The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers useful guidance and steps that are great to follow in preparing your business for the impact of COVID-19 and to determine if you may qualify for financial assistance related to this disaster.
The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Do not hesitate to contact the FSEDI office with any questions.
Retail and Service Business Operators:
Beginning March 20, 2020, you may install one temporary sign on your property to let the public know you are open and providing service to the community. Please send an email to Beth Lewis, Zoning Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 757-562-1003 to indicate where the sign will be located and how large it will be. This will be available as long as Franklin and Southampton County are under a declaration of emergency.
Please note these signs may not be located in the public right-of-way, and MUST be removed when the emergency declaration ends.
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Below are links to various organizations designed to help small business owners navigate the economic uncertainties the coronavirus brings.
Better Business Bureau (BBB):
Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Main Street America:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
All restaurants listed above are offering take-out services to patrons throughout the month.
Below are additional ideas to support your local business owners: