The MOV Chamber is proud to provide resources, connections and information to our members and the business community during this unprecedented situation. Please know we are going to continue working on your behalf in our community during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to maneuver through this unknown situation with the intent to keep our organization up and running and to be a support for our members.
The goal for our Chamber is to ensure that the information we share is accurate, informative and researched. We will post links to this page as we receive information from our partner organizations. Our video updates are also posted below.
Update 11/13/2020 – West Virginia
Governor Justice has issued a Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement for all indoor, public spaces.
The requirements are as follows:
1.All individuals over the age of 9, within the state of West Virginia, shall wear an adequate face covering when in confined, indoor spaces where other individuals may be present, regardless of one’s perceived ability to social distance from other individuals. Such face-covering shall not be required when in one’s residence when individuals are able to physically isolate in a physically separated office or other space when no other’s are present, or when actively engaged in the consumption of food and/or beverage.
2.That business and organizations that invite the public into their facilities shall require compliance with the terms of this order, shall post adequate signage notifying patrons of the requirement of this Order, and shall enforce the same on their premises.
3. Children under 2 years old and anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance should not wear face coverings. For children ages 2-8, it is recommended that parents/guardians use their best judgment as to when to assist such children to wear a face covering.
Governor Justice also announced the following Executive Orders:
All winter school sports will be POSTPONED until January 11, 2021. This includes little leagues and travel teams. (View Executive Order Here)
All Nursing Home staff will be required to be tested twice a week. (View Executive Order Here)
All 55 County School Systems in West Virginia will be closed Thursday, November 26-December 3, 2020. Remote learning will be utilized Monday, November 30 – Wednesday, December 2, 2020. This includes all private and public schools. (View Executive Order Here)
All band festivals/competitions will be canceled in Spring 2021. All band concerts will be canceled for the remainder of the year.
Ohio Update – November 13, 2020
Governor DeWine announced Wednesday, November 11 that the state of Ohio is issuing a revised mask order for the state and also created a Retail Compliance Unite. The new revised mask order will require all businesses to post a Face Covering Requirement at all public entrances and ensuring that all customers adhere to the mask order. The newly created Retail Compliance Unit will inspect to ensure compliance with businesses. If the Retail Compliance Unit finds that you are in violation of the order, you will receive a written warning, while a second violation will bring about the closure of the store for up to 25 hours.
The City of Parkersburg – Small Business Relief Fund
The City of Parkersburg announces the launch of the Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF), a program funded through a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds, and aimed to assist small businesses in the City avoid job loss caused by closures related to social distancing by providing short-term working capital assistance to enable retention and/or creation of job opportunities for low- to moderate- income persons. The SBRF funds awarded to an eligible business, through the SBRF Program, may be used for working capital expenses. This funding can be used to help small businesses restart their operations after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The maximum amount of assistance an eligible business may apply for and/or receive (provided they document the unmet need) is $17,500.
Funds awarded to an eligible business, through the SBRF Program, may be used for working capital expenses. For the purpose of this program, eligible working capital expenses include the following:
- Payment for business rent or required monthly business loan payments.
- Payments of wages, taxes, and normal benefits for business employees essential to maintain your business.
- Normal operating costs that are included in “cost of goods sold” on a business income statement (raw materials for manufacturers, component pieces for assemblers, items for resale for retailers, food for restaurants, etc.)
- Normal operating expenses are included in “operating expenses” on a business income statement (utilities, insurance, professional services, etc.).
The City is proud to partner with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) in the administration of the SBRF program.
To be considered eligible for assistance through the SBRF, a small business must meet the following criteria:
- Be located in the corporation limits of the City of Parkersburg.
- Have been in business for at least one year (since March 1, 2019).
- Have been in good standing with applicable City fees as of December 31, 2019.
- Must be a low- to moderate-income (LMI) business owner and/or a business that employs (or previously employed) at least 51% LMI workers.
- Must employ ≤ 25 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Low- to Moderate- Income (LMI) Workers, however, priority will be given to businesses that employ ≤ 10 FTE LMI workers during the first application cycle. Please see the definition for FTE-LMI Worker below.
To receive a copy of the application and program guidelines (hard copy or electronic), please visit https://www.movrc.org/ , call 304.422.4993 or email email@example.com. Applications must be submitted to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council by Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 10 a.m. Applications can be mailed or emailed to the Regional Council.
Applications are being accepted through the wvOASIS website beginning Monday, July 13 through September 30, 2020.
Governor Justice’s WV CARES Act Small Business Grant Program provides West Virginia’s small businesses much needed relief by granting up to $5,000 to WV Small Businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
Small Businesses are eligible if they:
- Have between 1 and 35 full-time employees (at least 1 of which is not also an owner/member / shareholder of the business)
- Have their principle place of business in WV
Were qualified to do business in WV and in operation as of February 29,2020
- Are currently and intend to remain qualified to do business in WV and in operation for at least the next twelve months.
- Are in good standing with the State Tax Department and WorkForce WV.
- Are a for-profit business
- Are not in violation of any state order or decree (e.g., mine safety, DEP citations, etc.)
- Are not presently suspended, debarred, proposed debarment, declared ineligible, or otherwise excluded from participation in any federal grant program, and are not presently a debit in any pending bankruptcy (including any owners of the business)
- Have suffered eligible expenses and/or losses because of COVID-19
The process for applying for WV CARES Act Small Business Grant funds begins by becoming a registered vendor in the wvOASIS system. You must be a registered Vendor to receive WV CARES act small business grant funds. An eligible business can apply to be a registered Vendor – without needing to pay the typical $125 fee- in WV OASIS at https://www.wvoasis.gov/, and clicking “VSS”
The City of Parkersburg in partnership with Community Resources and United Way Alliance launches a Family Relief Fund.
The Family Relief Fund (FRF), a program funded through a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funding through the Cares Act, and aimed to assist Parkersburg residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The FRF funds short-term emergency payments on behalf of individuals or families to prevent utility service cutoffs, and/or
housing payments to prevent eviction or homelessness.
FRF operates on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible residents and must meet the following requirements.
- Must reside in the corporation limits of the City of Parkersburg
- Must meet the following household income eligible guidelines (80% of Area Median Income):
- 1 Person: $35,000
- 2 Persons: $40,600
- 3 Persons: $45,650
- 4 Persons: $50,700
- 5 Persons: $54,800
- 6 Persons: $58,850
- 7 Persons: $62,900
- 8 Persons: $66,950
- Must be in good standing with applicable City Fees (as of 12/31/2019).
- Must provide documentation of financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. This may include, but is not limited to job loss, decrease in hours/wages, increase in expenses, etc.
Financial assistance will be made directly to service providers, landlords, or banking institutions, and is capped at $2,000 per household. Payments will be directed to the most urgent need(s).
To apply or to learn more about the Family Relief Fund, call 2-1-1 to reach the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
MOV Chamber Re-Opening Signage
We have created the following signage for you to utilize as you begin to re-open your business.
West Virginia Strong/The Comeback (Governor Justice’s Reopening Plans):
All West Virginia Re-opening Guideline Documents (Listed Alphabetically)
CARES Stimulus Act Provision links:
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) information/links:
Emergency Paid Sick Leave/Emergency Family Leave information/links:
Information for general public:
March 25, 2020 Video Update
March 27, 2020 Video Update
April 3, 2020 Video Update
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