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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  • Direct link to US SBA coronavirus business assistance.  The Commonwealth of Virginia is now officially listed and classified as an “eligible” area.  We encourage City of Fredericksburg (22401) businesses interested in submitting an application for financing through the SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19). Disaster Assistance Program to begin completing the application. The number assigned to the state of Virginia for the emergency declaration is VA-00087. General guidance on the SBA Disaster Loan process can be found here.
  • 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.

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.

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