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July 27, 2020: The Governor’s Office announced the REBUILD Virginia Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses & Nonprofits, a $70 million grant fund for businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants to cover eligible expenses. Applications opened on August 10, 2020. Learn more
- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lynchburg Region will host two tranings on Risk Mitigation for Small Business. Register HERE.
- The SBDC will host a training course on The Business of Healthcare for Medical and allied health office management professionals. Register HERE.
- Virginia Career Works created the Foundations for the Future program that helps pay for college classes and offers support for displaced workers getting back into the workforce. Apply here
- Main Street America has announced a new grant for brick-and-mortar small businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country. Applications will will be accepted until August 23 or until 500 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner. Learn more
City of Lynchburg City Hall is closed to the public but staff continues to work full time. If an in-person visit is needed, we can arrange that with you on a case by case basis. Contact our Office to schedule an appointment
Small Business Information:
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
State and Federal Information:
Local and Regional Information:
Reopening Guide – a guide from the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Business Task Force
Getting Virginia Back to Work – a guide from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Centra Health has released the following guides:
Visit Lynchburg – Ideas to Get Through COVID-19: Restaurant Info, Virtual Experiences & Industry Resource Links
During this time of social distancing, we encourage you to keep patronizing your local restaurants, shops and small businesses. Many of our restaurants are utilizing curbside pickup and delivery options. Our small business community is working hard to supply you with products via online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery and/or shipping options. Lynchburg is still open for business!
Though we are sequestering ourselves at home, you can shop online, get out for some fresh air or go for a drive in the safety of your car. Any of these options means you can still patronize our local businesses! Let’s support each other during this time, promote our amazing business community, and see Lynchburg grow stronger together … albeit from a distance.
Stay healthy! #OpenforBusiness