Check back for updated COVID-19 resources. SVP staff is here to help and is happy to connect you to the appropriate point of contact at relevant agencies. We are confident the collaborative spirit among our counties and cities, businesses, educational institutions, and community partners is the foundation to endure the current challenging times and build the positive economic future for the Shenandoah Valley. Stay well – Team SVP
Learn how our private-sector investors, higher-education partners and community leaders are collaborating to develop and offer community resources. These efforts are great examples of the many reasons we’re proud to call this region home.
Connect with local, state and national resources available for large and small businesses, as well as nonprofits.
Navigate through the locality-specific and business use-specific emergency loan programs provided to Shenandoah Valley businesses.
Participate in a quick survey specific to your business location to help local leaders determine appropriate assistance.
Learn tips and tricks for navigating your increased online presence.
Apply now! The Shenandoah Valley is fortunate to have companies in essential industries growing and hiring employees right now. Our partners at the Virginia Career Works – Shenandoah Valley Region office created a job board to promote your openings >> https://vcwvalley.com/job-board/.
- New! Shenandoah Valley Region: Work Hard, Work Smart, Work Safe – A guidebook that provides specific measures for business categories to aid in a safe, thoughtful reopening. The specific recommendations in each category support the overall goal of opening businesses in a way that protects employees and customers from exposure to COVID-19 and helps prevent the virus’s spread. Click here for a readable version.
- New! Re-opening Small Business: What Customers Want (Harrisonburg-Rockingham) – From April 23 to May 3, 2020, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham COVID-19 Business Assistance Taskforce distributed a “Customer Feedback Survey on Businesses Reopening” in advance of restrictions on small businesses and mass gatherings lifting in a phased approach in Virginia. Click here to review key takeaways from the survey.
- New! Now Available: GENEDGE’s Virginia Supply Chain Connector – an online portal for Virginia manufacturers and suppliers to find each other, connect, make PPE and more. Together, they’re building a stronger supply chain. Learn more at supplychain.genedge.org.
- New! Virginia SBDC Recovery Resources for Small Business – As businesses begin to look at reopening and/or planning to transition to the ‘new normal,’ there are a number of factors to consider and decisions to be made. The Virginia SBDC recommends using the process found by clicking here no matter what stage you are in to determine your next steps. This checklist is meant to help guide you through those important questions as you look to find success in the post-crisis world. https://www.virginiasbdc.org/recoveryresourcecenter/
- Sysco Foodie Pop-Up/Stock-Up Event – An event in which orders are placed ahead of time, and at a designate time, you drive by to have your items brought curb-side. SVP Investor Sysco is offering to hold a similar event at your location or a place of convenience so that your employees may access restaurant-grade food. This opportunity provides ordering from a selection customized to your audience while providing a choice broader than likely found on store shelves. Click here for more information.
- Centers for Disease Control – Resources on how to protect yourself and employees.
- Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- OSHA – Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Richmond Fed COVID-19 Analysis – The Richmond Fed is monitoring the spread and impact of COVID-19 and are continuously seeking ways to offer their support.
- SHRM COVID-19 Resources – News, updates and tools to safeguard your organization.
- City of Buena Vista
- City of Harrisonburg
- City of Lexington
- City of Staunton
- City of Waynesboro
- County of Augusta
- County of Bath
- County of Highland
- County of Page
- County of Rockbridge
- County of Rockingham
- County of Shenandoah
- Bath County Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
- Highland County Chamber of Commerce
- Lexington, Rockbridge, Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce
- Central Shenandoah Valley Planning District Commission
- Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center (serving Shenandoah County)
- Luray-Page Chamber of Commerce
- Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
- Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (flights operating to Washington-Dulles & Chicago O’Hare)
- Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
State & National Resources & Programs
- Office of the Governor
- Congressman Ben Cline Coronavirus Updates
- Senator Mark Warner Coronavirus Updates
- Main Small Business Administration (SBA) page for a review of all programs >> www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- Paycheck Protection Program – This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance – This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
- SBA Express Bridge Loans – Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
- SBA Debt Relief – The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Click here for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) side by side comparison for the EIDL and PPP Loan Programs.
- Click here for a recorded presentation on filling out the EIDL Application, that will cover the same EIDL application overview.
