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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Updated 11 am June 3, 2020

Assistance for businesses
As impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and responses to it continue to evolve, the Town of Vienna will monitor and continue coordinating with appropriate government officials and leadership on all levels - federal, state, and local. In the interim, please continue to monitor all official information and feel free to use these resources to assist your business in responding to COVID-19. This page will be updated as programs and information develop.

Town of Vienna

*NEW* $26 Million Dollar RISE Grant Program
The Fairfax County RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) Grant application intake period is June 8-15. This program will offer financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by the health crisis. The Town of Vienna is allocating $1 million to the program, increasing the total RISE grant award amount to $26 million with a commitment that a minimum of $1 million will be allocated to businesses located within the Town of Vienna. To date, nearly 4,000 businesses and nonprofits have signed up to be notified when RISE grants are launched and have expressed interest in applying. 

If the program is oversubscribed, a random selection process will be utilized to determine the order in which to process applications for grant awards. Eligibility information and FAQs are frequently updated and can be found here.

*NEW*
Temporary Outdoor Commercial Activity Permit
Town Council has adopted an emergency ordinance to help businesses take advantage of outdoor commercial activities. If you are interested in conducting outdoor commercial activity, you must submit a permit application along with a diagram of the proposed outdoor dining area or other commercial activity. There are no fees associated with the permit. For assistance with creating a diagram, send a request and any further questions to . To learn more, visit viennava.gov/outdoor.dining

Town Council has extended the due date for the first installment of real property taxes from July 28 to August 28. Council also approved waiving penalties and interest for late payments of March meals tax payment due April 20 AND for April tax payments due May 20. The discount for timely payment of meals tax payments was increased from 3% to 10% for March taxes due April 20 AND April taxes due May 20. More information is available in the press release here. TOV report for tax on meals for April and May is here

Sign up for the Vienna Town Business Matters newsletter here.

Important News

*NEW* Phase I Reopening Reminder
As of May 29, Virginia has entered Phase One of reopening. Leaders in the region are continuing to monitor health metrics and when they improve, the region will carry on to Phase Two of the Forward Virginia Plan. Many nonessential businesses have been allowed to reopen after following strict health and social distancing guidelines. According to the Virginia Executive Order 63, Governor Northam requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Please review the mandatory requirements for your business. Phase One guidelines for specific sectors can be found here.

Printable CDC flyers are available in multiple languages to post for clients and employees on the Forward Virginia page

*NEW* Governor Northam Announces Phase Two Guidelines for NOVA June 19
Most of Virginia is expected to enter Phase Two Friday, June 5, as key statewide health metrics continue to show positive signs. Northern Virginia and the City of Richmond will remain in Phase One to allow for additional monitoring of health data. Under Phase Two, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and requiring individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. 

Restaurants and beverage establishments may offer indoor dining at 50 percent occupancy, fitness centers may open indoor areas at 30 percent occupancy, and certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment may open with restrictions. Phase Two guidelines for specific sectors can be found here

*NEW* McKinsey & Company Article: Reopening Safely: Sample Practices from Essential Businesses. The safety protocols of hospitals, grocery stores, and other establishments that stayed open during the COVID-19 pandemic can offer ideas for businesses preparing to welcome employees and customers back. View here.

*NEW*
McKinsey & Company Article: COVID-19's Effect on Minority-Owned Small Businesses in the United States. Already vulnerable, minority-owned, small businesses brace for disproportionate impact. Here's how to help. View here.

*NEW*
For a list of federal, state, local (county and Town) tax extension deadlines follow the link here


Road to Recovery


Governor Northam's Safer at Home: Phase One Guidelines for All Business Sectors can be found here. A blueprint for easing public health restrictions has been created in a slideshow. Guidelines for specific sectors can be found here. Visit the governor's website to stay up-to-date with the latest information. 

CDC Reopening Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting

CDC Communities, Schools & Workplace Guidance
CDC Businesses & Workplaces

National Retail Federation: Operation Open Doors Checklist

Adapting to the Next Normal in Retail: The Customer Experience Imperative

Building Owners and Managers Association International: Getting Back to Work: Preparing Buildings for Re-Entry Amid COVID-19

National Restaurant Association: COVID-19 Reopening Guidance 

American Barber Association's Guidelines for a Smart Restart for Barbershops and Salons in America

Professional Beauty Association: Back-to-Work Guidelines
 

The Fairfax County Business Emergency Operations Council Business Recovery Planning 

Everbridge Coronavirus: The Road to Recovery, A Virtual Gathering of Business, Government and Healthcare Leaders

*NEW - DATE CHANGE* noon Wednesday, June 10 Vienna Road to Recovery: Doing Business with the State of Virginia. Join the TOV Economic Development Office and the Vienna Business Association as we discuss doing business with the commonwealth with Chris Ley, business services manager, Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity. Register here

Virginia Department of Health has developed a resource page full of reopenning plans for businesses. 

