Chamber Alert, April 8

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Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

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The Chamber: Advocating for you and your business

Virginia 30 Day Fund to Help Small Businesses

Entrepreneur Pete Snyder and his wife Burson have donated $100,000 in seed money to create the nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund. This fund is intended to help businesses meet payroll, preserve health-care coverage for workers and avoid layoffs while awaiting federal aid.
The fund will provide up to $3,000 to each approved small business. Recipients do not have to repay the money. However, if they eventually are in a position to do so, it will be directed to another qualified business.
To apply to Snyder’s fund, a business must fill out a one-page form on their website. The business must also submit a three-minute video about the enterprise and its employees. Applications will be evaluated by volunteers with MBAs from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and by business leaders.

Webinar – “What Your Business Needs to Know About FFCRA Paid Leave and CARES Act”

Hosted by Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Guy Jeffress, Esq. of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. The webinar is Thursday, April 9 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The government is quickly enacting legislation to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Legislation includes the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In this webinar, we will help you make sense of the new legislation. Issues to be addressed include what leave you need to provide employees, business loans under the CARES Act, and considerations in moving your business forward. Register here.

Prince William County Updates

The Prince William County Department of Economic Development and Office of Tourism (d/b/a Visit Prince William, Virginia) are actively engaged with the business community during the COVID-19 health crisis. Read about it here. 

Prince William County Department of Economic Development offers support services for existing business expansion and new businesses attraction to promote a robust Prince William economy. Since the outbreak, the Department of Economic Development has actively reached out to and engaged with county businesses to provide SBA Loan program information. They have assisted and connected businesses with resources for the COVID-19 emergency operation response needs, such as hand sanitizer and masks. The department is also conducting an online survey to assess the economic impact of COVID-19. All county businesses are encouraged to complete the survey found on the COVID-19 Business Resource Website by Monday, April 13.
One-on-one business counseling services, information and resources are available virtually by phone and email. To schedule a complementary consultation or speak directly with a team member, please email or call 703-792-5510.
Prince William County Office of Tourism is a division of Prince William County’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. They inspire travelers to visit the County by promoting, developing and enhancing travel experiences; thereby contributing to a robust economy and creating opportunities for residents. Prince William County, Virginia, is a top 10 travel destination in the Commonwealth of Virginia based on total visitor spending.
The Office of Tourism is working closely with the tourism business community, providing resources and connecting emergency operations with available hotels/venues should the need arise. They are also supporting local businesses through a #PrinceWilliamStrong campaign on their website.The site provides available restaurant, craft beverage, and hotel deals. Also included are virtual tours, shopping, wellness and other experiences, while reinforcing the Governor’s orders on business operations during this pandemic.

City of Manassas Updates

The Department of Economic Development has identified the following federal programs designed to assist small businesses (less than 500 employees) and non-profits who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We understand much of your time and attention is geared towards keeping your businesses and employees afloat. We strongly encourage all affected businesses to apply. These programs have streamlined the application process and funds are paid quickly.

City of Manassas Park Update

Here is more information on what the City of Manassas Park Economic Development Office is doing.



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