Triangle small business owners band together as coronavirus outbreak threatens livelihood

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19.

Thursday, shops throughout the Triangle were worried about their business, including their employees.

Some beauty salons posted on social media their intentions of closing down.

Meanwhile, Catherine Fain, the owner of Paintbase in Raleigh, is creating ways to help those in the Triangle beauty and wellness industry.

“It’s an anxious time for everybody,” Fain said. “There’s no playbook for this, and we’re just trying to navigate as best as we can.”

She’s stepped up sanitation and is following guidelines while limiting staff availability and adjusting hours as needed.

“Our business, and our ability to take care of our staff, is really based on being able to see people in person,” Fain said.

Among other costs, a big concern for her is taking care of employees.

“We don’t have the bandwidth to ensure weeks and weeks of pay for people,” she said. “When I think about what we’re facing, it’s things like our rent payments, our insurance. Those costs that aren’t going to go away just because we’re not operating.”

For Ashley Turner at Plum Hair Atelier, it’s important to keep her doors open.

“We have had a few that have chosen not to work, and we fully respect that,” Turner said. “All of the bills continue. We still have our rents. We still have our taxes, even along with our personal stuff as well. So having, even if it’s a lower revenue, it’s definitely better than a flatlined revenue.”

Fain took to GoFundMe to create a relief fund to help others in her industry.

“One of the biggest things business owners are worried about is being able to ensure that these people continue to get paychecks, and don’t need to file for unemployment,” Fain said. “That’s not what we want.”

She’s staying positive while hoping the community comes together to help.

Fain also told says they’ve been following state guidelines and regulations and recommendations through the state cosmetology board.

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