BUSINESS RESOURCES

Prince William County Economic Development and the Office of Tourism are dedicated to serving our business community members impacted by COVID-19.

FIND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BUSINESS

  • Financial Assistance for Small Businesses
  • Affected Worker Support
  • Tax Changes
  • Planning and Development Services
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • How to Support PWC
  • Other Business Resources, Tools & Tips

U.S. Small Business Administration: SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. Lender Match is a free online tool that connects small businesses with SBA-approved CDFIs and small lenders (do not use if looking for Disaster loans). As part of our coronavirus debt relief efforts, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans. 

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) The Application portal for EIDL to all qualifying businesses was reopened on June 15th. See the full information here

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) The SBA's Paycheck Protection Program deadline for applications CLOSED June 30, 2020. A newly released simplified Loan Forgiveness Application for eligible borrowers and associated information may be found here.

  • Express Bridge Loans allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Virginia Career Works: Northern Virginia Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Initiative is no longer accepting applications at this time. If further funding becomes available, we will post an update to this page. We will continue to post resources for employers impacted by COVID-19 on our website.

U.S. Department of the Treasury: Community Development Financial Fund (CDFI) provides awards to organizations that make credit, capital, and other critical financial services available to disadvantaged businesses and low-income communities throughout the country.

Other financial resources:

  • VA 30 Day Fund: Grant program provides aid while small businesses await recently approved federal funding.
  • Hello Alice: COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant provides $10,000 to small business owners impacted by the coronavirus.
  • The Federal Reserve: Main Street Lending Program is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis

U.S. Mandates for Paid and Family Sick Leave: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

The paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to certain public employers, and private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.

Virginia Employment Commission: If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to Coronavirus, please note that no claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) may be filed or processed until an actual lay off from employment has occurred, or until there has been an actual reduction in hours. If you will be filing because of a reduction in hours, you will not receive benefits unless your gross earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount. 

If you are self-employed or an independent contractor, gig economy worker, clergy, as well as those working for religious organizations and other workers (including non-profit entities), you are not “covered” by the state unemployment insurance (UI) program. The self-employed, independent contractors, and other gig workers are eligible to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

You may file a new claim for unemployment benefits online or through the Customer Contact Center by calling 1-866-832-2363 Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday (closed state holidays). Video: How to File Your Initial Unemployment Claim

Virginia Department of Social Services: 

ACTS Food Helpline: Action in Community through Service (ACTS) provides support to anyone experiencing food insecurity. Call the helpline at (703) 794-4668 for direction to the nearest food distribution site or access to emergency direct delivery services.

Boys & Girls Club Childcare: Prince William County residents who need childcare can enroll their children at the Hylton Club (5070 Dale Boulevard, Dale City). Slots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis with a priority to essential workers. Call (703) 670-3311 or email dcolston@bgcgw.org for more information. 

U.S. Department of the Treasury provides:

IRS Payroll Tax Deferral: The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) allows employers to defer employment tax deposits and payments through December 31, 2020. All employers may defer the deposit and payment of the employer's share of social security tax. However, employers that receive a loan under the Small Business Administration Act, may not defer the deposit and payment of the employer's share of social security tax due on or after the date that the PPP loan is forgiven under the CARES Act.

Virginia Taxation: The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who can pay by the original deadlines should do so.

Prince William County: The County has extended the Business Tangible Personal (BTP) Property tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, 2020.   This extension will provide relief to the County’s business owners during this period of economic uncertainty and will align the filing date with the recently announced revised Internal Revenue Service filing date.

The Prince William County McCoart building and Development Services building will remain closed to the public, but staff continues to serve customers to process plans and applications.

PWC Department of Planning staff are still available for customer assistance and to respond to emails. For general inquiries, please contact 703-792-7615 or planning@pwcgov.org. 

PWC Department of Development Services continues to accept applications through a drop-off service. 

  • Temporary Signage: Prior to posting any building or temporary signage, please contact the Land Development Division at 703-792-6830 or LLD@pwcgov.org. Temporary sign applications along with a sign rendering may be emailed to zoningcounters@pwcgov.org or dropped off at 5 County Complex Court, plaza side in the ZONING bin located outside. One unilluminated temporary sign is allowed on a property after Zoning approval is obtained.

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PWC Emergency Operations Center (EOC): Several county businesses have individually offered products/services, and this form is to inventory the resources available. If you are a business within Prince William County that can provide any of the following support services, please complete the emergency support form.

Suggested support services:
  • Hotel lodging space
  • Individually packaged meals prepared in a commercial kitchen
  • Bulk mass food orders
  • Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gowns, gloves)
  • Medical Supplies (i.e. ventilators)

The Human Services Alliance: The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William partnered with Prince William County Government and the cities of Manassas, and Manassas Park to collect donations for the Prince William Area Disaster Fund. Through monies donated, The Alliance will provide funding to emergency networks, community groups, and agencies that are working to meet critical unmet needs. Funding priorities include food security, housing, and human services, employment assistance and other critical needs. To give to the Prince William Area Disaster Fund, text the word “IMPACT” to 36413. Donors can also give online or by check payable to “The Alliance” and include “The Prince William Area Disaster Fund” in the memo line. Mail checks to 9073 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110.

Volunteer Prince William: As our communities face the unusual circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic, many individuals would like to volunteer to help in some way. Volunteer Prince William is designated by Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to provide coordination of unaffiliated volunteers during emergency declarations. If you would like to be contacted to help during the COVID 19 outbreak, please register at www.VolunteerPrinceWilliam.org.

Action in Community through Service (ACTS): Currently volunteers are needed in the Hunger Prevention Center (17958 Dr. David Cline Lane, Dumfries, VA) for morning and afternoon shifts Monday through Friday to prep grocery bags and distribute groceries. All Hunger Prevention Center volunteers must complete and submit the online volunteer application prior to volunteering with ACTS.

Prince William Food Rescue Program (PWFR): PWFR is looking for Heroes to pick up food from supermarkets, restaurants, and food banks to deliver to those in need.  More info on PWFR may be found on their website.

Government COVID-19 Resources

Economy-Related Resources

Prince William County has provided this list as a set of resources and does not endorse any of these products.

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