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AEDP: 9/24/20 UPDATE: ALX B2B Round Two Updates, ALX Outdoor Activation Webinar

Sunday, September 27, 2020  
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COVID-19 Resources for Alexandria Businesses & Commercial Property Owners

Resource for Alexandria Business & Commercial Property Owners









Round Two of the Alexandria Back to Business (ALX B2B) grant program will begin accepting applications starting next Wednesday, September 30th at 8:00 AM. The goal of this program is to accelerate the recovery and profitability of small businesses in Alexandria, Virginia that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application must be completed online and will be available on AEDP's website.


As businesses prepare to apply (Wednesday, September 30 at 8:00 AM through Monday, October 5th at 12:00 PM), they should:

  • Review the entire list of eligibility criteria
  • Download and review the Sample ApplicationandFrequently Asked Questions (available soon in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic)
  • Attend one of our Facebook Live sessions - topics below, and each session will have time for live questions and answers!
    • Monday, 9/28 at 12:00 PM
      • Topics: ALX B2B Overview, Resources, and Q&A
    • Wednesday, 9/30 at 12:00 PM
      • Topic: Live demo of application, trending questions, and Q&A
    • Friday, 10/2 at 12:00 PM
      • Topic: ALX B2B update, trends, and Q&A
    • To easily see when we're live, follow AEDP's Facebook page!
    • If you are unsure of how to watch Facebook Live, here's an article with simple steps to follow (mobile and desktop).
  • Gather the following required documents:
    • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Social Security Number (SSN) associated with the business
    • City of Alexandria Business License Account Number
    • For businesses with a commercial lease, the expiration date of the current lease
    • Detailed monthly Profit and Loss Statements for the following time periods (alternatively, in place of detailed Profit & Loss Statements, detailed bank statements may be submitted):
      • If your business opened prior to June 2019:
        • 3 consecutive months between March 2020 through August 2020 AND
        • The same 3 consecutive months for 2019
      • If your business opened between June 1, 2019 and March 14, 2020:
        • 3 consecutive months between March 2020 through August 2020 AND
        • First three months' of business operation

Business owners with questions about the program or application process are encouraged to contact AEDP before the application goes live; reach out to a customer service representative by email at or telephone at 703.739.3820.





Outdoor dining and vending has been a win/win for both business owners and customers, and well-designed, landscaped and lighted outdoor facilities are attracting more customers SAFELY to those establishments. When multiple outdoor spaces create a critical mass, that entire neighborhood becomes a greater attraction.

Join our panel discussion at 2pm on Tuesday, September 29th to learn from those who've built such spaces. They'll share how they did it, sources of materials, costs, and lessons learned.


The panel will also include representatives to answer questions about getting permits, meeting heath department requirements, and preparing for winter weather. AEDP staff will explain how Alexandria Back to Business grant funds can be used to finance buildouts of outdoor spaces.

Restaurateurs and retailers in all parts of Alexandria are encouraged to join this Zoom session to get ideas for setting up and optimizing their own outdoor settings.

There is NO cost for attending this webinar. It is being presented by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, and the City of Alexandria.








Virtual Industry Cluster Meeting

The AEDP is (virtually) convening meetings of various industry clusters over the coming weeks. If you are interested in meeting with peers to discuss resources, challenges and ideas, please submit your ideas toinfo@alexandriaecon.organd a member of our Business Development Team will respond.


Join AEDP's LinkedIn Group

AEDPinvites all local businesses to join ourLinkedIn Groupfocused on fostering business-to-business connections- you can also share tips, tricks, resources, and encouragement.


Support, Questions, and Recommendations

Have a tip or free service to help your fellow business owners? Please send information toinfo@alexandriaecon.orgso that we can review and share appropriately.



AEDP is here to help- our team is reaching out to as many of our ALX businesses and commercial property owners as possible to assure we all survive and recover together!


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