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August 14, 2020
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Member News: Shenandoah Valley Airport Launches #SHDcares Initiative
Harrisonburg Business Recovery Grant Program Launched
Rebuild Virginia: A Small Business Grant Program
Managing Your Remote Workforce Webinar | FREE (8/19)
Local Discovery Museums Will Hold In-Person Camps | Harrisonburg & Winchester (June - August)
BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun - All Classes Online (June - August)
COVID-19 Business Resources, Local Open/Closed Businesses, & Other Information
Welcome Back Level II Member: Blue Ridge Community College
Welcome Back Level I Member: Shenandoah Valley Airport
Welcome Back Individual Level Member: Patrick Barker
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Member News: 
Shenandoah Valley Airport Launches #SHDcares Initiative


Weyers Cave, Virginia - The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) announces new procedures and terminal updates as an increased number of air travelers return to the skies. The #SHDcares program was developed with passenger safety and comfort in mind, following guidance from the CDC as well as experts in the aviation industry.

"As passengers begin to resume travel we know that safety is at the forefront of their minds throughout the trip" says Greg Campbell, Executive Director for the airport. "The new additions we have made as part of the #SHDcares initiative are very complementary to the procedures in place from our partners with SkyWest and United to keep passengers safe in the air."

SHD passengers can expect the following when visiting the airport:
  • Enhanced Cleaning Procedures - Cleaning routines have been increased for high-touch surface areas and staff is using an electrostatic sprayer to regularly disinfect all surface areas, including those that are difficult to reach with manual cleaning.
  • Floor Markers and Signage - Visual reminders encouraging passengers to observe proper social distancing are located throughout the terminal and screening area.
  • Protective Shields - Customer service counters and gate areas are equipped with acrylic shields for maximum protection of passengers and staff.
  • Hand Sanitizer - Extra wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout the terminal for passenger convenience. SHD is also providing travel-size containers of hand sanitizer to passengers at the security checkpoint.
  • Face Coverings - Per state of Virginia and CDC guidelines for public spaces, all airline and airport staff members in the passenger terminal will wear face coverings. United Airlines also requires face coverings for passengers.
In this new era, the Shenandoah Valley Airport reminds travelers to take into consideration the natural advantages of choosing a local airport when booking a flight as opposed to driving hours to a larger one. Shorter lines at check-in and security, plus less crowding overall, mean that it will be easier to responsibly social distance from fellow passengers. Recommended check-in time before flights remains one hour prior to departure at SHD resulting in more time at home rather than waiting in the airport. Less time is also spent at the airport on the return home.

"It's important for travelers to know that while some things have visibly changed at SHD due to the pandemic, a lot remains the same" said Heather Ream, Director of Marketing and Communications. "We're still connected to United's network at two major hubs, Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD), making it easy for our passengers to reliably get where they need to go while traveling smarter and taking advantage of a less-crowded, more
enjoyable travel experience."

More information on the #SHDcares initiative can be found at


Harrisonburg Business Recovery Grant Program Launched

The City of Harrisonburg, using funding from the federal CARES Act, launched the Harrisonburg Business Recovery Grant (HBRG) to assist businesses in responding to the impact of the COVID-19 crises. Harrisonburg Economic Development is administering the program, with funds being disbursed by the Harrisonburg Economic Development Authority. The HBRG offers grants of up to $10,000, based on the employment total of the business.

Please email your completed grant application and supporting documents to Peirce Macgill at You may also mail or drop the grant application off in person to Harrisonburg Economic Development at City Hall, 400 S. Main Street, Third Floor (Mon.-Fri. 8:00am-5:00pm).

To be considered, your completed application and required supporting documents must be received by Harrisonburg Economic Development by 5:00pm on Thursday, August 27th, 2020.


Rebuild Virginia: A Small Business Grant Program

The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and nonprofits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. The Rebuild VA program has been capitalized with $70 million and will provide assistance to approximately 7,000 businesses and nonprofits. Half of the program funds will be distributed to eligible small businesses and nonprofits operating in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities, including ensuring there is adequate representation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses. Applications open on August 10, 2020.

One of the key things about this grant application is you get one shot to fill it out, you cannot return to the application and update or load new/additional documents, so have these ready in PDF form to upload with the application! This is a first come, first served opportunity, so get your documents ready to apply August 10.

