Stafford Business Coronavirus Information
STAFFORD CARES: Helping Restaurants and Families in Need.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stafford County has established the Stafford Cares program. The Stafford Cares program will support small, locally owned restaurants as well as support families in the County that are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Stafford County will purchase meal cards/certificates from locally owned restaurants throughout the County and distribute them to SNAP recipient families across the County.
Restaurants who wish to participate in the Stafford Cares program must complete an application. Restaurants can submit applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be available by February 8, 2021. We are seeking 75 to 100 restaurants to participate. Applications will be accepted exclusively online and will close on March 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM or upon approval of 100 applications.
For more information and to apply CLICK BELOWSTAFFORD CARES INFO & APPLICATION
Stafford EDA COVID-19 Loan Fund
The Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is offering a special Coronavirus Micro-Loan Program to assist
Stafford businesses during these extraordinary times. This program is designed to provide low-cost, short-term financing
aimed to meet the immediate needs of businesses suffering substantial economic impact as a result of the pandemic.
TO SPEAK WITH A STAFF MEMBER PROVIDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW:
Stafford Small Business Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Assistance Grant Fund
Applications ARE NOW CLOSED.
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 CARES Act Entrepreneur Small Business Programs
Programs ARE NOW CLOSED.
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 | REGISTRATION CLOSED
Stafford Critical Tourism Grant
Applications ARE NOW 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.
Links to additional businesses support during the Coronavirus situation
Restaurant Operator Relief Grant
VRLTA is pleased to announce a partnership with DoorDash to support, recognize, and reward restaurants that have been actively engaged in helping their community and their business adapt during the pandemic through a new grant opportunity. DoorDash will award approximately 125 grants of $3,500 each for a total of up to $450,000 in grant money to Virginia businesses, so that local restaurants can continue to thrive.
Applications are available through this online portal starting at 9 a.m. ET February 4, 2021 and will close at 5 p.m. ET on March 1, 2021. Completed applications will be reviewed and Grants will be awarded to eligible restaurants that are chosen by the selection committee/judges. Funds will be distributed no later than March 31, 2021 with a check sent to the Grant awardees. Each applicant approved by the selection committee will receive a one-time disbursement of $3,500 (three thousand five hundred dollars).
SBA Paycheck Protect Program
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:
- PPP First Draw Loans for first time program participants.
- PPP Second Draw Loans beginning January 13, 2021 for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan.
To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA is currently only accepting loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs). Lender Match can help you find a participating CFI.
SBA also offers additional Coronavirus relief.
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
SBA 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”) >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
- 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 >>