COVID-19 relief options and additional resources

Success Stories

Bright Futures Learning Services (BFLS), headquartered in Winfield, West Virginia, opened in 2007 and provides Applied Behavior Analysis services to children with autism and other disabilities.

Jill Scarbro-McLaury, owner of BFLS, was forced to shut down the facility for seven weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to setting up telehealth visits for her students, Scarbo-McLaury was faced with finding a way to meet payroll for her 28 employees and cover normal operating expenses.

“I was very thankful for the relationship I have formed with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office the past couple years through the Emerging Leaders Program, 504 Loan, SBA award, and my SBDC and SCORE coaches,” stated Scarbro-McLaury “The first thing I did was attend the daily COVID-19 Relief for Small Business webinars that was hosted by SBA’s West Virginia District Office. I took a couple of them and learned as much as I could about the Paycheck... Read More

Troy Rutherford, owner of Dave’s Famous T&L Hotdog in Shinnston and Weston, looks forward to Spring each year as it is the company’s busy season. Unfortunately, this Spring brought a once in a lifetime pandemic instead of the annual surge of customers. 

COVID-19 significantly impacted the sales for Dave’s Famous T&L Hotdog. Like other small restaurants in West Virginia, Rutherford was forced to close the dining room. He adapted to this new reality by adding additional services including free delivery and pivoting his marketing plan to increase his online budget. Sales continued to decrease, requiring a cut back in employee hours as the lower profits made it difficult to cover payroll.

Rutherford turned to the Small Business Administration-approved lender Premier Bank to secure a Paycheck Protection Program loan for $55,000, which helped him keep his employees on payroll at the same hours and pay rate as before the pandemic and helped cover rent and utilities... Read More

The Alonso Group, a West Virginia construction company started in 2010, was deemed essential during the COVID-19 health pandemic. However, revenue took a hit as government contracts projects were altered to abide by social distancing guidelines.  

Managing member Tony Alonso is no stranger to the Small Business Administration, as the business is in the 8(a) Business Development program and was recently named the 2020 SBA West Virginia Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year. During this tough time, Tony checked in with SBA West Virginia District Office Senior Area Business Development Specialist, Melissa Loder, who provided guidance on how the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would benefit the company and its employees.

Tony reached out to a couple financial institutions during the first round of the PPP but was unable to find a bank to process the loan. When the second round of PPP funding was released Tony contacted SBA-approved lender Harrison County Bank, where... Read More

Roya Maher of A3L Federal Works utilizes the Economic Injury Disaster Loan(EIDL) Advance and Payroll Protection Program (PPP) to help her through the current uncertainty of the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maher attended one of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office COVID-19 Relief for Small Business trainings and equipped herself with the knowledge she needed to apply for the EIDL Advance and the PPP.

Following the training Maher worked with her accountant and lender, Clear Mountain Bank, and was able to get the PPP in eight business days. “The process was easy and straightforward because I knew what I was doing from the training,” noted Maher. “I can’t rave enough about the assistance I receive from SBA’s West Virginia District Office, they are always there to assist me when I need it.”

Because of the EIDL Advance and PPP Maher is confident she can navigate the storm and keep her 14 employees on payroll during the... Read More