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Middlesex EDA Micro-Grant Coronavirus Aid

June 29, 2020

In response to the recent economic impacts created by the COVID-19 pandemic the Middlesex County EDA is making $100,000 available for small business assistance grants. Funds utilized for the program are being drawn from reserve funds generated by fees charged on past Industrial Revenue Bonds issued by the EDA. No local tax dollars are involved.  The Micro-Grant program will reimburse direct costs incurred by eligible Middlesex County small businesses due to business interruption caused by required closures or reduced hours of operation necessitated by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program requires that businesses complete an application and provide appropriate materials for review by the Middlesex County Economic Development Authority.

Applications may be submitted immediately, will be reviewed by EDA/County staff and the grant award will be made upon approval by the Middlesex Economic Development Authority. Applications will be approved until funds are exhausted.  Key points of the program can be found here

Tappahannock Hiring Main Street Manager!

June 8, 2020

The  Town of Tappahannock is recruiting for an Executive Director to lead the activities of the Downtown Tappahannock Main Street Program to promote the vitality of Downtown Tappahannock as the social, cultural, and economic heart of the community.  The Director is responsible for development and implementation of the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

The Director coordinates programs activities, and volunteers, and represents the community regionally and nationally. The Director works with the Tappahannock Main Street Board of Directors to implement the vision and mission statements and strategic goals and objectives of the organization, and reports directly to the Tappahannock Main Street Board of Directors.  The Director coordinates with Essex County and the Town of Tappahannock on economic activities occurring within the County. 

Interested parties should Submit resume with cover letter explaining how your background fits the job and skills required, three references, and any supporting materials to Nicole Weaver, Office Associate, Essex County, Virginia, P.O. Box 1079, Tappahannock, VA 22560 or email:   For questions or a detailed job description, contact Mavora Donoghue, President of Tappahannock Main Street, at  First reviews June 16, 2020.

Middlesex County Face Coverings Resolution

May 12, 2020

On April 30, the Board of Supervisors of Middlesex County approved its face-covering resolution that is intended to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The resolution linked here addresses both face coverings and signage.

Check out the upcoming Small Business webinars!

April 22, 2020

The Virginia Small Business Development Network continues to host informative webinars for business; check out their upcoming sessions HERE.  You can also find their recorded webinars HERE.  These are easy-to-follow overviews of business support during this COVID19 crisis.  

Small Business Resource Page

April 14, 2020

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity has an excellent single-page list of resources for small businesses at this link. Check it out!