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April 20-24
Tuesday, April 21
12:00 p.m. Virtual Kickoff*
1:00-4:00 p.m. Virtual Projects
*Kickoff will feature Congressman Don Beyer
Wednesday, April 22
Hotel General Managers Committee Meeting
Zoom Meeting
Exclusive to Hotel General Managers
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Zoom Webinar
Exclusive to Chamber members
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Chamber Hosts Webinars with Arlington County Leadership & with US Chamber of Commerce
To provide our members with the most up-to-date information about what’s available to their business during this time, the Chamber will be holding webinars with Arlington County leadership and with the US Chamber of Commerce. On Wednesday, April 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. , hear County leaders discuss how Arlington is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how local government is supporting businesses. Confirmed speakers include  County Board Chair Libby Garvey , Deputy County Manager Shannon Flanagan-Watson , and   Arlington Economic Development Director Telly Tucker . This is a free webinar that is exclusive to Chamber members, and includes an interactive Q&A session for members to participate in.
On  Thursday, April 30 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., join us for a discussion of the CARES Act and other federal legislation to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic with  Moore Hallmark, Vice President of Regional Affairs and Advocacy for the US Chamber . This webinar is free for Chamber members and $10 for nonmembers, and includes an interactive Q&A session for attendees to participate in.
There is still time to register as a volunteer for Arlington Chamber Volunteer Day ! There are plenty of projects for volunteers to choose from to help local nonprofits. Projects range from creating a video of yourself reading a children’s story or writing a letter to a senior citizen to securing goods for families experiencing homelessness. Most of the projects can be done from the comfort of your own home and require a small amount of time. 
 
Congressman Don Beyer will be joining us for the virtual kickoff on Tuesday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m . and will be giving remarks. Following the kickoff, businesses will volunteer for the nonprofit project that they selected from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The projects provided are in accordance with the CDC guidelines to ensure that participants are practicing social distancing.
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The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is opening the “Save Small Business Fund” for select small businesses. The fund is going to be making $5,000 grants to businesses that employ between 3-20 people in select zip codes, including 22203 and 22204 in Arlington, which have been harmed financially by the pandemic.These zip codes are used to identify the bottom 80% of the most economically distressed zip codes in the United States, as ranked by the Distressed Communities Index. Applications will be open today at 3:00 p.m.

Arlington County created the Arlington Small Business Emergency GRANT (Giving Resiliency Assets Near Term) Program , to provide immediate financial assistance to Arlington’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program is designed to provide near–term relief for businesses by providing grants of up to $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits with less than 50 employees. Applications are expected to open in early May.

The  Virginia 30 Day Fund  is providing  forgivable loans of up to $3,000 for Virginia-based small businesses . The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees,and save jobs while you await recently approved federal funding.
 
Virginia  businesses that qualify for assistance are:
  • Small businesses that employ three to 30 people
  • Based in Virginia and have been operating for at least one year
  • Owned and operated by a Virginia resident

Join us to hear from the Arlington School Board candidates on  Tuesday, April 28  from  2:30-4:00 p.m . through a  virtual webinar . Hear from the six candidates, competing for two open seats, as they share their positions. The   Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development Committee will discuss a range of topics with the School Board candidates, including workforce preparedness and the role that the business community plays in  Arlington Public Schools .

The participating candidates will be  Cristina Diaz-Torres Steven Krieger Sandy Munnell David Priddy Terron Sims , and  Symone Walker.

The Chamber is deeply saddened to receive the news of County Board Vice-Chair Erik Gutshall’s passing. Erik was a true leader in the Arlington community, and we are honored to have worked with him both as a long-time Chamber member and on the County Board. We wish his family and friends comfort and peace during this very difficult time. Erik was an extraordinary Arlingtonian, and he will be deeply missed in our community.
By Dr. Annie DePasquale, ​ Family Doc Annie - Weight Loss Coaching

Our lives have been turned upside down. We have been ordered to stay home. Our daily routines have been completely altered. Many of us are trying to work from home. Others are trying to educate their children at home. And still others are looking for new jobs that they can do from home.  To call this time stressful would be an understatement.
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