COVID-19 Portal

You may be eligible for one or more of the following relief programs. Please use the links below for the latest information as the terms may change as the situation continues to unfold. This list is meant to serve as a helpful reference and may not be comprehensive of all programs currently available.


 

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National Resources

 

  • Lawyers for Good Government Foundation
    • Offers free legal consultations
    • On March 27th, Lawyers for Good Government Foundation (L4GG), a non-profit network of more than 125,000 legal advocates with lawyers in all 50 states, announced the launch of its Small Business Remote Legal Clinic, offering pro bono legal consultations for small business owners to help them understand and act upon the options available under the COVID-19 stimulus package and other grant and loan programs that may be available to them. L4GG has put together a growing coalition presently comprised of 34 law firms in 30 cities across the U.S. to help staff the remote legal clinics. Participating firms plan to provide guidance to small business owners regarding funding available through the recently-enacted stimulus bill, assistance in filing for grants and loans available through various federal, state, and local programs, and answers to legal questions in various areas most likely to arise as a result of the circumstances surrounding the COVID pandemic.
  • Intuit Aid Assist
    • Free tool to determine eligibility for the Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Also calculates loan proceeds and potential loan forgiveness.
    • By partnering with the U.S. government and leveraging our platform capabilities, Intuit launched three new offerings – Intuit Aid Assist, TurboTax Stimulus Registration, and QuickBooks Capital for Paycheck Protection Program – to help consumers and small businesses better understand and potentially access billions of dollars through the recently passed federal aid and relief programs.
      • Intuit Aid Assist is a free website with an interactive tool to help small business owners and the self-employed in the U.S. to assess potential eligibility for financial relief under the CARES Act. The tool assesses eligibility, estimates loan amounts, delivers a personalized recommendation and, for qualified small businesses and other eligible applicants, provides links to help them take the next step of applying for a loan.
      • Intuit QuickBooks Paycheck Protection Program is an easy way for small business owners, self-employed individuals, and other eligible applicants to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which offers government-backed loans to help you pay employees and cover certain operating expenses.
      • Intuit TurboTax Stimulus Payment Registration is a free product designed to help the more than 10 million Americans not required to file a tax return get their stimulus money fast. Users simply answer a few questions and then choose to receive their payment via direct deposit or check.
  • Fundbox
    • Provides payment processing and small business lending to businesses that have already completed work but are waiting to be paid by clients.
    • Fundbox is working to revolutionize the B2B economy by transforming how funding flows and using technology to unlock growth for driven businesses by accelerating payments and credit with a goal to help these businesses achieve significant success going forward.
  • Main Street New Loan Facility
    • New loan program that allows lenders to make loans to businesses that might not qualify for PPP loans.
    • The Federal Reserve announced that, as part of a $2.3 trillion loan program, it was rolling out its much-anticipated Main Street New Loan Facility. This emergency loan program provides up to $600 billion in financing to lenders that make direct, unsecured loans to Main Street businesses impacted by COVID-19. The new loan facility is intended to support medium-sized businesses that have not yet been helped by the $2 trillion economic stimulus package signed into law late last month. Eligible businesses can have up to 10,000 employees or up to $2.5 billion in 2019 annual revenues.  Each must be a business created or organized in the U.S. or under the U.S. laws; must maintain “significant operations” in the U.S.; and must have most of its employees based in the U.S. Participating borrowers may not participate in other facilities such as the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF) or the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response
    • Allows employers to tax deduct paid sick leave
    • The Act provided paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons and created the refundable paid sick leave credit and the paid child care leave credit for eligible employers.  Eligible employers are businesses and tax-exempt organizations with fewer than 500 employees that are required to provide emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave under the Act.  Eligible employers will be able to claim these credits based on qualifying leave they provide between the effective date and December 31, 2020.  Equivalent credits are available to self-employed individuals based on similar circumstances. For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid child care leave when employees’ children’s schools are closed or child care providers are unavailable. Employers receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the Act.
      • Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
      • Employers face no payroll tax liability.
      • Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.
  • Federal Income Tax Filing Extension
    • Federal income tax filing deadline has been extended from April 15th to July 15, 2020.
    • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can’t file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return. The 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who file and pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020, are automatically extended until July 15, 2020. This relief applies to all individual returns, trusts, and corporations. This relief is automatic, taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify.
  • LISC-Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund | Verizon
    • Up to $10,000 grants. Applications for next round open in mid-April.
    • Applicants may apply for one business only and must be 18 years of age to apply. For business owners with multiple businesses, please complete this application based on your largest business owned. Each grant is limited to one individual/business. Awards will be made to qualified businesses, and eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission. Priority will be given especially to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
  • Disaster Loan Program | U.S. Small Business Administration
    • SBA is offering low interest rate loans to small businesses that may be forgivable.
    • SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business including:
