Note: This resource page has been replaced by the COVID-19 Recovery Center.
Help for Your Business
Small Business Hotline
Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s office announced on April 20th, 2020 the creation of a dedicated Small Business Hotline 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. The hotline number is 757-364-7632.
Small Business Administration
SBA Webinar Recording
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.
Salesforce Care Small Business Grants: Salesforce and Ureeka have teamed up to provide a competitive $10,000 grant aimed at helping small businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications for businesses in Virginia will open on April 24th at 11 AM EST with a May 1st deadline to apply. To be eligible, companies must be a for-profit company; have between 2-50 employees; have been in business for two full years as of March 2020; have an annual revenue between $250K and $2M; and have experienced challenges from COVID-19.
Virginia Chamber Blueprint for Reopening
Upcoming Webinars and Recordings
COVID-19 Resources and Information with the U.S. Chamber
Additional Link Mentioned: www.uschamber.com/co
SCORE Webinar: Marketing 101 – Saturday, May 16th from 9 AM to 11 AM
Marketing During Crisis: Expert Advice for Local Businesses with Borrell Associates – Wednesday, May 6th at 11 AM
Local City & County COVID-19 Information
Message with County Administrators and City Manager
City of Williamsburg
James City County
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 non-medical services due to the Coronavirus outbreak in our community, please contact the CRC at 757-229-2222 to learn about services that are available in the community to help meet your needs. For more information, please visit our website.
The Peninsula Health District of Virginia is one of the area’s more heavily impacted state. Sadly, when a crisis like this occurs in our community, our hardest hit neighbors are those already struggling to make ends meet. United Way of the Virginia Peninsula launched an Emergency Fund to assist our friends and neighbors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The spread of COVID-19 is likely to have a lasting impact in our community, especially affecting those 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 hoemlessness and do not have the resources to stay safe
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. 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.
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. For updates on where and when, and how to get help, individuals can visit www.hrfoodbank.org. A pop-up will appear with the information.
Williamsburg Health Foundation
Other Business Resources
Coronavirus Best Practices Guide for Businesses
National Retail Federation
Society for HR Management (SHRM)
Resources to help you prepare your workforce for the possibility of business closures, working from home, quarantines and other outcomes of a disease outbreak.
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Economic Developers Association
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention - An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention.
Protecting Workers During a Pandemic Fact Sheet - Informational fact sheet highlighting OSHA’s guidance on protecting employees.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - Recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards.
Virginia Restaurant Lodging Travel Association - VRLTA
Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association (WARA)
Mental Wellness for Businesses and Their Employees During COVID-19
8 Possible Paths to Insurance Coverage
FBI Tips on How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Scams
Visit Williamsburg Resources
FinImpact Small Business Survival Guide to Combat COVID-19
Offering a Virtual Support Group which is free and open to anyone, no registration required. It is held weekly via Zoom, on Tuesdays at 1 PM. This is a rare opportunity to take part in Hospital House & Support Care Williamsburg Seasonal Bereavement Support group curriculum in a low-stakes informal way. Join us for a space to share about your grief, whether it is the loss of a loved one, or the loss of expectations or identity due to social distancing. Expect to be gently guided on the topic of the week, which can be found in Chaplain Abby Embry’s Monday blog Weekly Touchpoint. The blog will provide more inforamtion on how to join the video. Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Virginia Employment Commission
Commonwealth of Virginia
Virginia Department of Health
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 Tourism Corporation
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Department of Justice
About the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Up to date information about the disease in addition to guidance.
Situation Summary (CDC) – The most current update information as it becomes available.
Interim Guidance for Business and Employers – CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now. Based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Understanding the Coronavirus – Webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Prevention and Treatment - Information on the prevention and treatment of coronavirus.
Travel-Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel - Current travel warning, alert and watches, as well as destinations with risk of community spread.
Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist – This checklist identifies specific activities large businesses can do to create a plan and prepare for pandemic outbreaks.
Coronavirus Communication Resources – Free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters.
List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 - EPAs recommended use and list of registered disinfectants the are qualified for use against Coronaviruses.
Emergency Response Plan - A 10 page document to help Businesses Identify goals and objectives for the emergency response plan
U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Resources
Coronavirus Resource Page - A resource page by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, including links to Resilience in a Box and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides
Resilience in a Box - A collection of resources based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. Focus on small businesses.
Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including the Coronavirus, in non-healthcare settings.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees - A flyer of general workplace health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak: Interim Guidance - A guide outlining key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
World Health Organization: Video Explainer - Video from WHO explaining what’s currently known about the virus.
US Department of Labor
Guidance on Unemployment Compensation - Provides guidance to states regarding unemployment compensation flexibilities related to COVID-19.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
International Economic Development Council
Social Media – Internet – Virtual Meeting Resources
Facebook for Business website: Tips and resources to help small businesses deal with business interruptions such as the coronavirus pandemic.
- Ideas for staying in touch with customers, using online resources such as email, your website and your Facebook page.
- Hosting virtual, online events such as webinars, in place of in-person events.
- Preparing a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how your business is operating during the pandemic.
- Business Resilience Toolkit – a booklet about preparing for a business interruption, and creating a resiliency plan.
- Small Business Resilience Quick Action Guide
- Online courses about how to communicate with customers and provide customer support during business disruptions.
To see all of the Facebook for Business tips and resources, click here.
Google has tools and information for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, regarding updates to their business information on Google My Business, including:
- Changing your business hours if necessary
- Adding information about how your business has been affected and what steps you’re taking
- Creating a post
- Updating your phone number if necessary
To see all of Google’s update suggestions, click here.
Learn about Google’s Remote Work hub, with tips about running online meetings, collaborating on documents remotely, and more.
Virtual Meeting Platforms
Greater Williamsburg Business Council
Letters from the CEO
List of Local Closures – Stay up to date with local business hours of operation, information, promotions, and more.