Stafford Business Coronavirus Information
Stafford CARES Act Entrepreneur Small Business Programs
Stafford Economic Development Authority is honored to offer COVID-19 education programs to business owners & entrepreneurs. These three business training and support programs are presented in partnership with RIoT. Event details & registration HERE.
- MBA in IOT- REGISTRATION CLOSED
- COVID-19 Market Shifts – REGISTRATION CLOSED
- Customer Discovery Workshop | Dec 10th & 11th – REGISTER HERE
Stafford Critical Tourism Grant
Applications ARE CLOSED.
The Stafford Critical Tourism Grant was created to support tourism-based businesses and nonprofits in Stafford County that have been affected by COVID-19. This grant program is funded through Federal CARES Act funds provided by the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and administered by the Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA).
Stafford’s CARES Act Grants: Stay, Sleep, and Safe
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Stafford County remains focused on providing support to our businesses as we continue to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic. As part of that continued support, the Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is launching three new small business assistance grants: Stay, Sleep, and Safe in Stafford Business Grant(s). These grant programs are funded using $2.357M in federal CARES Act funds provided to the County of Stafford and will be administered by the Stafford County EDA.
Stafford’s Small Business Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Assistance Grant Fund
During April through May 2020, the Economic Development Authority (EDA) granted a total of $457,000 to over 100 businesses in Stafford County for Round 1 and 2 of the COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Grant Fund. Round 1 and 2 are officially closed and no longer accepting applications.
Stafford EDA COVID-19 Micro Loan Fund
The EDA is offering a COVID-19 Micro Loan Fund available to all Small Stafford Businesses:
Links to assistance for businesses during the Coronavirus situation
Governor Northam's Expansion of Rebuild VA Grant
- Governor Northam Announces Expansion of $70 Million Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19. First launched in August, this economic recover fund is now expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more businesses to apply.
Families First Coronia Virus Relief Act
- Under Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) certain employers may be required to pay sick or family leave wages to employees who are unable to work or telework due to certain circumstances related to COVID-19. Employers are entitled to a refundable tax credit for the required leave paid, up to specified limits.
SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
U.S. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) is an option for small businesses impacted by Coronavirus. Click here for SBA’s helpful graphic on Programs.
- On June 15, SBA began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program (also called “Phase II”) >>
Virginia Career Works
Virginia Career Works-Bay Consortium offers an integrated and comprehensive range of services consisting of workforce development activities benefiting job seekers—adults, dislocated workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, individuals with disabilities—and employers.
Virginia Department of Health
VDH provides new information and resources for businesses in regards to the Governor’s Emergency Order EO61 to include a toolkit, guidance on employee health, cleaning and disinfection, as well critical infrastructure resources. Click here for details >>
SBDC Recovery Resources for Small Business
As businesses begin to look at reopening and/or planning to transition to the ‘new normal,’ there are a number of factors to consider and decisions to be made. The Virginia SBDC recommends using the process below no matter what stage you are in to determine your next steps. This checklist is meant to help guide you through those important questions as you look to find success in the post-crisis world.
Click Here for more information >>
Virginia 30 Day Fund
Launched by Virginia technology entrepreneur Pete Snyder and his wife, Burson, and other Commonwealth business leaders, this initiative goal is to retain Virginia jobs while small businesses wait for federal funding. Click here for details >>
Local and State News and Updates
- Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam Executive Order Updates >>
- The Commonwealth of Virginia >>
- Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office >>
- Senator Tim Kaine’s Office >>
- US House of Representatives: Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office >>
- FAQ’s from the House Ways and Means Committee on how the federal government is responding to the pandemic >>
- U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Response Toolkit and helpful Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans.
- Virginia Chamber COVID-19 Resource Center website >>
- Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Business Assistance Page for the Tourism Industry >>
- Stafford County advisories and information >>
- Stafford Commissioner of the Revenue >>