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Department of Homeland Security: Guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on determining essential critical infrastructure workers. Essential Worker Guidance

CDC - Center for Disease Control: Interim guidance for businesses and employers on planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 as well as cleaning and disinfection recommendations. CDC Website | Resources for Businesss | Cleaning & Disinfection

Office of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam: Follow Virginia-specific news related to COVID-19 and other matters.  Governor's Website | COVID-19 Updates

  • March 17 Update - Reduction of Public Gatherings, Unemployment, DMV, Courts, Utilities, Public Health Emergency
  • March 19 Update - Healthcare, Childcare, Business Support, Justice Involved Population, Vehicle Inspections
  • March 23 Update - Closure of K-12 Schools for Remainder of Academic Year, Closure of Non-Essential Businesses, Banned Gatherings of 10 or More People
  • March 30 Update - Stay at Home Order Issued

U.S. Small Business Development Center: Disaster Loan assistance for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners, and renters. SBDC Website | Local Lord Fairfax SBDC Website

Virginia Chamber of Commerce: Advocacy updates and response to COVID-19 on behalf of business.  Website | Local Top of Virginia Regional Chamber

International Franchise Association: CARES Act & FFCRA Considerations for Franchise Businesses PDF

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Step-by-step guides Economic Injury Disaster Loans | Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide | General Updates from the U.S. Chamber



Virginia Department of Health: COVID-19 updates specific to Virginia and its localities including number of cases and a situation summary. Virginia COVID-19 Updates

World Health Organization: Global updates related to Coronavirus. Global COVID-19 Updates


Small Business Layoff Aversion Grants - Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board plans to award 18 grants of up to $5,000 to small business employers (250 or fewer employees) in the SVWIB service region, eligible to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency. The grant is seeking innovative ideas to keep employees working.  Press Release

Virginia Small Business Finance Authority: $10,000 Microloan Program Requirements and Online Application

U.S. Small Business Administration: Federal Disaster Loans Small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are currently eligible to apply for a long term low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit as soon as possible to fill out the new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application. Economic Disaster Loans & Advance

Virginia Employment Commission: Unemployment information for workers affected by Coronavirus Q&A Related to COVID-19

Winchester Economic Development Authority Relief Fund - $5,000 loans for businesses located within the City of Winchester, with less than 25 employees and $2.5 million in annual revenue. ApplicationSales Tax Filing and Payment Extension & Penalty Waiver

State Extension Option for Filing & Payment of February 2020 Sales Tax
Businesses impacted by coronavirus can request an extension of the due date for filing and payment of their February 2020 sales tax return due March 20, 2020, for 30 days. 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.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will use funding from Verizon to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Details

The Winchester Star Ad Matching Grant
The parent company of The Winchester Star has established a $1 million relief fund for matching advertising grants. Information