Thursday, June 30, 2022

Coronavirus: 125 area businesses receive grants, thanks to the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

It’s no secret the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on businesses, especially local ones.

Some have permanently closed, and others continue to navigate the economic uncertainty brought about by the pandemic.

So, every little thing helps.

Take for instance the small business grants.

The Williamsburg Community Foundation this week said 125 area businesses have received $3,000 small business grants thanks to the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund.

The grants help local small businesses that have been hurt due to the economic downturn during the pandemic. Funds have helped businesses meet payroll, benefits, rent and other costs to cover the gaps as the local economy recovers, according to a news release from the foundation.

Businesses that have been helped include restaurants, retail, fitness, automotive services, and others.

“I am eternally grateful for this grant,” said Brenda Jones, owner of Printwell, Inc. a family-owned business located in Norge, in a prepared statement. “I’ve been able to keep my staff on full-time. It’s been a hard road for everyone. But I grew up in Williamsburg, and this community it very important to us. So, we are so thankful that the community is here for us now when we need it.”

In May, the Greater Williamsburg Partnership and the Williamsburg Community Foundation created the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund in partnership with the Economic Development Authorities of city of Williamsburg, James City and York counties.

Private donors have also contributed to the effort.

The Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund continues to provide forgivable loans (i.e.., grants) to businesses, who complete a short application through Virginia 30 Day Fund.

“This has been a great partnership,” notes Nancy Sullivan, executive director of the Williamsburg Community Foundation. “Virginia 30 Day makes it very easy for businesses to apply for the grant. There is a quick turnaround so that these folks can keep paying their staff and serving our community. We really encourage other businesses in James City County to apply.”

The James City County Board of Supervisors allocated $500,000 to the Small Business Relief Fund to help businesses in that locality.

Funding is still available, and businesses located in James City County are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualifying businesses must be based in James City County have operated for at least a year, employ three to 30 people and be owned and operated by a Virginia resident.

Questions? Contact Williamsburg Community Foundation at 757-259-1660.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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