      • 7(a) program offers loan amounts up to $5,000,000 and is an all-inclusive loan program deployed by lending partners for eligible small businesses within the U.S. States and its territories. The uses of proceeds include: working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business.
      • Express loan program provides loans up to $350,000 for no more than 7 years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
      • Community Advantage loan pilot program allows mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in underserved markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.
      • 504 loan program is designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.
      • Microloan program involves making loans through nonprofit lending organizations to underserved markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery & equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000.
  • Small Business Grants Program | Facebook
    • Facebook offers $100 million grant to a total of 30,000 eligible small businesses.
    • Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where Facebook  operates will be able to receive the grant. The program can: (1) keep workforce going strong, (2) help with rent costs, (3) connect with more customers and (4) cover operational costs To be eligible to apply, the business must:
      • Have between 2 and 50 employees
      • Have been in business for over a year
      • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
      • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates
  • CARES Act | U.S. Congress
    • Offers small businesses under 500 employees paycheck protection loans, debt relief programs, emergency economic grants, economic injury disaster loans, and small business counseling.
    • The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was 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 including:
      • The Paycheck Protection Program that provides cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses and our economy snap-back quicker after the crisis. PPP has a host of attractive features, such as forgiveness of up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees, and at least six months of deferral with maximum deferrals of up to a year. Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.
      • As discussed above, the Small Business Debt Relief Program that will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the President signing the bill into law.
      • Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants that 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.
      • Counseling & Training such as a local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Women’s Business Center (WBC), or SCORE mentorship chapter. These resource partners, and the associations that represent them, will receive additional funds to expand their reach and better support small business owners with counseling and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. There will soon be a joint platform that consolidates information and resources related to COVID-19 in order to provide consistent, timely information to small businesses.
      • In addition, the Minority Business Development Agency’s Business Centers (MBDCs), which cater to minority business enterprises of all sizes, will also receive funding to hire staff and provide programming to help their clients respond to COVID-19.
      • There are a number of ways that Congress has provided relief and protection for the government contracting business. Agencies will be able to modify terms and conditions of a contract and to reimburse contractors at a billing rate of up to 40 hours per week of any paid leave, including sick leave. The contractors eligible are those whose employees or subcontractors cannot perform work on site and cannot telework due to federal facilities closing because of COVID-19.
  • Employee Retention Credit for Employers Subject to Closure or Economic Hardship
    • Refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • This provision would provide a refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The credit is available to employers, including non-profits, whose operations have been fully or partially suspended as a result of a government order limiting commerce, travel or group meetings. The credit is also provided to employers who have experienced a greater than 50 percent reduction in quarterly receipts, measured on a year-over-year basis. Wages of employees who are furloughed or face reduced hours as a result of their employer’s closure or economic hardship are eligible for the credit. For employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees, all employee wages are eligible, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. The credit is provided for wages and compensation, including health benefits, and is provided for the first $10,000 in wages and compensation paid by the employer to an eligible employee. Wages do not include those taken into account for purposes of the payroll credits for required paid sick leave or required paid family leave, nor for wages taken into account for the employer credit for paid family and medical leave (IRC sec. 45S). The credit is not available to employers receiving assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program. The credit is provided through December 31, 2020.
  • Employer Payroll Taxes
    • Delay of payment of employer payroll taxes.
    • This provision would allow taxpayers to defer paying the employer portion of certain payroll taxes through the end of 2020, with all 2020 deferred amounts due in two equal installments, one at the end of 2021, the other at the end of 2022. Payroll taxes that can be deferred include the employer portion of FICA taxes, the employer and employee representative portion of Railroad Retirement taxes (that are attributable to the employer FICA rate), and half of SECA tax liability. Deferral is not provided to employers receiving assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Hello Alice Funding
    • $10,000 grants
    • Hello Alice has a dedicated site of public, private, state and national resources at Covid19BusinessCenter.com, including emergency $10,000 grants and a community to help businesses.
  • KIVA Crowd Funding
    • Crowd-funded 0% interest loans of up to $15,000, and access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater.
    • Kiva supports a variety of businesses, including farmers, barbershop owners, event planners and more. Unlike traditional bank loans, Kiva loans don’t require a minimum credit score, years of cash flow documents or collateral. But you do need to meet the following minimum criteria in order to be considered:
      • You and your business must be based in the United States.
      • You must be over 18 years old.
      • You must be using the loan for business purposes.
      • Your business must not be engaged in any of the following activities: multi-level marketing / direct sales; illegal activities (e.g. gambling, scams); or pure financial investing (e.g. stocks)
      • You cannot currently be in foreclosure, bankruptcy, or under any liens.
      • You must be willing to demonstrate your social capital by having a small number of your friends and family make a loan to you.

