COVID-19 Resources

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce along with the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation are here to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. We are compiling resources to help you maintain operations and access assistance. We are focused on preparation and sustainment, not panic. This site will be updated as resources become available.

Business Resources

Browse the following resources to aid your business and employees.

The Office of the Governor

Hear the latest from the Office of Governor Northam

Local Business Impact Survey

Small Business Administration & Loans

Apply for Disaster Loan Assistance

Governor Ralph Northam announced today, Friday, March 20, that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an SBA disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Virginia. You can learn more on the Commonwealth of Virginia website.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Webinar

SBA Disaster Recovery Assistance Webinar


Virginia Employment Commission

Get valuable information on applying for unemployment and take a survey for small business owners regarding the impact of COVID-19.

Virginia Career Works - Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge region information for employers and employees.


Corporate, Sales, and Individual Taxes:

  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due March 20, 2020 for 30 days.
  • When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
  • The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.
  • Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

Extensions from the IRS

  • Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates.
  • Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due.

Council of Development Finance Agencies

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions from VA workers regarding COVID-19

As of March 12, 2020 when Governor Northam declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth due to the state-wide spread of COVID-19.

World Health Organization (WHO) FAQ

Postponing and communicating about events

COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Survey

US Chamber’s Small Business Guide and Checklist for Coronavirus Emergency Loans

As many of you are aware, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.  Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.  Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

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Rooted in the Highlands

Highlands Community Bank understands that some people in our community may be impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our commitment to you, we will be offering a variety of solutions that can provide financial relief for our community:

  • Paycheck Protection Program *and other disaster related loan programs* in partnership with the Small Business Association (SBA)
  • Loan Payment Extensions
  • Small Personal Loans

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Virginia 30 Day Fund

The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund was launched by Virginia technology entrepreneur Pete Snyder and his wife, Burson.  Working with other business leaders throughout the Commonwealth, the Fund’s goal is to help save as many Virginia jobs as possible while small businesses await recently approved federal funding.

Helping Hands

See how organizations in our community are lending a hand.

Salvation Army

Read the press release and visit their website. You may also donate by making checks payable to Salvation Army with the Memo line "AH local disaster relief" for the funds to stay local. 

Department of Social Services

Virginia Veterans and Family Support

Due to ongoing concern with the COVA 19 situation, all DVS Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program office sites are closed to in-person assistance.  Operations ARE CONTINUING via phone and email.  Please contact me at or 5407394236 for assistance. Please be sure to state your name, a return phone number, and your location clearly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Local Office on Aging

Website Contact number for the Alleghany Highlands – (540) 962-0465 - Cell (540) 960-1593

M3 Minutemen Milita

The M3 Minutemen Elderly Food drive. GoFundMe

Tools, Tips, & Things to Do

Check out webinars, articles, and other safe ways to support and be informed.

Alleghany Highlands Community Services

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Alleghany Highlands Community Services has closed our facilities to the public and will conduct all services via phone, telehealth, and video conferencing equipment.

COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources

The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law on March 27 and includes major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families.

Virginia's Medicaid Program

How To Protect Yourself From COVID-19

Virginia is for Lovers

Support Local

Up-to-date open Businesses, Public Wi-Fi and Local Dining

A listing of businesses that remain OPEN in the Alleghany Highlands

Free Public Wi-Fi Availability in the Alleghany Highlands

Alleghany Highlands Local Dining Establishment Availability

For health information visit the CDC's website

Updates in your community

Latest Information from the Virginia Department of Health