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COVID-19 Small Business Impacts and Recovery: Fortifying Our Local Economic Base

Live Webinar
Thursday, April 30, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Small businesses and their employees are being severely impacted by the sharp economic downturn resulting from the coronavirus health crisis in the U.S.  These small businesses are vital to our localities and state, employing 47% of the private workforce in Virginia (SBA).  Many of these businesses will struggle to survive and recover from the crisis, with enduring impacts for Virginia’s localities.  This webinar will present an outlook for small business and specific tools and strategies for government and community officials to support small business recovery.  Representatives from state, regional and local organizations that are working to support small business in Virginia, as well as small business owners, will discuss how local officials can help small businesses survive and recover.

CPE Credits Earned:
2.0 hours
Cost $50

Questions?  Contact Stephanie Davis,, or Sheryl Bailey,

Time  Topic Speaker
10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Dr. Stephanie D. Davis, Program Director, Graduate Certificate Programs in Local Government and Financial Management, and Dr. Sheryl D. Bailey, Visiting Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech
10:10 a.m. COVID-19 Small Business Impacts and Outlook Dr. Sheryl D. Bailey
10:20 a.m. Business Owner's Front-Line View of COVID-19 Impacts and Recovery Ilsa Loeser, Principal, LetterPress Communications, Farmville, Virginia
10:40 a.m. State Forcast for Small Business Impacts and Resources to Support Recovery Jody Keenan, State Director, Virginia Small Business Development Center
11:00 a.m. Regional Development Organizations' Support for Small Business and Vision for the Future Elizabeth Povar, Principal, Middle Peninsula Alliance and The RiverLink Group
11:20 a.m. Local Chamber and Main Stree Organizations' Support for Small Business and REcovery Alexis Earhardt, President & CEO, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
11:40 a.m. Q&A All Participants
12:00 p.m. Session Concludes