ABAHR Board Member Jay An represented the Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads in the call between the three regional organizations who have worked together on community events and cultural exchanges in the past.
There are Businesses Hiring!
Walmart is hiring 4,300 people across Virginia and telling those who apply that they could potentially start working the same day. Text “jobs” to 240240 or visit walmartcareers.com
The German grocer Aldi appeared to have at least 45 job openings in South Hampton Roads recently and is offering $2 an hour on top of regular wages through April 30. Visit careers.aldi.us.
Another grocery chain, Kroger, said it had hundreds of open jobs across the mid-Atlantic region in stores, manufacturing plants and warehouses. Applicants are urged to go to jobs.kroger.com. The company says job placement could be made within a matter of days.
Amazon announced March 16 that it was looking to fill 100,000 open positions in its U.S. fulfillment and distribution network during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s also increased wages by $2 an hour through the end of April. The online retailer also encouraged employers who have had to lay off or furlough workers to refer them to Amazon for temporary work until the employer is able to re-hire them. An online site where people can apply notes that hiring decisions can be made within 7 days of applying and no resume or prior work experience is required. Amazon.com/jobsnow
Dollar Tree, the Chesapeake-based discount retailer, announced it is hiring 25,000 people nationwide at its Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores and distribution centers. Of that, about 200 current listings across Hampton Roads are split evenly between in-store associates and management, distribution, and corporate positions, including 57 open corporate positions open at its Chesapeake headquarters. Visit DollarTree.com/careers or FamilyDollar.com/careers.
Dollar General also announced that it planned to hire 50,000 people through the end of April. In-store job listings on its careers.dollargeneral.com as of March 23 showed nearly 200 jobs across Hampton Roads.
Are you hiring?
Let Hampton Roads workers know by visiting this link and filling out the form. We’re collecting the information to then post for job-seekers to find. https://bit.ly/covid-hiring
Financial Assistance Available
Up to $500 from the United Way of South Hampton Roads
The United Way of South Hampton Roads has said it’s willing to give any adult in need up to $500 toward rent, a mortgage, transportation costs or utility bills. It’s set up a hotline at 757-858-7777 that also helps route individuals to other social services they may need.
To qualify for financial assistance, the charity asks for a person’s identification, a copy of the bill a person needs help paying and documentation to show the person’s income has dropped. That proof can include recent pay stubs, a letter from the person’s company or supervisor stating that a “closure, cancellation or a reduction of hours led to reduced pay,” or a copy of a work schedule showing a change in hours.
Don’t expect a $500 check, though. The group vets a person’s needs and directly pays whatever bill is owed.
The local United Way group has $500,000.00 in its Coronavirus Recovery Fund.
“Although evictions and cutoffs have been halted, these payments will catch up with them, and that cycle will just lengthen the amount of time it takes our community to recover from this crisis,” said spokeswoman Kelsey Mohring.
Those who wish to make a gift to the fund can text COVID to 41444 or visit unitedwayshr.org/ coronavirus.
Since the hotline’s launch on March 16, the organization has received 375 calls. Of those, 90% of callers have lost their entire income stream and 60% of the callers have children in their homes, Mohring said.
Employers, Avoid Tax Penalties
Submit a WARN Notice to VEC
The state is promising employers that they can avoid the financial penalty that usually comes with a rise in unemployment claims by their employees. Employers must let the state know that they’re ceasing or slowing down operations by submitting a WARN notice that includes the number of employees affected. For more information on how to send a WARN letter, visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website or download the PDF: vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/employer/pdf/warnact.pdf
Loans and Grants
Small Business Administration
As of March 19, small businesses and nonprofits in Virginia can seek a low-interest economic injury disaster loan from the Small Business Administration worth up to $2 million at an interest rate not to exceed 4% to cover expenses until normal operations resume. To qualify, though, the SBA must determine that the applicant can’t find credit elsewhere. Visit the SBA's COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources website for more details.
Small Business and Supplier Diversity
The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) and the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) offer a Microloan for SWaM certified businesses. Download the application here.
City of Norfolk
Norfolk’s Department of Economic Development is offering existing local companies in the exporting business affected by the stress on the global supply chain, as well as those that show a significant decline in sales over prior periods, a loan between $10,000 and $35,000 with an interest rate of approximately 2.75%. For more information, call 757-664-4338, visit the Norfolk Economic Development website, or download the application.
Loan decisions will be made by Norfolk’s Economic Development Authority. The funding is coming from the Federal Economic Development Administration.
City of Williamsburg
Williamsburg is offering businesses in its cities up to $500 in a matching grant to help with their ecommerce and marketing needs as some shift to new business models, primarily online ordering and curbside pickup reservations. Funding is available through April 30 and applications must be approved by the Williamsburg Economic Development Department. Visit YesWilliamsburg.com for more information.
This page was last updated March 26, 2020 at 2:30pm EST. For more information visit our Careers page to see the latest job openings and visit our Resources page for more information on loans and grant opportunities.