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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Updated 1 pm January 11, 2021


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Read the full announcement here.

The Journal of Accountancy also has a helpful review of the new PPP changes and guidance here.

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.

SBA and Treasury Department Announced New PPP Updates and Guidance
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would reopen the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing borrowers. Read the full announcement here.

The Journal of Accountancy also has a helpful review of the new PPP changes and guidance here.

Vienna CARES Fund for Residents and Business Workers
The Town of Vienna and Fairfax County are partnering to provide assistance to Town of Vienna Residents and employees of Town businesses who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 Health Crisis. The Vienna CARES Fund provides grants for housing and utility bill assistance to eligible individuals. Click here for more information. 


Updated Guidelines for all Business Sectors 
In light of new restrictions implemented to address the surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Ralph Northam has updated best practices guidelines for all business sectors. Printable CDC flyers are available in multiple languages to post for all clients and employees on the Forward Virginia page



Town of Vienna


Town of Vienna Shop & Stroll Series
The Town of Vienna is hosting a campaign to encourage locals and visitors to explore the Town's diverse shopping centers. Vienna Shop & Stroll will take place from 12-4 pm Saturdays through December 12. Each week, designated shopping centers will host safe and socially distanced seasonal activities, in-store and online promotions and activities for all to enjoy. Find more information and event details.

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 Business Matters e-Newsletter
Sign up to receive the weekly Vienna Town Business Matters e-newsletter that highlights the Town's  most up-to-date initiatives; articles; local, state, and federal resources; and webinars for the Town business and property-owner community. The newsletter also provides information regarding the economic development office's services. 

Important and New

Fairfax County Emergency Information
You can stay connected to information about active watches, warning, and advisories in Fairfax County via the official 
Fairfax County Government Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery website.

Fire Marshal guidance for use of tents during cold-weather season
The Fairfax County Office of the Fire Marshal has posted guidance related to use of tents for outdoor dining or fitness activities during cold weather months. Under an ordinance passed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in July, plan reviews are not required for use of outdoor tents, 
under certain conditions, during the covid-19 emergency. A permit for tents greater than 900 square feet is still required under the ordinance, but is waived for businesses covered by the temporary ordinance. Guidance on submitting an application for a tent permit can be found here

Rebuild VA grant fund for small businesses & nonprofits
The commonwealth is launching a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. The program will provide grants up to three times the applicant's average monthly eligible expenses, up to a maximum award of $100,000. Access the application here.

These grants are aimed at assisting small businesses and nonprofits that have faced economic distress as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. Eligible entities include those in the following industry sectors: restaurant and beverage service, nonessential retail, exercise and fitness, personal care and personal grooming, entertainment and public amusement, private campgrounds, and overnight summer camps. More info here

Covid-19 Pro Bono Collaborative
The Covid-19 Pro Bono Collaborative is an initiative to provide free legal assistance to small businesses in Northern Virginia during the covid-19 pandemic. Assistance includes help with federal assistance, grant and loan programs, lease, and employment issues. More info here

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury announce release of Paycheck Protection Program loan data

Data released includes overall statistics regarding dollars lent per state, loan amounts, top lenders, and distribution by industry. The loans have reached diverse communities proportionally, across all income levels and demographics, according to the announcement. View the SBA and Treasury's announcement here, the data here, and the PPP Report here

Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Mason SBDC provides FREE counseling and training services to small businesses in Fairfax County. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all operations have been moved online until further notice. Services include Launch Your Business, Grow Your Business, and other Resources. Click here to request services

FAQs: Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act
Stay up-to-date with the most accurate information about the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act here

Phased reopening information
To report concerns/violations related to reopening guidelines, call 703-691-2131.
To ask questions about the governor's executive order related to face coverings, call 1-877-ASK-VDH3. Click here for information about phased opening in Fairfax County.

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


Road to Recovery


COVID-19 Signage for social media, office signage, and other appropriate materials for your business.
Face Mask Covering Square | Wide
Physical Distance Square
Sick Stay at Home Square

Spanish Versions
Face Mask Covering Square | Wide
Physical Distance Square | Wide
Sick Stay at Home Square

CDC Reopening Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting








Virginia Department of Health has developed a resource page full of reopening 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


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 provides a quick guide to SBA loans here. Interested in applying for an SBA disaster loan? Learn about the three-step process

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) information found here.  
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council resources for navigating the coronavirus economy, view 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. 


Assistance through other organizations

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

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. 

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 can help 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 commercial real estate and government responses to covid-19 and 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.

Treasury and IRS tax deadlines have been extended.

State resources and news 


Below are covid-19 business assistance resources provided by the state of Virginia including grants, partnerships, and industry response toolkits:

  • The official site of the Commonwealth of Virginia's coronavirus (covid-19) website.
  • Virginia Employment Commission page
  • Virginia Tourism Corporation: Information for Virginia's Travel Industry Page

Fairfax County resources and news

Women's Business Center Covid-19 Counseling Support Available
If your business has been impacted by the pandemic positively or negatively and you have been in business less than two years, sign up here to request FREE counseling; by clicking on this link, you give the Women's Business Center permission to counsel you. If you have been in business longer than two years, SBDC is referring clients to Mason SBDC, due to a temporary vacancy. 

Fuller Institute Economy Watch 
Washington Economy Watch provides consistent analysis of greater Washington DC's regional economy to ensure that local business and government leaders are equipped with information needed to make informed decisions regarding future development of the region's economy. More information here.

Fairfax County Emergency Information provides six things you need to know related to phased reopenings, including: 
More information here.

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

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


Webinars for businesses & property owners


Webinar Recordings
How Covid-19 is Reshaping the Future of Business and Work. More information and recording here

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.


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. The blueprint outlines the three phases of reopening: (1) protect our communities, (2) allow for 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 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