Caring Through COVID- The variant in your business and community
Business practices are definitely not going back to normal. This is a new day and age to empower, innovate and set a NEW standard for work/life productivity. Join experts from local health departments in Northern Virginia to understand the climate and resources in place to help businesses and the community at large to address the challenges. Karyssa Jackson , Community Organizer from Lyft will share resources to add to your employer/employee tool belt. JOIN THE CONVERSATION AND LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO POWERFULLY ADDRESS THE NEXT PHASE OF BUSINESS SUCCESS IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
NVBCC Member News- Dr. Rosemary Ahanor
Dentist Launches New Practice From Scratch Amid Pandemic Dr. Rosemary Ahanor opened Aglow Dental Studio in Reston right in the middle of the pandemic.
NVBCC Member News-Derek Russell
Early Adoption Of Teletherapy Helps Wellness Center Amid Pandemic Mindstate Wellness Center, a mental health and cognitive performance center, has navigated challenges and grown during the pandemic.
NVBCC Member News-Ed Williams
Fairfax Businessman Enjoys Helping People Find Financial Security
Community Business Partnership
At CBP’s Business Finance Center, we make a difference in people’s lives by lending to promising small businesses that are unable to secure financing through traditional means. Our goal: to help small businesses become credit worthy so that they can create sustainable income and jobs. Our target markets are traditionally underserved Black, Latino, and Asian small businesses as well as low income communities. We not only provide financing but we also share knowledge though the Community Business Partnership family of business assistance providers. We require lending clients to attend informative webinars and regular counseling sessions to help them become even better business owners. Check out our loan programs below to learn more about how we can help your business and community!
Active & Thriving Community Grants Program
The Active and Thriving Community Grants Program assists certain small businesses and nonprofits experiencing negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for qualifying small business and nonprofit organizations to (1) address and mitigate financial hardship; (2) implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics; or (3) both. Applications will be accepted starting at 10 a.m. on August 31 until 11:59 p.m. on September 14, 2021, through the online portal only. Applications will be available in English and Spanish. Translation support will be provided.
Stay Well NoVA
Do you have questions about COVID-19 Vaccine? Take a look at Stay Well NoVA for FAQ's
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Northam announces administration appointments. Executive Director , Sheila Dixon, will serve as part of the VA African American Advisory Board.
Black entrepreneurs, especially women, face extra challenges. NVBCC members share their experience , development and growth.
Bridging The Gap
NVBCC Members and Executive Director share experiences in regard to black business during the pandemic.
Virginia Return To Earn Grant
The Return to Earn Grant Program will serve businesses with 99 or less employees that may not have the resources to provide this financial support. This initiative will match up to $500 that a qualifying small business in Northern Virginia pays directly to a new employee hired after May 31, 2021
US Government One-Stop Ransomware Resource
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware. The collaborative effort across the federal government and the first joint website created to help private and public organizations mitigate their ransomware risk, is a one-stop hub for ransomware resources for individuals, businesses, and other organizations.
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Employer Tax Credit
The ARP 2021 allows small and medium-size employers, and certain governmental employers to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations. The ARP tax credits are available to eligible employers from April 1, 2021, through September 30,2021.
PPP Direct Forgivness Portal
US Small Business Administration PPP Forgiveness Portal – The SBA launched a PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal to help streamline the forgiveness process for PPP loans of $150,000 or under, and allow small business owners to apply directly through SBA.
