COVID-19 Recovery Center

This new COVID-19 Recovery Center has replaced the older COVID-19 Sustainability and Recovery Resource Center.

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Help for Your Business

Small Business Hotline: 757-364-7632

The Small Business Hotline exists to assist Coastal Virginians who have questions about the Small Business Administration’s rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and to advise local business owners seeking relief through programs established by the CARES Act.

Small Business Administration

PPP Reminder from the SBA (June 15th, 2020) — The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ends on June 30th. Almost $130 billion in funding still remains. If you have not accessed the PPP funding and are still interested, please contact a local lender as soon as possible. It may take a couple days to find a lender, and they require time to process the application before submitting it to the SBA. Under new guidelines recently enacted by SBA and Treasury, borrowers now have 24 weeks to use PPP funds as opposed to eight (8) weeks, and the amount that must be used for payroll in order to qualify the loan for forgiveness has been reduced from 75% to 60%. For any funds not fully forgiven on loans made after June 5, 2020, borrowers now have a five-year timeframe to pay off the PPP loan (at a 1% interest rate) as opposed to the originial two-year timeframe. If you have already applied through a lender and it has not been processed yet, follow up immediately to make sure they are still processing the application. Do not wait until the last minute if you want to access this critical funding.

Grant Opportunities

  • Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund — The Greater Williamsburg Partnership and the Williamsburg Community Foundation (WCF) have announced the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund in partnership with the Economic Development Authorities of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County. The Fund will provide forgivable loans to businesses located in the Greater Williamsburg region. The Virginia 30 Day Fund will administer the fund, including processing applications and issuing payments.
    • Qualifying businesses must be based in Greater Williamsburg (City of Williamsburg, James City County, or York County), have operated for at least a year, employ three to 30 people, and be owned and operated by a Virginia resident. Such businesses can apply for a $3,000 forgivable loan online at www.va30dayfund.com. Applications will be evaluated by volunteers with MBA students from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Businesses are encouraged to repay the loan by deposting funding back into the fund when they are able to “pay it forward.”
    • If businesses or individuals are interested in donating to the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund, please visit the WCF Donation Website. For more information about donations, please contact WCF at 757-259-1660 or office@williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org.
  • Virginia 30 Day Fund – $3,000 grants aimed to provide Virginia-based small businesses, between 3 and 30 employees, with immediate financial assistance to “meet payroll, preserve health-care coverage for workers, and avoid layoffs.” The application process begins by going to www.va30dayfund.com and filling out a one-page form. Then submit a brief video (up to three minutes) about the business and its employees. Approval will occur within three days, and approved businesses can expect an immediate transfer of funds.
  • Williamsburg Community Foundation – Community Emergency Response Fund: The Fund is set up to provide emergency grants to local non-profits, who can then in turn directly assist individual citizens in need of food, shelter, and financial assistance. As of May 21, 2020, the second round of grants has been awarded. You may read the press release here.

Forward Virginia

  • Forward Virginia Landing Page
  • Press Release (May 11, 2020) — Governor Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One and presented a detailed framework for the first phase of the Forward Virginia plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19. The Phase One guidelines will be implemented when the data meets the public health criteria outlined by the Commonwealth. The new executive order modifies the public health guidance in Executive Order Fifty-Three and Executive Order Fifty-Five and establishes guidelines for Phase One.
  • Executive Order 63: Requirement to Wear Face Covering While Inside Buildings
  • Executive Order 65: Phase Two Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Phase Two Guidelines — Friday, June 5th marked the first day of Phase Two in the Forward Virginia plan. Highlights include: social distancing of 6 feet continues; gatherings of up to 50 individuals (increased from 10 person limit in phase one); restaurants can offer indoor seating, but are limited to 50% capacity; gyms and fitness centers can re-open indoor facilities, but are limited to 30% capacity or 50 individuals (whichever is less); indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open for exercise and instruction; recreational sports can be held in both indoor and outdoor spaces, with a 10-foot distancing; retail businesses continue to operate at 50% capacity; religious establishments/places of worship continue to operate at 50% capacity; public beaches remain open; face-coverings still required for indoor spaces.

Reopening Resources

Small Business Guidance

Operational Guides and Best Practices

Workforce Management and Development

Industry-Specific

Webinars

Virginia SBDC: What is Your Message? — Tuesday, June 23 at 8:30 AM

Learn how to craft messaging that makes your customer feel welcomed and safe; how to use transparency to ensure that you cutsomers understand the safety precautions you’re taking and how to engage with you; how to use social media and your Google My Business listing to slowly welcome people back; and how to entice customers back without being pushy.

Register Here

Virginia SBDC: Marketing in the New Normal — Tuesday, June 30 at 8:30 AM

Learn how to ensure that your future marketing efforts are not tone-deaf. Social listening is critical. What steps can you take to find out what customers are saying about their needs? How can you market while also addressing current restrictions for reopening?

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Virginia SBDC: Advertising in the New Normal — Tuesday, July 7 at 8:30 AM

Learn how to take steps to make sure your ads don’t get flagged for tring to make money off of COVID; how to craft your copy and CTA to make customers want to see you again. What kind of imagery should you stay away from when crafting ads?

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Virginia SBDC: Use Social Media to Tell Your Story — Tuesday, July 14 at 8:30 AM

Transparency is everything. Marketing is about telling your story. Share what has happened and what is happening. Don’t be afraid to be human. Let customers know how they can help you.

Register Here

Replay: Call with Virginia Secretary of Finance, Aubrey Layne

This webinar has ended. You may watch the replay here.

Replay: COVID-19 Recovery Community Conversation with Representative Rob Wittman (VA01) and Representative Elaine Luria (VA02)

This webinar has ended. You may watch the replay here.

Local Resources

City of Williamsburg

James City County

York County

Non-Profits

  • Network Peninsula — You can view a list of current needs from local non-profits here. You can view a list of services that local non-profits are currently providing here.
  • The Salvation Army of Greater Williamsburg — Current hours to receive clients and accept donations are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM. If possible, clients should call first to complete intake information over the phone. The phone number is 757-229-6651. The Food Pantry has been able to serve many new clients, supported by donations from the community. Non-perishable food donations, as well as cleaning supplies, are appreciated at this time. For more information, please refer to their website or Facebook.
  • United Way of the Virginia Peninsula — The United Way Community Resource Center (CRC) is the centreal information and referral service for the Greater Williamsburg area. If you are in need of assistance and live in Williamsburg, James City County, or Upper York County, call the United Way Community Resource Center at 757-229-2222. If you are in need of assistance and live in Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, or lower York County, call United Way’s First Call at 757-594-4636. The Facebook Page will also have continuous updates from United Way and its 41 local partner agencies. Both United Way information and referral services are running at this time. You may also choose to donate to the United Way Emergency Fund., assisting those in our community who are medically and economically vulnerable, including:
    • Workers who are paid hourly and/or do not have medical benefits and/or paid leave;
    • Low income families with children who rely on getting their meals at school that have now been closed;
    • People whose hours have been cut due to temporary closures;
    • People experiencing homelessness and do not have the resources to stay safe.​
  • Virginia Peninsula Foodbank — As a resource for those in need of assistance during this time, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is having additional large, drive-through-style food distributions throughout the service area.
  • Williamsburg Health Foundation — Greater Williamsburg Basic Needs Map COVID Community Response
  • Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association

State Resources

Commonwealth of Virginia

Veteran Resources

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Department of Health (VDH)

  • Situation Summary – The Virginia Department of Health is continually updating its resources to include the latest numbers and information relevant to COVID-19 in the Commonwealth including guidance.

Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia Tourism Corporation

National Resources

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)