Loudoun Commits $1.15M to COVID-19 Small Business Fund
The COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund will open for applications at noon on April 29, 2020, and remain open for 72 hours, closing at noon on May 2, 2020. Grant to be divided so that 60 applicants with 3-50 employees will receive a $7,500 grant, and 55 applicants with 51-100 employees will receive a $10,000 grant.
Apply at: https://biz.loudoun.gov/2020/04/22/loudoun-covid19-business-fund/
Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown Agricultural Grant
The COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund will open for applications at noon on April 29, 2020, and remain open for 72 hours, closing at noon on May 2, 2020. The Board of Supervisors has made an additional $150,000 fund available to help Loudoun’s agriculture-based businesses. $150,000 grant to be divided so that 30 applicants with 0-2 employees who are current “Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown” members will receive a $5,000 grant.
Facebook Opens Small Business Fund to Ashburn/Loudoun Area Businesses
Facebook recently announced the launch of a $100 million Small Business Grants Program. Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries are able to receive the grant, including businesses in Loudoun County. To be eligible to apply, your business must: Have between 2 and 50 employees, Have been in business for over a year, Have experienced challenges from COVID-19, Be in or near a location where Facebook operates.
Old Stone School Preservation Trust
Has raised $15,000 so far and is offering grants for up to $500 per person for tier 1–meaning living 10 miles or closer from Hillsboro and $250 for other local areas outside of the 10-mile radius; must be a loudoun resident.
Apply at: https://www.hillsboropreservation.org/
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Replenishing Funding
Congressional Leaders and the Administration have struck an agreement to replenish funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established under the CARES Act as well as provide additional funding for Coronavirus testing and hospitals. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday during a pro forma session. The House will likely need to have a quorum (more than half of all members) present to pass the legislation via voice vote, which could happen as early as today.
The negotiated package is expected to provide more than $480 billion in additional funding to assist both small business owners and health care providers and includes:
More than $300 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which ran out of money last week;
$60 billion set aside for small financial institutions
$30 billion for institutions with assets less than $10 billion
$30 billion for institutions with assets between $10 and $50 billion
$60 billion for the Small Business Administration’s disaster (EIDL) relief fund;
$75 billion for hospitals; and
$25 billion for additional coronavirus testing and contact testing.
Visit Loudoun Relief Fund
The Visit Loudoun Foundation launched the Loudoun Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund and asks businesses and individuals contribute in support of Loudoun’s tourism industry professionals impacted by shutdowns and furloughs as a result of COVID-19. Working in tandem with the Community Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, the Loudoun Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund will provide grants to charitable organizations that provide direct financial support for individuals who are working in—or have immediately formerly worked in Loudoun tourism and hospitality businesses facing hardship.
Learn More: https://www.visitloudoun.org/relief-fund/
IF YOU ARE A: Small Business that meets SBA size standards (generally any businesses that has 500 or less employees, including tribe-owned businesses)
● Paycheck Protection Program (Business Interruption Loans)
● SBA Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loans
● SBA Express Loans
● Relief on Existing SBA Loans
● Exchange Stabilization Fund
● Employee Retention Tax Credit
IF YOU ARE A: Self-employed individual
● Paycheck Protection Program (Business Interruption Loans)
● SBA Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loans
As we all know, ‘small businesses’ in many of these grants hasn’t included our lodging or partners to any significant degree.
What to do?
CONTACT your (Federal) Senator and Representative. Tell them your story – you are their constituent. Your communication does not have to be lengthy – just be specific about how your business has suffered due to the Coronavirus /the government orders in your area/cancellations/etc. Briefly address your employees (none, just you, a few part time …) and note the urgency to continue meeting your overhead costs (this is the most significant item for most properties), and any other relevant facts.
Find Available Jobs With Loudoun’s New Career Portal
The portal pulls in and de-duplicates listings from more than 10,000 public job boards, providing the comprehensive tool for finding a job in Loudoun County.
Search Listings at: https://biz.loudoun.gov/loudounjobs/
WEBINARS & TOOLKITS
US Chamber of Commerce
US Chamber of Commerce has done a great job combining all the national resources into one place and giving other ideas on how to keep functioning and planning in a hugely uncertain environment. Given how fluid this entire situation is, this is a hugely useful resource.
Visit Loudoun COVID-19 Partner Toolkit
Visit Loudoun has loads of great information on their website and in their toolkit. Check back frequently as they collect more information over time.Get updates from Beth Erickson, Visit Loudoun President & CEO. Join in on the weekly Visit Loudoun’s Webinars or watch the webinar recordings. Locate CARES Act Resources. Participate in Visit Loudoun’s Marketing Opportunities.
AHLA COVID-19 Government Affairs Weekly Updates
Presented by AHLA Government Affairs Team
Join Chip Rogers, Brian Crawford and the AHLA government affairs team for the latest legislative updates, including implementation of the CARES Act, the necessary corrections and enhancements needed for the lodging sector, and what we know about accessing resources available to the industry.
TODAY… Thursday, April 23
Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vlxqZCCQQhqzudF3xUbVyA
COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Trends
Presented by AHLA Allied Member Kalibri Labs
Join Kalibri Labs for an overview of relevant data sources to help quantify the impact hotels are facing due to COVID-19. In addition to recent trends, we will also be discussing various recovery scenarios for different traveler types and markets.
Friday, April 24
Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7ZNwLz0SSDiado3NGO7quA
An American Express Webinar:
COVID-19 and the Global Economy
Presented by AHLA Platinum Partner American Express
During this uncertain time, American Express is committed to helping businesses like yours stay informed as you navigate and plan for the future. This webinar will address business challenges and key learnings from around the globe: Gauge the effect of COVID-19 on the global economy, Examine supply chain implications, Explore how countries are beginning to stabilize
Tuesday, April 28
Register Here: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=bannerimpacts&eventid=2249204&sessionid=1&key=E936E10E42E9B222EF0C5A265A74A580®Tag=&sourcepage=registerRead More
Leesburg, Va., December 23, 2019 – The Loudoun Bed & Breakfast Guild, a local association of distinguished member properties and associated partners, is honored to present a $500 donation to the Loudoun Hunger Relief this holiday season. The donation was presented on Tuesday December 16, 2019 at the Loudoun Hunger Relief offices by Ellen Goldberg, President of the Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild to Jennifer Montgomery, Executive Director of Loudoun Hunger Relief (See Picture Below).
The Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) notes on their website that “through the help of others, we have never turned away a hungry family. $.96 of every dollar we receive goes directly to program services. You invest in your community and neighbors through LHR.”
“Donating money, food or grocery cards is one of the critical things the community can do for the hungry in Loudoun County,” said Ellen Goldberg. She continued, “The Guild thought that feeding those in need is a wonderful easy to help others — especially at this time of year.”
About Loudoun Hunger Relief
Loudoun Hunger Relief, Loudoun’s leader in food assistance, has been serving the Loudoun community since 1991. Last year, LHR served 8,000 Loudoun residents. 40% of those served are children and another 13% are senior citizens. LHR truly helps low-income, working families in Loudoun, with 68% of those served employed and another 15% actively seeking employment. Residents in need can visit twice per month and receive enough food to create three meals for three days for each household member. LHR distributed 1.4 million pounds of food last year. For more information, please visit www.loudounhunger.org or call 703-777-5911.
About Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild
The Loudoun County Bed and Breakfast Guild is a registered 501(c)(6) non-profit business association founded in April 2004. Its members are a diverse collection of independent, boutique properties ranging from historic homes, stately mansions and modern resort-like estates to full-service inns, classic B&Bs, and vacation rentals — all in Northern Virginia, just 25 miles outside Washington D.C.
The Guild’s associate partners specializes in western Loudoun tourist activities. They include destination farm-to-table restaurants; locally crafted beverages; historic, scenic and cultural sites; tour partners; and many service providers such as wedding and event planners, caterers, florists, and transportation providers.For more information, visit www.loudounbandb.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @loudounbandb.Read More
One of the best things about visiting Northern Virginia is it feels like you could spend days visiting all the wineries, and still find more that you haven’t visited yet. Loudoun County alone boasts 44 of the 280 wineries in Virginia (16%) as of 2017, more than any other county in the Commonwealth. The wineries are embraced by visitors and locals alike, with more wineries planned in the coming years. If that isn’t reason enough to visit Loudoun County’s vineyards, here are more reasons to make your way here:
1. Enjoy the Country Vistas and Open Spaces
Loudoun County is nestled at the top of Virginia, surrounded by the Potomac River to the northwest and is surrounded by showcasing the Loudoun Valley which lies between the Catoctin and Bull Run Mountains to the east and also the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. The area is often hilly with some great vineyards like Bluemont making full use of these views.
In addition, Western Loudoun also has a rich farming heritage leaving much of the land undeveloped and giving visitors a chance to see gorgeous country scenes, and plenty of land to explore. Despite being rural and quiet, Loudoun County is very accessible thanks to the Dulles International Airport, and routes in and out of the county like the Dulles Greenway and historic Route 15.
2. Visit Our Historic Sites
Loudoun County’s wineries are surrounded by history, thanks to the county’s strategic location during the Civil War. For an outdoor adventure you can visit Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery. After that, you can visit one of our man historic homes including Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and Dodona Manor which was home to George C. Marshall of the Marshall plan.
3. Not Just Wineries
Though you might be visiting some of the best wineries in Loudoun County such as Fabbioli Cellars, Bluemont Vineyard, or Crushed Cellars you might also be interested in the many craft breweries we have. Make sure to take a look at Lost Rhino Brewery, Dragon Hops, and Crooked Run Brewing for some great atmosphere.
Alcohol not your style? Maybe some tea will suit your fancy.
4. Dine at our local farm to table restaurants
There is a lot of passion for farming in Loudoun and not just about the wine. Many restaurants are interested in sourcing local and sustainable ingredients for your dinner table. For instance, some of our favorite farm to table restaurants are The Restaurant at Potowmack Farm, Market Table Bistro, and Grandale Restaurant.
5. Stay at our Bed and Breakfasts hosted by locals that will guide your stay
Most importantly, we had to mention the hosts of our Bed & Breakfasts in Loudoun County that will be happy to help you plan your D.C. wine country journey by giving you the best, local advice while enjoying your stay. The experience can be anything from a beautiful historic home to your own private cottage in the beautiful rural landscape. There are bed & breakfasts with pools, with wedding & event sites, and of course cozy rooms with breakfast!
Check out our Bed & Breakfast members here to learn more about staying in Loudoun County in style!