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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.  

Financial Support

Wythe County's Open for Business - Recovery Assistance Grant

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Funding for the Rent & Mortgage portion (county wide) of this program is still available, but the revenue based portion of this program (except for Rural Retreat businesses) has been exhausted. 

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 remaining funds for this grant program provides one time, emergency funding to eligible, for-profit businesses for rent and mortgage relief. More information, the application, and attachments are available here and are currently being accepted.

Small Business Financial Support Options

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

Paycheck Protection Program

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First Draw PPP Loans

Second Draw PPP Loans

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.

Workforce

Safe Workspaces

Virginia Department of Health's Latest Guidance for Businesses and the Workplace: COVID-19

Businesses have the option to set their own mask policy. Wondering what mask policy to create for customers and employees at your business? Visit the link above for recommendations.

VDH Interim Guidance: Information for Food Establishments Regarding COVID‐19

 

Working Remotely

Working From Home? 12 Guides To Help Navigate The Remote Life

Associations Now - How to Manage Your Newly Remote Workforce

 

Unemployment

Job Search Resources

Virginia Employment Commission Unemployment Information

File an Initial or Weekly/Continued Unemployment Claim

OR -  File a new claim by telephone, call toll free, Monday - Friday between 8:15am and 4:30pm and between 9am and 1pm on Saturday (closed state holidays) 1-866-832-2363

To file a weekly claim by telephone (IVR system), call toll free 1-800-897-5630

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.

 

Virginia Tourism Corporation

Visit https://www.vatc.org/coronavirus/ 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. 

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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

The Localities We Serve

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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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