In this episode of the #LoudounPossible Pod, we’re bringing you some highlights from Loudoun County Supervisor Caleb Kershner and Supervisor Tony Buffington’s COVID-19 Rural Business Teleconference held on Tuesday night.
Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director and podcast host Buddy Rizer was a featured panelist on the call, which drew sign-ups from more than 100 businesses in Loudoun’s Catoctin and Blue Ridge districts. The overall theme of the call was business funding and was timed to occur before the opening of Loudoun’s COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund on April 29.
“Supervisor Buffington and I saw a need to bring our businesses in Western Loudoun together to give you direct information about the available programs and to answer your questions,” Supervisor Kershner explained. “Without a doubt, COVID-19 has launched us into unprecedented and uncertain times in Loudoun County, especially for our business community.
“Small business, we believe, is the backbone of our economy.”
Buffington added: “I just want to reiterate that our rural businesses, I think, are absolutely key and are critical to maintaining Western Loudoun’s rural, historic and scenic character for well into the future. We very much appreciate you, [business owners]. We understand right now is a very difficult time to be a small business owner anywhere.
“Luckily, here in Loudoun, we have a lot of support.”
There was a lot of really good information from the Supervisors and other guests, including Rizer’s updates on the fund, Beth Erickson of Visit Loudoun; Eric Byrd from the Loudoun Small Business Development Center; Alice Frazier, CEO of BCT, The Community Bank; Pete Snyder of Disruptor Capital and the man behind the Virginia 30 Day Fund, and Ryan Lambert with the Small Business Administration.
Rural businesses play an important role in Loudoun County, and like all businesses, the businesses in Western Loudoun have been impacted by COVID-19.
This podcast talks about the Loudoun Business Interruption Fund, working with the EIDL and PPP programs on the federal level, and other resources that have been established.