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Platinum Plus Auto Repair
3221 Oaklawn Blvd,
Hopewell, VA 23860
 (804) 458-4450
Benny's Tavern
3631 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834
804-526-2536

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Dunlop Shopping Center
1 Dunlop Village Circle
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 391-6100
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Alison Harris and Eric Howard

803 Arlington Rd
Hopewell, VA 23860
(804) 452-6452

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Bookkeeping By Becca LLC
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(804) 504-1322
Tabetha Campbell Thompson Agency
Bryan Campbell
Agency Manager

133 N Sycamore St
Suite D
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 220-5594
Peebles in Colonial Heights is becoming Gordmans

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3055 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA, 23834

804-526-1261

March 31st - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Marcos Pizza
April 30th - Kiwanis Golf Tournament
May 21 st – 2020 Reverse Raffle
June 5 th – Chamber Night with the Chili Peppers
June 30th – Chamber Classic Golf Tournament Tee Times 8:30 and 1:30
Attention Businesses

Senator Warner will be joining via video conference, giving an update on legislation that is being considered in the U.S. Senate and is interested in hearing from you in the businesses community the priorities and assistance you need in the Commonwealth.

Date: Today, March 18, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
ZOOM Conference Call
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 350 967 621
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,350967621# US (New York)
 
Frequently asked questions from workers regarding covid-19 On March 12, 2020, Governor Northam declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth due to the state-wide spread of COVID-19. Many workers are asking for guidance on how to navigate this public health crisis as they work to keep their families both healthy and financially stable. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions received from workers. Please check with your human resource officer for employer-specific policies on sick and medical leave. This document is not designed to give legal advice on individual situations. 1. Because of COVID-19, my employer has temporarily closed, and I do not have paid leave or will not receive a paycheck. What can I do? You may file a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). To receive benefits, you must meet certain minimum requirements, including having sufficient past earnings and an immigration status that allows you to work. If VEC approves your claim, you will receive a weekly benefit payment that is dependent on your past earnings. The maximum benefit amount is $378 for up to 26 weeks. For more information about Unemployment Insurance benefits and to file a claim, please visit http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699. 2. I have been quarantined by a health official and cannot go to work. What can I do? First talk to your supervisor about telework options or if you have paid sick or medical leave. If you have to take unpaid time off, you may qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). For more information about Unemployment Insurance benefits and to file a claim, please visit http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699. 3. My employer has cut my hours back due to the coronavirus. What can I do? If your weekly earnings fall below what would be your weekly unemployment insurance benefit, you may file a claim for partial Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). For more information about Unemployment Insurance benefits and to file a claim, please visit http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699. 4. A close family member of mine has coronavirus, and I will stay home from work to take care of them. What can I do to receive income while I’m not working? You may file a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). To receive benefits you need to meet certain minimum requirements, including having sufficient past earnings and an immigration status that allows you to work. If VEC approves your claim, you will receive a weekly compensation depending on your past earnings. For more information about Unemployment Insurance benefits and to file a claim, please visit http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699. 5. Can I lose my job if I miss work because I’m sick with coronavirus? If your employer is covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), they may be required to provide you with up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. Leave from FMLA is awarded to individuals with a “serious” condition that is defined in the law as requiring inpatient care or three days continued treatment from a health care provider. The coronavirus does not necessarily present a “serious” condition, and the US Department of Labor has not issued guidance on this. Please check back here for updated information. 6. I caught coronavirus from my work. Can I file a workers’ compensation claim? Please contact your human resources director for more information about your employer’s policies. Workers’ compensation claims are evaluated according to the condition and specific circumstances. 7. If I have coronavirus, what can my employer tell others about my condition? All medical information on an employee is confidential and cannot be shared with other employees. For the safety of the workplace, an employer may disclose this information to a health authority. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act provides protections concerning disclosure of medical information. Information concerning disclosure of medical conditions can be obtained at (800) 368-1019. 8. Can my employer ask me if I have a health condition such as a weak immune system or existing condition that would be affected by coronavirus? No. Your employer cannot ask you questions that might disclose a disability. 9. Can I lose my job if I have to stay home to care for a family member that is seriously ill with coronavirus? If you meet certain requirements, your employer must provide you with up to 12 weeks of job-protected time off to care for a parent, spouse, domestic partner, minor child, or adult dependent child with a serious health condition. These requirements include: 1) your employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles of your worksite; 2) you have worked with the employer for at least a year; and 3) you worked at least 1250 hours in the year before you take time off. The federal government is working on policies to help support sick and medical leave for all individuals affected by the coronavirus. Please check back here for updated information. The Federal Family Medical Leave Act enforces requirements for paid sick leave. Information and assistance can be obtained at (866) 487 - 9243. 10. Can my employer not pay me if I am sent home early from work or told not to come in for a scheduled shift? Yes. A Virginia employer is only required to pay an employee for the work performed. 11. My child’s day care or school is closed because of the coronavirus threat. Can I take time off to care for my child? First talk to your employer about telework options, flexible schedules, and specific leave policies. Since your child is “healthy”, you currently do not qualify for FMLA. The federal government is working on paid sick and medical leave policies, so check back here for updated information. Unemployment benefits might be available for this situation. 12. My employer closed temporarily and I did not receive my last paycheck. How do I get paid? To file a nonpayment of wages claim, please visit the Virginia Department of Labor’s website at https://www.doli.virginia.gov/labor-law/payment-of-wage-english/ .

