COVID-19 Business Resources

Bedford County Economic Development

Office of Economic Development


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Resources for COVID-19 loans and grants

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Are you needing assistance in determining what programs and loans are available during the COVID-19 crisis for your small business? Use the links below to access the various local, state and federal resources available. New information is added on a regular basis, so be sure to check back often.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.Importantly, these PPP loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Read the SBA’s most recent PPP Loan Frequently Asked Questions here.

The administration’s PPP program guidelines can be found at www.treasury.gov, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s search tool to find a bank that offers PPP loans can be found at https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find.

PPP Loan Forgiveness
To apply for forgiveness of your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you (the Borrower) must complete the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application as directed, and submit it to your Lender (or the Lender that is servicing your loan). Borrowers may also
complete this application electronically through their Lender.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

  • Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.
  • If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources

Agriculture Business Assistance

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. CFAP will provide vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. Visit the CFAP website to learn more.
  • Producers can continue to apply for farm loans and get their current loans serviced. Farm loans are critical for annual operating and family living expenses, emergency needs, and cash flow in challenging times like now.USDA’s Farm Service Agency is relaxing the loan-making process and adding flexibility for servicing direct and guaranteed loans to provide credit to producers in need. More information is available on farmers.gov/coronavirus.

  • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)
    has statewide staff who promote agriculture, consumer protection & the environment including grant programs for Agriculture-related enterprises: https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about-emergency-information.shtml

SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses.The new eligibility is made possible as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

Eligible agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance here.

State Resources

  • Small Business Development Center- Review Reopen Recover PlanThe Virginia SBDC Network staff is located throughout the state and is capable and able to meet with you virtually (phone, web conferencing) to assist with your questions. They offer confidential, no-cost technical assistance to help create a strategy specific to your business needs. Visit their website to find an Advisor near you and to learn some immediate implementable tips to Review, Reopen and Recover.

    Virginia Career Works

    The Virginia Career Works has information for employees and employers in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This includes details about filing for unemployment insurance, FAQs, OSHA guidance on preparing your workplace, and other community resources. Visit the Virginia Career Works website for more information.

    Virginia Employment Commission

    If you have been affected by the economic crisis as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, visit http://www.vec.virginia.gov/ or call 1-866-832-2363. You will need to have the following things ready to file an unemployment claim: Social Security #, accurate employer information for ALL employers worked for during the last 18 months (name, address, phone number, dates of employment); bank account number and routing number (to receive payment by direct deposit.)

    If you’ve lost your job in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, efforts are being made to help. Access to unemployment benefits — which vary by state but usually cover around 45% of your typical pay — has been greatly expanded, thanks to a new coronavirus relief package. Look at these resources from Money Geek to help you find out if you qualify for unemployment benefits during the outbreak.

    Individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 filers, and other workers not covered under the Virginia Employment Compensation Act (certain religious institutions, non-profits, farm owners) may apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will be retroactive to the week ending March 28 or the date after the time that your employment ceased or your business closed in compliance with Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53. The duration for PUA is up to 39 weeks.
    • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $600 a week supplement to PUA will be retroactive to the week ending April 4 and payable through July 25, 2020 as long as you remain eligible for PUA during that time.

    You will need to supply proof of 2019 wages and self-attest that your business closed or employment ceased due to COVID-19. For more information visit the VEC website.

    Virginia 30 Day Fund

    The Virginia 30 Day Fund, launched by a tech entrepreneur, provides 30-day loans to small businesses waiting for federal funds. Businesses must employ between 3-30 people, be based in Virginia and operating for at least one year, and owned and operated by a Virginia resident. Businesses do not need to repay the loans, although they are encouraged to “pay it forward” to another Virginia small business by repaying the Fund. The application is designed to be completed in 10 minutes or less, and approval takes place within three days, with funds transferred immediately.

Local Resources

Bedford County, along with these local organizations are providing great information to support local businesses: