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Promoting Small Business Growth and Success
The Loudoun Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was created to promote entrepreneurship and small business growth. It fulfills that mission by providing one-on-one coaching, educational offerings such as 1 Million Cups and workshops like How to Start a Business and the Business Plan Boot Camp, as well as information on all aspects of small business management. From start-up through growth stage, we provide current and innovative resources and support to small businesses to help them achieve their greatest success.
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Virginia Launches Return to Earn Program
Unemployed Virginians are facing a variety of childcare, transportation, and other barriers to returning to the workforce while some small businesses are struggling to find workers. To support Virginians in their transition back to employment, Governor Ralph Northam will invest $3 million to pilot the Return to Earn Grant Program.
To qualify for the state’s matching fund of up to $500 per person, businesses must pay that amount directly to a new employee hired after May 31, either as a lump sum or in installments to offset ongoing costs of child care, transportation or other barriers to re-employment. Funds will be reimbursed only to businesses that pay at least $15 per hour for jobs that qualify as W-2 employment, either full time or part time. For additional information on requirements and to apply for Return to Earn grant funding, small businesses should contact their local Virginia Career Works Center. Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/FAQ-On-The-Virginia-Return-To-Earn-Grant-Program.pdf
Loudoun County Business Reinvestment and Recovery Grant
The Loudoun County Business Recovery & Reinvention Grant (BRRG) is designed to fund innovative solutions to accelerate business growth for companies that have needed to pivot in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Loudoun County will provide grants of up to $50,000 to help enable companies to make a change to their business model, adopt new technologies or practices, or otherwise reinvent their business to cope with the economic and/or public health requirements and challenges during the pandemic.
Some examples of potential areas of reinvention could include, but are not limited to:
- Restaurants who have or will offer take-home meals who need a new walk-in cooler, deep freezer, or other equipment.
- Service businesses who have added or need to add staff, vehicles or other equipment to continue to offer delivery options.
- Businesses who have undertaken (or will undertake) website creation or updates and/or app or software development for e-commerce or remote work capabilities.
- Businesses who have undertaken (or will undertake) building improvements for adding protective equipment or the updating of health and safety standards.
- Rural businesses or farms who have implemented (or will implement) new business practices to respond to changes in demand or increased product delivery options.
The BRRG application portal opens on December 1, 2021 at 12 p.m. (noon). Learn more.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
The SBA has two new targeted grant programs scheduled to open in early April. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and Restaurant Revitalization Fund will be open only to eligible shuttered venues and restaurants.
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
SBA is building the grant program and expects to open applications in early April.
For more information on eligibility for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant please visit the SBA Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) program page: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant#section-header-4 .
A VA SBDC webinar covers how applicants can prepare for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application. While all the details for the program have not been finalized, there are some advance steps that businesses may need to do now to better prepare them for the application process.
View recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkHMP5WvKsE
Can I Get Help with the Loan Preparation Process?
Yes! The Loudoun SBDC has coaches that can help you with loan package preparation. If you have questions about the process or need assistance in gathering information or filling out application forms, contact us and we will get you connected with a coach as soon as possible. NOTE: All coaching through the SBDC Loudoun is free of charge.
To help you understand the EIDL Application process we’ve prepared this video overview and guide for the new streamlined application:
Virginia's Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Rules Take Effect
Virginia’s permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules have taken effect. The standards mandate appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth. The permanent standards align with the temporary standards that had been in place since July.
Read the full statement and get more details:https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/january/headline-891684-en.html