Wythe County 
Virginia

The Crossroads of Business and Success

 

COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

The resources listed below will continue to be updated and added to as we receive more information about programs that could benefit our community. Funding for many of these programs is limited, if not already exhausted, but we encourage businesses to try applying in the event more funding becomes available. If you are aware of any other opportunities or information you would like to see listed here, please let us know.  

Recovery

Financial Support

Forward Virginia - Phase Three

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As Virginia moves toward recovery, Forward Virginia lays out Virginia's plan to help guide the Commonwealth on safely easing public health restrictions. The blueprint includes a phased approach in opening businesses and lays out specific goals to contain the spread of the virus through increased testing, personal protective equipment and supplies, and business operation.

Wythe County's Open for Business - Recovery Assistance Grant

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The Open for Business – Recovery Assistance Grant has been made available to businesses operating in Wythe County, the Town of Wytheville, and the Town of Rural Retreat. The grant program provides one time, emergency funding to eligible, for-profit businesses for rent and mortgage relief, operating expenses, and to help with changes a business might have made to respond the coronavirus (COVID-19). More information, the application, and attachments are available here and are currently being accepted.

Rebuild! VA Small Business Grant Program

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REBUILD VA HAS EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for its grant program to allow more small businesses to apply. Businesses that received CARES Act funding are now eligible to receive a $10,000 REBUILD VA GRANT. Businesses that have received CARES Act funding must certify that they will only use the Rebuild VA grant for recurring expenses and that the grant will not be used to cover the same expenses as the other CARES Act funds. The application is open and available here: https://vsbfa.force.com/s/login/

 

Small Business Financial Support Options

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Compare SBA and private disaster loan programs side by side to understand which might work best for your business.

Virginia 30 Day Fund

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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. 

Small Business Administration Loan

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While this program has exhausted its funding, we still encourage you to apply, if possible, in case additional funding becomes available.

This program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $15,000 with an available loan advance of $1,000 per employee up to $10,000. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

 

Paycheck Protection Program

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While this program has exhausted its funding, we still encourage you to apply, if possible, in case additional funding becomes available.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Google Ad Credits

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Small and medium businesses worldwide that have been active advertisers since the beginning of 2019 will be informed in the coming months through notifications within their Google Ads account.

 

Verizon & LISC Grants

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Signup to receive information when the next round of funding becomes available.

 

Yelp – Restaurant/Food Service Advertising

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As part of this relief effort, restaurants and nightlife businesses that remain open will receive free access to Yelp page upgrades, including Business Highlights and Call To Action, as well as Connect, which will help them communicate timely information to their customers.

Help Main Street – Gift Cards

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Help your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. @helpmainstreet drives 100% of proceeds to small businesses.

Workforce

Taxes

Federal

The IRS has extended the filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount for federal taxes to July 15. For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

 

Virginia

Sales Taxes - Businesses impacted by coronavirus can request an extension of the due date for filing and payment of their February 2020 sales tax return due March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file and pay no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties. For more information, visit Virginia Tax Bulletin 20-3: Option to Request Extension of Sales Tax Deadlines for those Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.

 

Income Taxes - Any income tax payments due during the time period of April 1, 2020, to June 1, 2020, will now be due on June 1, 2020. This includes individual and corporate income taxes paid to Virginia Tax.

 

We will continue to update this section as new information is available. Also visit https://www.tax.virginia.gov/news/coronavirus-updates

Additional Resources

Commonwealth of Virginia's Actions and Support

Visit https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ for comprehensive information from Virginia on topics like Health, Education, Business, and much more. News from the Governor and answers to FAQ’s can be found here.

 

USDA's COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

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USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through technical, training, and management assistance; financial assistance; and state and local assistance.

Virginia Tourism Corporation

Visit https://www.vatc.org/grants/cv19businessresources/ for a wide range of resources to support our travel industry and business partners who have been impacted by COVID-19.  These resources will be updated as they become available.

 

Virginia Department of Agriculture

Visit https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about-emergency-information.shtml for information and guidelines for agriculture related operations and activities. 

CommonHelp

Visit CommonHelp’s website to learn about health care coverage for you and your family. Also apply for help with food, childcare, heating and cooling bills, health care and cash assistance.

 

Wythe County Partners

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Downtown Wytheville is a non-profit organization focused on community development and business district revitalization. Our mission is to make downtown the vibrant heart of community and commerce for the region. We are committed to helping downtown businesses weather the current storm using all the tools at our disposal.

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The Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County is a non-profit authority that works  to attract new business and industry to our area through asset-based marketing as well as assisting existing businesses of all sizes in growth and success.  We work closely with many partners to develop a strong, skilled workforce and training solutions for all types of industry. 

Virginia's Industrial Advancement Alliance

VIAA represents six partner localities.  Branding the region as ‘Virginia’s I81-I77 Crossroads’, an area stretching from Carroll County to Smyth County along Interstates 81 and 77, the membership consist of Smyth, Wythe, Grayson, Carroll and Bland counties, and the City of Galax.  A non-profit Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) formed to conduct outreach marketing, prospect development, project management and to enhance local economic development efforts.”

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The Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Wytheville) is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Wytheville and the surrounding area. The area is marketed under the branding theme of “Wytheville…There’s Only One.” A department of the Town of Wytheville, the Wytheville CVB conducts a robust tourism marketing program to showcase the over 150 tourism-related businesses and attractions in the Wytheville area as well as operating the E. Lee Trinkle Regional Visitors Center and the Wytheville Meeting Center.

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The Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business membership organization that is committed to promoting a favorable business climate for our members and communities in addition to partnering with other like organizations to make Wythe and Bland Counties a welcoming place to live, work, and play.  We strive to be a working advocate within our business communities. COLLABORATION,  INNOVATION, RESULTS

 

CONTACT US

Downtown Wytheville - (276) 223-3343

Joint IDA of Wythe County - (276) 223-3370

Virginia's Industrial Advancement Alliance - (276) 223-4726

Visit Wytheville - (877) 347-8307

Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce - (276) 223-3365

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