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ReEstablish Richmond

May 8, 2020 | Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

Kate Ayers and the team at ReEstablish Richmond have suddenly found themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2010, ReEstablish Richmond has helped to bridge a gap in services for refugees and help them navigate the many government programs available to secure housing, jobs, and basic human needs — and, ultimately, permanent residency and citizenship. Nationwide, refugees and immigrants are among the most deeply impacted by stay-at-home orders and economic lockdowns. Earlier this …

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Art 180

May 4, 2020 | Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

ART 180 is a Richmond nonprofit with a mission to give young people living in challenging circumstances a chance to express themselves through art. The biggest priority for ART 180 leaders since stay-at-home orders in Virginia has been to keep seven staff members employed, along with teaching artists who lead its programs. A Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan with VCC is covering payroll and medical insurance for 10 weeks. Maintaining six full-time and one part-time …

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Seven Hills Food Co.

April 23, 2020 | Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

Butchers can’t work from home. Especially when you’re on a 30-member team selling fresh, sustainable products to restaurants and college dining halls – with 90 percent of those closed due to the pandemic. Lynchburg-based Seven Hills Food Co. is using its Paycheck Protection Program loan to pivot to retail demand. “This loan allows us time to start a new business under the same roof and have a chance to pull through a period of great uncertainty,” says owner Ryan Ford. …

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Savage Apparel Co./XII Brands

April 23, 2020 | Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

For Todd Curran and his Savage Apparel Co. team, March roared in like a lion: The company had, this year, finalized a merger with two Pacific rivals to form a new company, XII Brands. The firms specialize in custom apparel for sports like ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, quidditch and other nontraditional team sports. Savage quickly pivoted in the wake of the coronavirus to pushing its “neckies” on its website. It has sold thousands since March. That …

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Corgibytes

April 17, 2020 | Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

One business day after the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan process opened, Andrea Goulet, CEO of Corgibytes, LLC, received an impersonal e-mail from an online funding company that it was immediately shutting down her line of credit. After billing itself as a super easy lending option, the funder didn’t even acknowledge the impact that would have on Goulet’s business, which specializes in updating mission-critical business software. With a 20-person staff …

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

April 16, 2020 | Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) turning daily life and work upside down, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville e recognized its daily outreach was even more critical. Across the nonprofit, every department contributed to a new mission statement to guide it through this pandemic. Habitat serves 2,000 families; half of those have lost their job or part of their income. At the top of the list is to finish and hand the keys of 10 near-complete …

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Habitat for Humanity Prince William County

April 16, 2020 | Other, Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

Habitat for Humanity Prince William County will use its PPP funding to rehire employees who were laid off when Gov. Northam’s Executive Order No. 55 — Stay-At-Home — went into effect in late March. Traci DeGroat, the organization’s President and CEO, said prior to the order, operations remained open. Habitat Prince William had implemented safety protocols and limited customers to less than ten at any given time in its home-improvement and donation-center locations, ReStore. “Once the order took effect, however, the drop in revenue was so precipitous …

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HOPE Pharmacy

April 15, 2020 | Paycheck Protection Program Loan Stories

While she seeks assistance herself, Dr. Shantelle Brown, owner-operator of Hope Pharmacy in Church Hill, is doing her part to help others in the community impacted by the pandemic. Last year, VCC helped get Dr. Brown’s business established with a Small Business Administration-backed loan to build out the pharmacy and purchase equipment and furniture. Our team also helped her acquire an additional SBA line of credit for working capital, payroll, and inventory. Due largely to …

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CEO Message: COVID-19

April 1, 2020 | Other

A message to our clients, partners, and friends regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from Virginia Community Capital President and CEO, Jane Henderson.

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Strengthening relationships with mission-focused organizations

March 6, 2020 | Impact Stories

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) is a nonprofit affordable housing developer with a focus on both places and people. Founded in 1989 to meet the urgent housing needs in Arlington, they are committed to supporting low-income neighbors across the DC metro region. They offer more than 1,800 apartments and have more than 650 in development to become available within the next three years. As rents outpace income, APAH believes safe and affordable housing provides …

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