covid-19

COVID-19

Click to View Updates of River District Businesses

If you have an update to your business, please contact us at riverdistrictassociation@gmail.com

Thanks to the City of Danville and Danville Public Works, curbside service is now an even better, convenient option during this time of social distancing! Several businesses have designated curbside space for to-go orders. Phone numbers, websites, and more information are available at the link above. Continue supporting our small businesses! 

 

A message from our City Manager, Ken Larking: 

“Recognizing there are businesses that are going through difficult times, we felt these measures would provide some relief to them as they work to maintain operations.”

City Manager Ken Larking is taking additional measures in the wake of the economic disruption caused by the new coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • The City will suspend the $50 delinquent account fee for all utility customer classes until further notice. The delinquent account fee is the fee charged for nonpayment 35 days after the due date.
  • Restaurants may defer the payment of their February meals tax collection, ordinarily due on March 31, for one month with no penalty.
  • Hotels may defer the payment of their February occupancy and room night taxes, ordinarily due on March 31, for one month with no penalty.

In addition to these measures, Governor Ralph Northam has issued an order that allows businesses impacted by COVID-19 to request to defer the payment of state sales tax due today (March 20) for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20 with a waiver of any penalties.


How to Support your Community During COVID-19, from our friends at Wassau River District


Links to Financial Assistance and other Resources for Small Businesses:

SBA Guide to Small Business Resources and Loans

Financial Resources for Food and Beverage Businesses and Restaurant Workers

Small Business Relief Tracker: Funding, Grants And Resources For Business Owners Grappling With Coronavirus

US Department of Labor

US Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce

Please note that, starting March 19, 2020, the Chamber office will be closed to the public. However, they are here to serve their members, and will continue to provide support as we work together during this challenging time. Your Chamber team will be available via email and phone,
and ask you to reach out if there is anything they can do for you.

The Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program 

Other SBA Disaster Resources

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program

Congressman Riggleman COVID-19 Assistance

Congressman Riggleman is very concerned with the affect that COVID19 will have on small businesses, as well as other businesses and constituents in the 5th District. In order for Virginia to qualify to receive SBA assistance, we need to have as many small businesses as possible, in all localities in Virginia, send an email to commerce.trade@governor.virginia.gov with the Subject: Disaster Area Request, providing the name of business, address, contact information, and assistance requested, and specifically request your locality be designated as a disaster area. In addition, we are asking that businesses also complete Congressman Riggleman’s form so our office can keep track of the assistance that is being requested in the 5th District. Congressman Riggleman and staff are continuing to monitor this situation very closely and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our district offices at (434) 973-9631 and (434) 791-2596 or go to https://riggleman.house.gov/ issues/covid-19. 

Survey: Impact of COVID-19 on Small Business

This survey will allow the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to collect data on the impact COVID-19 is having on business revenue and employment. We invite the small business community to participate in this survey process as Governor Northam has declared a state of emergency for Virginia, thereby making our Commonwealth eligible for federal disaster relief.

The input and response from small businesses throughout the Commonwealth is critical for us to have enough data to meet federal requirements which will allow access to disaster loan funds at the federal level.

Please take a moment to complete this survey so we can share the results with State and Federal partners. We would like to receive responses as soon as possible but will be leaving the survey open through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27 to capture responses.

Lieutenant Governor, Justin E. Fairfax: A Message to Governor Northam regarding COVID-19

Business owners may want to consider contacting Governor Ralph Northam in support of the suggestions in the Lieutenant Governor's message to Governor Northam which recommends specific actions to assist small businesses. 

Federal Support for Small Businesses | Add your voice now!

We recognize the need for immediate access to grants and simplified disaster loan processes. Main Street America is partnering with Small Business Majority to share our voice as advocates for small businesses, micro-businesses, and entrepreneurs across the country. We encourage local businesses to join – to amplify the need for immediate, direct support for Main Street-scale businesses. 

You can stay tuned to the detailed legislative updates that organizations like Small Business Majority and National Federation of Independent Businesses are providing on a daily basis. 

An Overview of the Small Business Association 7(a) Loan Program and Summary of Other CARES Act SBA Provisions

  • Small Business Association Provision Highlights
  • CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Characteristics of the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Paycheck Program Loan Forgiveness
  • Which Lenders are qualified to lend under the Paycheck Program
  • Who Qualifies as a Borrower for the Paycheck Program
  • Loan Programs Currently Available from the SBA

Small Business Owners Guide

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs that will be available to them, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress on March 27

Survey on Small Businesses and the Impact of Covid-19

Main Street America is seeking information from small business owners about the challenges they’re facing as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Specifically, we need to better understand the ability of businesses to withstand what may be a several months of suppressed revenue and what kinds of support programs and resources will have the most impact.

We encourage your small business to respond to the survey, open until Friday, April 3.

How to Apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan

 


Links on Business Marketing during COVID-19:

Marketing your small business during this time

How minimize disruptions during emergencies

Ways to retain customers during Coronavirus outbreak


Webinars

Emergency Ecommerce How-to Webinar: How to Use Paypal to sell on your website and social media | Monday, March 23 at 2:00 pm EDT | Hosted by Locable

Rhonda Abrams/USA Today Small Business Facebook Livestream | Daily at 1:00pm EDT 

Growing Through Challenges When Remote | Thursday, March 26 from 2-3 PM EST | Hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Understanding and Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Remotely | Thursday, April 2 from 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM EST | Hosted by SBDC- Lynchburg Region

How Your Business Can Benefit from the CARES Act | Monday, April 6 from 12-1:00 PM EST | Hosted by Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce


Other Useful Information & Resources

Center for Disease Control

City of Danville

Commonwealth Resources

Danville City-Pittsylvania County Resources

River City TV

US Department of Labor

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Governor's Office Updates

World Health Organization

Economic Resources