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Chamber COVID-19 Resources

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is offering this page as a health and economic resource guide during the coronavirus pandemic.  Please check back often as we plan to update the page frequently.

UPDATED 11/18/21 1:18 pm

The Chamber encourages you to continue to support our members as you can during this difficult time.  Our full business directory has member contact information for you to learn more.

The 2020 Maple Festival was cancelled.  In the aftermath, participating vendors provided the Chamber with contact information for customers to reach out with support.  With the cancellation of the 2021 Maple Festival as well, we have decided to leave this connector page up until further notice.  Any support you can show these talented Arts & Crafts, Food and Information Booth Vendors is greatly appreciated, as they play a critical role in making the Maple Festival a success.  Thank you!
See our 2020 Maple Festival Connector page by clicking here.

Reopening Resources

Thursday, August 26 | 10:30 AM EST

Click here to learn more and register

As more and more employees become vaccinated and return to the workplace, businesses are wondering what they can and should require of their employees and how to best protect themselves and their customers to maintain a safe work environment.

Join the Alexandria SBDC for a presentation by R. Doug Taylor, Shareholder, Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., who will address the following questions:

·     Can an employer ask for proof of vaccination status? What should that proof look like?

·     What if an employee refuses to be vaccinated? Can employers terminate for refusal to be vaccinated?

·     Must employers still require masks in the workplace?

·     How may employers encourage vaccinations without requiring vaccinations?

·     Can employers require unvaccinated employees to get tested? Do employers have to pay for that? How frequently can testing be mandated?

·     What if an employee insists on working remotely?

If you have any questions ahead of the webinar, please email them to help@virginiasbdc.org.

State and National Resources on COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website: https://www.cdc.gov/

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

Press releases from the Virginia Governor: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/

Highland County, Virginia Resources on COVID-19

November 18, 2021

From Highland Medical Center (https://www.facebook.com/HighlandMedicalCenter):

Monterey, Highland County. Highland Medical Center will hold a Covid-19 third dose Moderna Clinic, Saturday, November 20, at the Highland High School Parking Lot, 9 AM-1 PM. Appointments are recommended. Call 468-6400 to schedule.

Economic Relief and Opportunities

10/19/21 - The Highland Economic Development Authority (EDA) has opened its 2022 Incentive Grant Program applications!

Funded by Highland County Board of Supervisors, the purpose of the Highland EDA Grant Incentive Program is to encourage the growth and success of small businesses located in our County. The grant program is designed to provide a mechanism for the Highland EDA to evaluate and award incentives to local businesses. The program goals are to:

• Encourage entrepreneurship
• Provide new job opportunities for local residents
• Increase the commercial tax base in our region

Applications will be reviewed following the application deadline of December 6, 2021 and grant award letters will go out following the EDA’s January 2022 meeting. Applications will be evaluated by EDA members based on the following criteria: Current number of employees/projected number of employees within two years; current and projected revenue within two years; proposed use of the grant funds; business and marketing plan; and readiness to undertake the project.

Grant funds, in a range of $2,000 - $5,000 per business, are for the purpose of assisting with start-up or expansion expenses and can be awarded for the following uses: Purchase of supplies, equipment, or inventory, and/or down-payments towards the lease or purchase of a commercial location, renovations or minor repairs to a new commercial location, utility connection fees, and/or advertising & marketing expenses, and job training (if unavailable through VJIP). Normal operating expenses, such as rent, utilities, payroll, taxes, etc. are not allowable expenses. Full justification of how grant funds will be used and proof that they were utilized as described is required.

• Prior (2019-2021) Incentive Grant Recipients are not eligible for the FY 22 grant cycle
• Due to limited economic impact, Bed and Breakfasts are not eligible for the grant

Grants will only be awarded for work, items, and/or projects performed or received after approval of the application. All projects must be completed within 6 months of approval. Funds will be awarded to the applicant one of two ways: 1) in the form of reimbursements upon satisfactory completion of a task/project or 2) in the form of payment directly to a vendor upon the presentation of an invoice for a specific item. Purchases must be made in accordance with the approved application, and with the grant guidelines set out below. Applicant must submit copies of all paid invoices/receipts and copies of all required permits and approvals.

Program information and grant applications may be:
1) Downloaded from the Highland County Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.highlandcounty.org
2) Requested by email to: highlandeda@htcnet.org
3) Any questions may be directed to: highlandeda@htcnet.org for a prompt response.

Completed applications must be received by 4:30 pm on December 6, 2021. They may be hand-delivered to Highland County Courthouse Board of Supervisor’s Office or mailed to:
Highland EDA,
P. O. Box 68
Monterey, Virginia 24465.

All grant recipients are required to present a business plan (for start-up or expansion) to the Highland EDA and be prepared to discuss their business plans.

Please click the following link to view and download the full pdf application:

FY 2022 Incentive Grant Application

 

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce continues to look for solutions to get through these uncertain times.  We are reaching out to local, state and national government officials and organizations to locate resources to help alleviate financial strain.  We will update this page as we know more.  If you have suggestions or feedback, please email director@highlandcounty.org.  Thank you.

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