Blueprint Virginia 2030 plan
On behalf of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank our members for participating in the Region 7 meeting of the Blueprint Virginia 2030 Regional Tour! These meetings allow our chambers to bring together leaders in business, economic development, workforce, education, childcare, housing, and other important areas of focus to ensure statewide representation of priorities in Blueprint Virginia 2030. It was great to meet and deepen community relationships. Leaders participating in the Region 7 meeting: GO Virginia, the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA), the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. The NVBCC looks forward to developing community partnerships with Sid Banerjee (GO Virginia Region 7, Chair), Christina Winn, (Prince William Department of Economic Development), and Jim Cook (The MITRE Corporation). Additionally, a recording of the Region 7 meeting can be found by following the link below. https://youtu.be/iyzdP76tKcc
Resources for Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits
The library provides FREE ACCESS to the wide range of information resources that will help you create or grow a successful business or nonprofit in Fairfax County. This guide will direct you to the information resources you can use to: Start and run a small business or a nonprofit organization Do company, industry or market research using e-resources provided by the library Find your next read that will help you get new ideas and know-how for your business. THIS GUIDE IS INTENDED FOR Everyone working in private sector, especially small and medium-size businesses Entrepreneurs or anyone thinking about starting or running a business or a nonprofit Nonprofit organizations
What They’re Saying: Leaders Across the Commonwealth Applaud Virginia’s Consecutive Victories as “Top State for Business” in CNBC Ranking
RICHMOND—This week, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia has been named America’s “Top State for Business” in 2021 by CNBC, becoming the first to win the coveted recognition twice in a row. The Commonwealth has now earned the top spot five times, the most of any state, with previous victories in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2019. In case you missed it, here is what leaders across the Commonwealth are saying about Virginia’s back-to-back titles in CNBC’s ranking:
Employer Resources- Northern Virginia
WorkinNorthernVirginia.com is designed to connect job seekers with open positions in Northern Virginia. If you’re hiring, we want to showcase your company and jobs here.
Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund
The Virginia General Assembly recently funded a new Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Fund. This fund seeks to advance and accelerate the post-pandemic recovery of Virginia’s business and commercial districts. Specifically, these funds will support historically economically disadvantaged communities and/or other business districts that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Competitive projects will expand organizational capacity and support business recovery. This fund is envisioned as a way to provide a more inclusive framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization and vitality. Local governments and/or nonprofit organizations may request up to two grants totaling $150,000. Applications will be due July 30, 2021. You can learn more about this opportunity by watching Virginia DHCD’s How-to-Apply webinar, reviewing the presentation and guidelines, and by contacting me with questions at this email.
Loudoun Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations Encouraged to Apply for American Rescue Plan Act Funds
Loudoun Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations Encouraged to Apply for American Rescue Plan Act Funds. Please note that the information below is directly relayed from the Loudoun County Applications will be available Monday, June 28, 2021, at loudoun.gov/grantopportunities. County staff will present information on this funding opportunity in a webinar Wednesday, June 30 at 9:00 a.m. Anyone interested in attending the webinar should email their name and the name of their organization to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive log-on information for the webinar. Grant Size and Payment Varies. Charities Eligible to Apply Nonprofits and faith-based organizations serving Loudoun County residents are encouraged to apply for financial assistance available through the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. This funding will support organizations that are working to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Application Deadlines, Reviews, and Announcements Applications must be electronically received on or before July 28, 2021 at 4pm, to be considered. Applications will be reviewed, and funding will be provided on a rolling basis.
Caring Through COVID- Disparities in Economic Impact of COVID19
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted labor markets globally during 2020. The short-term consequences were sudden and often severe: Millions of people were furloughed or lost jobs, and others rapidly adjusted to working from home as offices closed. Many other workers were deemed essential and continued to work in hospitals and grocery stores, on garbage trucks and in warehouses. As a business owner, how are you doing? What are your next steps? How will you adapt to the new economy? Business practices are not going back to normal. This is a new day and age to empower, innovate and set a standard for changing work life balance. Let’s come together for a community conversations around life, work and the future of your industry. If you would like the replay,Topic: Caring Through COVID- Connect with Advocates and NVBCC Business Owners for an open discussion around COVID, Vaccines and the health of your business If you would like to hear the recording, copy & paste the following link to your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/rKR7p3iZxZ4jYvrzrK84UTjFnkUNTfylTTPB0HCgXbV4GAdfm9kQ8XyOTcov3kU5.2yY98pfuvI5Rc1xT
Build Back – Dream Forward: Strengthening Minority-Owned Businesses in Northern Virginia.
