented by the Explore Asheville team. Attendees got an update on current partner support activities during the COVID-19 crisis, intermediate strategies, and long-term plans for reactivating Asheville’s customer base when it is safe to travel. The event also included information from officials with the Buncombe County Emergency Operations Center.


SBA Assistance in Response to COVID-19

View the April 8 event hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce on the Small Business Administration’s resources for small business, featuring Thomas A. Stith III, District Director of the North Carolina Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, along with Sharon Harvey, SBA Senior Area Manager for SBA Asheville and Western North Carolina.


COVID-19 Business Loan Overview

View the April 8 event hosted by JB Media Group featuring Adrianne Gordon of Davis Financial Planning and Sandra Dennison of the SBTDC. Get information on applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other options that may assist businesses and organizations.


UNCA Family Business Forum: PPP, EIDLs & Tax Update in the Wake of COVID-19

View the presentation on April 7 featuring Rollin Groesclose, VP of Taxation Services at Johnson Price Sprinkle PA, and Sandra Dennison, Regional Director of the SBTDC. Updates also include tax implications of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).


Navigating COVID-19 Financial Resources for Small Businesses

View the April 1 Mountain BizWorks webinar to learn more about several new financial resources available from Federal, State and local sources to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis.


Crisis Research & Communications for Tourism During COVID-19

View the webinar presented on April 1 by Visit NC where industry partners can learn how consumer insights, crisis research and traveler sentiment are driving marketing and communications strategies during COVID-19.


Navigating the CARES Act

View the U.S. Travel Association’s webinar from March 30, which breaks down the CARES Act stimulus package and its related provisions for travel companies and workers, including eligibility requirements, financial benefits, application processes and details the federal government still needs to define.


North Carolina Tourism Amid COVID-19

View the webinar on March 26 presented by Visit NC on North Carolina’s economy, tourism industry and COVID-19 assistance programs and related resources.

Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Crisis

Pisgah Legal Services and employment law volunteer attorney Michele Morris presented “Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Crisis” via Facebook Live on March 25. The presentation included an overview of unemployment benefits.


Business Continuity & Lending in the COVID-19 Crisis

View the Virtual Town Hall hosted on March 24 by Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce featuring panelists from SBTDC (Small Business & Technology Development Center), Western Women’s Business Center, Mountain BizWorks, and First Bank.


Looking Forward as a Tourism Industry Amidst the Uncertainty of COVID-19

Listen to a panel discussion on March 18 on the following topics: The communications response needed for the COVID-19 crisis; balancing the travel industry’s specific role in flattening the curve with journalists’ ongoing needs and appetite to keep the wanderlust alive; how to navigate selling travel amid a global recession, as companies will all be vying for the hearts of a shrinking travel audience.