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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Updated 11 am July 2, 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* 12 pm Thursday, July 16 Vienna Road to Recovery: The Value of Telework & Transit Options for Your Business. 
Join the Town of Vienna Economic Development Department and the Vienna Business Association for a discussion with representatives from the Telework!VA program. During the health pandemic, we've seen businesses adopt and create new organizational tools to connect with employees and clients and still remain productive. As businesses begin to phase in back to work strategies, telework and transportation options are resources to consider integrating into your organization's new normal. All businesses are welcome! Register here.

RISE Grant Program No Longer Accepting Applications - Next Steps 
The Fairfax County RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) Grant program is no longer accepting applications. The program will notify businesses that submitted applications on the next steps in the process beginning Wednesday, June 24 - Friday, June 26. This program offers financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by the health crisis. The Town of Vienna has allocated $1 million to the program specifically for Town of Vienna businesses, increasing the total RISE grant award amount to $26 million. 

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.

Fairfax RISE grant program held a June 9 webinar covering how to participate, eligibility, and other relevant questions. A recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation is available here

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

*NEW* Summer on the Screen
The Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department is moving its Summer on the Green to the Screen. Sign up your restaurant/bar to host one of these events by live streaming from the Town's Facebook Page. The concerts take place at 6:30 pm Fridays from July 10 - August 14. Businesses interested in being marketed with the Town concerts must agree to show all six concerts and must sign up here. Businesses also may participate by donating gift card(s) to be given away during the band's break when the Town will offer online games, trivia, and contests for prizes. If you'd like to donate a gift card, sign up here and Events Coordinator, Lily Widman, will follow up with you. 

*NEW* Vienna Business Association Presents First Corporate Social Responsibility Award to Lydia Russo
Lydia Russo was recognized for her outstanding efforts and exemplary social responsibility demonstrated to the Vienna community during the coronavirus pandemic. Please see additional information in the press release

Sign up for the Vienna Town Business Matters newsletter here.

Important New

*NEW* Virginia has now entered Phase 3 Wednesday, July 1
Governor Ralph Northam has moved Virginia forward to Phase Three of the Forward Virginia Plan, and restrictions have been further loosened on Wednesday, July 1. In the Phase Three Guidelines, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer-at-Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking and a requirement for individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. Please note that you do not have to open for business until you are able to follow all necessary safety procedures and guidelines. 
  • The maximum number of individuals allowed in social gatherings will increase from 50 to 250 people. 
  • Nonessential retail businesses and restaurants will no longer have an occupancy cap, but physical distancing will still be required. All businesses should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces, and keep enhanced workplace safety measures in place. 
  • All food and beverage establishments must maintain six feet of distance between tables.
  • Fitness centers may open indoors at 75% occupancy.
  • Recreation and entertainment venues may operate at 50% occupancy or a maximum of 1,000 individuals. 
Printable CDC flyers are available in multiple languages to post for clients and employees on the Forward Virginia page

Gov. Ralph Northam is holding press conferences at 2 pm every Tuesday and Thursday to provide updates on Virginia's COVID-19 response. Learn more here

*NEW* 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 for less than 2 years, sign up here to request FREE counseling and by clicking on this link you give the Women's Business Center permission to counsel you. If you have been in business longer than 2 years, than SBDC is referring clients to Mason SBDC, due to temporary vacancy. 

*NEW* Your Well Being
Your well being is priority. The SAMHSA's National Helpline is a free, confidential 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. 

*NEW* 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

*NEW* Now Accepting New Applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advances
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the SBA has begun accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. Eligible small businesses and agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance here. If you have already applied, you should not reapply. More information regarding the program and eligibility can be found here

*NEW* 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


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

CDC Reopening Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting








McKinsey & Company Articles:

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


The Town of Vienna Economic Development Department Office has released results from its 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

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

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) information found here
Economic Injury Disaster Loan 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. 

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

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 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 


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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia Page
  • An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia: Virginia Employment Commission Page
  • Virginia Tourism Corporation: Information for Virginia's Travel Industry Page

Fairfax County resources and news

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


Community Business Partnership
10 am Friday, July 10
BIC Growing Your Sales in Virginia. Register here
3 pm Monday, July 13 Woman's Business Center How the CARES Act Affects Your Taxes (Individuals/ Business). Register here

NOVA EDA
Beyond COVID-19: NOVA Business Resiliency Webinars
2 pm Thursday, July 9 Phase 2: Supply Chain Management. Registration available soon. 

SBA 
Full listing of Washington Metropolitan SBA workshops can be found here.
Full listing of Richmond SBA workshops can be found here.

SBDC
Webinar Series: Marketing and COVID-19
8:30 am Tuesday, July 7 Week 3: Advertising in the New Normal. Register here
8:30 am Tuesday, July 14 Week 4: Use Social Media to Tell Your Story in a Post-COVID World. Register here
8:30 am Tuesday, July 21 Week 1 REPEAT: What is Your Message? Bringing Customers Back. Register here

SCORE Workshops

Full list of live webinars here.

11 am Thursday, July 2 How to Protect & Grow the Value of Your Business During a Pandemic. Register here
2 pm Thursday, July 9 Productize- Steps for Turning Your Service Into a Product. Register here
1 pm Thursday, July 16 Connect with Customers and Manage Your Businesses Remotely. 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