COVID-19 Business Recovery
COVID-19 Business Resources
COVID-19 Business Recovery Guide for Hampton Roads Cover
COVID-19 Business Recovery Guide

The last few months have been challenging, to say the least. Thank you for all that you’re doing to help mitigate COVID-19’s health and economic impact in The 757. We know you’re anxious to reopen your doors. We want to help you do that as soon as possible. As we advocate to state officials for a pathway to safely ease restrictions, we want you to be prepared. We have gathered resources to help you navigate the reopening process.


Recovery Resources

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.

Virginia SBDC - Economic Aid Act of 2020 Overview & Supporting Information

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.

Forward Virginia Phase Three Guidelines  - Commonwealth of Virginia guidelines for all business sectors as well as sector-specific guidelines.  Updated on February 24, 2021.

#SafeReturn757 - A Guide to Responsible Re-entry to the Workplace -  The Safe Return 757 Guide provides a road map for organizations of all types across the region to use as we re-open our workplaces, while considering the public health needs of our workforce, stakeholders, customers and community.

Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads – The SBDC provides the most current and relevant information and resources to help you make the best decisions possible during this unprecedented time.  Our business counselors are available to meet with you virtually (phone or web conferencing) to assist you with your questions. The SBDC offers confidential, no-cost technical assistance to help create strategy specific to your business needs. – Your virtual home for up-to-date COVID-19 analysis, connection and ongoing dialog with those who know the 757 best.  This site has blogs and forums on topics that will help your business during the COVID-19 crisis.

Virginia SBDC – Recovery resources for small businesses – Recommended process and checklist to help guide you through the reopening process. Site includes recorded webinars on topics to help you navigate the recovery process.

US Chamber of Commerce - Reopening Business Digital Resources - Provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully.

US Chamber of Commerce – A Guide to Reopening Your Business -  Site includes tools and strategy you need to communicate with your employees, customers and business partners.  You can sign up for a Virtual Series connecting you with leading experts for advice and inspiration on how to restart your business and thrive during and after coronavirus.

Hampton Roads COVID-19 Impact Planning Hub - Information, maps/data, and resources concerning the COVID-19 pandemic impact in the Hampton Roads region.

National Retail Federation – Operation Open Doors Checklist – Highlights key topics to consider as retailers seek to re-open operations.

OSHA Publications – COVID-19 and the Workplace -  Resources to help reduce your exposure risk while practicing social distancing and hand hygiene

Virginia Department of Health Interim Guidance on Screening, Monitoring and Testing Employees Returning to Work: Non-Essential Workforce 


Business Recovery Grants


Chesapeake Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant

Chesapeake COVID-19 Utility Relief Program

Portsmouth COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant

Suffolk COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Franklin Southampton Cares Act Small Business Grant

Isle of Wight - Isle Recover Business Assistance Grant

Norfolk - Capital Access Program

Hampton - Tax Extension Related to COVID-19

Middle Peninsula Back to Business Grant

Williamsburg Community Foundation - Small Business Relief Fund

York County - COVID-19 Small Business Grant

Other Grants

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. 

DoorDash Restaurant Operator Relief Grant - The purpose of the DoorDash Restaurant Operator Relief Grant (the “Grant”) is to offer relief to restaurants in Virginia. The Grant will be awarded, to applicants that are selected, via one-time grant disbursement of $3,500.



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