Coronavirus Business Assistance

Links to assistance for businesses during the coronavirus situation

Links to assistance for businesses during the Coronavirus situation are below. We will be updating this page regularly so be sure to check back. We know this a ton of information to sort through, and it’s also ever-evolving. If you have questions about how your business can gain access to these assistance programs, e-mail Angela Freeman, Business Development Manager. Ms. Freeman will attempt to answer the question or direct you to the right place.  

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  • The US Small Business Administration provides help to small businesses with free business counseling, SBA guaranteed business loans, home & business disaster loans and federal contracting.  The agency has developed a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance and & Loan Resources webpage with information on all of its related programs. Visit the SBA disaster assistance page  for details on disaster assistance programs.  Visit the SBA Disaster Loan Applications page to find out how to apply for SBA Disaster Loans. Visit the streamlined SBA application page if you are interested in applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. 
  • Contact City of Fredericksburg Economic Development & Tourism for assistance.
  • For information on unemployment and other business needs, visit the Virginia Employment Commission. The Governor has       waived the one-week waiting period so that workers can start receiving benefits right away. Affected workers or businesses can contact the Virginia Employment Commission for information
  • Updates from Virginia Department of Health (including some info for business).
  • For more advisories and information on City of Fredericksburg alerts.
  • City of Fredericksburg Commissioner of the Revenue.

Local, State and Federal News and Updates

 Financial Resources

  • SBA Disaster Assistance Loan
  • The Governor has declared a state of emergency. If you are a small business please complete this survey provided by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity as soon as possible but before 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 to help with the State and Federal response and getting Virginia on the eligible areas list. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program
  • Facebook announces $100 million program for small businesses impacted by Coronavirus. Read more.
  • The Governor announced funding to help combat COVID-19 and support impacted businesses.  The Governor released $1.5 million dollars of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Rapid Response funding to help impacted businesses.  The Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board (LWDA 13) received funding and will administer the program.  This funding may be used to clean facilities and other emergency needs of small business (250 or fewer employees).  These funds will be available from March 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.  Funds are being made available on a first-come-first basis, in order of applications received by jurisdictional basis by Jackie Davis at jdavis@baywib.org. Questions welcome by email or 804-333-4048 ext. 2.
  • The United States Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and it has been signed by the President.  The legislation is aimed at providing relief for individuals and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. For questions and more information view the CARES Act FAQ.
  • The City of Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority (EDA) is offering emergency grants of up to $4,000 to help Fredericksburg (22401) businesses impacted by coronavirus pay essential business expenses.  Emergency Grant Program - COVID-19 Relief

Additional Resources

  • SBA Small Business Association provides guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) here.
  • Virginia Chamber provides a COVID-19 Resource Center website here.
  • U.S. Chamber: Coronavirus Response Toolkit
  • Consumer delivery permits are available for certain alcoholic beverage licensees and producers from the Virginia ABC at no additional cost. Apply here.
  • The Virginia Wineries Association and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild are both offering online resources and updates for their industry partners.
  • The Virginia Employment Commission is providing a Q&A on Unemployment Insurance Procedures In Response To Covid-19
  • The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has directed regulated electric, natural gas and water companies in Virginia to suspend service disconnections until the coronavirus outbreak subsides. Learn more here.
  • Several internet and cellular service providers are providing resources and relief for those affected by COVID-19: Comcast and Verizon.
  • Develop a clear and organized communication plan to help navigate decisions for special events during a crisis with tips from CellarPass Facebook here.
  • Fact sheets for Housing Rights (Tenant and Foreclosure) amid COVID-19 can be found on VALegalAid.org.  These fact sheets have Landlord-Tenant, Foreclosure and other civil legal information resources, information and rights in Virginia during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Virginia Realtors®, has created a resource page with information on dealing with impacts of the coronavirus on real estate.  The address is virginiarealtors.org/coronavirus.  

For more information or assistance please e-mail Angela Freeman, Business Development Manager.