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The Town of Herndon is focused on providing support and information to assist town businesses through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For direct assistance, contact Dennis Holste, economic development manager at dennis.holste@herndon-va.gov or 703-435-6800 x2085. Below are additional resources for the business community.

TOP NEWS

The first phase of a three-phase Forward Virginia reopening plan begins May 29 in Northern Virginia and loosens restrictions for many nonessential businesses (e.g., restaurants, personal care and grooming retailers, and gyms) and requires that they follow key safety procedures. Phase I includes continued physical distancing, increased cleaning and disinfecting, and enhanced workplace safety. Each phase will last between 2 - 4 weeks, depending on health data results.

 
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits 

 

The town has developed a temporary outdoor dining permit application that will enable restaurants to reopen and operate with outdoor seating following appropriate guidelines. The permit is free and when completed should be e-mailed with the appropriate attachments to zoning.enforcement@herndon-va.gov.

Already permitted to have outdoor dining? There is no need to complete the application unless you will be adding additional outdoor seating. In addition, applicants who are requesting outdoor seating on private property only need to complete the permit portion, which is the first two pages of the document and provide the appropriate attachments. Restaurants located in downtown Herndon that will use town owned property for outdoor seating must complete the permit and the license agreement, all four pages of the document.

Restaurants that currently have a Virginia ABC license to sell alcohol for outdoor dining, only need to contact Virginia ABC if you expand or change your outdoor dining area. If you do not currently have a Virginia ABC license to sell alcohol for outdoor dining, you may request a  license from Virginia ABC after you receive approval from the town of your temporary outdoor dining permit. Please visit  https://www.abc.virginia.gov/library/covid19/bole-covid-19-response-v13.pdf for further details.

Business Directory 

The Town of Herndon is creating a comprehensive business directory that relays information on your business status and offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic:

COVID-19 Business Directory

COVID-19 Restaurant and Grocery Store Directory

Submit your business information to be included in the COVID-19 Business Directory here.

FINANCIAL PROGRAMS

SBA Programs

The SBA has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. The SBA also resumed processing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis. The SBA is not accepting new applications for the EIDL program at this time.

The Small Business Administration has several programs to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.

  • Paycheck Protection Program-Herndon Lenders
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
  • SBA Debt Relief Program  
SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

Small Business Guide to CARES Act

SBA Guidance FAQ - May 13, 2020

Fairfax RISE

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has created the Fairfax Relief Initiative to Support Employers (Fairfax RISE) — a $25 million grant program to assist small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. The program will be funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to the county.

The program’s primary purpose is to provide immediate relief to small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fairfax County hopes to help small businesses and organizations remain in business through the COVID-19 emergency and address gaps that may exist among complementary programs. 

Fairfax RISE will offer grants to qualified businesses or nonprofits that will not have to be repaid for up to $20,000. The grant application process is expected to begin in early June.

For more information, please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/fairfaxrise

 

Other organizations offering assistance: 

 

Artist Relief Fund is a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers affected by COVID-19, offering $5,000 no-strings-attached grants for those earning income from creative or artistic practice. www.artistrelief.org

The Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. Nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Individuals, teams of individuals, and eligible for-profit organizations can apply for microgrants of up to $10,000. The Foundation is accepting applications from April 30 through June 5, 2020 https://boozallenfoundation.org/innovationfund/

GoFundMe has teamed up with other sponsors to initiate the Small Business Relief Fund to issue a matching grant of $500 to businesses that qualify and earned $500 from their own communities. https://www.gofundme.com/c/small-business-relief-initiative-and-fund-faqs

Opportunity Fund, which specializes in lending to small businesses has put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners in need. https://www.opportunityfund.org/

Salesforce has partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications are being accepted through May 1st.  https://apply.salesforce.ureeka.biz/prog/salesforce_small_business_grants_east/

VA 30 Day Fund is offering grants up to  $3,000 for at-risk small businesses in Virginia. This is for small businesses that employ three to 30 people; based in Virginia and have been operating for at least one year and owned and operated by a Virginia resident. https://va30dayfund.com/