Secretary of Commerce and Trade: Virginia COVID-19 resources for businesses. Resources include support options for small and large businesses, such as financial support, loan comparison, state agency resources, and industry specific resources. More information here

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources: Reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes. More information here. Cleaning and disinfecting decision tool found here. Reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting here

FEMA Fact Sheet: Planning considerations for organizations in reconstituting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Town of Vienna local resources

The Town of Vienna Economic Development Department Office has released results from tis April 22 - May 15 COVID-19 Business Survey. The results highlight how the Town's businesses have been impacted by the pandemic. The survey was created in partnership with the Vienna Business Association and Town Business Liaison Committee. To learn more about survey results, read the press release and view key takeaways in the survey infographic

Thank you for participating in Vienna's first ever Business Appreciation Week which took place May 18 - May 22. Congratulations to our award winners:
View the infographic here

Throughout Fairfax County's emergency declaration related to the coronavirus, banners and other temporary signage in the Town of Vienna will be considered exempt. No fees or applications are required for use of these temporary signs during this time. See more information about code requirements. 

The Vienna Business Association has set up a Facebook group - Vienna VA Business News - through which local businesses may share information about changes to their business service or hours as well as promotions.

The Town of Vienna hosted a webinar with Karen Doner, an employment law attorney, and Mike Anderson, a certified public accountant, who provided information about the SBA disaster relief loans, CARES Act, payroll tax credit, paid leave, and forgivable loans. The presentations from this event is available here.

Resources for small businesses and nonprofits

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA recently announced disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit the SBA website for more information in addition to learning about upcoming webinars and other resources. The Board of Trade, provided a quick guide to SBA loans, found here.

Interested in applying for an SBA disaster loan? Learn about the three-step process.


Due to an overwhelming number of applicants, the SBA is now limiting EIDL amounts to $15K - not including the $10K advancement - with a limit of $1,000 per employee up to $10K. So the total amount available via this loan is $25K with no additional funding proposed by Congress. More information here.
 
As of April 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has resumed accepting applications from participating lenders.The SBA will forgive loans if all employees remain on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. More information here

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council has updated its resources page with more information regarding the PPP and CARES Act, how to calculate maximum PPP loan amounts, PPP loan FAQ's, and updates on the SBA's EIDL. Read more about all of these useful resources here

SCORE is a volunteer organization that has partnered with the SBA for many years to provide businesses with free expert mentorship dedicated to helping small businesses grow and achieve goals. SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 1 million entrepreneurs. Visit the SCORE website to learn about online mentorship and be sure to check out SCORE's recorded webinars virtual workshops. 

Mason Small Business Development Center offers an FAQ page on the SBA

Assistance through other organizations

Thanks to Verizon's $2.5 million investment, the company is offering financial support for small businesses during this time of uncertainty. Grant application can be found here.

GoFundMe has teamed up with other sponsors to initiate the Small Business Relief Fund to issue a matching grant of $500 to businesses that qualify and earned $500 within their own communities. More information here.


Fattmerchant, a payment technology provider partnered with Gift Up! to allow its clients to sell virtual gift cards. Gift Up! is waiving its usual 3.4% fee for Fattmerchant members' first $5,000 in gift card sales. 

Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S. small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. 

Opportunity Fund, which specializes in lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants, and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners in need. 

Google is providing FREE training, tools, and resources to grow and build skills, careers, and businesses. From start up entrepreneurs with a business idea to businesses with a strong foundation, Grow with Google is here to support your ideas and strengthen your online presence during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

Already have a business? Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses and organizations to manage their online presence across Google, including search and map functions. If you verify and edit your business information, you can both help customers find your business and tell them your story. 

Federal resources and news

The NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association released an FAQ regarding the commercial real estate and government responses to COVID-19 and the actions taken by the federal government. More information here. 

In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor provides information for employers and employees regarding wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Senate relief bill gives communities and businesses a fighting chance

$500 billion lending program: The Treasury Department can provide up to $500 billion in loans to businesses, states, and municipalities. For mid-size businesses with between 500-10,000 employees, no payments would be due for the first six months after the loan is issued. 

Treasury and IRS tax deadlines have been extended.

