One of Charleston County Public Library’s core four focus areas is to support and engage our patrons in workforce development. CCPL is committed to this support by providing free resources, services, information, and programs that assist the members of our community in developing their skills and meeting their professional needs.  
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I was laid off from a full-time job due to COVID-19

Filing for unemployment with SC DEW.

If your work is affected by COVID-19, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. Eligibility for benefits can only be determined after you have filed a claim for benefits. 

Resources to find employment.

There are many companies hiring extra help due to the demand created by COVID-19. CCPL has put together a list of places to search for employment.

CCPL's online tools and database resources.

CCPL offers an array of electronic resources, databases and subscription-based services, many of which are focused on workforce development. Those can be accessed using your library card number.

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I am self-employed or a contract employee

Funding through the SBA Express Bridge Loan program.

Express Bridge Loans allow small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans have to be repaid in part or in full.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Small Business Association Lender Match.

Lender Match  is a free online referral tool that connects small business borrowers with participating SBA lenders. The online tool matches you with potential lenders by your industry type, age of business, location and financial need.

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I am a gig worker or hospitality and tourism worker

Relief funds for restaurant workers through the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.

RWCF is working to collect information and links to resources that will help restaurants and workers deal most effectively with the COVID-19 Emergency. The page is continuously updated.

The One Fair Wage Emergency Fund.

The One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

SC Restaurant and Lodging Association assistance program.

THE SCRLA has put together a regularly updated page of resources for people who work in hospitality and the food and beverage industry in South Carolina. The assistance includes credit help, mental health support, and partners that are hiring.

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