COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Department of Labor and Industry Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19

Governor Ralph Northam announced the adoption of statewide emergency workplace safety standards in response to COVID-19. These first-in-the-nation safety rules will protect Virginia workers by mandating appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth. Please click here to access the Department of Labor and Industry standards.

The Department of Labor & Industry has published some training materials and templates to use when implementing these standards in the workplace. Please click here to access their website. 

In addition, the Department of Labor & Industry are proposing permanent standards for infectious disease control. You may provide input on these proposed standards by clicking here


Downloads for New Workplace Standards

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Agricultural Resources for Agri-Businesses

Virginia MarketMaker

MarketMaker is the largest and most in-depth database of its kind featuring a diverse community of food-related businesses: buyers, farmers/ranchers, fisheries, farmers markets, processors/packers, wineries, restaurants and more. MarketMaker provides simple yet powerful search tools to connect with others across the production and distribution chain. 

If you are not currently selling your product online, MarketMaker offers a free platform to begin online sales. 

Online resources for farmers & agri-businesses

USDA COVID-19 Rural Resource Guide

Market Ready: Farm to eCommerce Webinar  Learn the basics of eCommerce marketing including pricing, promotion, and managing risk. Hear from several Virginia businesses that are currently practicing with different eCommerce models. (Provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension and VDACS) Recording Link: https://youtu.be/urJ-4t2LhXQ

Virginia Market Maker – Your FREE Online Marketspace How to Register your Agribusiness (Publication provided by VCE) The purpose of this series of publications is to inform Virginia producers about the Virginia MarketMaker portal and supporting resources, and, to introduce the use of databases and other information technologies to increase direct sales of agricultural products and tourism venues that may increase grower profitability.

Ramp Up Your Online Ordering for Expanded Delivery or Curbside Pick-Up (Webinar recording provided by Penn State Extension) Learn about online ordering and delivery or curb-side pick-up from a panel of farms successfully using these options.

E-Commerce for Direct Farm Marketers (Publication provided by University of Tennessee Extension) E-commerce, in particular, is an emerging tool for direct farm marketers. The e-commerce educational program aimed to give direct farm marketers a better understanding of the basic concepts of e-commerce, software options for online sales, potential software uses and the benefits and challenges associated with each e-commerce platform.

Online Sales Platforms for Farmers (Webinar recording provided by Oregon Tilth) With restaurants and some farmers markets shutting down, we know many of you need to find alternative sales channels for your products. Customers are also looking for new solutions to buy quality, organic food safely. Watch this webinar to learn more about direct-to-consumer online sales platforms. Hear from representatives from four online food sales platforms: Barn2Door, Harvie, Local Food Marketplace, Food4All, Open Food Network

Sell Real Farm Products in a Virtual Marketplace (Blog Post provided by Cornell Small Farms Program)

Other Loans

Other sba loans

  • Express Bridge Loan - The Express Bridge loan program allows SBA Express lenders to provide expedited financing to small businesses located in declared disaster areas. Express Bridge loans are intended to be interim loans. Businesses use these funds for disaster-related purposes while they apply for and await long-term financing. 
  • SBA 7(a) loans

Employment Opportunities

If you are a business who is currently hiring or if you have been laid off due to to COVID19 impacts, see Virginia Career Works new website connecting businesses to employees during this difficult time. 

Businesses - If you are hiring, please contact the Economic Development Department to get your openings posted.

Resources

Federal

State

Local

  • Goochland County
  • Chickahominy Health District - General Community Hotline: 804-365-3340
  • Chickahominy Health District - Health Care providers Hotline: 804-365-3341