COVID-19 Business Resources

Government Resources

Small Business Administration:

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

  • Low interest, long term Economic Injury Disaster Loans for up to $2 million: The first payment is deferred for 12 months. The application has been simplified and can be completed 100% online through the improved web portal at www.sba.gov/disaster.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance for up to $10,000 based on number of employees: The form to apply is part of the economic injury disaster loan application. If approved, these funds can be used for payroll and other operating expenses and will be forgiven.

Paycheck Protection Program

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
  • SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
  • The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
Who Can Apply
  • This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
  • Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.
  • Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. This means each store location could be eligible.
How to Apply
  • You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union,  and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
  • Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020.
Loan Details and Forgiveness
  • The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
  • Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.  Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
  • This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%.
  • If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a sample form to see the information that will be requested from you. 

Additional information on the recently passed CARES Act can be downloaded below:

Training Opportunities for WV Small Businesses: Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center will host trainings on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, and the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Due to the high volume of COVID-19 loan relief questions our office is receiving, we recommend you attend any of the below sessions to learn more before calling.

Training schedule

  • Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Training log on information

  • Meeting Link:(copy the link and paste into your browser)

https://zoom.us/j/498988675?pwd=a2ZocTRLd0pjaHF6TWtoKzZrSmJ0Zz09

More information

  • Registration is not required however sessions are limited to the first 300 participants.
  • If the session is full please join a session at another time.
  • If you have trouble accessing the trainings or website, copy the links and paste them into your browser.
  • You may also contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Center at  800-659-2955 or via email at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, if you have a question regarding your EIDL application. 

To stay informed go to: https://www.sba.gov/updates and sign up for their newsletter.

State of WV
West Virginia Tax Department COVID-19 Response Page

The filing deadline for personal income taxes and corporation net income taxes in West Virginia has been extended to July 15. For information about the virus’ impact on deadlines, sales tax remittance and other issues, click here.

Keep up to date on the latest updates from our state office.  https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

The WV Small Business Development Center is also working to lessen the impact on WV businesses, and has put together this resource for businesses.  https://americassbdc.org/coronavirus-information/

Funding Resources

The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses. Learn more.

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program. Learn more.

Truist Commits $2 Million to Support Small Businesses Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Learn more.

JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses. Learn more.

Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date. Learn more.

The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Learn more.

MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown. Learn more.


Other Resources

CO.STARTERS Recovery Guide: This is an amazing group of resources from our training partner, Co.Starters.

COVID-19 Main Street Resources: Guidance resources for your community.