Regional Resources

 

California

  • Technology Tools for a Small Business
    • Free or discounted technology tools for a small business including:
      • Productivity Tools (Email, Collaboration, Conferencing, etc.)
      • Internet Access
      • Anti-Malware Resources (at no cost for 6 months)
      • Teleworking tips and additional resources for businesses
  • Los Angeles Small Business Microloans
    • $5,000 – $20,000 emergency loans for small businesses.
    • In light of the sweeping impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our small business community, the City of Los Angeles has responded swiftly and decisively to support our local, community businesses. The newly established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program now provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible applicants include for-profit and tax-exempt businesses in the City of LA with 100 or fewer employees that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and will make their best effort to continue or re-establish their business operations and employees. Businesses must show that historical profits would have been sufficient to service the requested debt and that they have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses must have a Business Tax Registration Certificate with the City of Los Angeles’ Office of Finance that was filed prior to March 01, 2020. Term is 18 months to 5 years and various options for interest rates including:
      • Option 1:  0% for a term of up to 18 months, with repayment deferred for up to 6 months
      • Option 2:  3% for a term of up to 5 years, with repayment deferred for up to 12 months (for profit businesses)
      • Option 3:  2% for a term of up to 5 years, with repayment deferred for up to 12 months (for tax-exempt businesses)
  • California Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program – COVID-19
    • Guarantees for loans of up to $50,000 for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas.
    • The State of California is allocating $50 million to the Small Business Finance Center at California’s IBank to mitigate barriers to capital for those small businesses (1-750 employees) that may not qualify for federal funds (including businesses in low-wealth and immigrant communities). The $50 million allocation will be used to recapitalize the IBank Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. Those eligible include small businesses located in California with 1-750 employees that have been negatively impacted or experienced disruption by COVID-19 and eligible nonprofits. The loan can be guaranteed up to 7 years and cover up to 95% of the loan. The interest rates are negotiated between the lender and the borrower.
  • California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) (1-500 employees)
    • Provides up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. The maximum loan amount is $5 million and the maximum enrolled amount is $2.5 million.  Individual borrowers are limited to a maximum of $2.5 million enrolled over a 3-year period.
    • The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. CalCAP is a form of loan portfolio insurance which may provide up to 100% coverage on certain loan defaults. Qualified borrowers meet following criteria:
      • The business is classified as a small business under U.S. Small Business Administration guidelines.
      • Employs fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees.
      • The business purpose is one of the industries listed in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes list.
      • The primary business and at least 51% of the employees or its income, sales or payroll comes from business in California
  • CalOSBA – Small Business Assistance & Resources
    • California’s network of small business centers help businesses figure out which loans are best for them, develop resiliency strategies, and find other resources.
  • California Entrepreneurship Task Force
    • The California Entrepreneurship Task Force has launched a series of Rapid Response Virtual Sessions to engage with fellow small business owners and entrepreneurs across the state.
    • The California Entrepreneurship Task Force has launched a series of COVID-19 Rapid Response Virtual Sessions to engage with fellow small business owners and entrepreneurs across the state with the goal of providing access to information and resources, as well as connection to a community of fellow leaders to discuss issues, challenges and barriers. 

 

Maryland

  • Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative
    • New: Announced additional measures Oct. 22
    • Includes additional funding for Main Street direct relief, direct relief for restaurants, tourism, and low-interest loans
  • Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund
    • As of 5 p.m. on April 6, Commerce is no longer accepting new applications for its COVID-19 Relief Grant and Loan Programs
    • $50,000 loans for businesses.
    • The $75 million Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund offers loans up to $50,000 with no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converting to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum. This COVID-19 Emergency Relief $75M Loan Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland for-profit small businesses disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Loan assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners.
  • The Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
    • $10,000 loans for businesses and non-profits.
    • The Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund is a $50 million grant program for businesses and non-profits offering grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020.
  • Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund
    • As of 5 p.m. on April 21, Maryland Commerce is no longer accepting applications for its Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund
    • Grants of up to $100,000 will be made available to manufacturers to 1) increase existing capacity to produce critical need items or 2) quickly pivot operations to produce these critical need items.
    • $5 million incentive program to help Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment and other items identified as Critical Needs Items by MEMA and DGS, that are urgently needed by the State of Maryland, Maryland-based hospitals and healthcare facilities, and emergency and first responders.
  • Montgomery County COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
    • Various relief programs (e.g., Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) program, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) Local Production Fund, etc.) providing assistance for businesses in Montgomery County.
      • The PHEG program is a fund that totals $25 million, of which $10 million is set aside for restaurants and retail shops that provides grant funding up to $75,000 to small businesses and nonprofits. The county will also provide microgrants up to $2,500 to cover costs associated with purchasing teleworking equipment. Due to the overwhelming response to the Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) program, applications will no longer be accepted after 5 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
      • MCEDC is launching the Local Production Fund to provide working capital for small and medium-sized manufacturers/producers to make pandemic-related items, such as face shields, medical supplies and other essential items. Applications will be accepted from April 22 – May 1, 2020.
  • Prince George’s County COVID-10 Restaurant Resiliency Program
    • Applications accepted between November 13, 2020 and December 18, 2020
    • The Restaurant Resiliency Fund will provide grants up to $25,000 to Prince George’s County-based restaurants and food establishments to promote long-term sustainability and resiliency of businesses operations, support COVID-19 safety measures, and support businesses operating at reduced capacity
  • Score
    • Free mentoring to businesses.
    • Members offer free counseling and mentoring to those who wish to start or build existing businesses in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, and in Northern Virginia. Score is operated with a main office in DC and 12 branch offices in the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. SCORE teams provide counseling designed to assist businesses to:
      • Increase the value of a business by growing sales, earnings, and cash flow
      • Identify and solve operating problems
      • Recognize and capitalize on new business opportunities
      • Make needed operational changes and add new systems
      • Develop business plans
      • Find sources and qualify for needed financing
      • Understand the Federal procurement process
  • Prince George’s County Business Relief Fund | Prince George’s County
    • Up to $100,000 loans with deferred payments for 12 months.
    • The Prince George’s County COVID19 Business Relief Fund is a $15M fund established to provide financial assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Relief Fund can be used to support cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other business critical cash operating costs.  To support cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other business critical cash operating costs. Up to 6 months of verified payroll & operating expenses; not to exceed $100,000.
  • Maryland Business Relief Wizard
    • Use the online assessment to determine applicable Federal and State of Maryland resources.
  • Extension of Business-Related Tax Filing Deadlines | Comptroller of Maryland
    • Deadline for filing sales and use, withholding, admissions & amusement, alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel taxes are extended to July 15.
    • The Maryland Comptroller’s Office will conform with the Internal Revenue Service’s 90-day extension of federal income tax payments from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Comptroller Franchot said Maryland individual and corporate income taxpayers will be afforded the same relief for state income tax payments. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020. Taxpayers must file for an extension for the filing of FEDERAL taxes by April 15. Taxpayers should refer to the IRS for further details.
  • Unemployment Benefits | Department of Labor
    • One week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search suspended for those signing up to receive unemployment insurance benefits.

 

Virginia

  • Arlington Small Business Emergency GRANT (Giving Resiliency Assets Near Term)
    • Applications open in early May
    • Grants of up to $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits with less than 50 employees.
    • The GRANT program is designed to provide immediate financial assistance to Arlington’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The GRANT program would provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits with less than 50 employees that have experienced sudden financial losses of 35% or more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses may use grants for employee salaries and benefits, and other business capital and operating expenses directly related to the immediate impacts of COVID-19.
  • Emergency Layoff Aversion Assistance Program
    • Application deadline is 5 p.m. EST, March 27, 2020. Application window currently closed.
    • Up to $7,500 granted to participating businesses or non-profit organizations with employees located in Alexandria City and Arlington County that has 250 or fewer employees.
    • The Governor of Virginia is authorizing $87,619.00 of funding to the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency prevents and/or minimizes unemployment for employees of companies that have either announced layoffs or are struggling and at risk of downsizing. Period of performance is from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.  These funds cannot be used to directly pay the wages of employees.
  • VA 30 Day Fund
    • Forgivable $3,000 loans for Virginia-based small business of no more than 30 employees.
    • The non-profit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding. Virginia businesses that qualify for assistance from the Fund are: small businesses that employ three to 30 people; based in Virginia and have been operating for at least one year; owned and operated by a Virginia resident.
  • Fairfax County Microloan Fund | Fairfax County
    • Applications will be accepted beginning April 28
    • Businesses of no more than 50 employees can receive up to $20,000 at 0% interest.
    • Fairfax County is offering a $2.5 Million fund to support small business recovery. Loans from the Fairfax County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund will be made to eligible businesses in amounts up to $20,000 at 0% interest with a term of up to 6 years that can be used for critical operating expenses to offset some of the impacts of the shutdown. The loan payment is deferred for the first six (6) months and the loan will be amortized for 5.5 years (or 66 months).
  • Unemployment Benefits | Virginia Employment Commission
    • Virginia suspends both one-week waiting period and proof of job search for those registering for unemployment insurance benefits.
    • As a result of COVID-19, where an employer has temporarily closed, and employees do not have paid leave or will not receive a paycheck, they may file a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). If VEC approves the claim, such employee will receive a weekly benefit payment that is dependent on their past earnings. The maximum benefit amount is $378 for up to 26 weeks. Individuals who receive unemployment benefits may also be eligible for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which is a $600 per week supplement payment payable through July 25, 2020.
  • Deferred State Sales Tax | Virginia Department of Taxation
    • Virginia businesses can request to defer the payment of state sales tax for 30 days. The tax was due March 20. As long as businesses file by April 20, all penalties will be waived.
  • Extended Tax Deadline for Personal Property | Fairfax County
    • Fairfax County has provided an extension until June 1 for filing vehicle and business personal property taxes and paying the first installment of real estate taxes.
    • Businesses now have until June 1, to file their personal property with the county. This includes vehicles, furniture and fixtures, machinery and tools, and computer equipment that are located in Fairfax County as of January 1. The county extended the deadline to pay the first installment of real estate taxes until Friday, Aug. 28. Normally, the first installment is due by July 28.
  • Score
    • Free mentoring to businesses
    • Members offer free counseling and mentoring to those who wish to start or build existing businesses in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, and in Northern Virginia. Score is operated with a main office in DC and 12 branch offices in the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. SCORE teams provide counseling designed to assist businesses to:
      • Increase the value of a business by growing sales, earnings, and cash flow
      • Identify and solve operating problems
      • Recognize and capitalize on new business opportunities
      • Make needed operational changes and add new systems
      • Develop business plans
      • Find sources and qualify for needed financing
      • Understand the Federal procurement process
  • Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
    • The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to dedicate two funds totaling more than $1 million to support local small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Loudoun County voted to create the one-time Business Interruption Fund (BIF) after a proposal by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. The action will create grants for up to $10,000 per business to cover day-to-day operating expenses. Those operating expenses include, but are not limited to utilities, insurance, rent or mortgage and payroll. The BIF is limited to small businesses and will focus on those impacted directly by COVID-19, according to county officials. Applicants must have at least three employees and no more than 100 to be eligible for assistance. Applicants must also demonstrate a loss of revenue of 25 percent or more as a direct result of COVID-19, have less than $2.5 million in gross receipts annually, and they must be licensed and operating a business located in Loudoun County.
    • The Board also voted to transfer $150,000 from the Rural Business Incentive Fund to the Economic Development Authority. An EDA fund will assist businesses with two or less employees and that are members of the “Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown” program.

Reopening Resources


Updated 11/13/2020