HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Many business owners and workers are struggling to keep up during the coronavirus shutdown.
In an effort to help smalls business owners affected by the virus within the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam requested an Economic Disaster Loan Declaration on Wednesday.
This would provide small businesses impacted by the virus with emergency resources currently available from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act signed into law on March 6.
The request comes after Congresswoman Elaine Luria sent a letter to the Governor urging him to submit on behalf of the Small Business Administration.
The following resources were put together in an effort to help businesses and workers adapt to what is happening now, and prepare for what may be to come.
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council (Virginia Career Works Hampton Roads)
As of March 18, all Hampton Roads Virginia Career Works centers are closed until further notice which includes the delaying of meetings, training workshops, and hiring events, according to a statement released by officials on Wednesday.
The council works to support employers and job seekers, many of which are now impacted by the coronavirus. Although the centers are closed, online resources and employment services are available, and the regional Virginia Career Works centers are working to provide online workshops in the near future.
Virtual and telephone services
The following phone numbers and links can be used to answer questions and provide information about the workforce due to the coronavirus:
- Virginia Career Works, Norfolk (757) 629-4702
- Virginia Career Works, Hampton (757) 766-4900
- Hampton Roads Workforce Council
- Greater Peninsula Workforce Board
- Virginia Workforce Connection
- Virginia Employment Commission
- Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center
Unemployment personal are available from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. According to the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, filing a claim can be done via Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) or through the VEC Customer Contact Center at 1-866-832-2363.
Businesses with impacted workers
“If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to contact our Business Services team. We will get back to you within one (1) business day, or sooner, to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance, tax assistance, layoff aversion strategies, financial planning, remote access career services and more. Contact Steve Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org,” according to VCW officials.
Information for working parents
The Hampton Roads resources below contain childcare information:
The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity is requesting that business owners complete a survey that asks questions regarding the impact the coronavirus has had on their business. Results will be shared with “State and Federal partners.”
Norfolk Department of Economic Development
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for Virginia small businesses suffering economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance.