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Provided below is a compilation of resources and information for Waynesboro businesses in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is updated regularly, check back frequently for updates!  This page was last updated 8/31/2020.

RENAISSANCE FUND TWO
The RENAISSANCE FUND TWO is a competitive grant of up to $25,000 for Waynesboro businesses impacted by business closures due to COVID-19. The program is available to for profit Waynesboro based businesses with fewer than 20 FTE employees.
Please note that significant changes have been made to the eligibility criteria and expenses from the original Renaissance Fund so please review the program details carefully.

  • You are eligible to apply if you received PPP, EIDL, Virginia Rebuild, or other Federal CARES funding, however you must demonstrate that the Renaissance Fund grant is used for different purposes that the other Federal CARES grants
  • Sole proprietors who pay themselves with a draw as opposed to a salary will count as an employee, however will not be eligible for a payroll grant
  • Payroll costs for months of April, May, June, and July are now eligible for reimbursement, subject to VEC verification; PPP recipient for payroll not eligible
  • Principal and interest payments for March, April, May, June, and July on business loans received prior to COVID are also eligible for reimbursement – PPP, EIDL, or other Federal CARES loans do not apply.

Grant funds may be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures including PPE, other equipment needed to reopen safely, cleaning, and rent/mortgage, as well as certain payroll expenses and to cover commercial debt payments.
This is a competitive grant process, with all applications received by the deadline to be reviewed. Successful grantees will be required to submit receipts and other documents for eligible expenses for reimbursement.
Please review the program overview for complete details.
Program Overview
Application Form

SUSTAINABLITY FUND
The SUSTAINABLITY FUND is a City of Waynesboro initiative providing competitive grants of up to $10,000 for Waynesboro nonprofit organizations impacted by business closures due to COVID-19.  The applications were accepted from August 17-August 31.

Business Intelligence for Your Industry in Waynesboro
Maybe you are thinking of retooling your business model or strategy. Business planning is about finding the right opportunities in the marketplace. This page provides competitive intelligence data to help you make smarter business decisions. Finding out about your business and how it fits in the Waynesboro marketplace is critical to your success. Discover industry trends, customer profile and location, nearby competition, and financial tools specific to your business or industry.

Free Business Counseling available from Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and SCORE. Request a virtual appointment at vasbdc or score.org.

Retail, Restaurants, and Hospitality
Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Resource Page
The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) Resource Page
VRLTA’s The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce (GARCC) Resource Page
American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
Southeast Tourism Society Resource Page
Virginia Cooperative Extension COVID-19 resource page for agricultural & food businesses in their communities
US Travel Association Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers
National Restaurant Association

Gift Card Resources:
Rally for Restaurants
Toast Now

Buy Local/Business Marketing
News Virginian Local Marketing Grant Program – The News Virginian will award up to $100,000 in matching advertising grants between now and June as part of a company-wide initiative by parent company Lee Enterprises. The grants, in the form of advertising credits, will be available to local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will provide matching marketing credits of between $250 and $15,000 for use in The News Virginian’s print and digital products. Awards will be made in April, May and June. Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Local Business Assistance (Information provided as a service, not a recommendation)
Staunton Creative Community Fund has partnered with CO.STARTERS, a business development platform, to bring a Rebuild & Recovery program to Shenandoah Valley businesses. The program will provide entrepreneurs with a practical pathway and trusted tools to approach the market in new ways during this COVID-19 crisis.

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is offering a number of free webinars and resources– check their website regularly or sign-up for their newsletter.

Buy Local Gift Card Directory – business owners can offer gift cards for sale to the News Virginian audience by submitting details here. It’s free to join! If you have questions, contact Peter Lynch at plynch@newsvirginian.com. The News Virginian’s Buy Local Gift Card Directory is sponsored by McKee Foods.

Shop Local Shenandoah Valley – Immerge (A division of McClung Companies) has put together an online directory of Shenandoah Valley Businesses to support them during this time. To submit your business to the directory free of charge, go to the website and submit your info.

SOS Consulting – Tauna Crabtree, Small Business Accounting & Finance, 540-836-7824, soshelpva@hotmail.com

Banners showing current hours of operation and services provided free of charge by Mountain Laurel Studio of Waynesboro. Email: wil@mtnls.com

State Grants/Resources
The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds.  Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000.  A short video on eligibility, application details, and other resources can be found here.

