COVID-19 Small Business Resources

This is a comprehensive list of resources available to small businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the links below for more information on each resource. For daily updates from the City of Hopewell regarding coronavirus, please click here. If you would like to contact the City of Hopewell’s Economic Development office, please reach out to Charles Dane at cdane@hopewellva.gov or Stacey English at senglish@hopewellva.gov.

 

Hopewell Small Business Marketing Program

Using funding provided by the CARES Act, the Hopewell Small Business Marketing Program has been established by the City of Hopewell in partnership with the Hopewell Downtown Partnership. It is our goal to provide our local business owners access to free marketing assistance. We have partnered with two local marketing firms for this program. Our marketing consultants will be available to provide program participants individual guidance in branding, digital and traditional advertising, social media executions, public relations, content writing, website development recommendations, signage recommendations, marketing planning, and overall customer outreach. The marketing consultants will work with the business owners in scheduling consultation times. LINK

Federal Government Actions Regarding Coronavirus:
• National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Guide to Congressional Activity: Actions
that the Federal Government has taken regarding COVID-19 and how those actions affect small businesses. LINK

• United States Government’s Response to COVID-19: Important Government websites
outlining the US Government’s actions regarding COVID-19. LINK

Free Business Resources

Free Version of Microsoft Office Teams

Free eSign Platform from Pandadoc

3 Months Free of Skillshare software for Square customers

Free Version of Zoom for eMeeting Services
Free Software Platforms, a comprehensive list:

Shop Small Business Resources

Funding Opportunities
Grant Opportunities:
o Facebook Small Business Grants: This grant program can help with workforce, operations, rent and marketing.  LINK
o Hello Allice All Emergency Grant: This program is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus to ensure Business for All. LINK
o Nav’s Small Business Grant: Quarterly small business grants for deserving businesses to take their company to the next level.  LINK

o The Red Backpack Fund: This grant program is made possible by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation. This fund was created to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19.  LINK
o VA 30 Day Fund Program: Forgivable loans for Virginia small businesses, up to $5,000. LINK
• Small Business Administration Funding Programs:

o Paycheck Protection Program: This loan program provides loan forgiveness for
retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program. LINK

o EIDL Loan Advance: This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. LINK

o SBA Bridge Express Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. LINK

o SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. LINK

• Federal Government Funding Programs Explained:
o US Chamber of Commerce’s Guide to Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs:
A breakdown of all the federal programs and aid for small business coronavirus assistance. LINK

o CARES Act Information from the US Treasury: The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, preserves jobs for American industries. LINK

Other Small Business Loans:
o American Express Small Business Loans: Loan options available to American Express customers. LINK

General Business Guidance:
• Small Business Administration COVID-19 Business Guidance & Loan Resources: Information about coronavirus funding options, coronavirus recovery, guidance for businesses & employees, local resources, SBA’s resources & Government contracting. LINK

• US Chamber of Commerce Business Resources: Articles, How-To Guides and other
information regarding COVID-19 resources, federal Government stimulus packages, small
business loans, and other business-related topics. LINK

• National Cyber Security Alliance’s How to Stay Safe Online: Articles and information on how to stay safe online amid COVID-19. LINK

• LinkedIn Small Business Strong Resource Group: A LinkedIn group for small businesses to
share resources, network with other small businesses, and navigate the current situation. LINK
• Virginia Small Business Development Center Guide to Conquering a Business Crisis:
Guidance on cash management, pricing and cost containment, supply chain management, and marketing. LINK

• SCORE Small Business Resilience Resource Portal: Comprehensive resource portal to help
business owners find specific information, government resources and financial support. LINK

Information for Employers During Coronavirus
• Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Business Guidance: Information from
the CDC for how to conduct business during the pandemic. LINK

Regional COVID-19 Resources
• Fort Lee COVID-19 Resources: Updates on the operations of Fort Lee during the COVID-19 pandemic. LINK
Reopening Best Practices
• Reopening Best Practices from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). LINK

State Government Actions Regarding Coronavirus
• Governor of Virginia’s News Releases: Up-to-date information regarding actions taken by Governor Northam in response to COVID-19. LINK
• Governor of Virginia’s Forward Virginia Plan: Requirements & Guidelines: information regarding Virginia’s reopening plan. LINK
Webinars & Real-Time Help
• SCORE Real Time Mentoring: Receive access to experienced business mentors that can provide information and advice across business topics and industries. Get immediate answers to your most pressing questions. LINK
• Longwood Small Business Development Center: Provide education, consulting, and economic research to support potential and existing small business owners throughout Central Virginia. The SBDC is now working with industry professionals to provide insights through webinars on differing business topics. LINK
Small Business Recovery Program

The City of Hopewell, in partnership with the Hopewell Economic Development Authority is launching the “City of Hopewell COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program” to support Hopewell small businesses who have been affected by COVID-19. Click the link below for more information and/or to access the online program application and form(s). See also the link to a W-9 download. This form should be uploaded as a file to submit with online form(s).Downtown Hopewell

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY PROGRAM

FORM w-9

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