Partners Training Portal (RPTP)
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.
Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during Covid-19
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.
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.
For all other latest information, please visit the City of Virginia Beach emergency.vbgov.com website.