Economic Development

NEW - All Business Sectors Phase Two

Governor Northam announced Phase Two guidelines for all Business Sectors.  Read about the Governor’s Safer at Home: Phase Two (PDF) for more information. 

FedEx #SupportSmall Grants

FedEx is giving $1 Million to small businesses.  Click on the link to apply for the FedEx #SupportSmall Grants

Businesses Reopening - Phase One 

Governor Northam announced Phase One guidelines for the reopening of businesses.  Read about the Governor’s Overview of Forward Virginia Phase One (PDF) for more information.

For all business sectors, read about the Detailed Business Sector Guidelines (PDF), Forward Virginia One, along with these additional informational links:

  • Ideas for business and leaders from Reopen Main Street
  • Virginia Tourism Corporation has released a Road to Recovery video and a COVID-19 Toolkit
  • The American Hotel and Lodging Association launched its "Stay Safe" program, for enhanced cleaning and safety standards across the industry
  • The National Restaurant Association published a Restaurant Reopening Guide to help the restaurant industry to reopen safely
  • The National Retail Federation has compiled a Checklist (PDF) that represents guidance from their members and subject matter experts, and is intended to highlight key topics to consider as retailers seek to re-open operations

Questions should be directed to this address that is serving as a hotline: business@virginia.gov

Links to Assistance for Businesses During COVID-19

Financial Resources

Additional Information

  • Charlottesville restaurants and stores  currently "open" for business: CVILLESHOPS 

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