COVID-19 Business Resources

The small business sector is being hit particularly hard amidst the COVID-19 emergency and therefore we have gathered information and links below that can be of benefit during this time. Please know that this information changes rapidly but we are doing our best to keep ourselves informed in order to share the most relevant information with you.

Re-Opening and Recovery Resources

Forward Virginia Guidelines with industry specific information for phase 3

Additional Guidelines as of December 2020- Executive Order Sixty-Seven

       Quick points:
- Restaurants and food establishments, retail and personal care services can operate at full capacity while making sure to keep customers at
         least 6 feet apart. 

      - Social gatherings of no more than 250 people are permitted.

      - Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces.

      - Entertainment and amusement businesses can operate at 50% capacity with a max of 1,000 patrons at one time.

      - Fitness and exercise businesses can operate at 75% capacity.

GREAT RESOURCE: Small Business Re-Opening Phase 3 


Required Face Covering Flyers for print and display at your business

Sources for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE):

Contact the following businesses about PPE items such as hand sanitizer, face masks, gloves, sanitizing wipes, etc.

       - Miller’s Supplies At Work - or (540) 662-1824

       - Wholesome Foods  or 800-723-6637, ext 2

       - Jon Henry General Store -  or (540) 740-4304

       - Sysco - currently in stock: masks, gloves in a variety of sizes, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, surface sanitizers, and bleach - contact your
         sales rep for the latest product availability and pricing

       - Ecolab - Has a variety of cleaning and sanitizing products available (list for hospitality and list for foodservice);
Contact Carey Friedman at or 804.840.3943

       - Safeguard Promotional Products - facemasks and shields, hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns, acrylic shields (for checkout stands) -
visit or contact Anne Meagher Watson at 804.355.2679 or

       - OlleyMay (part of ProForma) has masks, goggles, faceshields, gloves, hand sanitizer, gloves, and safety kits.
Click here for more information and for a current listing. Contact Bill Dietz at or 805.575.8824


Business Grants

(We recommend that you speak with your accountant, attorney, or primary lender to discuss the best options for your situation.)

NEW! Pandemic Relief Bill 

Information about the new round of PPP Funding:
- Includes additional $284 billion; businesses can apply for an additional $2 million for businesses with 300 or less employees and a 25% decline in revenue in any quarter in 2020

- Expanded PPP eligibility for non-profits with 300 or less employees

- $12 million designated for minority-owned and very small businesses and $15 billion in grants for live venues

- Provides businesses with a forgivable loan based on 2.5x* its monthly payroll costs.  
  *Restaurants and hotels can seek forgivable loans based on 3.5x monthly payroll costs.

- Simplified PPP loan forgiveness application for loans under $150,000

- Expanded list of eligible expenses (now includes software, cloud computing, HR accounting, property damage not covered by insurance, supplier costs, and PPE)

- Repeals CARES Act provision requiring borrowers to deduct EIDL advance from PPP loan amount

More information and additional funding opportunities through the Small Business Development Center

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Grants

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is offering two different small business relief grants to small businesses. Learn more about each of them at the links below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: you can also have received PPP and EIDL funding and also apply for these grants.

Small Business Relief Grants
Rural Relief Small Business Grants

The Ogden Newspapers Community Marketing Grant - 

Ogden Newspapers, parent company of the Northern Virginia Daily, has established a $1 million grant fund to assist locally owned businesses with marketing efforts during this time. Grants are available for amounts ranging from $200 to $5,000 of matching funds each month. Click here for more details


Business Loans

Shenandoah County Disaster Impact Loan Program

The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has created an emergency loan fund to aid small businesses that are being affected during the COVID-19 emergency. The details of the Shenandoah County Disaster Impact Loan Program (SCDILP) Click here for more details

Virginia 30 Day Fund

The Virginia 30 Day Fund is being launched by technology entrepreneur Pete Snyder and his wife Burson. The goal is “to help businesses meet payroll, preserve health-care coverage for workers and avoid layoffs while awaiting the federal aid expected to arrive in about a month”. It will give up to $3,000 to each approved small business in a way that’s quick, easy and free of red tape.
Small business owners are asked to fill out a one-page form and submit a brief video highlighting the business and its employees.
To qualify, the business must employ three to 30 people, be based in Virginia and operating for at least one year, and owned and operated by a Virginia resident.

For more information on the Virginia 30 Day Fund and how to apply, click here.

Virginia Small Business Finance Authority – Microloan program

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority’s SWaM Business Microloan Fund is designed to assist Virginia’s existing small businesses. Short-term loans are provided to help established businesses create new jobs, retain existing “at risk” jobs and promote investment and long-term economic development in Virginia. Applicants are encouraged to obtain technical assistance provided by the Virginia Small Business Development Center network or other counseling resources. Applicants that have sought such counseling may be eligible for a larger loan. Click here for details

Virginia Community Capital – Microloans starting at $50,000

Virginia Community Capital works with businesses on a variety of financing options including debt refinancing, equipment financing, owner-occupied real estate, and working capital lines of credit. Click here for more details

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