COVID 19 Job & Small Business Resources

 Resources for Nonprofits & Small Businesses affected by Covid-19

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resource Guide: A comprehensive list of resources to maintain operation and access.

SCORE Hampton RoadsFunded by U.S. Small Business Association, Find a small business mentor, free workshops. 

Yes Virginia Beach Resources: a site with economic development resources. 

Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center: Assists small business with crisis issues. 

 COVID 19 Job Seeker Resources

Hampton Roads Workforce Council: The Hampton Roads Workforce Council oversees federally funded workforce development programs, which assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in finding suitable job openings and bolstering their earning power through training. Hampton Roads Workforce Council's COVID-19 Workforce Resource Guide:

Virginia Employment Commission: The VEC's Virginia Workforce Connection (VAWC is your source to connect with potential employers, search for jobs, find training opportunities, file for unemployment benefits and research wage data along with industry and occupational trends. They have created a video on how to file for unemployment, which can be found at:

Social Security Administration: The Social Security Administration website provides updates and FAQs on how payments and claims are being handled during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as information on Medicare and unemployment. Visit their Coronavirus update page at

SCORE: Score is providing services for small business owners such as remote mentoring, webinars and online workshops during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub at

Governor Northam announces new tools for Virginia workers and job seekers: Governor Ralph Northam has shared a new suite of technology tools to help Virginians take full advantage of the supportive services available through the Commonwealth's workforce system. 

Library Resources (found on the library website under Digital Library – Learn or Research):

Career Online High School – Residents of Virginia Beach who are at least 20 years of age, have completed the 8th grade, and have a library account in good standing have the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma with a career certificate (there are nine choices). The coursework is done completely online. Norfolk Public Library and Chesapeake Public Library also offer the program to their residents. Customers may apply to the program by filling out and submitting a self-assessment from VBPL's Career Online High School page:

Peterson's Career Prep - Explore career paths and view guidance and activities for job seekers and those investigating a career change.

Peterson's Test Prep - (Formerly TERC) - Testing  and study software for college/grad school entrance exams.

Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (Located within Gale Virtual Reference Library) - Offers standardized test and entrance exam preparation, in-depth undergraduate and graduate program research, tuition and scholarship assistance, and valuable career information. It helps everyone, from students to seasoned professionals, embark on new paths.

LinkedIn Learning​ - (Formerly - Online courses that teach business, software, technology and creative skills to help reach your professional goals.

Online Self-paced Technology trainings

Data Axle Reference Solutions - Search for companies, job openings and internships in the United States. Also includes career preparation resources.

Rocket Languages – Increase your employment opportunities by learning a new language.

Small Business Reference Center - Learn about starting a company, operations management, sales and more.

Universal Class - Take a variety of courses to improve your skills for work.

 Resources for Individuals

Please note that the applications for these programs are yearly. If a deadline has passed, you can apply again in 2021.

American Floral Endowment:, offers scholarships and paid internships to individuals in floriculture and horticulture disciplines as well as educational and research grants to educational institutions. Deadline: Varies (March, May, June, October)

The Mid-Atlantic Securities Traders Foundation, Inc.: Offers scholarships and student aid for college students in business, finance and economics. Deadline: June 15.

National Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation: Scholarships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students pursuing engineering studies and activities. Deadline: varies (March 1 for high school and undergraduate scholarships; June 15 for graduate school scholarships).

The James W. Perkins Memorial Trust: College scholarships to students of VA, for continuing education at accredited colleges or universities. Deadline: July 1. 301 Bendix Rd., Ste. 500, Virginia Beach, VA United States 23452-1385Telephone: (757) 497-6633; E-mail:

The Marie A. Dornhecker Foundation: Scholarships to students who reside in the Hampton Roads, VA, area for undergraduate or graduate study of French language and culture. Deadline: July 17. 

Ernestine Matthews Trust: Offers undergraduate scholarships to residents of DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV, who rank in the upper third of their high school classes.

The Lincoln-Lane Foundation: Scholarships to college students who are residents of the Tidewater, VA, area. Deadline: November 15

Orphan Foundation of America: Offers scholarships and loans to orphans and foster youths pursuing a two- or four-year degree or a certificate in vocational training.  Foster Care to Success Sponsored Scholarships, Deadline: January 1- March 31. 

William Orr Dingwall Foundation, Inc: Scholarships to individuals of Korean ancestry for higher education at accredited institutions and to doctoral candidates of any national origin to study the neural basis of language. Deadline: February 1.

Community Foundation of the New River Valley: While most of the scholarships are for students from the New River Valley region, there are three scholarships for any students attending Virginia Tech. Deadline: February 

Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation: Offers individual scholarships to juniors and seniors in Virginia public or private high schools or home schools, based on quality of submitted essay. Deadline: February 15. P.O. Box 8121Charlottesville, VA United States 22906-8121; Telephone: (434) 293-5792; E-mail:

All Saints' Scholarship Fund: Scholarships to students from Cape Henry Academy, Norfolk Academy or Virginia Beach High Schools preparing to enter or continue college for study in accredited degree programs. Deadline: mid-February

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia: Offers emergency food assistance to individuals and families in need throughout southeastern VA.  

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