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The Office of Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for businesses in James City County. This list will be updated as new resources are available.For the most up-to-date information from COVID-19 in James City County, please visit the County website.https://jamescitycountyva.gov/covid
Input Needed from Business OwnersThe Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity is asking that business owners take a moment to complete a short survey so they can share the results with State and Federal partners. They would like to receive responses as soon as possible but will be leaving the survey open through Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. to capture responses.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7RMY8SHThe Virginia Department of Emergency Management Private Sector Team published a survey for the private sector to submit issues they are experiencing and offers of assistance to Virginia (donation, in-kind contribution, discounted, or contracted). That survey can be accessed at https://arcg.is/1amrze.Virginia Department of Emergency ManagementBusinesses are encouraged to join the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Private Sector Portal. This portal provides useful information to businesses in the private sector.http://bit.ly/VaPrivateSectorSmall Business Administration (SBA)COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resourceshttps://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resourcesA disaster declaration was approved by the SBA for a number of Virginia localities including James City County. The declaration can be viewed online. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/ Businesses can now apply for SBA Disaster Loans online. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ If a business does not have access to a computer or smartphone, please call SBA at 1‐800‐659‐2955 for assistance.SCORESCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).https://www.score.orgHampton Roads Small Business Development Center (HRSBDC)The HRSBDC has guidance on their website.http://www.hrsbdc.org/preparing-covid-19-virginia-small-businesses/HRSBDC will provide webinars next week for SBA Disaster Loan applications. We will provide information on registration once we receive it.Tips for Record Keeping for Future Economic Impact Disaster Loan Assistance ProgramWhile specifics remain to be promulgated from the SBA concerning the procedures to be followed and information that may be required to process the application, small business owners can start preparing in advance.Based on experience, here are some tips that will streamline the process:
Concerning the organization of records, SBA will want to see:
From the Governor of VirginiaLatest information: https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updatesThe Commonwealth of Virginia is coordinating with the Small Business Administration (SBA) on the disaster declaration that will enable small businesses statewide to receive assistance through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Our application is finalized and the Governor is submitted the request. The public will be notified as soon as SBA has approved the disaster declaration and the funding is available.Support for Impacted Employers
UtilitiesThe State Corporation Commission issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.Port of VirginiaInformation about the Port of Virginia is available on their website.http://www.portofvirginia.com/Center for Disease ControlThe Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has issued COVID-19 guidance for businesses:Resources for Business & Employershttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.htmlGeneral Info & FAQshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlSteps to Preventing Illnesshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.htmlPreventing COVID-19 Spread in Communitieshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.htmlInternal Revenue ServiceDisaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesseshttps://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/disaster-assistance-and-emergency-relief-for-individuals-and-businessesLocal Chambers of Commerce and Retail AllianceThe Greater Williamsburg Business Council has a variety of resources on their website.https://www.williamsburgcc.com/blog The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has a COVID-19 newsletter. It can be viewed on their website.http://www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/Hampton Roads Retail Alliancehttps://retailalliance.com/coronavirus-resources-for-retailers/Last update March 20, 4:26 p.m.Contact InformationJames City County Office of Economic Development757-253-6607; email@example.com