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COVID-19 Business Assistance
COVID-19 is impacting our economy in unprecedented ways, and its impact on local businesses, both small and large, is becoming more evident each day. The Rockbridge County Office of Community Development, its staff, the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors are diligently working to provide the most update to date information and resources available to our business community during these trying times.
County staff is available to assist business owners in finding opportunities for assistance. Please contact Sam Crickenberger or Brandy Flint in the Office of Community Development at (540) 464-9662 for additional information or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista Information
For information regarding COVID-19 in Rockbridge County, please visit the County website at https://www.co.rockbridge.va.us/589/Covid-19, for Lexington http://lexingtonva.gov/community/covid_19.htm, and for Buena Vista https://www.buenavistava.org/covid-19/.
For information on how to support downtown businesses in Lexington please visit Main Street Lexington’s website https://www.mainstreetlexington.org/staying-safe-and-supporting-local.html
Governor Northam Information:
- Stay in touch at the Governor’s dedicated Coronavirus website.
The following business resources are currently available:
Small Business Assistance:
- Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board: Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board Small Business Layoff Aversion Grants
- The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity would like the business community’s input regarding impacts of COVID-19. Please take a few moments to complete a short survey. The results will be shared with State and Federal partners. The deadline to respond to the survey is Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7RMY8SH
- Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources can be accessed at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources. As of March 19, 2020, small businesses in Virginia are now eligible to apply for financial assistance due to the impact of COVID1-19. The Small Business Administration has implemented a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EID) declaration. EID loans offer financial options for overcoming these hard times. Small businesses and non-profits statewide are now able to apply for a loan of up to $2 million to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. Businesses wishing to submit a loan application should visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. If a business does not have access to a computer or smartphone, please call SBA at 1‐800‐659‐2955 for assistance.
- SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). https://www.score.org.
- Staunton Creative Community Fund (SCCF). SCCF is now offering loans to small businesses through disaster relief fund. Visit their website for more information. https://stauntonfund.org/.
- Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center’s Business Resource Guide regrading COVID-19 - https://www.valleysbdc.org/covid-19/.
Private Sector Businesses (small and large businesses):
- The Virginia Department of Emergency Management Private Sector Team published a survey for the private sector to submit issues they are experiencing and offers of assistance to Virginia (donation, in-kind contribution, discounted, or contracted). That survey can be accessed at https://arcg.is/1amrze. The Team also has a Private Sector Portal with useful information. http://bit.ly/VaPrivateSector.
- The Governor is authorizing rapid response funding, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs. Governor Northam is directing all employers to follow U.S. Department of Labor guidance on workplace safety. https://bit.ly/39Zub3c.
- Utilities - The State Corporation Commission issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has issued COVID-19 guidance for businesses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html.
- Internal Revenue Service - Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses - https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/disaster-assistance-and-emergency-relief-for-individuals-and-businesses.
- The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus. OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers. COVID-19 Webpage – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers. For more U.S. Department of Labor information and resources, visit our U.S. Department of Labor page. https://www.vachamber.com/u-s-department-of-labor-covid-19-resources/.
- UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE – expanded time, amounts and those covered.
The unemployment insurance program, administered by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Under normal circumstances, individuals who meet a strict set of employment-related criteria can receive weekly payments over a period of 12 to 26 weeks, but efforts are underway at both the state and federal level to expand eligibility, increase payments, and extend the duration coverage.
As a result, all Virginians who have experienced job or income loss as a result of the Coronavirus crisis are encouraged to file an application for unemployment insurance using the VEC’s online portal, selecting “Lack of Work” as their reason for separation. Please note, recipients will be required to access the portal each week to claim their unemployment insurance payment.
Detailed instructions for individuals applying for unemployment insurance benefits can be found here. An FAQ on unemployment benefits can be found here.
- Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Director Contact: Sharon Johnson - 540-442-7134 - email@example.com
For Residents, Businesses and Communities:
- USDA Rural Development has setup an informational website for COVID-19 : https://rd.usda.gov/coronavirus
March 20, 2020 Statement from Senator Mark Warner:
The Office of Community Development will continue to update this list as new resources become available.