Botetourt County Economic Development Department is staying current with developments concerning COVID-19 and we are tracking assistance programs available to Botetourt’s businesses at the local, state and federal levels.
As of March 17th, Governor Ralph Northam has announced the state will be following the CDC’s recommendation against gatherings of 10 or more people, and Botetourt County in partnership with surrounding Roanoke Valley communities have declared local emergencies to enable the authority and flexibility to mobilize resources needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help you keep your family and employees and your business secure, we are working with local, state, and national organizations to provide you with resources for the days and weeks ahead.
As a result, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance to Governor Northam’s Stay at Home order, the Botetourt County administrative offices will remain closed to the public through Wednesday, June 10, 2020, due to public health concerns with COVID-19. The Economic Development staff are working from home and available by email Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Ken McFadyen, Director of Economic Development: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working together, we will take the measures needed to stop the spread of the virus and protect Botetourt’s businesses and economic future. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please reach out to our team directly. We look forward to speaking with you.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Resources for Businesses and Employers to plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019. Click here to learn more.
Botetourt Chamber Of Commerce
The Botetourt Chamber of Commerce is a resource for businesses and our community. Share updates with the Chamber on how your business is changing customer service to follow CDC guidelines to contain COVID-19. We want the community to know you’re still here and doing business while keeping customers and staff safe. Share innovative ideas that will help other businesses. To share your updates with the BOCO Chamber visit https://botetourtchamber.com.
Roanoke Region COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
If your business has been impacted in the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to hear from you! This survey will help:
* Establish a benchmark of where employment and economics are right now.
* Quantify the economic downturn by sector.
* Establish communication between the business and governments.
* Identify action steps.
Please take a few minutes and complete the survey www.RoanokeRegionResponds.com. It’s a first step toward recovery.
Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center
The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center offers a variety of resources for Small Businesses. They are hosting Zoom sessions over the coming weeks to share pertinent information about COVID-19 resources, including the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For more information and additional resources visit: https://roanokesmallbusiness.org/covid19.
Small Business Administration
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. Click here read the Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants
These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private
non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury
Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the
advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used
to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to
supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage
payments. Visit https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge
We are excited to share that we are able to offer a limited number of grants available to small businesses in the region that are trying to prevent layoffs. The application opens today, March 30th and will remain open until 5 PM on Friday, April 3rd. Visit https://vcwblueridge.com/covid-19-funding/ to learn more.
Virginia Employment Commission
If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to Coronavirus, please note that no claim for unemployment insurance may be filed or processed until an actual lay off from employment has occurred, or until there has been an actual reduction in hours. When filing your claim for unemployment benefits, please be sure to check the reason for separation as Lack of Work/Lay off. If you will be filing because of a reduction in hours, you will not receive benefits unless your gross earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount. Visit http://www.vec.virginia.gov/covid19 to learn more and file for unemployment.
Virginia’s Blue Ridge
Virginia’s Blue Ridge is home to many organizations that are dedicated to serving the local and regional business community on a regular basis, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. To help you get an idea of the funding and financial support that may be available to you, please go to this link www.visitvbr.com/partners/covid19-resources for a list of resources. In an effort to gauge and support our regional tourism industry, Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge needs to better understand how COVID-19 is impacting your business or service. Please complete a brief survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vbrimpactsurvey.
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