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This resource page will be updated daily with current information and relevant programming to keep up with the changing business environment. Resources are free unless otherwise noted.

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Programs

SVA COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Coffee Breaks (SVA Members Only)

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. 
Grab your morning beverage for this casual check-in and share what’s going on in your world. Sign up here!

EdTech Weekly Check-In (SVA Members Only)

Thursdays, 9:30-10 a.m.
Hang out with other EdTech founders/team members to check-in on how things are going with the shift in education right now. Contact Sonia (somalley@startupvirginia.org) to be added to the calendar invite, or join the Google Hangout here.

Sales Roundtable (SVA Members Only)

Join us and check-in on our once a month Sales Roundtable just for SVA members. 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Lighthouse Labs Fall Cohort

Registration Open: May 15 - June 14; Program Date: August 24 - November 13
Lighthouse Labs in collaboration with the Health Innovation Consortium (HIC) is offering two tracks for our Fall Cohort. Our focus will be industry agnostic and health-focused companies that are bringing solutions and innovation to their industries. Learn more and register here.

DEIC Accelerate (Dominion Energy Innovation Center)

Applications due June 5; Program runs Sept. 14 – Nov. 20.
DEIC Accelerate is a new platform to connect Virginia’s energy and sustainability startups with their next major customers and investors. Over a 10-week accelerator program launching this fall, cohort companies receive intensive mentorship and insight into the procurement experience from our network partners. Our partner network, led by Dominion Energy, includes a wide variety of corporations, institutions, and local governments that are looking to grow a more sustainable economy. Learn more and apply here.

757 Accelerate

Applications due June 19; Program runs Aug. 24 – Nov. 20.
757 Accelerate applications are open for their Fall Cohort! Don’t miss your chance to receive:

  • Capital - $20,000 non-dilutive capital
  • Connections - 150+ mentors and customers
  • 5 Demo Days - Access 45+ early-stage investors

Apply here.

Upcoming Webinars

Friday, June 5, 11 a.m. – Legislative Update: The Week in Review (with Dominion Payroll)
Register here.

Friday, June 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Programming for Non-Programmers – The Basics (with General Assembly)
Are you a creative or entrepreneur that wishes you could speak tech with your web development team? Maybe you wish you could code a bit yourself? Programming for Non-Programmers is a workshop designed to help non-programmers communicate more efficiently with developers or to help aspiring developers get started.
Register here.

Monday, June 8, 12-1 p.m. – Building a Better Business: Opportunities & Options in the New Reality (with RVATech)
Featuring Scot McRoberts, VA Council of CEOs and Susie Fife, CEO of Red Orange Studio.
Register here.

Tuesday, June 16, 12 p.m. – Find Customers and Grow Sales For Your Disruptive Brand (with Entrepreneur)
We'll sit down with Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of flavored-water company Hint, as she discusses how her company's culture of communication, attention to detail and all-hands-on-deck mentality has helped it survive and thrive during the crisis. Key Takeaways:
- Communicate with your customers to build relationships and loyalty
- How to make your product easy and simple to buy for every customer
- The benefits of having a US-based supply chain
- The future of consumer buying habits
Register here.

Funding Assistance

Paycheck Protection Program (CARES Act)

The Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA loan designed to help small businesses keep employees on the payroll. Independent contractors, partnerships and self-employed are also eligible. These loans are subject to 100% loan forgiveness if certain requirements are met. Apply through local SBA lenders and participating FDIC banks and credit unions.

  • REVIEW PPP PROGRAM DETAILS HERE. (By EDGE Business Planning; updated 4/13)
  • READ THE SBA AFFILIATION RULES FOR THE PPP HERE.
  • READ REQUIREMENTS FOR SELF-EMPLOYED/PARTNERSHIPS HERE. (New Guidance 4/15)
  • ACCESS THE LATEST PPP APPLICATION HERE. (Note: The bank where you apply will require additional financial/tax documentation)
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
  • Download a Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist here. (By U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  • Download guidance on calculating PPP Loan Forgiveness here. (By Fahrenheit Advisors)
  • Download a Federal Stimulus Summary for Small Business Owners here. (By EDGe Business Planning)

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) & Emergency Grants

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are intended to provide support to small businesses affected by COVID-19. These loans do not replace lost sales/revenue and must be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other operating expenses. You may submit an application here.

As part of the EIDL application, an applicant can request an Emergency Grant advance of up to $10,000, disbursed to each company at $1,000 per company employee up to a maximum of $10,000. The advance does not need to be repaid, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, pay sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.

