The Office of Economic Development & Tourism is here with continually evolving information …

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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

Current Opportunities:

  • 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:

Restaurant Reopening Guide

Virginia Tourism Corporation COVID-19 Toolkit

Reopen Main Street

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Small Business Administration

SBDC Business Recovery Resource Page

State and Federal Information:

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Employment Tax Deferrals

Commonwealth of Virginia

Center for Disease Control

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

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:

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

City of Lynchburg

Downtown Lynchburg Association

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



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