The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act final is a downloadable PDF from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship outlining the:
Paycheck Protection Program Loans
Small Business Debt Relief Program
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Economic Injury Grants
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Virginia Department of Health
- Virginia Employment Commission
- Virginia Wifi Hotspot Map
- Virginia Manufacturers Association
- Virginia Tourism Corporation
Emergency Loan & Grant Programs
- Augusta County Disaster Relief Loan Program (Augusta County businesses)
- CFRBA COVID-19 Fund (Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath, and Alleghany is providing funding resources to community-based organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis.)
- Rockbridge County, in partnership with The Community Foundation, is now accepting applications for grant funding for County businesses impacted by COVID-19. Companies who have been affected by COVID-19 and hold a valid County business license may submit a request to Brandy Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the drop box located at 150 S. Main Street, Lexington. Each application will be reviewed by a committee and submitted to The Community Foundation for funding approval. Grants of up to $2,000 will be issued to qualified applicants to be used for expenses such as rent/mortgage, utilities, and insurance. These grants will be released on a rolling basis during May. Funding is limited, and applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis based on a demonstration of financial need. Additional details are provided in the grant application. You may review any questions to Brandy Flint at (540) 464-9662. Click here for an application.
- Harrisonburg-Rockingham Small Business Resilience Grant Program (Harrisonburg & Rockingham businesses)
- Historic Sites Emergency Grant
- Funds are provided by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to historic sites or organizations who run historic sites (including, but not limited to, museums, historic societies, historic homes, and battlefield groups) in the greater Shenandoah Valley region.
- Shenandoah County Disaster Impact Loan Program (Shenandoah County businesses)
- Staunton Creative Community Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund (Shenandoah Valley businesses)
- COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund Grant Opportunity – Harrisonburg and Rockingham County 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organizations, with experience and history of providing individuals and families with services and support, are eligible for funding.
- Virginia 30 Day Fund – Virginia businesses eligible for funding:
- Small businesses that employ three to 30 people;
- Based in Virginia and have been operating for at least one year;
- Owned and operated by a Virginia resident.
- Waynesboro Emergency Loan (City of Waynesboro businesses)
Digital & Promotional Resources
- Connect. Shop. Buy. – Marketing resource for Shenandoah Valley businesses. Business owners can join the business directory for free.
- Google’s Remote Work Hub
- GoToMeeting – Remote App for Meetings
- Shop Local Shenandoah Valley – Marketing resource for Shenandoah Valley businesses. Business owners can join the business directory for free.
- Skype – Remote App for Meetings
- Video Conference Tips – Watch this quick tutorial provided by SVP investor Appeal Production.
- Zoom – Remote App for Meetings
- #TheValleyStrong – Marketing resource for Shenandoah Valley businesses. Business owners can join the business directory for free.
- Virginia Career Works – Shenandoah Valley
- The Virginia Career Works – Shenandoah Valley Region office created a job board to promote your openings >> https://vcwvalley.com/job-board/. Email Kaystyle Madden or Joan Hollen to add your job listing.
- Live Chat available from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on their website www.vcwvalley.com. A Workforce Specialist will be available to answer questions for site visitors.
- Unemployment Insurance
- If you are a worker who has been totally/partially separated from your job due to COVID-19, go to http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed to file a claim for unemployment insurance. You can also call 1-866-832-2363 Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- The following Shenandoah Valley companies are hiring:
- Admiral Security Services (Shenandoah Valley)
- Andros Foods (Shenandoah County)
- Artisan Packaging (Harrisonburg)
- Augusta Health – (Augusta County)
- Berry Global (Waynesboro)
- Cadence (Staunton)
- Dynamic Aviation (Rockingham County)
- Home Instead Senior Care (Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lexington)
- InterChange Group, Inc. (Rockingham County)
- Kerry (Harrisonburg)
- LSC Communications (North & South Harrisonburg facilities)
- Lantz Construction (Rockingham County)
- Massanutten Resort (Rockingham County)
- McKee Foods (Augusta County)
- Merck (Rockingham County)
- Modine (Buena Vista)
- Mohawk (Rockbridge County)
- Munters (Buena Vista)
- Riddleberger Brothers, Inc. (Rockingham County)
- Sentara RMH Medial Center (Rockingham County)
- Speyside Bourbon Stave Mill (Millboro, Bath County)
- Sunnyside Retirement Community (Rockingham County)
- Target Distribution Center (Augusta County)
- Trumbo Electric (Rockingham County)
- VMRC (Harrisonburg)