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Your bi-weekly business update from Spotsylvania County.

May 18th, 2020

Volume I, Issue III
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Spotsylvania County Office Buildings Reopen May 18 with Limited Access

Spotsylvania County buildings and offices reopen to the public Monday, May 18, with limited access and social distancing, after being closed to visitors since March 20, due to COVID-19. 

"While our buildings and offices are reopening to the public through normal business hours or by appointment only, we would like to emphasize that the safest way to conduct county business during Phase One of the Governor’s reopening plan, is to continue using our contact-free options," says County Administrator Ed Petrovitch. "We strongly encourage residents to reach staff by phone and email Monday-Friday 8 am-4:30 pm, use drop boxes at designated locations, as well as utilizing the county’s online resources and payment options. We have made progress in our fight to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, but we need to continue working together so that we can remain focused on a forward path."

For a full list of County reopenings, and what to expect when you visit, please visit our website here: Spotsylvania County Buildings Reopen 

Virginia SBDC Business Recovery Resources 
The Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has developed a series of checklists to guide businesses through the reopening process. As reopenings begin, it can be overwhelming to decide what works best for each business. The SBDC checklist is designed to help every business find success post-crisis. View the checklist here: SBDC Recovery Checklists

Forward Virginia: Phase I Guidelines

The Governor's Office has released guidance for all business sectors to follow during the Phase I reopening of Virginia. There are several mandatory requirements for restaurants, farmer's markets, brick & mortar retail establishments, fitness centers, campgrounds, and personal grooming services. An interactive website, where businesses can view these guidelines is available here: Forward Virginia 

Spotsylvania Towne Centre Businesses Begin to Reopen
Business at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre began reopening on May 15th under the Forward Virginia Phase I guidelines. Visitors will notice new signage and physical barriers to encourage everyone to practice safe-distancing and other healthy behaviors. Additionally, many stores at the mall are now offering “Mall To Go” curbside pickup at designated mall entrances by calling your favorite store in advance to place orders. For a full list of open stores and pickup options, visit spotsylvaniatownecentre.com.

Bay Workforce Consortium Accepting Applications for Rapid Response Funding
The Bay Consortium Workforce Board has been awarded an $87,314 grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia to assist small businesses (fewer than 250 at a site) with certain costs related to the COVID 19 crisis. Examples of uses for the funding include: Paying for cleaning services so companies can stay open, Paying for cleaning supplies, Purchasing items that can assist employees in teleworking, Other COVID-19 related items can be considered on a case-by-case basis. Note that “equipment” with a per-unit value over $5,000 is not allowed; nor are wage reimbursements for employees. To apply for this funding, visit the Rapid Response Funding page on our website: Rapid Response Funding 


Germanna Community College Offering Online Summer Classes 
Interested in expanding your horizons while sitting in the comfort of home? Take a look at the ONLINE courses Germanna Community College is offering. Germanna offers a wide array of full certifications and workforce credentials. For more information visit their website: Germanna Online Summer Classes
RPI Group Inc. makes Inc. Magazine's list of Best Workplaces in 2020
Congratulations are in order to RPI Group Inc. for making Inc. Magazine's list of best workplaces in 2020! RPI was one of 395 finalists chosen out of over 3,000 submissions. We are so proud to have a business that values its employees so much in Spotsylvania! For more information about RPI Group Inc., visit their website: RPI Group Inc. 
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Producing Personal Protective Equipment
CRRL is assisting medical workers and law enforcement in our community by 3D-printing personal protective equipment. Staff have set up all 12 of the library's 3D printers and have started production of ear guards for surgical masks, face shields, and face masks. To date, they have printed 182 ear guards and 115 face shields.  For more information on their efforts, visit their website here: CRRL Producing PPE
 
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The Department of Economic Development is committed to helping your business grow and prosper. We are here to connect your business to the resources it needs. 
Our office is located at:
9019 Old Battlefield, Blvd, Suite 310
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 540-507-7210

Staff
Debbie Sanders, Interim Director
dsanders@spotsylvania.va.us

Kevin Marshall, Business Development
kmarshall@spotsylvania.va.us

Meggie Roche, Marketing & Communication
mroche@spotsylvania.va.us

Jennifer Scott, Data & Real Estate
jlscott@spotsylvania.va.us


Due to COVID-19, our office is currently only accepting meetings by appointment with 10 people or less. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please call or email us. And as always, feel free to reach out to us for any business concerns! 
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