State resources and news

Governor issues statewide 'stay at home' executive order

Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and engage in outdoor activity, with strict social distancing requirements. This order shall remain in effect until June 10. More information is provided in the executive order

Governor issues executive order outlining additional temporary restrictions

Gov. Ralph Northam has issued an executive order that places temporary restrictions on restaurants, recreation and entertainment, gatherings, and non-essential businesses. It is now mandatory to wear masks in public indoor spaces. Public and private gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited. More information is provided in the executive order and FAQ's. Governor Northam's office has provided more information outlining support for workers and employers.

Sales tax filing, payment extension, and penalty waiver 
Businesses impacted by coronavirus can request a 30-day extension extension of the due date for filing and payment of their February 2020 sales tax return due March 20, 2020. When granted, businesses will be able to file and pay no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties. For more information, see Virginia Tax Bulletin 20-3: Option to Request Extension of Sales Tax Deadlines for those Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.

Fairfax County resources and news

*NEW* Fairfax County Emergency Information provides six things you need to know going into phase one of reopening including:
More information here

The Community Business Partnership (CBP) is no longer accepting eligibility forms or applications for the Fairfax County Microloan Program. They understand small business owners may continue to seek financing or virtual counseling; CBP provides other resources as well. 

Fairfax County business community is looking for ways to help businesses in need - whether through volunteer hours, donation of equipment, or direct contributions to nonprofits. More information here

George Mason University's S. Fuller Institute is providing a monthly economy watch during the coronavirus pandemic. More information here

A one-stop online portal that provides local business information, resources, and news. 


Webinars for businesses & property owners


BISNOW
 
12:30 pm Thursday, June 4 Network Design Series: How Network Design is Revitalizing Data Centers During a Digital Surge. Register here
12:30 pm Thursday, June 4 Hotel Survival Guide. Register here
11:30 am Tuesday, June 9 Recovery Readiness: Reopening the Workplace. Register here

CBP

2:30 pm Wednesday, June 3 WBC Local Library Business Research... Yea, They Got That! Register here.
12:30 pm Thursday, June 4
FranNet Franchise Ownership 101. Register here

Greater Washington Board of Trade
12 pm Thursday, June 4
Virtual Executive Lunch. Register here

NOVA EDA
Beyond COVID-19: NOVA Business Resiliency Webinars
2 pm Thursday, June 4 New Business Modeling: How to ensure resiliency in your business. Register here

SBA 
Full listing of Washington Metropolitan SBA workshops can be found here.
Full listing of Richmond SBA workshops can be found here.
11 am Wednesday, June 3 SBA Economic Resources for COVID-19 (EIDL). Register here.
9 am Thursday, June 4 Paycheck Protection Program. Register here.
11 am Thursday, June 4 SBA Economic Resources for COVID-19 (EIDL). Register here.
9 am Friday, June 5 Paycheck Protection Program. Register here.

SBR 
PayPal Small Business Month Webinar Series Events
3 pm Wednesday, June 3 Leadership: Managing Your Business in Times of Crisis. Register here.
TBD Tele-Town Hall: Supporting Diversity Business Owners During COVID-19. Registration not yet open. 

SCORE Workshops

Full list of live webinars here.

1 pm Tuesday, June 9 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity While Working Remotely. Register here
1 pm Thursday, June 11 National Safety Guidance to Protect You and Your Workers from COVID-19 Exposure. Register here

Webinar Recordings
The Small Business Roundtable and member groups hosted a webinar March 27 with the SBA, U.S. Senate staff, and small business leaders who dissected key provisions regarding the CARES Act. 

Arlington Economic Development's Bizlaunch Brunch & Business: OMG! How to Navigate Disastrous Moments in Business. Click for a link to the recorded Facebook Live portion of the event.

Virginia SBDC offered a webinar on how to fill out an SBA Disaster Loan (EIDL) application. A recording can be found here

Resources for restaurants and food retailers

Streetsense Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit contains clear and concise resources for managing capital, planning for relaunch, and provides recommendations on adjusting operations and increasing guest engagement in the wake of the crisis.

Retail Industry Leaders Association and National Retail Federation has put out an Open for Business blueprint for shopping safe which outlines the three phases of reopening: (1) protect out communities, (2) allow for the safe reopening of retail, and (3) establish clear expectations for employees and customers. 

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation is working to collect information and links to resources that will help restaurants and workers deal most effectively with the COVID-19 emergency. 

Any Virginia restaurant with a valid license to sell wine and beer on premises may now sell wine and beer to go and for delivery without having to apply for additional permits.

National Restaurant Association provides information for restaurants to review during the health crisis and lists relevant resources.

Downtown Huntsville (Alabama) has provided great guidance to its area food and beverage establishments, including how to utilize social media to leverage messaging during this time.

Resources related to workforce and property management

Unemployment resources available through Virginia Career Works Center. Click here to learn more.


COVID-19 Control and Prevention

Official news and resources for COVID-19

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization