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COVID-19/Coronavirus: External Resources

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Important Resources for Businesses 

U.S. Small Business Administration - On March 18, 2020 the SBA issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). A Disaster Declaration was submitted by Virginia on March 19th, 2020. Please review the following helpful information regarding the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan application process: 

  • Step-by-Step Instructions were provided by the SBA. This Powerpoint goes through each step of the application and provides helpful tips and guidance to applicants. 
  • This Video Presentation provides information that was presented during several information sessions regarding the loan. The sessions were presented by the VA Small Business Development Center.  
  • SBA Disaster Loan Paper Applications - The SBA strongly recommends that prospective borrowers download the loan application before beginning the online application process. This enables the borrower to become familiar with the information being requested and will assist in gathering information and assembling packages.  
  • Ready to Apply? - Head over to the SBA website to create an account and submit your application. Please note: the SBA website is experiencing a high traffic volume and is operating very slowly. They recommend saving your application after each step.  

Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center - The Hampton Roads SBDC is monitoring COVID-19 disaster relief and sharing helpful information for businesses.  This link provides resources, including a powerpoint deck explaining how to apply for disaster relief assistance. Click the SBA powerpoint slide deck on the right side of the page to download it. 

The Virginia Tourism Corporation -  This tourism industry page has Virginia updates and a sign up to join weekly industry conference calls.

The City of Williamsburg - The City of Williamsburg is diligently working to inform the public as information is received. Please continue checking the website for updates. 

Virginia Career Works If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to contact Steve Cook at either (757) 876-9054 or scook@vcwhamptonroads.org of our Business Services team. They will get back to you within one (1) business day, or sooner, to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance, tax assistance, layoff aversion strategies, financial planning, remote access career services and more.  
In the meantime, please share the Virginia Employment Commission website with your employees. 
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.  
You may file a claim for unemployment insurance through this Website by clicking the link below to File a new claim for unemployment benefits or through our Customer Contact Center by calling 1-866-832-2363 Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.