Listen Live to “SBA Wednesday” VA-Richmond District Office Business Insights – tune in “On The MIC With MIKE RVA.” Host Mike King and Lead Economic Development Specialist, Martin Short will discuss small business.  Listen live at 1pm.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership International Trade team (VEDP) is offering free webinars designed to help you think through various aspects of international trade during this new and disruptive period. Check out the webinar topics and schedule plus a host of other assistance for international marketing here.

The Secretary of Commerce and Trade has created a compilation of resources and information for Virginia businesses in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Financial support options are detailed by business size and specific resources can be searched by industry type.  This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

State Reopening Guidelines
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board voted on July 15, 2020 to approve an emergency temporary standard requiring the following Statewide Emergency Workplace Safety Measures:
– Mandate social distancing and face coverings for employees in customer-facing positions when social distancing is not possible
– Provide frequent access to hand washing or hand sanitizer
– Clean high-contact surfaces regularly
– Notify all employees within 24 hours if a coworker tests positive for the virus
– Keep employees home for 10 days if they are known or suspected to be positive cannot return to work for 10 days, or until they receive two consecutive negative tests

Phase THREE of the Forward Virginia Guidelines

Detailed sections for restaurants and beverage, brick and mortar retail, personal care and grooming, fitness and exercise can be found here.

Phase THREE Frequently Asked Questions

US Resources
The IRS has created a webpage detailing information relevant to small businesses and tax-exempt entities.

A new website developed by the Association for Women Business Center and America’s SBDC and is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides small businesses with access to a consolidation of COVID-19 related information and resources from multiple federal agencies.

The US Chamber of Commerce provides a number of sector specific reopening checklists, guidelines, and other information on their website.

Reopening Tips and Guidelines
Shenandoah Valley Region Guide to Re-opening Work-Hard-Smart-Safe (2020 June):  This guide includes many of the recommendations developed by the Back to Work Virginia Task Force along with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal, state, and local resources.

Main Street America: Reopening Safely – Tips for Small Business Owners

Newmark Knight and Frank – Global Corporate Services Provider: Facilities Management Re-Occupancy Checklist

Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Provides an extensive checklist and step by step guide to help make decisions to chart your recovery

National Retail Federation: Operation Open Doors Checklist

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – This article discusses how employers can limit the impact of COVID on their workplace by reducing transmission among employees, maintaining healthy business operations, and maintaining a healthy work environment.

The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA), Virginia health officials, and restaurants have partnered to develop The Virginia Restaurant Promise, a set of commitments to employees and customers. To ensure everyone’s safety as we welcome you back into our restaurant, we ask that we make the following promises to each other.  Display the poster in your establishment!

Covid-safe guidelines, resources and supplies for churches can be found here

Event Safety Alliance has created a Reopening Guide for event professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PPE Supply Resources for Reopening
PPE – Virginia Department of General Services 
COVID-19 Emergency Vendor List

Sneeze Guards & Hand Sanitizer – Snap Office Supplies
Snap Supplies, 11623 Busy Street, Richmond, VA 23236

Gloves & Masks – Virginia Industries for the Blind
Amy Jones, Business Development Sales
amy.jones@vibonline.org, 804-357-0996

PPE Items – Target Marketing
Tammy Brooks
brooksie@targetmarketing.com, 804-916-1232

Additional Resources
Virginia Economic Development Partnership International Trade Webinar Series

SCORE Coronavirus Resources

Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Resources

Women’s Business Center (WBC) Resources

Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Chain for Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia is in need of five types of medical use PPE to support healthcare workers, first responders and public works to combat COVID 19. In addition, demand for non-medical use PPE is also increasing as the economy reopens.

GENEDGE, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Manufacturers Association, Virginia Department of Health and, the Department of Labor and Industry have developed a “Playbook” to focus on helping Virginia manufacturers interested in retooling to produce medical PPE.

The COVID-19 PPE Retooling Playbook includes:
• Descriptions of critical PPE types in demand by the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Overview of regulatory and approving agencies for medical devices and considerations for manufacturers
• End-to-end process map for Virginia manufacturers
• Resources to leverage for additional assistance

In addition, they are requesting input via a survey to help determine the PPE needs from Virginia businesses as they start the reopening process and are planning a series of webinars to share insights on the top issues related to producing PPE.

To facilitate the solution, GENEDGE is bringing together manufacturers from across Virginia to address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is hitting health care providers hard.

The Virginia Supply Chain Connector is an effort to build a Virginia-based supply chain for PPE. The connector will link buyers and manufacturers and end users.

Register here to:
• Post your capabilities for manufacturing

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