Northern Virginia is home to approximately 128,000 minority-owned businesses, over 40 percent of all establishments operating in the region. As all businesses work to rebuild after the recent pandemic, this community of business owners will face a number of unique challenges. What do they need, why do they need it, and how can we help them? A cross-sector collaboration of seven local organizations recently emerged to address these very questions, forming the Northern Virginia Minority-Owned Businesses Working Group. Their upcoming report offers key findings and concrete recommendations for an equitable recovery across our region.
Dominion Energy Share Grant
Dominion Energy is partnering with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation to temporarily expand its EnergyShare program to assist those small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dominion Energy Virginia is pledging $500,000 to help provide energy bill relief for small businesses, nonprofits, and houses of worship in its Virginia service territory. The program funding will be covered by shareholders and will not impact customer rates. Qualified businesses may be eligible for one-time assistance with their Dominion Energy electric bill up to $1,000.
Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance
Members of NOVA EDA have compiled a list of COVID-19 resources from each jurisdiction. Visit our Resources for this and more.
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
Use Vaccines.gov to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce will spend 2021 developing the next state-wide strategic plan – Blueprint Virginia 2030. As in previous years, the document will be presented to the Governor-elect at the Economic Summit scheduled for December 3, 2021. The Chamber will collect input by bringing together leaders in business, economic development, workforce, education, housing, and other community representatives to ensure statewide representation of priorities for Virginia’s economic prosperity. The goal and focus remains the same- to keep Virginia the best state for business.
American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan is delivering direct relief to the American people, rescuing the American economy, and starting to beat the virus.
PIVOT Grant Funding
Fairfax County is offering $25 million in small grants for COVID-19 impacted businesses to support their recovery. The pandemic has affected everyone, but many businesses that rely heavily on customer interaction have been affected more severely than others. These grants are designed to strategically support the hardest hit sectors and help them to PIVOT from survival to future success.
5 Ways to Manage Small Business Coronavirus Concerns When Employees Can't Work From Home
While COVID-19 has pushed many companies to adopt remote work practices, here are some ideas to consider for employees who do not have the option to work remotely.
Staying Connected With Customers Through the Coronavirus Outbreak
Your customers may be on self-quarantine, but that doesn't mean you can't stay connected and continue providing excellent service.
7 Things to Do When Creating an Emergency Work-From-Home Policy for COVID-19
With the coronavirus threatening the safety of working on-site, human resources experts offer their top tips for ensuring your employees are prepared to telecommute in a pinch.
Coronavirus: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Do
Here are the top CDC-recommended tips that small business owners can take to mitigate risk, protect employees and support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hello Alice: COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant
Hello Alice: COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant provides $10,000 to small business owners impacted by the coronavirus.
Salesforce: Care Small Business Grants
Salesforce: Care Small Business Grants offers $10,000 grants to businesses between 2 to 50 employees.
Arlington Economic Development
Arlington Economic Development (AED) is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places.
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is here to help businesses start, expand or relocate in Fairfax County. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the FCEDA is led by a board of county business leaders and funded by the Fairfax County government to promote the county as one of the world’s best business locations and build the county’s commercial tax base. The Board of Supervisors uses the commercial tax base to fund high-quality public services for a growing and diversifying population.
Loudoun County Economic Development
At the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, we’re here to help build your business. Dedicated to recruiting new business, growing our existing industries and improving our county’s business climate, we’re ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for your company, whether you’re a start-up or well-established player.
Prince William Department of Economic Development
The Prince William County Department of Economic Development’s mission is “to improve the County’s economic base by encouraging new businesses to locate in Prince William County, retain existing businesses and encourage existing businesses to expand.” The Department works hard to create a pro-business, globally-competitive environment that generates new, high-quality and sustainable job opportunities for our citizens and engages in a broad portfolio of services, partnerships and strategic alliances to benefit the business community and stimulate the economy.
Facebook: Small Business Grants Program
Facebook: Small Business Grants Program will award 25 small businesses in Northern Virginia with $100,000 for direct assistance and adverting credits. The application process will begin on Wednesday and run for two weeks. Businesses must have served their communities for over a year, and have between 2 and 50 employees.