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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updates 

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Programs and Events scheduled through June 10, 2020 have been postponed, cancelled or are moving to virtual platforms. Please see our Calendar of Events for specific information. 

    As COVID-19 continues to impact commerce and communities, we are monitoring the situation and providing useful tools and resources. 

    The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and our members are working hard to do all we can to aid all businesses in the Top of Virginia during the COVID-19 crisis. Below you will find a wide array of helpful resources to help you access financial assistance, business support and information your business may need. We know that during times like these, often community businesses and leaders look to the Chamber of Commerce for leadership and support. We will continue to monitor and keep the business community up to date. 

     

    TVRC Support Resources 

     

    Recovery Resource Center 

     

    Financial Information for Businesses

    • U.S. Small Business Association: The US Small Business Administration, which is funded through your tax dollars, is here to support your small business success, in good times and in bad. Check out these valuable SBA resources:
    • Guide to PP Loan Forgiveness: This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process. 
    • Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center: Your best resource for information on accessing and obtaining Federal loans, grants and assistance, including business counseling
    • Other COVID Grant/Loan Information: 
      • Virginia 30 Day Fund
      • GOFUNDME Small Business Relief Initiative and Fund
      • SheaMoisture launched a $1 Million Fund to support entrepreneurs of color.  Applications open 4/8 and have a quick turnaround.
      • Spanx Red Backpack fund is a $5 Million fund targeting women entrepreneurs.  Applications opened 4/6.    
      • Facebook is offering $100 Million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 small businesses.  More information can be found here
      • Verizon Donated $7.5 million to establish the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund, operated by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), to provide grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. The application deadline to apply for round 3 is Wednesday, May 20 and grant information and FAQ can be found here. 
      • Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants to help small business owners.  For more information about those grants and other small business resources, click here
      • Microsoft is providing six months of Office 365 tools for free to enable remote collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing.  For more information, click here
      • Tory Burch Foundation has a useful list of resources (for both funding and advice) for small businesses that can be found here.
      •  Virginia Small Business Finance Authority: $10,000 Microloan Program Application and Information

     

    Helpful Information for Businesses

     

    Government Resources 

    • Governor Ralph Northam: Up to date information about COVID-19 in Virginia Click Here 
      • Declaration of Public Health Emergency Click Here 
      • FAQ on Executive Order 53 Click Here
      • Executive Order 61 (Updated): Phase One Click Here 
      • The full text of Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five is available here.
    • Stay at Home Virginiahelp Virginians navigate housing programs, services, and resources 
    • Northern Shenandoah Valley COVID-19 Economic Response TeamThe response team is an economic development partnership between the EDAs of Clarke County, Frederick County and the City of the Winchester, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Clarke County Tourism, the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center Click Here 

     

    Employment Resources 

    • Virginia Employment Commission: Promotes economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services.
    • Virginia Jobs: Working in State Government Click Here

     

    Help Those in Need in the Top of Virginia 

    • Bright Futures: Due to school closure, Bright Futures is urgently seeking donations for their breakfast and lunch bags for over 900 students. For more information on necessary items and where to drop off Click Here. Follow Bright Futures on Facebook for continued updates. 
    • United Way NSV: United Way NSV and Valley Assistance Network (VAN) are closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus and the impact it is having on the Top of Virginia region Click Here. Follow United Way NSV on Facebook for continued updates.
    • Highland Food Pantry: In light of the evolving community health situation, food pantries need our support. Click Here for more information.  
    • Winchester Rescue Mission: Transforms lives by providing shelter, supportive services, and advocacy to improve and enhance the lives of the poor, powerless and persecuted, to reach their full potential through Christ. Click Here

     

    Get Answers to Medical Questions

    • Virginia Health Department: For information on the State's Pandemic Response Strategy and resources provided by the VA Health Department Click Here
    • Valley Health: Valley Health has developed a new Visitor Policy to protect the health and safety of their patients.  For more information on COVID-19 from Valley Health, click here
    • CDC Center for Disease Control: For all pandemic information Click Here
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Stay up to date on the outbreak Click Here
    • U.S. White House: Resources, updates and what you should know Click Here
    • World Heath Organization: Situation reports Click Here
  • Testimonials

    "The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is an incredibly valuable resource for the Shenandoah Valley..." – Adrienne G. Bloss, PhD, Provost, Shenandoah University.