The Hampton Roads Chamber Means Business and is here to help all businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. We are compiling resources to help you maintain operations and access assistance. We are focused on preparation and sustainment, not panic. Click here to read about financial tips to help you through the virus. This site will be updated as resources become available.
Help For Your Business
Grants & Other Financial Assistance
Dominion Energy EnergyShare Program - Dominion Energy is partnering with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to temporarily expand its EnergyShare program to assist those small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We Care 757 Rebuild Project - Grants for SWaM Businesses that have sufferered a negative economic impact from COVID-19.
LISC Small Business Relief Grants - Support for small businesses and enterprises affected the Covid-19 across the country, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital.
757Recovery.com - Your virtual home for up-to-date COVID-19 analysis, connection, and ongoing dialog with those who know the 757 best.
SBDC-Hampton Roads COVID-19 - Items small business owners should consider and do now in preparation for assistance.
SBDC-Hampton Roads - This site provides both existing and prospective small business owners tools, information and resources to help them better operate and manage their small business.
SBA Economic Injury Loan - Step by Step Recorded Webinar presented the Virginia SBDC
SBA Richmond Office - Corona Virus information for Small Business including upcoming Economic Injury Loan Disaster Webinars
VOSH Emergency Temporary Standards - The Commonwealth of Virginia issued mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety rules that went into effect July 27, 2020. This page will help you understand what is expected of you to comply with these standards.
Virginia SBDC - COVID-19 resources for small businesses.
Virginia SBDC - Economic Aid Act of 2020 Overview & Supporting Information
America's SBDC - Federal Resources for Small Businesses - View relevant federal agency resources, access the latest news, and search for a Small Business Advisor near you.
Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 PPE Retooling Playbook - Provides a summarized fact base on potential immediate supply strategies, including manufacturer retooling, for increasing critically needed PPE across the Commonwealth of Virginia to address the COVID-19 crisis.
Small Business Administration
Other Business Resources
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission - COVID-19: What might be in store for Hampton Roads
COVID-19 Funding Assistance for Small Businesses - The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board have received Rapid Response funding from the Governor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency.
Offline2Go.com - Offline2On.com is a community-led, cross-platform initiative designed to help businesses ramp up their e-commerce efforts in the wake of COVID-19 by connecting merchants with the resources, developers, platforms, and partners they need to take action.
Virginia Maritime Association - COVID-19 Maritime Supply Chain Updates
Restaurantowner.com - Restaurant Owner Resources for Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis
Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Authority - Guidance for ABC's COVID-19 updates
Disaster Safety Organization
Webinar: How Manufacturers Can Manage Cash Flow During Difficult Times - Today, manufacturers often face cancelled or postponed orders, mix changes or have been forced to scale back or close. Cash is tight and it’s difficult to predict when this will end. The key to survival is good understanding of your cash. It has been said that "When cash is not a constraint in a business, it doesn't matter. But when it is a constraint, it's the only thing that matters!"
National Retail Federation
National Restaurant Association
Reopening Guidance - The National Restaurant Association partnered with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, academia, the Conference for Food Protection, Ecolab, public health officials and industry representatives to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines to help restaurants return to full operation safely when the time comes
Coronavirus Resources – Resources to help you prepare your workforce for the possibility of business closures, working from home, quarantines and other outcomes of a disease outbreak.
United Way of South Hampton Roads
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity
Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association
U. S. Chamber
Coronavirus Resource Page - A resource page by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, including links to Resilience in a Box and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides
Corporate Aid Tracker - A compilation of publicly available and company-submitted data of private sector giving.
Resilience in a Box - A collection of resources based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. Focus on small businesses.
Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including the Coronavirus, in non-healthcare settings.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees - A flyer of general workplace health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs: Employer Guide - The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire on December 31, 2020.
COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention - An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention.
Protecting Workers During a Pandemic Fact Sheet - Informational fact sheet highlighting OSHA’s guidance on protecting employees.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - Recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards.
US Department of Labor
Guidance on Unemployment Compensation - Provides guidance to states regarding unemployment compensation flexibilities related to COVID-19.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Fact Sheet for Employers - Provides guidance on the FFCRA.
Updated Employee Rights Poster - Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new poster notifying employees of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which must be posted or otherwise communicated to workers by April 1, 2020.
Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers
Resource Page - Includes restaurant specific information
The Facebook for Business website has tips and resources to help small businesses deal with business interruptions such as the coronavirus pandemic, including:
- Ideas for staying in touch with customers, using online resources such as email, your website and your Facebook page.
- Hosting virtual, online events such as webinars, in place of in-person events.
- Preparing a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how your business is operating during the pandemic.
- Business Resilience Toolkit – a booklet about preparing for a business interruption, and creating a resiliency plan.
- Small Business Resilience Quick Action Guide
- Online courses about how to communicate with customers and provide customer support during business disruptions.
To see all of the Facebook for Business tips and resources, click here.
Google’s help center has suggestions for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, regarding updates to their business information on Google My Business, including:
- Changing your business hours if necessary
- Adding information about how your business has been affected and what steps you’re taking
- Creating a post
- Updating your phone number if necessary
To see all of Google’s update suggestions, click here.
Learn about Google’s Remote Work hub, with tips about running online meetings, collaborating on documents remotely, and more.
Are you cancelling an event or meeting? Consider hosting your event or meeting virtually using a free version of:
Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act
US Chamber Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness - This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.
US Small Business Administration
Approved PPE Lenders - Tool to find a nearby lender eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program
EIDL Advance Talking Points - Guidance on the EID Loan Program.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Vs Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Side by side comparison
SBA Emergency Loans - Overview of the key components and eligibility requirement of programs available
US Chamber of Commerce
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entreprenuership
Other CARES Act Resources
What are the latest updates on COVID-19?
Information Hotlines as well as latest updates to services, programs and facilities for each locality.
Commonwealth of Virginia
Virginia Department of Health
Situation Summary – The Virginia Department of Health is continually updating its resources to include the latest numbers and information relevant to COVID-19 in the Commonwealth including guidance.
Virginia Tourism Corporation
About the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Up to date information about the disease in addition to guidance.
Situation Summary (CDC) – The most current update information as it becomes available.
Interim Guidance for Business and Employers – CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now. Based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Understanding the Coronavirus – Webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Prevention and Treatment - Information on the prevention and treatment of coronavirus.
Travel-Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel - Current travel warning, alert and watches, as well as destinations with risk of community spread.
Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist – This checklist identifies specific activities large businesses can do to create a plan and prepare for pandemic outbreaks.
Coronavirus Communication Resources – Free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters.
List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 - EPAs recommended use and list of registered disinfectants the are qualified for use against Coronaviruses.
Emergency Response Plan - A 10 page document to help Businesses Identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak: Interim Guidance - A guide outlining key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
World Health Organization: Video Explainer - Video from WHO explaining what’s currently known about the virus.
How can I help others?
Please check our website in the coming days and weeks, and support those local businesses being affected by these recent circumstances. Unable to visit them in person? Check out their social media posts, promote their efforts and make plans to support their businesses in the coming weeks and months however and whenever possible.
Many Hampton Roads Chamber businesses are offering special services during this time. Please submit your information about your unique offering to member news on our website. Check out this link to connect.