Bull City Strong Resources

In the aftermath of the devastating explosion that killed Kaffeinate owner Kong Lee and destroyed or damaged multiple properties and businesses downtown, DDI has put together a running list of resources for downtown businesses and residents in need. The information will be updated daily or as new resources become available, and we will make sure the information is here for as long as needed.

If you have a resource to add to the list, please complete the form at the bottom of the page, and we will add your information to the site as quickly as possible.

If you're a business owner who would like to discuss available assistance in more detail, please contact President/CEO Nicole Thompson at nicole@downtowndurham.com or 919.682.2800 ext. 23.

For Businesses

Space Available

  • The Chesterfield
    • The Chesterfield is offering space in the atrium and conference room pro bono to affected businesses. Contact Amory Casto for more information.
    • Durham Tech Small Business Center is opening their space and conference room for use by affected businesses. They are also making available their Resource Center which has printers, computers, faxes, etc. Contact Andrea McCleese Thomas or 919.536.7341 ext. 4502.

 

  • Tower at Mutual Plaza

    We have our newly opened Provident 1898 co-working space with a few fully furnished turnkey private offices available and several hot desks that can be utilized by displaced workers. In addition, we have several offices in The Tower at Mutual Plaza’s 5th floor that are available for immediate lease. Contact Carl Webb to discuss detailed arrangements.

 

Business Counseling & Support Services

  • City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development

    OEWD and its business partners including the Durham NCWorks Career Center and Small Business Advisory Council are providing business and employment support services to those affected by the Brightleaf District natural gas explosion.

    Business counselors and technical assistance advisors will be stationed at the Small Business Development Center in Chesterfield Building starting Saturday. NCWorks Career Center services will be available at the Chesterfield Building beginning Monday, April 15.

    Business Owners (including Home-Based Owners at West Village)

    Business counselors will be available April 13-18 from 9 am-5 pm

    For more information visit https://alertdurham.com/2019/04/12/employment-disaster-recovery-relief-durham/

 

Incident Response Hotline

  • Dominion Energy

    Local residents and business owners can also call the Dominion Energy Durham Incident Response Line at 877-592-7762. The 24-hour phone line is staffed and ready to take calls. Customer service representatives will request the following information:

    • Name
    • Address where you receive service
    • Best means to contact you (primary phone number and alternate phone number or email)
    • Brief description of your claim/issue, including the number of family members involved in the claim.

For Individuals

Fundraisers

  • Durham Restaurant Workers Fund

    Organized by Daniel Sartain of Bar Virgile, this fundraiser is to provide support for displaced restaurant workers. Update: These funds will be distributed to the restaurants that are closed due to the explosion.

  • Bull City Rebuilds

    This campaign, organized by Rebekah Miel on behalf of the nonprofit Upstream Works, is to help the families and businesses impacted by the explosion in downtown Durham today. Per Rebekah, the funds will be distributed first to those who were injured. Any additional funds will go to help cover lost wages and help businesses rebuild. We'll post more details as soon as they are available. More info.

 

Employment

  • Gonza Taco • Interviews 4-16

    Please spread the word to those who have lost their restaurant jobs due to the recent explosion. Only a block away, we realize how lucky we are to remain operational, and would like to help those needing a job. Please send those needing jobs our way, and at a minimum, we’ll provide them a meal for their interview. We have set up special interview hours this Tuesday 4/16 2-5pm, at our Durham location, or they may stop by anytime to fill out an application.

 

Other Support

  • Help for Pets: Other End of the Leash

    If your pet is experiencing any medical or stress related issues as a result of the explosion, we are happy to help. We are offering to provide a variety of resources dependent upon the situation such as, financial resources, pet stress relief supplements, or help finding temporary home for your pet. Visit Other End of the Leash at 1000 W. Main St., or email info@otherendoftheleashdurham.com.

 

Counseling & Support Services

  • City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development

    OEWD and its business partners including the Durham NCWorks Career Center and Small Business Advisory Council are providing business and employment support services to those affected by the Brightleaf District natural gas explosion.

    Business counselors and technical assistance advisors will be stationed at the Small Business Development Center in Chesterfield Building starting Saturday. NCWorks Career Center services will be available at the Chesterfield Building beginning Monday, April 15.

    Employees and Employers

    ·         Monday April 15 – Thursday, April 18 from 9 am-5 pm

    NCWorks Career Center staff will be available to provide support and services, including: Career Development and Counseling; Specialized Employment Services; re-employment services; unemployment Insurance Benefits Guidance; Training Programs; Hiring and Recruitment, and Resume Assistance.

    For more information visit https://alertdurham.com/2019/04/12/employment-disaster-recovery-relief-durham/

     

Incident Response Hotline

  • Dominion Energy

    Local residents and business owners can also call the Dominion Energy Durham Incident Response Line at 877-592-7762. The 24-hour phone line is staffed and ready to take calls. Customer service representatives will request the following information:

    • Name
    • Address where you receive service
    • Best means to contact you (primary phone number and alternate phone number or email)
    • Brief description of your claim/issue, including the number of family members involved in the claim.

 

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