​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. ​

Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership - Closed

LISC Hampton Roads is offering small business grants to assist Virginia Beach small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses (SWaM) impacted by COVID-19, as part of the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership. The Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership is a collaboration of United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and LISC Hampton Roads funded by the City of Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a $10,000 grant to help pay for:

  • Wages and benefits
  • Inventory for on-going operations
  • Past-due bills
  • Payables (rent, supplies, etc.)
  • Weatherization of outdoor spaces (heaters, plastic enclosures, etc.)
  • Other operating costs

CARES Act Business Assistance Application - Closed

The City of Virginia Beach recognizes that small businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To encourage businesses to continue their operations and help mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic, the City has established a system to award monetary grants to assist businesses with costs incurred during the pandemic. These grants are intended to provide immediate financial relief for expenses already incurred by the businesses and are funded through an allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Funds provided through the Federal CARES Act.

Applications will be accepted only via the City of Virginia Beach Online Portal (please use Google Chrome for completing the application) and will be processed in the order received.  Applications will be accepted for three (3) weeks (21 days):  November 16 - December 7, 2020.  At the conclusion of the application period, grants will be awarded through a lottery system until either December 31, 2020, or all available funding is expended. Please note that the submission of an application does not guarantee approval as eligibility criteria must be met and all supporting documentation included.

  • Round 1: August 21 - September 11, 2020 -  Voted Awards
  • Round 2: September 21 - October 12, 2020  (5 p.m.) -  Voted Awards
  • Round 3: October 12 (after 5 p.m.) - November 2, 2020, by 5 p.m.  Voted  CARES Act Round 3 and 4
  • Round 4: November 16 - December 7, 2020 by 5 p.m.  Voted  CARES Act Round 3 and 4; 

NOTE: Please email all your questions to ecdev@vbgov.com. We will address your inquiries as soon as we can. Please note we don't accept files via email. 

Economic Development Investment Program Part E Grant - Closed

Note: We are no longer accepting new applications at this time.

The purpose of the City Virginia Beach Development Authority is to promote small business, and as such, this Part E of the EDIP is intended to allow the Authority to contribute to the economic health of the City and Commonwealth by providing small business assistance grants. 

 Approved VBDA Part E Awards

Commonwealth of Virginia COVID 19 PPE Retooling Playbook

This document is meant to provide a summarized fact base on potential immediate supply strategies, including manufacturer retooling, for increasing critically needed PPE across the Commonwealth of Virginia to address the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Recovery Resources Checklist

As businesses begin to evaluate their reopening strategies, the Virginia SBDC recommends these recovery resources checklist to guide businesses in the transition to the new normal. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

The CARES Act, now law, contains many key provisions for providing economic relief to businesses and individuals facing hardship or economic ruin due to the COVID-19 crisis. The following summary is intended for businesses evaluating which loan option best fits their needs and strategic objectives.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package New Agreement

Virginia Beach Economic Development Technical Assistance for SBA Loan Programs  

The City of Virginia Beach and the Women's Business Center (WBC) within the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Old Dominion University are partnering to offer no- cost technical assistance to Virginia Beach businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 Financial Assistance

COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program - Closed

​Applications for the COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Relief Program are being accepted through January 31, 2021. Visit this website for more information.

Rebuild VA Small Business Grant Program - Up to $10,000

The Commonwealth is launching a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. The program will provide grants of up to 3 times the applicant's average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum award of $10,000. The application will become available on August 10, 2020. 

FED Main Street Business Lending Program

The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program to enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion. 

Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Here are the questions you may be asking and what you need to know. Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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 - Closed August 8, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. 

The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on 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.

Find a nearby lender eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Related Information

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) & Advances

Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

 Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses

Agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL loan application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will move forward and process these applications without the need for re-applying. 

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 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.

SBA Exporting Assistance 

  • Export Express Loan: Export Express lenders can directly underwrite a loan without getting prior approval from the SBA, which allows you to get capital (up to $500,000) quickly within 36 hours.
  • Export Working Capital: Export Working Capital loans allow small business owners to apply for loans (up to $5 million) in advance of finalizing an export sale or contract; the turnaround time is usually five to 10 business days. 

  • 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. The maximum loan is $5 million in total financing.

COVID-19 Grant Programs (as of April 2021)

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.

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


Pandemic-Related Allowances for Food Truck Operations Extended Through July 6

To help supplement food supply during the public health emergency, food trucks may continue to operate in Virginia Beach with certain restrictions through July 6, 2020. Learn more here.

Resource Partners Training Portal (RPTP)

This centralized platform will consolidate information obtained from multiple federal agency resources and make it accessible in an organized format with searchable functionality.  The training platform for small business advisors will feature live content, author interactive learning experiences, support of SCORM content, forums, communication and collaboration features and more. chat feature for learner collaboration. The expected launch date for the training platform is June 2020.

The public website, COVID-SB.ORG is now live and can be accessed by anyone looking for federal information related to COVID-19 and small business.

Recovery Resources for Small Businesses​

As businesses begin to evaluate their reopening strategies, the Virginia SBDC recommends these recovery resources to guide businesses in the transition to the new normal.

FEMA Disaster Financial Guidance Guide

FEMA released a Disaster Financial Guide for state, local, tribal, and territorial partners outlining the wide range of financial resources to assist American communities for disaster preparedness and recovery. 

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

IRS: Employee Retention Credit

The credit is available to all employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations.

​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​

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.​

Related Links

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