PPP + EIDL Grant/Loan: If you receive a PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan, use of PPP funds must be different than the EIDL to qualify for PPP loan forgiveness. For example, you can't use EIDL and PPP money to pay for May payroll expenses. PPP should be used for payroll and EIDL used for other operating expenses.

At this time, only U.S. agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For details on the SBA EIDL programs:

RVA Small Business Relief Fund

ChamberRVA and Facebook have announced the creation of an RVA Small Business Relief Fund, a new program intended to provide immediate grants to qualifying small businesses in the region impacted by COVID-19. The Relief Fund is open to all qualifying applicants; applicants do not need to be Chamber members to apply. Applications for Round One of grants will open Wednesday, May 13 at 9 a.m. and close Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. All applicants will be informed of a decision by Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Learn more here.

Salesforce Care Small Business Grants

Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Virginia businesses can apply now – the application closes on May 1 at 2:59 a.m. EST. To be eligible to apply, companies must:

  • Be a for-profit company
  • Have between 2 to 50 employees
  • Have been in business for 2 full years as of March 2020
  • Have an annual revenue between $250k and $2M
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements as stated in the Grant Program Terms linked here.

Learn more and apply here.

Virginia 30 Day Fund

The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding.

The Virginia 30 Day Fund is designed to be quick, easy, and free of red tape, as small business owners work to keep employees on board in the near term. All we ask in return: if you can, pay it forward.

Virginia businesses that qualify for assistance from the Fund are:

  • Small businesses that employ 3 to 30 people;
  • Based in Virginia and have been operating for at least one year; and
  • Owned and operated by a Virginia resident.

Learn more and apply here.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where the company operates. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a for-profit company
  • 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 (View list of eligible zip codes here.)

Review the grant application guide and sign up for more info and notification of when the application is available.

City of Richmond Small Business Disaster Loan

The City of Richmond Small Business Disaster Loan program is offering interest-free loans of up to $20,000. Learn more here.

Your Complete Guide to Emergency Funding: Everything Female Founders Need to Know (The Helm)

Summary of emergency funding options nationwide, specifically targeted at female founders. Check it out here.

Resources for Entrepreneurs and Gig Workers by StitchCrew Accelerator

The spreadsheet includes funding/grant/loan resources, online tools, data/research, and more. Check out the list here.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) is using an investment from Verizon to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19 –especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities. Visit this page for more information.

The Red Backpack Fund (for Female Entrepreneurs)

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. Each month, we will accept additional applications. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3. Learn more and sign up for notifications.

Financial Resources

SUGGESTED MENTORS (Available to SVA Members Only):

Portrait of Eric GlymphEric Glymph - Available to provide guidance for financial business planning during these uncertain times, as well as information on the latest government programs and incentives for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. He’s holding daily mentor office hours and/or can be messaged through Union.

jeff distanlo headshotJeff DiStanlo - Available to provide guidance on cash flow management and related financial modeling. Contact him via Union for guidance, or email Noelle (njames@startupvirginia.org) to be connected directly.

Sandbox - If you're interested in setting up a virtual mentoring session with a member of the Sandbox team (Liz Doerr, Mike Page & Jill Lemon) to navigate financial options, email Noelle (njames@startupvirginia.org).

Fahrenheit AdvisorsFehrenheit Advisors logo - The Fahrenheit team is available to provide guidance on financial and HR matters, as well as the federal stimulus programs. If you're interested in setting up a virtual mentoring session with them, email Noelle (njames@startupvirginia.org). Visit their blog for additional resources.

Startup Virginia Webinar – PPP/EIDL Updates: What We Know So Far

Webinar date: May 20, 2020 (FOR NEW UPDATES: VISIT Financial EDGe Blog). Have you received a PPP loan and/or EIDL grant/loan? Eric Glymph, SVA mentor and owner of EDGe Business Planning, digs into what we know so far from the SBA on PPP loan forgiveness and EIDL loans, including the PPP loan forgiveness application released on Friday 5/15. View the webinar recording. Pass: 9Q*x0e.7

Startup Virginia Webinar – New Federal Programs: What Startups Need To Know to Address Cash Flow Concerns

Webinar date: April 2, 2020 (FOR NEW UPDATES: VISIT Financial EDGe Blog). SVA Mentor, Eric Glymph (EDGe Business Planning), discusses the federal stimulus programs most relevant to startups, how these programs work practically, and what can help with immediate vs future cash flow needs. Eric breaks down:

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans + CARES Act
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • CARES Act Payroll and federal tax credits

View the webinar recording (start at 7:45). Download the slides.

