Chamber Alert, May 8

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Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Watch the Governor’s May 8 update here. 

Information and Resources:

Manasssas Business Impact Survey

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the City of Manassas has been working hard to help local restaurants, shops, and other businesses adapt. We launched a COVID-19 landing page on the Choose Manassas website. The City also launched a marketing campaign to provide the most recent information and resources to the local business community.
On March 26, the City put out a survey to gauge the impacts of COVID-19 so we could develop a strategic approach to dealing with the crisis. A summary of the findings are provided in our recent BLOG .
A follow-up survey is now available, and we are hoping for strong participation from the local business community. We need all businesses to respond, large and small. The more information we have, the better prepared we can be to fight this.

People Inc. Offers COVID-19 Forgivable Small Business Loans

Eligible businesses can now apply for SBA microloans

People Incorporated is a Virginia-based nonprofit. They are now offering forgivable U.S. Small Business Administration microloans to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA will make all payments – including principal, interest and fees – for six months following the closing date on any loan closed between March 27 and Sept. 27, 2020.
Microloans may be offered for any amount starting at $500 up to $50,000. They may be for terms from six months to six years.
“This is an incredible opportunity for small businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis,” said People Inc. Director of Community Economic Development Shane Simmons. “We hope that these loans will have a positive economic impact on small businesses and communities who may be struggling right now.”
People Inc. small business microloans are available in all Virginia counties and cities the agency serves.
Interested applicants can call the People Inc. Business Lending number toll free at 833-437-0115 for more information.

Information on Virginia Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Labor provides information for individuals unemployment insurance relief during a COVID-19 outbreak HERE.

How File an Initial or Weekly / Continued Claim

Visit the Virginia Employment Commission to apply for unemployment insurance HERE.
In order to file for Unemployment Insurance (UI), you must have been separated from your employer or have had your hours reduced. More Information HERE.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) Provided for Under the CARES Act

Updated information on applying for unemployment insurance for self employed workers.

Special Mother’s Day Offers

Have a special Mother’s Day business offer perfect for the local market? Please participate in this free advertising opportunity for Prince William County’s small businesses.


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