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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Updated  9:30 am September 24, 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

Clean water is everyone's business
Businesses and commercial property owners are responsible for all pollutants leaving their properties. Water pollution comes from many sources. When it rains, pollutants such as litter, oil, grit, chemicals, and bacteria flow off hard surfaces and are carried by runoff to storm drains, which lead directly to local streams, the Potomac River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Once these pollutants are in the water, they can have harmful environmental and health impacts, including contaminating drinking water sources and impacting water quality for fish and other aquatic life. 

The following list offers a few ways businesses can prevent stormwater pollution:

Vienna Road to Recovery Webinar: The Value of Telework & Transit Options for Your Business Recordings
The Economic Development Department hosted a July 16 webinar, along with the VBA and representatives from the Telework!VA program, to provide best strategies for successful telecommuting for businesses in all industries. Follow the links for the recordings Zoom | Audio Only | Chat | Play Back 

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-Newsletters 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 Department's services. 

Important and New
*NEW* Hiring + Re-skilling Virtual Career Fair | Northern Virginia
1-4 pm Thursday, October 8, 2020
Interview with 20+ companies with thousands of positions and browse programs that will help you re-skill and upgrade your career. Register here

*NEW* Distanz Oktoberfest Cancelled
Due to a lack of interest and engagement/ registration, the Distanz Oktoberfest has been cancelled. The VBA is still happy to individually promote any promotions/deals that Vienna businesses wish to host that weekend on their social platforms, but it will not be promoting these as part of a larger event. These are tough times for businesses, and the VBA will continue to support and promote all Vienna businesses as best it can. If you have questions, contact Executive Director Peggy James.

*NEW* Facebook Inc's Black Business Grant - $100M
Any majority Black-owned business in the United States with up to 50 employees may apply for a grant through Facebook Inc.'s Black Business Grant. The social media giant announced that $40 million of the $100 million investment will be dedicated to help 10,000 Black-owned businesses. Businesses can receive grants of up to $4,000, including $2,500 in cash and $1,500 in optional advertising credits to use on the Facebook platform. For more information and/or to apply for the grant, click here

2020 Census 
There still is time to respond to the 2020 Census! So far, 84 percent of Vienna's 16,500 residents have responded, which leaves more than 2,500 individuals who have not. Help get the word out! Connect on social media, tell your friends, or respond yourself here or by calling 844-330-2020. If you would like to hang a 2020 Census poster in your business, contact Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Nathan Toronto at document.write('nathan.w.toronto'+'@'+'2020census.gov')>;" target="_self">

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 of up to three times the applicant's average monthly eligible expenses, up to a maximum award of $10,000. Access the application here.

The 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, entertaining 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, including help with federal assistance, grant and loan programs, lease, and employment issues. More info here

Phase 3 of Forward Virginia Plan 
On Wednesday, July 1, Gov. Ralph Northam moved Virginia into Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia Plan. In the Phase Three guidelines, the Commonwealth maintains a safer-at-home strategy and provides recommendations for social distancing and teleworking as well as 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. 

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

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

Now accepting new applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advances
In response to the coronavirus 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

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








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 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 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
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 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'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 the 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


Commonwealth of Virginia
3-4:30 pm Monday, September 28 Disparity Study Webinar. Join webinar here.
5:30-7 pm Wednesday, September 30 Disparity Study Webinar. Join webinar here
5:30-7 pm Tuesday, October 6 Disparity Study Webinar. Join webinar here.
3-4:30 pm Thursday, October 8 Disparity Study Webinar. Join webinar here

SCORE

9 am-4 pm Wednesday, September 23-24 National Small Business Week Virtual Conference. Register here

U.S. Small Business Administration
Full listing of Richmond SBA workshops can be found here.

Virginia Community Capital
Webinar Series: Refocus & Rebuild.  12 pm Thursdays through October 29. More info here.  
12 pm Thursday, September 24
Week 8: Succession Planning & Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP). Register here
12 pm Thursday, October 1 Week 9: Key Technologies & Cyber Security Needs. Register here

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.

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. The blueprint 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