Amazon Web Services – Business Session: Startup Strategies During Uncertain Times

Former founders on the AWS Startups team shared strategies/tactics for managing unexpected developments, including cash preservation tips, fundraising advice, and internal employee communications. Download the slides.

Amazon Web Services – Technical Session: How to Optimize Cloud Spend to Extend Your Runway

(This session is designed for CTOs, Data Scientists, Dev Ops, and Engineers) AWS Startup Solutions Architects discuss how startups can manage their cloud infrastructure, through the lens of minimizing cost and scale in changing economic environments. View the webinar recording. Download the slides.

Sandbox: Letter + COVID-19 Survival Kit (Liz Doerr, Mike Page & Jill Lemon)

Sandbox’s research, best practices and other insights from working with 30+ local and national startups, including HR policies, expense cutting ideas, non-dilutive financing resources, etc. Read the letter (PDF with links to resources).

Keiter: Federal and Virginia Tax Updates in Response to Coronavirus

Keiter CPA’s COVID-19 Business Resources Library provides info on the latest business and individual tax law changes. Check it out here.

P&L Spreadsheet for Financial Forecasting (JRINK Founder):

This P&L modeling template was created by founder, Shizu Okusa (JRINK) to help entrepreneurs with financial forecasting. The spreadsheet helps answer 3 critical questions:
1. When will I run out of money?
2. How much do I need and by when?
3. What are my fixed costs that I can cut and/or delay so that cash can be retained?

Human Resources

SUGGESTED MENTORS (Available to SVA Members Only):

Michael Kuhn - Attorney who can provide guidance on the recent law changes affecting sick leave and FMLA. Contact him via Union for guidance, or email Noelle (njames@startupvirginia.org) to be connected directly.

Jill Lemon headshotJill Lemon - Co-founder of Sandbox who can provide guidance on navigating/interpreting all the HR/people implications that this pandemic is having on businesses and employees. Contact her via Union for guidance, or email Noelle (njames@startupvirginia.org) to be connected directly.

If you need mentor expertise on other HR issues, please contact Noelle (njames@startupvirginia.org) to get connected to the right mentor.

Leading through a Crisis Podcast w/ Fahrenheit Advisors - Leadership Lessons from serial entrepreneur Shawn Boyer (Snagajob & goHappy)

Recorded 4/12/20. To watch the interview, click here.

Covid HR Practices - What You Need to Know (by Sandbox)

Sandbox has put together a one-pager detailing pertinent HR and employee-related information and resource links. Download it here.

Dominion Payroll Resource Page

Dominion Payroll has a comprehensive resource page on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act and CARES Act. Visit the page. Highlights:

SUGGESTED MENTORS (Available to SVA Members Only):

Mike McCollum - SVA mentor for corporate and IP guidance

Buckley Warden - SVA mentor for general business and litigation guidance

CARES ACT: Will SBA Affiliation Rules Cause Startups and Portfolio Companies to be Ineligible for PPP and EIDL Loans, and is Relief on the Way?

By Williams Mullen | Given the very favorable terms of the EIDL program and the PPP program, they will be attractive to many startups and portfolio companies of venture and private equity funds. However, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) broad affiliation rules could make many of those companies ineligible to participate unless the affiliation rules are relaxed. Read more here.

Williams Mullen COVID-19 Legal Resources

For a list of legal updates and to sign up for COVID-19 legal news alerts, visit their resource page.

Woods Rogers: COVID-19 Legal Updates

Woods Rogers has created a COVID-19 resource page with legal updates and links to important resources. Visit the blog.

Remote Working

SUGGESTED MENTOR (Available to SVA Members Only):

Andrea Gouletandrea-goulet headshot - Founder of Corgibytes who can provide guidance on strategies around managing a tech team remotely. Contact her via Union for guidance, or email Noelle (njames@startupvirginia.org) to be connected directly.

