Covid-19 Resources


Gateway Region – We are in this together and will get through this together. Please take advantage of the resources compiled below and reach out to us about how we can help you and your business in these unprecedented times. We will continue to add to this page as announcements are made.


Latest from the Governor of Virginia

Executive Order 55 (Temporary Stay at Home Order) FAQ

Executive Order 53 FAQ


Virginia Department of Health

Virginia SBDC at Longwood University

SBDC Business Recovery Resources

From VEDP:

Personal Protective Equipment Donations Needed to Support Healthcare Providers Responding to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in dramatic increases in demand for critical medical supplies, in particular, personal protective equipment (PPE, such as N95 respirators or latex gloves). Due to this big increase in demand plus supply constraints of producers of those products, our hospitals in Virginia are facing the prospect of shortages that could impact healthcare delivery. VEDP is reaching out to Virginia employers who may be able to donate and/or retool to produce these critically needed items. Top priorities at the present time are surgical masks, N95 respirators, disposable medical gowns, latex gloves, ventilators, face shields, and COVID-19 test strips / test kits. If you are aware of a company that may be able to contribute to Virginia’s COVID-19 response by donating (or retooling to produce, if applicable) one or more of these items, please let VGR know or connect them directly to Stacie Neal, Branch Chief of the Planning Division at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), who will coordinate logistics. Stacie can also be reached by phone at 804-219-6359 (mobile); please also copy private.sector@vdem.virginia.gov when emailing Stacie.

International Trade in a COVID-19 World Webinar Series

Career Resources

Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia Career Works
Virginia Workforce Connection

Layoff Aversion Mini-grants for Small Businesses-The Crater Regional Workforce Development Board (CRWDB)

Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) 15 has received funding to provide layoff aversion assistance to local small businesses during the COVID-19. The Governor authorized Rapid Response funding, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Layoff aversion strategies and activities are designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs. The CRWDB Region will offer mini grants, ranging from $2000 to $6000, to address COVID-19-related effects on small businesses and workers in the nine localities within Crater Region. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs to include, but not limited to, the purchase of software/programs that the employee would need to use from home to support their work and/or remote access supplies, including laptop computers and/or smart phones, which the employee would need to use from home to support their work.

For more information or if a business would like to obtain an application to apply for funds: email Sophenia H. Pierce, CRWDB Executive Director at: or call: 804-894-2529 (cell).

Employers Hiring Now

Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

VA SDSB COVID-19 Resources
Virginia Small Business Financing Authority 

Virginia Community Capital

VCC Bank Info

Virginia Tourism

VA Tourism COVID-19 Response

VA Tourism Business Resources

VA Tourism Brand Response

Local Resources

City of Colonial Heights

City of Colonial Heights alerts

Colonial Heights COVID- 19 Restaurant Guide

City of Hopewell

Corona virus updates

Hopewell COVID-19 Restaurant Guide

Support the Wonder City

City of Petersburg

The City has created a website dedicated to all COVID-19 updates. It can be accessed at the top of www.petersburgva.gov. The City is encouraging businesses to inform them if they plan on closing or reducing hours and if they plan delivery or take-out option for residents. Contact City Manager with any updates for the page.

Petersburg COVID- 19 Restaurant Guide

Chesterfield County

Economic Development

Dinwiddie County


Dinwiddie COVID- 19 Restaurant Guide

Prince George County

News and Closures

Prince George COVID- 19 Restaurant Guide

Surry County

Civic Alerts

Sussex County

Declaration of Emergency

Higher Education

Community College Workforce Alliance

CCWA Website

John Tyler Community College


Richard Bland College

Info Center

Virginia State University


Federal Resources

Small Business Administration

SBA COVID-19 Resources

SBA Small Business Size Standards

U.S. Economic Development Administration

U.S. EDA Home Page

Private Sector/Miscellaneous Resources

Dominion Power

Free Software for Business and Schools

State-by-State Business Closures and Mandates

For Government

Free Software




Richmond Culture Works

Helpful Documents

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act