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. 

  • 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


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
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.

Virginia Career Works

Virginia Career Works – Bay Consortium Region Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Initiative.

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

Updates from Virginia Department of Health (VDH) >>

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 >>