Startup Virginia Webinar: How to Thrive When Working Remotely

Shifting to a new working model can be taxing, both mentally and emotionally. Dennis Bowne, a Principal with CapTech Consulting, discusses ways to not just work from home, but to thrive individually and as a team in this new normal. He shares practical techniques to make your environment and your company more effective and productive during this disruption. View the webinar recording. Pass: 1f=8=94d

Guidance from CapTech on Working Remotely

Hubspot – Remote Work: Tools & Resources for Startups and Entrepreneurs

No matter how tech-savvy your startup may be, moving your team from in-person to virtual may still be leaving you uneasy. But if there’s a group that is resilient and adaptable, it’s startups. And guess what? You may find that remote work is your company’s untapped superpower. Get tips and tricks you can implement today for your startup to thrive remotely. Check out the toolkit.

LinkedIn Learning Courses for Working Remotely

Optimize working remotely, whether you’re new to remote work or not, and whether you’re leading a team or part of a team involving distributed team members. Discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments. Visit the course page.

Growing Through Challenges While Remote

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce partners with The KeePressingOn Project discuss ways teams can effectively work together while working remotely, not surviving while remotely operating your business, but thriving. To view the webinar recording, click here. Note: You will be asked to register. There are 7 1/2 minutes of silence at the beginning of the recording, so fast forward to that point.

Marketing Resources

Free Marketing Templates by Mortensen Designs

Created by SVA mentor Olivia Mortensen, these professionally-designed small business marketing templates are fully customizable to match your company’s brand. What’s Inside?

  • 3 Social Media Templates
  • 2 One Pager Templates
  • 1 Pitch Deck Template

Download them here.

Hubspot – New Resources for Startups

Hubspot has created a brand new kit of tools, resources and education series designed to help businesses adapt their strategy for today’s unique situation and tomorrow’s new economy. Check out some of our favorites:

HubSpot – Adapt 2020: An Education Series

As we’ve heard from so many of you, the global health and economic crisis has upended businesses across every industry. We hope you'll join us as we work together to find new strategies, opportunities for connection, and paths for conversion. In the coming months - through weekly installments - we’ll be focusing on the shifts you need to make to build a marketing strategy for today’s unique situation and tomorrow’s new economy. Learn more and sign up for weekly emails here.

Richmond Times-Dispatch Initiatives

  • RTD has created a new "Buy Local" platform that will allow RTD customers to buy gift cards to keep their favorite local businesses afloat during this difficult time. It’s free to join, just fill out this form.
  • Richmond Connect: RTD will allow businesses to stream its Facebook Live (80,000 followers) and share whatever they want (How-To videos, etc.). The emails captured from the streaming will then be shared with the business to help generate potential revenue. RTD will create private events that require an email address in order to view the live stream. Email or call Joshua Garrett at RTD for pricing information: jgarrett@timesdispatch.com, 804-840-3491.

General Resources

Anti-Racist Resource Guide for the Tech & VC Community

This resource list was compiled by Female Founders Fund for the tech & VC community with the intention of deepening anti-racism knowledge and to share ways we can participate in creating change. View the guide.

Webinar: Opening & Operating: Best Practices (with Dominion Payroll)

So your state is reopening...What does this mean for your business? We share practical ways for your business to safely, sanely, and effectively transition your workforce back to the workplace covering: CDC guidelines, HR best practices, scenario planning, and more! Featuring: Lesley Bruno, Dominion Payroll; and Mark Smith, Midas. View the webinar recording.

ForwardRVA Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Starter Toolkits

Richmond region business, community, and governmental leaders have come together to form ForwardRVA, a coalition focused on creating an innovative reopening and planning framework. To assist businesses in a responsible reopening, ForwardRVA will provide free Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) starter toolkits for RVA’s small, local, retail, and restaurant businesses with 25 or fewer employees that have remained open or are planning a future reopening. The toolkits include face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, “We’re Open” signage, and important safety information.

The toolkits will be available for pickup at several locations throughout the region on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Small business owners must register in advance for the toolkits and select their pickup location at forwardrva.com.

Startup Virginia Webinar: Finding Your Value Proposition in Times of Disruption

Dan Morrison with Joe Smith shares how to leverage the value proposition framework to better understand what your customers want in a changing, dynamic environment. Customers are loyal to brands that provide them value and help them achieve their goal. But what do you do when the market is disrupted? Understanding the new value your customers seek will see you through disruptions like COVID-19, and can help you avoid a sustained loss in sales. View the webinar recording. Pass: 3A!*5r@O

Fahrenheit Advisors Video Series: How to Move Our Brains to the Silver Lining in Uncertain Times

ChamberRVA Coronavirus Resource Page

Visit the website.

