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August 7, 2020
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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 New SVTC Member: VIRTEX
Welcome Back Level III Member: Rockingham Insurance
Welcome Back Level II Member: Shentel
Welcome Back Level II Member: Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
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 https://www.governor.virginia.gov/rebuildva/

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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.

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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!


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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

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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 recoveryhttps://restoreyoureconomy.org/

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: https://www.commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov/COVID-19

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: valleysbdc.org/covid-19.
  • 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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Welcome New SVTC Member!
VIRTEX

VIRTEX is a trusted technology partner that provides strategic Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) to our customer base. VIRTEX increases the competitive position of your product with a smart and simplified regional supply chain solution across the production lifecycle by focusing on and reflecting your vision.Regional and International manufacturing solutions allows you to become more competitive by bringing your products to the market faster and at lower costs while adding value through highly skilled and integrated design, manufacturing, and distribution services.


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Welcome Back Level III Member!
Rockingham Insurance

Rockingham Insurance is a property & casualty insurance company providing coverage for homes, autos, farms, and businesses. Headquartered in Harrisonburg, Virginia we are eligible to write business in all fifty states. For 150 years, we've been ensuring the people and companies that make our community grow and thrive. Rockingham holds an "A" Excellent rating with A.M. Best Company, a highly regarded assessor of the financial and management stability of insurance companies.


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Welcome Back Level II Member!
Shentel

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified communications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art wireless, cable and fiber optic networks to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The Company's services include: wireless voice and data; broadband internet, video, and digital voice; fiber optic Ethernet, wavelength and leasing; telephone voice and digital subscriber line; and tower colocation leasing. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service ("PCS") Affiliate of Sprint in a multi-state area covering large portions of central and western Virginia, south-central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, Kentucky, and Ohio. For more information, please visit www.shentel.com.


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Welcome Back Level II Member!
Shenandoah Valley Office Equipment

SVOE has been in business since 1934 servicing the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Headquartered in Verona, Virginia and with new offices in Charlottesville and Lexington, SVOE covers all of Central and Western Virginia. SVOE has 15 certified technicians, an average response time of just 3.2 hours and they sell and support the best in technology from the top tier manufacturers.

SVOE provides office technology like printers, copiers, scanners, mailing systems, shredders, and more! All from the best manufacturers like Canon, Xerox, Ricoh, Kyocera, HP, and Neopost. SVOE is also an HP Premier Partner and offers the full suite of HP products along with their own exclusive POP printer program which manages all of your printers, supplies, and service with one call!


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  • Electronics Technician, VIRTEX | Waynesboro
  • Solder Technician, VIRTEX | Waynesboro
  • Information Technology Specialist III, Western State Hospital | Staunton
  • Tech Lead, Generate Impact | Harrisonburg 
  • IT Operations Technician, Segra | Waynesboro
  • Systems Analyst/Developer, Augusta County Service Authority | Verona
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