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West Virginia CARES Act small business grant program

Earlier this month Governor Justice released the information for West Virginia small businesses to apply for grants up to $5000, funded by the CARES Act. Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

Governor Justice’s WV CARES Act Small Business Grant Program provides West Virginia’s small businesses-the backbone of the West Virginia economy-much needed relief by granting up to $5,000 to West Virginia small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small businesses are eligible if they:

* Have between 1 and 35 full time employees (at least 1 of which is not also an owner/member/shareholder of the business)

* Have their principle place of business in WV

* Were qualified to do business in WV and in operation as of February 29, 2020

* Are currently and intend to remain qualified to do business in WV and in operation for at least the next twelve months

* Are in good standing with the State Tax Department and WorkForce WV

* Are a for-profit business

* Are not in violation of any state order or decree (e.g., mine safety, DEP citations, etc.)

* Are not presently suspended, debarred, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or otherwise excluded from participation in any federal grant program, and are not presently a debtor in any pending bankruptcy (including any owners of the business)

* Have suffered eligible expenses and/or losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Eligible expenses and losses include direct out of pocket expenses, such as purchases of PPE for staff and costs of re-stocking inventory in order to reopen, as well as losses due to business closures, reduced sales, or suspended operations.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and allowable expenses, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y65mrv6f

The process for applying for WV CARES Act Small Business Grant funds begins by becoming a registered Vendor in the wvOASIS system. You must be a registered Vendor to receive WV CARES Act Small Business Grant funds.

An eligible business can apply to be a registered Vendor-without needing to pay the typical $125 fee for registration as a Vendor-in wvOASIS at https://www.wvoasis.gov/ and clicking “VSS”

Any current vendors or those vendors who plan to continue to do business with the State in the future are encourage to sign up for electronic funds transfer (EFT), at https://tinyurl.com/y28zgoeu

Other vendors who choose to not sign up for EFT, will receive a paper check which will be mailed to a physical address in West Virginia.

You will need your Vendor number to begin the application process.

TO APPLY – https://grantsapp.wv.gov/Home

If you have questions about registration or use, please email GrantHelp@wv.gov or call 1-833-94-GRANT.

For technical inquiries, contact GrantTechSupport@wv.gov or call 1-855-666-8823.

Governor Justice is committed to providing this assistance to all eligible small businesses in West Virginia, and submission of an application earlier or later than another application will not count for or against the applicant business in the decision to award grant funds.

Visit this space every other Saturday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588 or email us at info@movchamber.org. The Chamber office is located at 501 Avery Street, 9th Floor in Parkersburg — we are currently open by appointment only.

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Jill Parsons is the President/CEO of The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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