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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Updated 12 pm March 27, 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 events and local resources
Throughout duration of 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. 

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 including learning about upcoming webinars and other resources.

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

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

is offering $25 million in waived advertising fees, free advertising, products, and services to small businesses, mainly local restaurants and nightlife establishments, that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Facebook announced $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and launched the Business Resource Hub, which features recommendations to help small businesses stay connected to customers and stay on track. 

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. 

Federal resources and news

Senate relief bill gives communities and business 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. 

Loans for small  business: Small businesses may obtain federally backed loans through community banks through June 30; loans will be forgiven if the business keeps all its workers.

  • direct payments to citizens
  • expanded unemployment benefits
  • suspension of student loan payments
  • More than $100 billion for hospitals
Treasury and IRS tax deadlines extended

State resources and news

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 for a 30-day period beginning at 11:59 pm March 24. 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.

Income tax payment extension and penalty waiver
Any income tax payments due April 1- June 1, 2020 are now  due on June 1, 2020. This includes individual and corporate income taxes paid to Virginia Tax. 

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

Microloan offered by the Community Business Partnership in Fairfax County. 

Webinars for businesses & property owners
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is offering a Business Success Series. Registration for the event can be found here. "Understanding Your Leases and Contracts in the COVID-19 Landscape" - 1 pm Friday, March 27. 

Gary Rappaport CEO of Rappaport discusses future of retail during a Bisnow webinar: Town Hall: Leadership in Uncertainty - April 1. Register here

SBA Webinars. Full listing of SBA workshops can be found here.
  • Data and Market Research Webinar. Register here - 10am Tuesday, March 31. 

Webinar Recordings
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 earlier this week on how to fill out an SBA Disaster Loan (EIDL) application. A recording can be found here

Resources for restaurants and food retailers
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.

Already providing food pick-up/delivery options? With an on- and off-premise retail license from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, you can add beer or beer and wine to your pick-up/delivery menu. Here's how. 

National Restaurant Association- coronavirus information and 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 - Learn More
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
COVID-19 Control and Prevention

Official news and resources for COVID-19

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization