The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and our partners are working hard to do all we can to help all businesses cope with the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. Below you will find a wide array of valuable resources to help you access the support, financial assistance and information your business needs stay in business, throughout this crisis and beyond. This site will be updated as resources become available.
Business Resources - Things to Know Right NowGuidesDisaster Office Hours of Operation:Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm1‐800‐659‐2955
SBA Virginia Richmond District Office
Payroll Protection Program Loan deadline extended to May 31.Lake Country Development Corporation announces a COVID-19 Emergency Loan program. Please see the flyer and application.Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-10. Click here for additional information.
Local and Regional Assistance
Halifax County Small Business Recovery Assistance Fund - The Town of South Boston has been awarded $500,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the Halifax County Small Business Recovery Assistance Fund (SBRAF). Through the Halifax County SBRAF, the Town of South Boston will help businesses meet their long-term business goals by adjusting to COVID-19 demands. Establishing safe and clean re-opening procedures, in accordance with the Governor’s guidance, is necessary for the safety of customers and employees. It will allow businesses to regain and sustain operations, ideally helping them retain existing staff, fill vacant positions, create new jobs, and become more efficient and resilient. Grant assistance to small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 will be offered in the form of space and technology upgrades, sanitation supplies, job training/technical assistance, and rent/mortgage assistance. The maximum grant award to a business will be $10,000. Apply by clicking here.
Bridge to Recovery Program - The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) and Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) have joined forces with a number of other collaborative partners to create a Bridge to Recovery program to support the GO Virginia Region 3 service area as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Region 3 consists of the cities of Danville and Martinsville; and the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward.
GO Virginia State Board approved $925,000 for Bridge to Recovery to provide immediate and impactful support to businesses through the multiple recovery periods of the pandemic and bridge supply chain needs of companies with service providers.
Bridge to Recovery will create a network that enables businesses who need specific professional services or products due to COVID-19, to connect with businesses in the Region 3 footprint who have those services and products. Those with the alliances hope to make it an efficient way for businesses to find what they need to re-open or grow during this unusual economic situation.
The following businesses are invited to apply as a prequalified supplier:
- Suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Companies who provide PPE conversions (construction and building projects for COVID-19)
- Service providers who help companies with COVID-19 issues (i.e. accounting, legal, human resources, deep cleans, etc.)
Utilizing companies on this prequalified supplier listing will allow businesses to receive a cost match payment to suppliers of up to $20,000.
Our PartnersLongwood Small Business Development CenterSouthern Virginia Regional Alliance COVID-19 Task Force - Economic developers within the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance formed a COVID-19 Task Force to monitor COVID-19 and collect information on economic resources for Southern Virginia companies. Click here for more information.South Boston Virginia Small Business Emergency Loan FundThe Town of South Boston and Destination Downtown South Boston have partnered to form a $250,000 loan pool to support small business needs during this time of economic uncertainty. Please click here for more details.US Chamber of Commerce
SBA Emergency Loans Guide & Checklist from the U.S. Chamber of CommerceVirginia Chamber of Commerce
Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to WorkView their website here.
Resources to Help Your BusinessUS Chamber of Commerce - Resources to Help Your Business Survive COVID-19Department of LaborFind U.S. Department of Labor resources on preparing workplaces for the COVID-19 virus (also known as Coronavirus) here.View the Families First Coronavirus Response Act here.Internal Revenue ServiceDisaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesseshttps://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/disaster-assistance-and-emergency-relief-for-individuals-and-businessesTo view COVID-19 Main Street Resources click here.Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Thanks to a $2.5 million dollar investment from Verizon, grants are available to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. For more information and the grant application, please click here.
Virginia Medicaid Program-DMAS
Please see the FAQ page here and the COVID-19 Information document here. For more information visit their website.VML will continue to update this page with resources for local officials to consider using as part of a plan of response. To view information click here.