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority's (SWaM) Business Microloan can assist existing small businesses across the Commonwealth. Short-term loans are provided to help established businesses create new jobs and retain existing “at risk” jobs in Virginia. Loan requests are encouraged to be coupled with technical assistance provided by the Virginia Small Business Development Center network and additional funding can be requested for those who evidence having worked with Virginia’s SBDC’s. https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/SWaM-Loan-Fund-Microloan-Info-Sheet2018.pdf

 

 

TAXES

Fairfax County

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a one month extension for filing business personal property taxes, to June 1, and paying the first installment of real estate taxes, to August 28. For more information, please visit

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/taxes/fairfax-county-extends-tax-deadlines-vehicle-business-personal-property-and-real-estate-taxes

Town of Herndon

Property Tax

The Town Council has approved a one month extension for the first installment payment of real estate property taxes from July 28, 2020 until August 28, 2020. 

Meals Tax

If you are a food establishment or other seller of food and meals and are having difficulty filing a meals tax return or paying the meals tax on or before the 20th day of the month, please contact the Director of Finance by email at jennie.tripoli@herndon-va.gov for assistance. Click here for more information

Transient Occupancy Taxes

The Council also approved  temporarily extending the due dates for the remittance of Transient Occupancy Taxes.

The new payment schedule for Transient Occupancy taxes is as follows:

Original Due Date

New Due Date

March 20, 2020

June 20. 2020

April 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

May 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

June 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

 

REGULATORY MODIFICATIONS

ABC Licensing

Already providing food pick-up/delivery options? With an on- and off-premise retail license from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, you can add beer or beer and wine to you pick-up/delivery menu. click below for details.

https://www.abc.virginia.gov/licenses/get-a-license/retail-licenses/on-and-off-premise

The Virginia ABC Authority has deferred ABC license renewal fees for 90 days from the original expiration date for establishments with licenses expiring in March, April, May and June.

Expiring On:

90 days from the date of expiration

March 31,2020

June 29, 2020

April 30, 2020

July 29, 2020

May 31, 2020

August 29,2020

June 30, 2020

September 28, 2020

The ABC Authority has also authorized distillers, limited distillers, mixed beverage restaurant, and limited mixed beverage restaurant licensees to sell and serve mixed beverages (cocktails) for off-premises consumption. This is an expansion of the delivery and takeout privileges that are otherwise available under Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia (currently, these privileges are limited to wine and beer).

For more information
https://www.abc.virginia.gov/library/covid19/bole-covid-19-response-v10.pdf

Temporary Sign Regulation Changes

Understanding that businesses may want to communicate operational changes to customers as a result of COVID-19, the town has changed its temporary sign regulations for the duration of the town emergency for businesses in commercial zones and not in residential neighborhoods:

  • A temporary sign permit is not required
  • Each business establishment may install a maximum of two temporary signs consisting of two banner signs; or two freestanding signs; or one banner sign and one freestanding sign
  • The maximum size for a temporary banner sign is 48 square feet and temporary freestanding sign is 24 square feet
  • Signs must be installed on the property of the business and cannot be placed in the public right-of-way and you may need approval from your landlord

EDUCATION

 

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is offering a free webinar series focused on business continuity planning. The goal is to provide businesses with up-to-date best practices and insights on managing through unexpected events. Click here to register and view the webinars. The past webinars are recorded and available for review. 

Dulles Chamber of Commerce

 The Dulles Chamber of Commerce is hosting daily webinars at 4pm focused on a different economic sector each day. This is an opportunity for businesses to discuss their challenges, share ideas and learn about best practices to get your business through the pandemic. To join a webinar please click here.

 

COUNSELING SERVICES

If your business is seeking counseling assistance during the pandemic the following resources are available:

Community Business Partnershiphttps://cbponline.org/classes-counseling/counseling/  or 703-768-1440

Mason Small Business Enterprise Center- https://masonsbdc.org/counseling/ or 703-277-7747