Coronavirus Resources

Access more COVID-19 business resources to help you rebound.

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.

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 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 fit their needs and strategic objectives.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package New Agreement

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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

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.​

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.​​ ​

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

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

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

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