As restrictions begin to lift and small businesses across
Central Virginians are encouraged to apply online at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/. Applicants should direct questions to the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] or call the SBA's
"Although restrictions are gradually being lifted, the economic anxiety for small business owners is far from over. Restaurant owners, retail proprietors, gig workers, and independent contractors are making difficult decisions about how best to protect their employees and customers from COVID-19 while also reengaging their local economy. Unfortunately, the precautions that grant peace of mind to potential patrons often represent a costly investment on the part of business owners at a time when margins are tighter than ever before," said Spanberger. "The SBA's decision to reopen the EIDL program is welcome news for our small business owners, and I encourage all who need assistance after three months of closures to take advantage of this opportunity. The same entrepreneurs who are eligible for EIDL are the neighbors who form the backbone of
The application process is open to independent contractors, gig workers, freelancers, sole proprietorships, farmers and other agribusiness owners, and small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The eligibility requirements for independent contractors have been expanded since the last round of assistance.
EIDL loans and grants have been made available once again to every county in the
Since the pandemic began to impact
After listening to the feedback of business owners across the
As the public health crisis has evolved, Spanberger has maintained her direct dialogue with small business owners, business community leaders, and workers. Last week, Spanberger held a conversation with ChamberRVA President and CEO