Envoy Portfolio: Us vs. Coronavirus

During this unprecedented time, the fields of healthcare, behavioral economics, and communication arts must weld together to win this pandemic war. To that end, Envoy Portfolio, along with speakers and partner subject matter experts, are providing the following practical tools for leaders. Topics include:
- Let Natural Crisis Leaders Rise
- 80 Seconds: How to Think About Strategy Overhaul
- Diversity & Inclusion as an Asset During Crisis
- 4 Quick Tips for Communicating in Times of Uncertainty
Watch the videos.

Facebook Business Resource Hub

Facebook for Business recently launched a resource page full of information and courses to help you manage through and build resilience during the outbreak. Visit the resource hub.

Fahrenheit Advisors Insights

Resource page with articles and webinars to help businesses navigate the changing and challenging times related to the COVID-19 virus. Visit the blog.

Prospecting in the Days of Social Distancing (with Sandler Training)

This webinar recording focused on the necessary behaviors, attitudes, and techniques to turn the challenges we are facing today into opportunities for sustainability and growth. Download the slides. Download Sandler Research Center's Market View research.

Resources for Entrepreneurs and Gig Workers by StitchCrew Accelerator

The spreadsheet includes funding/grant/loan resources, online tools, data/research, and more. Check out the list here.

RVATech COVID-19 Resources

Check out the list of resources here.

Virginia Laws/Executive Orders Re: Covid-19 (As of March 23, 2020)

A summary of how the Covid-19 laws enacted on March 23 will affect Virginia businesses, either directly or indirectly. View the PDF.

Webinar: How to Market & Sell When It's Not 'Business as Usual' (Northern Virginia Technology Council)

Businesses are constantly adapting to change, but what do you do when it comes suddenly in the form of a global health and economic disruption? Your business can’t afford to come to a grinding halt, but it also can’t operate as usual. This webinar presents, through a marketing and sales lens, how to stay engaged with customers and drive growth, particularly in the face of global uncertainty.

The discussion touches on:

  • The role of sales & marketing in the continuity of business operations
  • Concrete steps your organization can implement today to pivot your customer engagement strategies
  • The dos and don’ts of marketing and PR in times of crisis

Watch the webinar here.

Articles

COVID-19 Legislation: 6 Most Asked Questions (by Dominion Payroll)

Read the blog post here.

How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act by Steve Bank

Posted: April 1, 2020
We’re in uncharted territory with the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s increasingly looking grim. // Companies that outlast this crisis will have CEOs who can rapidly assess these new circumstances, recognize new patterns and opportunities, and act with urgency to take immediate action to pivot and restructure their companies. Those that don’t may not survive. // So here’s a five-day playbook to help CEOs of cash-flow negative startups, or ones about to go negative, assess the new normal and respond with speed and urgency. Read the blog post.

COVID-19: Implications for business

McKinsey & Company, Category: Analysis, Posted: March 25, 2020 (Updated regularly)
This article is intended to provide business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their companies. Read the article.

The Elements of Value

Harward Business Review, Category: Sales & Marketing
It’s more important than ever to demonstrate that your company, and you as an employee, can provide value to customers. Here are all of the ways you can tangibly provide value. Read the article.

Volunteer Opportunities

#Kindnessgram (by Naborforce)

In this trying time, the kindness of community becomes even more important. Let’s take this opportunity to spread kindness from neighbor to neighbor throughout the community – and throughout the world! With the #kindnessgram, it's easy to let those who may need your support know that you are there for them. Simply enter your email address, look for the email with the link, print it out (two to a page), copy and start spreading kindness! Learn more here.

Hatch Helps

Hatch Kitchen RVA has a commercial-grade kitchen and wants to put it to work for the community. Hatch is taking cash donations and turning them into hearty vegetarian meals. Those meals can be purchased for yourself OR donated to help others that need a little help during these times. Learn more and donate here.

Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund

The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund is a coordinated campaign to provide rapid support for local organizations and nonprofits helping those most affected by the pandemic. Launched with contributions from 18 regional foundations and businesses, and created as a partnership between the Community Foundation and the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia, the fund can be nimble and will complement other resources at the national, state and local levels.

The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund has raised $4.1 million to date. With the impact of COVID-19 likely stretching out for weeks and months, the need for action has just begun. They are seeking donations of money, in-kind materials, and/or volunteer hours from individuals or businesses who can contribute. Learn more here.

RPS Food Distribution

Richmond Public Schools has identified 10 school-based food distribution centers that will provide students and families with meals Monday through Friday. For details on how to sign up for on-site Food Distribution opportunities, click here.