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    The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce has received a United States Economic Development Administration CARES Act Recovery Assistance Supplemental Award for the Eastern Shore of Virginia through the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission. The grant will provide funding through June 2022, allowing the chamber to offer economic response and recovery planning assistance to our businesses as they craft new resiliency plans to address future situations such as the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
    We hope all Chincoteague business owners will take time to complete the following survey as providing the best practices, ideas, challenges, obstacles and opportunities you have experienced during this pandemic and other recent disasters will help us identify areas of assistance that will best benefit our business community. Implementation may include but not limited to:
    - Workshops focused on Business Resiliency, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Communications, Website Design and Social Media Platforms
    - Develop stronger and more user-friendly Economic Development Resources section on
    - Lunch & Learns focused on relevant economic development topics - insurance, banking, workforce development, tax accounting and Small Business Administration
    - Workforce Development Training
    - Monthly Networking Luncheons, Business Before/During/After Hours, Job Fairs and Chamber Sponsored Events and Meetings
    Although the deadline to complete this survey is Friday, October 2, 2020, we greatly value your input and it is welcome at any time.


    If you have any questions about this survey or ideas of how your business can participate in any of the above events, please contact Joanne Moore at
    We greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.
    Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

    Ready Set Go Task Force Survey

    The Ready Set Go Task Force, a group made up of representatives from A-NPDC; Eastern Shore Community College; the Eastern Shore Tourism Commission; the ESVA Chamber; the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce and the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce, is working to help local businesses speed recovery, prepare for the post-COVID world and build resiliency.

    The task force hopes to do this by gathering data and feedback from local business owners in order to create trainings and educational materials.

    The Ready, Set, Go Task Force is asking for you to help by completing a comprehensive survey that will assess how COVID has affected local businesses and how the task force can help the business community going forward.

    The survey will be followed by five virtual roundtable sessions, each geared towards a specific industry, that will gather feedback on survey data and dig deeper into how business owners have innovated during the pandemic and what the task force can do to help build resiliency.

    A Save the Date announcement for those roundtables will be announced the week of February 15, 2021.

    Click below to begin the survey, if you have any questions please contact Evelyn Shotwell, Executive Director, Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce at



    Job Fairs, Employment Open Houses, and Job Listings

    CLICK HERE to visit our Employment Opportunities page.




    ESVA Business Development Funding Resources Summary from the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

    Create your FREE VisitESVA listing on the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission website to showcase your business or event to prospective visitors.

    Eastern Shore Community College - "Re-Employ Virginians" tuition voucher program for the Spring 2021 semester with up to $3,000 in vouchers available per person for individuals unemployed or underemployed and interested in Early Childhood Development, Electricity, Electronics, HVAC, Welding, Nurse Aide, Medical Assistant, or Medical Coding & Billing. Email Dawn McElwain or visit for additional information.

    Eastern Shore of Virginia Housing Alliance is a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) which focuses on preparing Eastern Shore residents for the responsibilities of homeownership. The Alliance also continues its vital work in reconstructing and rehabilitating houses that have no indoor plumbing. Flyer.

    Small Business Administration -
    New Round of PPP and EIDL Loans Open as of January 11, 2021 Learn more.
    Shuttered Venues Grant - Learn more.


    Seminars, Webinars & Workshops

    Ready Set Go Task Force Roundtable Discussions:
    Registration information was sent out to the chamber membership the week of March 8.

    Monday, March 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Industry: Hospitality and Entertainment (Accommodations, Eats & Drinks, Experiences, & Related Retail/Services)

    Tuesday, March 9 from 12 to 2 p.m.
    Industry: Community Services (Education, Health, Government, and Nongovernment/Non-Profit Services)

    Tuesday, March 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.
    Industry: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisheries, Poultry and Related Manufacturing/Services/Retail

    Thursday, March 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.
    Industry: Business Operations, Business & Personal Services (Professional & Technical Services: Finance, Legal, Engineering, IT, etc.; Personal Care Services; Building/Property Services: Real Estate, Janitorial, Landscaping, Cleaning, Septic, etc.)

    Friday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Industry: Manufacturing, Trade, Construction & Related Retail/Services (Utilities, Non-agriculture Manufacturing, Construction, Property Services)


    March 24, 2021 - 1pm - The Post Pandemic Workplace: An HR and Employment Law Prospective. Register here.


    Planning for the Recovery with Adam Sacks 12-2020 - Presented in December 2020 at Virginia Tourism Corporation online seminar

    2021 Virginia Certified Ecotour Guide Course - This eight-week class, offered “live” online Tuesday evenings, will provide successful students with certification credentials to lead their own Ecotours in coastal Virginia and earn 3 CEUs. The course will focus on aspects of ecotourism, including: ecosystem science, customer service, business marketing, interpretation skills, culture, and natural history.

    Tips on PPP Loan Forgiveness - Video from Aaron Frazier, Director of Healthcare and Tax Policy at the National Restaurant Association on information related to PPP Loan Forgiveness.

    TripAadvisor Publishes New 'The Year of the Travel Rebound' Report - Highlights traveler trends to watch in 2021, including:

    • Traveler confidence that the vaccine rollout will allow for more travel, including international travel
    • Domestic travel will remain strong;
    • Consumers are spending more time planning trips;
    • Respondents are looking forward to more in person dining this year, but will also order more takeout meals.



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