​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COVID-19​ Business Resources 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has hit the nation is creating concern for our economy here in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and worldwide.​ There are national, state, and local resources available to businesses and employees. This page is continually updated as new information becomes available. ​

In order to ensure the compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are currently operating by appointment only. Please call (757) 385-6464 to schedule a time to meet with our Team either virtually or in person.

Virginia Beach COVID-19 Toolkit for Businesses

The coronavirus pandemic is causing financial difficulties for businesses globally. In this toolkit, we share a collection of solid resources that can help local businesses navigate this difficult situation. 

 Financial Assistance

Virginia Beach Trustee Taxes

To assist the business community during this time of hardship, the City Treasurer's Office is offering payment plan arrangements for the deferred payment of trust taxes without penalties. 

Paycheck Protection Program - Available through June 30, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses.  Find a nearby lender eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program or download the application.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan - Applications Due December 21, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (S​BA) approved the Commonwealth's application for disaster assistance for small businesses. The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This three-step guide​ explains the application process,  so please be sure to review it before applying for loans at the SBA's websiteThe deadline to apply for an EIDL is December 21, 2020. 

If you need assistance with small business matters during this crisis, or have any questions, please contact Jim Carroll at the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center. Mr. Carroll  conducted a  webinar training sessions on the loan program.​

SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loans

This pilot program allows SBA Express Lenders authority to deliver expedited SBA-guaranteed financing on an emergency basis for disaster-related purposes to eligible small businesses, while the small businesses apply for and await long-term financing.

SBA Debt Relief

SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. Download the list of the SBA-approved lenders. 

  • The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
  • The SBA will pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months.

International Loan Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s newly revised International Trade Loan provides small businesses with enhanced export financing options for their export transactions.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program​​

To keep your workforce going strong​​​​ and to assist you with your operational costs, Facebook will be initiating a Small Business Grants Program​. ​

Modification of Operations in Response to COVID-19​​

In order to ensure the compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are currently operating by appointment only. Please call (757) 385-6464 to schedule a time to meet with our Team either virtually or in person.

  • Planning Department: Consultants, Builders and Developers​ Notice #2020-03-15 - Update
  • City jobs:  submit applications at www.vbgovcareers.com. Walk-in assistance will not be available in Building 18 (​room 106) through March 31, 2020. ​​​
  • Virginia Beach Take-out Options: many of our restaurants are currently limited to only offering takeout orders or delivery through services such as Uber Eats and Grubhub. You can still support many of these establishments by getting your food to-go. ​

​​​​For all other latest information on the ​City's​ ser​vices, please visit the City of Virginia Beach  emergency.vbgov.com website.


Memorandum Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during Covid-19 Response

Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations. Read the full guide here.

Business and Employer Services

If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to contact the Virginia Employment Commission Business Services team 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, here is the website ​ to give affected 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​ or through VEC Customer Contact Center by calling 1-866-832-2363 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.​m.   

More information about relief services and support can be found here.

IRS Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15​

The tax filing deadline was moved to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

​International Economic Development Council​

Beginning on page 48 of  IEDC's Beyond the Survey, you will find Appendix A  - Strategies for Retaining Businesses after a Disaster.  This broadly outlines several suggestions for dealing with a disaster.  Beginning on page 53, you will  find suggestions for both short ​and long term financial assistance.​

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources and Guidelines for Business​

The U.S. Chamber​ is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.​​ ​

Hampton Roads Chamber​​

Find more help for your business ​from​ the Hampton Roads Chamber​

Information & Resources For Virginia Manufacturers​​

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What is VA doing for veterans?

Virginia has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for veterans in the face of this emerging health risk​.

​Covid-19 Business ​FAQs

​​Answers to the most common coronavirus employment-related questions​ can be found here.​

​Google's Remote Work Hub​​

Check out these free resources​ to keep you connected, tools and tips about running online meetings, collaborating on documents remotely.   ​

Keep Americans Connected Initiative​​​​

​In order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as a result of these exceptional circumstances, the Federal Communications Commission is asking broadband and telephone service providers, and trade associations, to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.​

Online Workshops and Webinars​​​

Many in-person events have been postponed or canceled but online works​hops​​ and webinars to help navigate our businesses and economy are popping up. ​

Related Links

​​​​For all other latest information, please visit the City of Virginia Beach  emergency.vbgov.com website.​

 Latest Economic Briefings

Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Resources​​

For a comprehensive list of actions Governor Northam has announced to combat COVID-19 in Virginia, visit virginia.gov/coronavirus.​​

Mayor Bobby Dyer discusses economic impact of coronavirus on Virginia Beach​

WTKR – March 17, 2020​

Weekly global economic update​

Deloitte​ - March 16, 2020​

​​​​For all other latest information on the ​City's​ ser​vices, please visit the City of Virginia Beach  emergency.vbgov.com website.