Business Resources
We understand that you're facing great uncertainty right now. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and working to compile several resources that can help you, our local business owners and operators, navigate through this challenging time.

 County Government CARES Grant

This grant is one‐time financial assistance given to eligible for‐profit small businesses in amounts not to exceed $3,000. Grants will be committed and funded on a first‐come, first‐served basis, based upon availability of funds and submission of a complete application, with supporting documentation that clearly justifies how requested funds are related to recovery and/or reopening costs from the COVID‐19 emergency.

The non-profit 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.

 County Government

Open for Business

See the alphabetical listing of a few of the York County businesses that are open. There are many more being added so please check back often. If you are open and doing business and would like to be listed here, please email us.

2_Choose York County  Business-Related Disaster Relief Resources

  1. Re-Opening Planning
  2. Business Tools
  3. Virginia Resources
  4. National Resources

Forward Virginia: Phase Three

outlines easing of business restrictions beginning Wednesday July 1st. View Executive Order 67  and Phase Three Guidelines for all Business Sectors for full details.

757 COVID-19 Business Recovery Forum  757 Recovery Leaders have provided insights to the Federal CARES Act impact on local businesses and the community. View survey results for Wave 2 and Wave 1.

Hampton Roads SBDC & Raymond A Mason School of Business

offering 10 hours of free counseling services

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC)

  Reopening a building? Guidance for flushing the building’s plumbing systems before reopening a closed building can be viewed on the HRPDC website.  Also, view the expanded instructions or step by step document.

International Council of Shopping Center (ICSC)

reopening best practices guide includes areas such as planning and communication, common area adjustments and traffic flow.

National Retail Federation

Open for Business A Blueprint for Shopping Safe  With a focus on the health and wellness of both employees and customers, now if the time to prepare for the entire retail sector to safely re-open. View the Operation Open Doors Checklist.

Restaurant Comeback Webinars  The 5-part webinar series on how independent restaurants can prepare now to come back even stronger from this pandemic. Each session will focus on strategies, resources and best practices for executing your Comeback Plan. View Recordings


Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit for Restaurants + Bars The toolkit contains clear and concise resources for managing captial, planning for relaunch and also provides recommendations on adjusting operations and increasing guest engagement in the wake of COVID-19.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic.

Virginia Chamber Getting Virginians Back to Work a “Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work” initiative to provide recommendations on operating in the current economic climate and how to return stronger than before..

Virginia SBDC

Recovery Resources are grouped into REVIEW: Items To Consider Before Deciding To Reopen; REOPEN: Items To Consider When Developing Your Reopening Plan; and RECOVER: Items To Consider When Planning For The Future.  View REVIEW, REOPEN, REOPEN Checklist document.

Virginia SBDC 

Innovation Lives Here Webinar Series The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do business. As you continue to explore what that means to your business, the SBDC has developed a Webinar series to help you in that journey.

2_Incentives  SBA Disaster Relief

Our nation's small businesses and private, non-profit organizations are facing an unprecendented economic disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The SBA is experiencing a large volume of applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Due to current appropriations for this program, the SBA will make initial loan disbursements for two months of working capital up to a maximum of $15,000 per applicant. This is in addition to the Advance of up to $10,000 each small business and non-profit is eligible to receive. By doing this, the SBA will ensure it is supporting the greatest number of applicants during this difficult time.

Additional options available to help small businesses, include the recently launched Paycheck Protection Program for payroll costs. The Paycheck Protection Program offers loans of up to $10 million at a 1% interest rate. These loans mature in two years, bur the amount of the loan used for payroll and certain operating expenses in the first 8 weeks after laon disbursement may be forgiven if the business uses a minimum of 75% of the loan for payroll. Additional resources, such as information on debt relief and express bridge loands can be found at

EIDL procedures and form guidance

EIDL Advance program portal REOPENED to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

All information currently available is shown at Updates will be posted there as they become available. The EIDL loans will be direct SBA disaster loans; they will not be made through SBA participating lenders.

Business owners may be eligible for FEMA and/or SBA assistance and payments during a declared national emergency. York County is assessing the economic impacts to local businesses due to COVID-19, in an effort to report them accurately to state and federal partners.

We encourage you to start collecting and documenting any loss of business related to this pandemic. This could include:

  • Hotel Room or Meal Reservation Cancellations
  • Private Event  or Conference Cancellations
  • Declining numbers of visitors, room nights, etc.
  • Any business and/or revenue loss associated with the pandemic

County Government   Stay in Touch

We encourage you to join our business email list by clicking HERE to stay up to date on new disaster relief information.

County Government   Contact Us

During this time when offices are closed to the public until further notice, we are still working and we can be reached in the following ways:
By Phone: Office 757-890-3317; Jim Noel 757-876-8810; or Melissa Davidson 757-876-8809