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How the emergency ordinance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 affects local businesses

·         Cloth face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces and in all outdoor public spaces where 6’ of physical distancing is not able to be maintained.

·         Gatherings will be restricted to 50 persons, with limited exceptions.

·         Indoor occupancy in food establishments, wineries, breweries, and distilleries will be limited to 50% of Certificate of Occupancy (CO) occupancy load, with a 50 person limit for those businesses without a CO occupancy load.

·         For more information, visit

Albemarle County Lift Grant

Submit an inquiry form to be notified when the application opens.

Learn more about the program and applying by watching our webinar.

The Albemarle County Lift Grant will provide 100 grants to local small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are to be used for costs incurred due to the public health emergency, including ongoing expenses such as payroll, rent, insurance, or other operating expenses or adaptive costs such as the purchase of e-commerce equipment, website creation or upgrade to online sales.

Eligible businesses must be located in Albemarle County, have been established for two years, have at least two employees, be for-profit, have a current business license, and be current on March 1st business taxes. Self-employed, home-based businesses, banks and financial operations, non-locally owned and operated franchises, and vape, tobacco, gambling, sex-related industries and weapon manufacturers are ineligible for funding.

To learn more about the program, visit:

For questions about eligibility, please email

Project Rebound Blueprint Report

Project Rebound, a local economic recovery initiative for Charlottesville and Albemarle County, released “A Blueprint for Economic Resiliency and Reinvention in the Greater Charlottesville Region," a report that maps out recovery action steps for the business community.

The recommended actions are based on data from stakeholder meetings and follow-up interviews with more than 300 local participants who identified health & safety concerns, an uncertain business environment, and confusion over guidelines as some of the confidence barriers to economic recovery.

The Blueprint identifies six priority areas for immediate action to bolster confidence and boost the economy, while appropriately reflecting current public health realities:

(1) authoritative safety protocols

(2) trustworthy information sharing and ways to access resources

(3) facilitating access to testing

(4) working with government on emergency policies

(5) continued inclusive conversation

(6) a buy-local initiative.

Over the next several weeks, Project Rebound will convene further conversations to help determine next steps and bring attention to solutions already underway. Local organizations are invited to host a presentation and discussion of the Blueprint. Those interested should contact or call the Chamber at 434.295.3141.

Ready to increase your online business activity? Attend one of our virtual Boost My Biz Online BootCamps and get started. We've partnered with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center to offer a series of free online workshops designed to assist businesses with enhancing their online presence by introducing a variety of marketing and e-Commerce techniques:


Boost My Biz Online: eCommerce and Website Upgrades

This 45 minute workshop is followed by 45 minute individual sessions with the instructor to work on your specific business needs. These hour-long sessions are scheduled in advance from 10 to 4.

Thursday, July 30 from 9 - 9:45 am



For additional training events offered by CVSBDC, visit their events page.

Tell Us How COVID-19 Has Impacted Your Business

Complete this form and share your business’ COVID-19 experience so that we can help to better prepare our community for recovery.

ABC Licensing for Temporary Outdoor Areas

Phase 1 of the Forward Virginia Plan allows dine-in customers in outdoor spaces only. For restaurants that are current ABC Licensees interested in creating or expanding existing outdoor dining areas, the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control (VA ABC) has established a procedure for expedited review for ABC licensing. This process requires approval from the local government.

Albemarle County restaurants that are current ABC Licensees may apply for local approval of a temporary outdoor dining area with expedited review using this application form. The review criteria for approving the temporary outdoor dining area are streamlined and fees will be waived in order to expedite processing.

Business Resources


Rebuild! VA – Governor of Virginia - click here

VA30 – VA 30 Day Fund – click here

Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversityclick here

Virginia Small Business Development Centerclick here

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority – SWAM Business Microloan Fund – click here

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority – Small Business Jobs Fund – click here


Facebook – Small Business Grants Program – click here

FedEX - FedEx #SupportSmall Grants – click here

Freelancers Union – Freelancers Relief Fund – click here

Honeycomb Credit – Honeycomb Credit Relief Loan – click here

International Economic Development Council - Heroes Act – click here

J.P. Morgan Chaseclick here

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) – Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund – click here

National Restaurant Association – Restaurant Employee Relief Fund – click here

Opportunity Fundclick here

Salesforce – Salesforce Care Small Business Grants – click here

The James Beard Foundation – The Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund – click here

Truist – Small Business Grants – click here

U.S. Chamber Foundation – Emergency Loan Guide – click here

U.S. Economic Development Administration – EDA CARES Act Recovery – click here

U.S. Small Business Administration – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act – click here

U.S. Small Business Administration – Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance – click here

U.S. Small Business Administration – Paycheck Protection Program – click here

U.S. Small Business Administration – SBA Express Bridge Loans – click here

U.S. Small Business Administration – SBA Debt Relief – click here

USBG National Charity Foundation – Bartender Emergency Assistance Program – click here

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation – Pioneers





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