COVID-19 Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources

As the COVID-19 virus is present, the Economic Development department will continue to provide support and resources to our local businesses. Please find links below to relevant information. 

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Open Tuesday 1/19/2021- U.S. Small Business Administration opens latest $284.5 billion round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding. 


Powhatan Business Assistance Grant Announcement - Round Two

Powhatan County Economic Development is pleased to announce the second round of the Powhatan Business Assistance Grant program. The grant program is funded using the Federal CARES Act funding, which the Powhatan Board of Supervisors have allocated $517,404.60 to assist small businesses in Powhatan. The funding is intended to cover COVID-19 related costs and will be administered through the Powhatan Economic Development Authority by Community Investment Collaborative (CIC).

The program is separated into two categories:

1) funding up to $25,000 for businesses with 10-25 employees and $500,000-$3 million in revenue per calendar year and

2) up to $10,000 for businesses with 9 or less employees and less than $500,000 in revenue per calendar year.

All businesses must be able to show at least a 25% revenue reduction from 2019 to 2020. The first round of the grant was open from August 24th to September 9th, 2020 and awarded $268,771 to 24 Powhatan businesses.

Round two applications will open on October 19th, 2020 and will close on November 2nd, 2020. Applicants are required to visit the CIC website and complete the interest form to be automatically informed of the opening of applications. Awards will be made for qualified businesses in mid to late November.

For more information visit: 


Re-Opening Businesses Guidance 

VA Governor's Office: Forward Virginia Guidelines: Phase One

Safer At Home: Phase Two - Guidelines for All Business Sectors

Safer At Home: Phase Three - Guidelines for All Business Sectors


Trusted Resources for County Businesses:  

Federal Government: for access to Government Benefits Grants and Loans, Taxes, travel and immigration, jobs and unemployment, Small Businesses plus many other topics of interest.  

Commonwealth of Virginia: for information on how Governor Northam and the state are responding to the current environment and providing information for businesses.

COVID-19 PPE Retooling Playbook

Executive Order 53- Temporary Restrictions on Restaurants, Recreational, Entertainment, Gatherings, Non-essential retail buisnesses and closure of K-12 schools due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Executive Order 55- Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Powhatan County: Visit the County’s website for updates to help monitor the quickly changing environment

CDC: Interim Guidance for Business and Employers

CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations 

Virginia Department of Health:

Considerations for cancelling or modifying an event in response to COVID-19 in Virginia

Interim Guidance: Considerations for Businesses and Employers, Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

VDH Interim Guidance: Information for Food Establishments Regarding COVID-19

Guidance About COVID-19; Helpful Tips and Information for Food Establishments - Poster

Virginia Employment Commission:

VEC: Workers Whose Job Has Been Affected by the Coronavirus

Capital Region Workforce Board Grant:

Grant to assist small businesses (fewer than 250 employees at a site) with certain costs related to the COVID 19 crisis that might help them meet certain needs and/or divert expenses in other areas as a form of assistance. Examples of uses include paying for cleaning services so companies can stay open, paying for cleaning supplies, or purchasing items that can assist employees in teleworking. Other COVID19 related items can be considered on a case-by-case. (Note that “equipment” with a per unit value over $5,000 is not allowed; nor are wage reimbursements for employees). Another condition is that these funds are only available on a reimbursement basis, meaning the business must first incur the cost and present proof of payment to get reimbursed. Reimbursement is available for allowable costs incurred March 1, 2020 – August 31. 2020.

Click here for the application. Submit applications directly to Brian Davis with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board.

U.S. Small Business Administration:

SBA: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA: Press Release 03-19-2020- Working Capital Loans Available Due to Coronavirus

SBA: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Fact Sheet


U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

Implementing a National Return to Work Plan

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Coronavirus: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs To Do

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation:

Save Small Business Fund: $5,000 grants for small businesses in the U.S. 

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship:

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. House Representative Abigail Spanberger: Coronavirus Pandemic- Small Business Guidance and Resources


Additional Resources:

Lowe's: Rural Relief Small Business Grants

Dominion Energy: EnergyShare Program Providing bill assistance options for small businesses. 

Richmond Times Dispatch: Local Marketing Grant Program

Global Giving Grant- The Red Backpack Fund for Women Entrepreneurs 

VA 30 Day Fund: Forgivable Loans for Virginia Small Businesses

American Farmland Trust: Farmer Relief Fund


RVA Small Business Relief Fund

CARES Act and SBA Disaster Loans Virtual Town Hall Webinar

Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Retail Merchants Association: Don’t Panic, Prepare: Guidance for Small Businesses Navigating Coronavirus (COVID-19)

FACEBOOK for Business:

Managing through and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Google for Small Business: Resources to help your small business manage through uncertainty

Richmond Region Tourism:

RRT: Social Distancing Diversions During COVID-19

RRT: Richmond Region Restaurants Offering Curbside, Delivery and Takeout Service


Five Steps to Consider as You Create Your COVID-19 Recovery Plan