Applicants must include the following supporting documentation with their application.
  • SCC Certificate of Good Standing
  • Incorporation documents for your business-or non-profit, including one of the following:
    • Articles of Incorporation (e.g., C-Corp, S-Corp)
    • Articles of Organization (e.g., LLC)
    • Declaration of Partnership (e.g., Partnership)
    • IRS Letter of Determination (e.g., 501c3)
    • Business License (e.g., Sole Proprietor, Independent Contractor)
    • Certificate of Fictitious Name (e.g., Sole Proprietor, Independent Contractor)
    • Form 1099 (individual contractors)
  • Current Owner Photo ID (e.g., VA Driver's License, VA Real ID, Permanent Resident Card, Passport)
  • Copies of 2019 Federal Income Tax Returns, and 2019 interim financial statement. If your 2019 Federal Income Tax Return has not been filed, a year-end profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for 2019.
  • Commonwealth of VA Substitute W-9 form
  • Documentation demonstrating qualifying salary or payroll, including one of the following:
    • VEC-FC-21/20 quarterly report
    • Payroll processor records;
    • Payroll tax filings;
    • Form 1099-MISC; or
    • Other documentation to demonstrate the qualifying salary or payroll
  • Mortgage statements or rent/lease agreements
  • Utility bills
  • Paid invoices, contracts, cancelled checks, or other documentation to substantiate eligible COVID-19 expenses incurred to continue operations or re-open the business or non-profit. 
One important point is that if a company has received government funding through the CARES ACT from any federal, state or local agency, they will not be eligible for this program. That would include any firm that received PPP, EIDL, CDBG, etc.

You can find additional information at


Managing Your Remote Workforce Webinar | FREE (8/19)

August 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Free

Many businesses have now moved to a remote workforce; the reliance on VPN connections to the  public internet and moving business-critical applications to the cloud, allowing access to remote workers, have become viable solutions. However, this is causing network security and resiliency concerns and poor end-user experiences for IT groups across many industries.

Hear from the Experts: 

Todd Krautkremer
Cradlepoint, Chief Marketing Officer

Todd brings to Cradlepoint over 30 years of executive experience in startup to growth-stage companies spanning mobile, networking, security, and cloud technologies. Before Cradlepoint, he was CMO at Pertino (acquired by Cradlepoint in 2015), a pioneer in software-defined cloud networking. Previous roles include COO at Red Lambda; CEO at Gearworks (acquired), where he received EY Entrepreneur of The Year nomination; VP of Worldwide Marketing at Packeteer (IPO, acquired); and VP of Marketing at Sync Research (IPO, acquired). Earlier in his career, Todd held software development and network engineering roles at AT&T subsidiaries and product management and sales roles at Siemens Communications Systems. He holds two networking-related patents and is currently a co-founder and executive board member at the Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA), a non-profit C-level mentoring organization for emerging software companies in Minnesota.

Dan Watts
Segra, VP of Product Management & Business Development

Dan has oversight for company-wide product strategy and business development at Segra. Areas of responsibility include business development, product management, sales engineering and service delivery. Previously, Dan was President of TSAChoice headquartered in Asheville, NC. Dan started his career at Windstream Communications, where he served in various leadership positions in both operations and sales.

Join us to learn how Segra's new Remote Office LAN can help your business adjust to the new normal.


Local Discovery Museums Will Hold In-Person Camps Harrisonburg & Winchester (June - August)


Both the Explore More Discovery Museum and Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum are holding summer camps in-person while taking health and safety precautions, beginning June 29. There are various camps, some with STEM topics, ranging from from Pre-K through Grade 8. Camps will run through the summer and end in August.

Explore More Discovery Museum Summer Camps (Harrisonburg)
Half Day Camps: $135.00 (Members: $105.00)
Full Day Camps: $270.00 (Members: $210.00)

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (Winchester)

Discovery Museum members: $125 half-day
Non-members: $145 half-day
Discount for attending 3+ camps!


BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun - All Classes Online (June - August)

Blue Ridge Community College's popular Learning Can Be Fun (LCBF) summer youth program offers 85 classes, providing rising 3-12 grade students plenty of opportunities for virtual learning.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, all classes meet online, with real-time learning taking place live with an instructor and other students for a virtual bonding experience over a one-week period.  Each class is grouped by appropriate age levels, with class size kept to a minimum to allow for individual attention.

Classes include the following subjects:
  • Black Rocket Productions- 60 classes
    • Design
    • Coding
    • Video Game Creation
    • Sports Challenges
    • Minecraft
    • JavaScript & Python
    • YouTube Content Creators
  • Science and Technology - 2 classes
  • Culture, History, Language, and Literature - 10 classes
  • Art, Music, and Theatre - 7 classes


COVID-19 Resources & Local Open/Closed Businesses
During this uncertain time, we feel the need to share information that will help our readers monitor the current situation. Below we have linked several resources. 

We also recommend you take a look at the following article providing additional COVID-19 resources for economic development planning and recovery

Resources to monitor COVID-19 updates:
Open/closed businesses (& altered hours of operations) in the Shenandoah Valley:
Broadband Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Virginian's ability to work, access healthcare and education, and has magnified the digital divide more than ever before. The Commonwealth Connect team has launched a webpage to provide information about what both the federal government and Virginia's ISPs are doing in response to the crisis. Please see:

Local City & County Recovery Funding
  • Rockingham County Small Business Grant Program: This program can assist a small business with cash needed for working capital to support rent or mortgage payments, utility, payroll, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business through the pandemic. 
  • Staunton Downtown Development Association "Better Together" Grants: "Better Together" grants will be awarded to Downtown Service District (DSD) businesses who join forces to develop new products and services in the wake of COVID-19. Grant dollars will aid businesses in covering the costs of advertising, marketing, or promotions of their newly created products and combined services. This is a rolling grant with multiple periods of availability.
Business Resources
  • SBA's Disaster Loan is a program designed to help small businesses and non-profit organizations meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot otherwise be met as a direct result of COVID-19. The SV SBDC provides information and assistance in the loan preparation documents. To learn how to apply for the SBA EIDL: Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For assistance from the SVSBDC to apply see here:
  • Status of Building Officials' offices across the Commonwealth on VBCOA website
  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational RegulationCOVID-19 Update Page outlines regulated non-essential businesses that most close 
  • FEMA has a page on HOW TO HELP that gives contact information producing COVID-19 related products.  *Contact the SBDC office if you want more detail on the challenges of creating/manufacturing personal protective products, and we'll put you in touch with our International Trade Manager and other subject matter experts.
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Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College, established in 1967, meets the educational needs of the region, empowering students through comprehensive programs and services within an environment of academic excellence. BRCC offers a wide range of career and technical programs both for collegiate credit or for non-credit employment training purposes. Programs include:
  • associates degrees for the career-minded
  • university transfer opportunities (including guaranteed admissions agreements more than 20 Virginia colleges and universities through the college/university transfer program)
  • customized training for business/industry (on-site or at BRCC)
  • short-term career preparation and training
  • special interest and personal enrichment classes for all ages
  • art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances.
BRCC is located in Weyers Cave, Virginia, approximately halfway between the cities of Harrisonburg and Staunton. The College offers day and evening classes, in the classroom and online, and affordable tuition with many financial aid options.

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Shenandoah Valley Airport

Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD) offers the Valley seamless access to United's global network of flights through two major hubs - Washington Dulles (IAD) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD). Although travel looks a bit different right now, SHD still makes it easy to get where you need to go while traveling smarter and taking advantage of a less-crowded, more enjoyable travel experience.

The Airport's recently launched #SHDcares initiative was developed with passenger safety in mind including enhanced cleaning procedures, use of electrostatic sprayers for disinfection of all surface areas, promotion of safe social distancing, protective shields at customer service counters, and additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the terminal. These efforts, along with many measures put in place by United onboard, allow peace of mind from arriving at the airport until touching down at your final destination.

All flights to/from Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport can be booked on or by contacting a fare specialist at (540) 234-8304. When you are ready to take your next trip, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is ready to welcome you back to experience the SHD difference.

Welcome Back Individual Level Member!
Patrick Barker

Patrick Barker is the Executive Director of the Frederick County Economic Development Authority located in Winchester, Virginia.

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