In the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have been some of the hardest-hit businesses.

To help bring that industry back to life, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan pandemic relief legislation established a $29 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund that’s now being handled by the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

Starting on Monday, April 26, the SBA, the NC Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the four Women’s Business Centers in the state, will provide several free virtual information events regarding the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. 

These events will give attendees an overview of who’s eligible for the money as well as information on how to get it. 

The webinar geared toward Greensboro area restaurants is at noon on Thursday, April 29.

These are non-repayable funds going to eligible food service businesses.  The list of eligible applicants includes “restaurants, food stands, food trucks, food carts, caterers, bars, saloons, lounges, taverns, and snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars.”

Under some conditions, it also includes “bakeries, brewpubs, breweries/microbreweries, wineries, distilleries, inns” and alcohol producers where the public can taste, sample, or purchase products.

Here are the week’s events:

  • Geared toward restaurants in western North Carolina

When: Monday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

Who: The Western Women’s Business Center, the Small Business Center Network’s Western Region, and the SBA

Where: Zoom Webinar,



  • Geared toward the Wilmington and Fayetteville areas

When: Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

Who:  Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville and the SBA          

Where: Zoom Webinar,



  • Geared toward the Raleigh area and areas in northeastern North Carolina

When: Tuesday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

Who: Women’s Business Center of North Carolina and the SBA    

Where: Zoom Webinar,



  • Fund Prelaunch Update Session

When: Wednesday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

Who: NC Small Business & Technology Development Center and the SBA

Where: Zoom Webinar

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  • Geared toward the Greensboro and Charlotte areas

When: Thursday, April 29 at noon

Who: Women’s Business Center of Charlotte (WBCC) and the SBA

Where: Facebook – @WBCCharlotte

Registration not required


  • Second Prelaunch Update Session

When: Thursday, April 29 at  2 p.m.

Who:  NC Small Business & Technology Development Center and the SBA            

Where: Zoom Webinar