Restaurants are offering delivery options and pickup. Please continue to support Local Businesses.
Good evening this is Dr. William Sroufe, Colonial Heights Public Schools Superintendent. Breakfast and Lunch continue to be served at North Elementary school from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. in a drive up format. Also beginning tomorrow there will be work packets for grades K-5 available in the same pick up line at North Elementary.
We aim to keep our students engaged and learning over the next two weeks. During this school closure, we ask that parents and guardians encourage students to utilize the materials and resources their teachers have provided. Please contact your child's teachers via email to have conversations as needed during the closure.
Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that the Virginia Department of Education will seek maximum flexibility for schools and students to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, including relief from federal and state requirements related to testing.
We continue to post resources on our FaceBook page and website. We understand there are many unanswered questions, and we will continue to get you answers as they become available. Thank you again
Longwood Small Business Development Center

COVID 19 Disruption Resources & Announcements

Dear Small Businesses,

COVID 19 has proven to be a disrupting force to our lives, to our communities, and especially to our small businesses. We recognize that the rapidly changing landscape around COVID 19 has had a significant impact on many of our clients’ businesses. As a result, we are adjusting our programming and consulting efforts to best provide what you specifically need during this difficult time. We are here to support you as business owners in our 26 county and city coverage area however we can. 

To that end, Longwood SBDC is doing the following:
·      Survey : Please take 2 minutes to complete this short survey to help us better serve your businesses during this time. There is also an opportunity at the end of the survey to ask specific questions and connect with an SBDC consultant.

·      Safety Considerations : Our consultants will be telecommuting through at least March 29. We are still here for you and available to coach and consult via telephone or video conferencing. Do not hesitate to reach out.

·      SBA Disaster Loan Assistance : On this page, you will find information on how to position yourself to receive this assistance in the future. We’ll continue to share this information as we receive it.

In the midst of the uncertainty around us, we must lean into the community. Please join us in using this as an opportunity to support each other more fully.

Please take a moment to complete the above survey. The results will enable us to gauge our next level of response and provide the best possible support for our local businesses. In the meantime, you can reach us at the following email address sbdc@longwood.edu . Click here to get updates of COVID-19 resources curated by SBDC.

Sincerely,

Sheri McGuire
Executive Director
Longwood Small Business Development Center


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

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It is times like this when philanthropy can lean into its leadership role and unite our community for the greater good. At the Community Foundation, we are responding to the uncertainty with proactive action and collaboration.
In partnership with the  Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia , we have activated our regional disaster response fund to ensure resources are available for emerging needs related to the coronavirus and its impact in our region. The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund will be administered as a public-private partnership between philanthropy, government and the nonprofit sector to address the most immediate urgent needs, as well as the longer-term effects of the pandemic and community recovery. We have seeded this fund with an initial contribution of $500,000.
To learn more about this fund and how to contribute, please visit our website.
We will remain responsive to needs as they emerge, but the fund will initial support:
  • Proven community-based organizations who support the physical and emotional health of our most vulnerable residents - including children and seniors; immigrants and those with limited English proficiency; the homeless.
  • Operating needs of safety net clinics; food access providers; child and adult care organizations; housing providers for the homeless; nonprofits who minimize disruptions for those who live in public housing communities
  • Secondarily, the fund will consider the hardships of our nonprofit organizations due to the lost income or revenue.
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