The Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber and our members are working hard to do all we can to help all businesses cope with the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. Below you will find a wide array of valuable resources to help you access the support, financial assistance and information your business needs stay in business, throughout this crisis and beyond. This site will be updated as resources become available.
Support Rockbridge restaurants that are open. Your family has to eat and Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County’s restaurants need your business. Make sure to follow them on social media to find out how they are adapting to this situation with creativity and service for their customers.
Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism: Get up-to-date information on local attractions, events, and travel advisories on their website.
CDC: Start with the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the go to source for everything coronavirus/COVID 19.
County of Rockbridge Office of Community Development: Rockbridge County’s Department of Economic Development is working overtime to support our businesses during this crisis and just launched a COVID 19 Resource Page filled with great information and resources.
U.S. Small Business Administration: The US Small Business Administration, which is funded through your tax dollars, is here to support your small business success, in both good times and bad. Check out these valuable SBA resources:
- SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- SBA Online Disaster Assistance Loan Portal
- SBA Loan Application Form
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program
Rockbridge County Government: Rockbridge County put together this site with great information on how to avoid the coronavirus and how to access government assistance for your family, business or house of worship.
City of Lexington Government: The City of Lexington has added a page to their website to share updates and pertinent information.
City of Buena Vista Government: The City of Buena Vista has added a page to their website to share updates and pertinent information.
Other great resources include:
- Commonwealth of Virginia Corona Virus Updates
- Virginia Employment Commission
- Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital: Carilion has set up a community hotline for COVID-19 questions – 1-866-604-2873. The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Learn more about Carilion guidelines, available resources and our COVID-19 response. Please note, this number is not a call center to make appointments, receive testing referrals or learn test results. If you are not feeling well, please call your PCP or Velocity Care, and they can screen you by phone and direct you from there.
CFRBA COVID-19 Local Response Fund: The Community Foundation for
Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany has established a COVID-19 Local
Response Fund with charitable contributions from generous donors. Thenew fund will provide resources to charitable organizations supporting
the residents of the cities Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County
impacted by COVID-19 Panademic. Learn more here.
Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board: The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board plans to award 18 grants of up to $5,000 to small business employers eligible to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency. Read the full press release.
Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center: Your best resource for information on accessing and obtaining Federal loans, grants and assistance, including expert business counseling. Check out their COVID 19 page here and main web site here.
Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism: In addition to up-to-date information on local attractions, events, and travel advisories, our tourism bureau and partners have created the SOAR (Supporting Outdoor Activities in Rockbridge) Facebook page.
Main Street Lexington: Visit their new landing page for ways to help support our local economy.
US Chamber of Commerce: The US Chamber is leading the nationwide business community’s response to this deadly disease. Check out their robust “Combatting the Coronavirus” resources site, which includes outstanding guidance for employers who dealing with this situation.
Facebook: Facebook for Business has many resources to help small businesses deal with business interruptions, such as the coronavirus. To access Facebook for Business, click here. Also check out Facebook Small Business $100 million Grants Program to help small businesses make it through this crisis.
Help Those in Need in Rockbridge
Rockbridge Hunger Coalition: At this time the Rockbridge Area Relief Association is working with partner organizations and volunteers in our area to meet the food and nutrition needs of citizens. Visit their website for updates on their response. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is seeking monetary donations to purchase food for future needs during this time.
Rockbridge Area Health Center: Rockbridge Area Health Center has Emergency Preparedness Plans and Processes in place to activate when the need arises. Visit their website for some Quick Facts which may be helpful during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Rockbridge Area YMCA Child Care: The Rockbridge Area YMCA will provide emergency childcare to health care workers and first responders in the Lexington, Rockbridge, and Buena Vista area in the upcoming days. Read the full press release here.
Rockbridge Community Aid Covid-19 Facebook Group: An online space to share information and resources whether you need help or want to provide it to others. This group of coordinators seeks to match up people in need with those who can help. Please see the Facebook page for more information.
Is there something that you think would be beneficial to add to this page? Please reach out to a Chamber staff member to let us know.