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We know that the pandemic that has hit the nation has created concern for our economy here in Buena Vista and across the nation. We are here to help and happy to connect you to the appropriate point of contact at relevant agencies. We are confident the collaborative spirit among our region, businesses, educational institutions, and community partners is the foundation to endure the current challenging times and build a positive economic future for Buena Vista.

Navigate the links below for more information on the topics most relevant to you.

 

Business Resources

Connect with local, state, and national resources available for large and small businesses and non-profits.

Emergency Grant & Loan Programs

Navigate through the multitude of resources available specific to providing emergency aid.

Employee Resources

Explore the resources available to you as an employer.

Digital & Promotional Resources

Learn tips and tricks for navigating your increased online presence.

Hospitality, Travel, & Tourism Resource

Find resources made available specifically for travel, hospitality and the tourism industry.

Local and Regional Resources and Programs
State And National Resources and Programs
  • New! Rebuild VA Small Business & Nonprofit Assistance Program - The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds.
  • New! HartBeat of Main Street Small Business Grant Program -  Funds solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business Administration as minority, woman, veteran, disabled, and/or LGBTQ-owned
  • New! Lowe's - LISC Covid Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund - MUST be submitted by MONDAY, AUGUST 3rd ,11:59 p.m. EST. Thanks to a $55 million significant commitment grant from Lowe’s partnering with LISC, small businesses can apply for emergency grant assistance desperately needed to stay afloat. 
  • Small Business & Supplier Diversity  - range of loan and grant programs 
  • USDA Rural Development - The Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the Coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Small Business Administration  - Includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief
  • Staunton Creative Community Fund - COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loan Fund available to anyone in the Shenandoah Valley. You can access up to $5,000 at 0% interest. 
  • Historic Sites Emergency Grant
    • Funds are provided by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to historic sites or organizations who run historic sites (including, but not limited to, museums, historic societies, historic homes, and battlefield groups) in the greater Shenandoah Valley region.
  • Just Transition Fund Rapid Response Grant Fund 
  • Virginia 30 Day Fund

Virginia Tourism Corporation - Industry website

Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association

Restaurant Owner.com 

Tourism Initiatives: Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge Regional Tourism is introducing a marketing initiative to help instill confidence in prospective travelers. In partnership with regional and jurisdictional organizations, we encourage hospitality businesses to participate in the PACT – Protecting All Citizens and Travelers.  Those that join this initiative will receive a branded promotional toolkit (digital and physical), as well as online marketing. The program is completely free for businesses and is super quick and easy to join! See here for more information: https://lexingtonvirginia.com/articles/pact-partners.

VATC Resources for Tourism Businesses