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 Now
SBA Emergency Loans Guide & Checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
A Message from the US Small Business Administration: Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.Additional Funding Notice: The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.
With the additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package, SBA will resume processing EIDL Loan and Advance applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis.
We will provide further information on the availability of the EIDL portal to receive new applications (including those from agricultural enterprises) as soon as possible. To learn more about the relief options available for your business, click here.GuidesDisaster 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
Email: email@example.comLocal Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) grantYou must apply by Tues, April 28th. Priority is given to minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. Grants will be made in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500, & $10,000. Click here.South Central Workforce Development Board
Virginia Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Initiative Layoff Aversion - The Governor has authorized rapid response funding through the Workforce and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs.
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.Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses and Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order
Here is What you Need to Know / Frequently Asked QuestionsGovernor Northam releases Executive Order 61Support Halifax County restaurants that are open.
Check out this list of Halifax County restaurants that are adapting to this situation with creativity and service for their customers.
Our PartnersVEDP Webinar-Export Financing During Uncertain Times by Virginia Economic Development Partnership-International TradeLongwood 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.View their website here.Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) provided for under the CARES Act
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.Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. For more information click 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.U.S. Department of The Treasury
For small businesses seeking direct relief from COVID-19, click here to learn more about Paycheck Protection Loans.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.
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