NEW – Read about the new business loans and grants from the federal government at The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act. Also, the SBA has launched a $25,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, read details and find a link to apply at www.valleysbdc.org/covid-19/

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Located directly on the Interstate-81 corridor in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Harrisonburg is the ideal location for business owners seeking to successfully balance work and life.  As a university town, Harrisonburg enjoys all the arts and amenities of a big city combined with the ease, recreation and charm of a small city.  Harrisonburg continually receives national recognition, including:

Ranked #1 in 50 Most Popular Mid-Size Cities People Are Moving To – moveBuddha.com, 2018

Ranked #3 for Lowest Cost of Business in Best Small Cities for Business – Forbes, 2017

Ranked #6 in America’s Favorite Towns
– Travel & Leisure, 2016

Named one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic Society, 2017

Ranked #1 in the Top Cities for Starting a Business in the U.S. PennyGeeks.com, 2018

Named one of the 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. – Forbes, 2017

Ranked #7 out of 325 metro areas in Best Places for Millennials to Move
 Reviews.org, 2019

Phase 2 reopening is today. We got this Harrisonburg! Be respectful of a business's guidelines and your fellow patrons, and enjoy supporting our local, small business community!As of 4pm on Friday, June 5th, our dining room will officially re-open at 50% capacity! We are excited to welcome you back with our normal business hours and an expanded menu featuring our award-winning pizzas, delicious appetizers and salads, as well as our hand-made pastas.

Our spacious dining room provides ample seating for us to serve you safely, 6 feet apart. To ensure the welfare of our staff and guests, we will:
-Require all persons over the age of 10 to wear a mask while moving through the restaurant
-Perform frequent hand washing and sanitizing of all high contact points
-Practice social distancing
-Encourage staff members and guests to stay home if they feel ill
-Comply with all state health and safety guidelines

If you would like to make a reservation for a party of 6 or greater, please call 540-433-1366. Reservations are limited but not required.

If you are not quite ready to dine in with us at Bella Luna, we are continuing our carry-out services. Place your order online order here for curbside pick-up:
app.upserve.com/s/bella-luna-wood-fired-pizza-harrisonburg?fbclid=IwAR0ZmSn2cp_H_4TFNVUc31SDwpx41...
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Today at 2:00. Registration is open to all businesses.Register now for the next installment in the Beyond Covid-19 Webinar Series. June 4 @ 2 PM EST. New Business Modeling: How to ensure resiliency in your business. Pre-Registreation Required: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HN64hmCNSUyGmtWqEnZXfw

What has the Covid-19 Pandemic taught us about our businesses, our customers and how we engage the marketplace? Will we slowly return to business as usual, or do we need to re-think our business models to ensure a stable and growing future?

What is the best process to evaluate my business resiliency and make plans for the unexpected?

Does the forced shift toward digital engagement and remote workers present an opportunity to find new customers, deliver value, reduce costs? Are there new ways to engage in-person?

Topics include:
• How to evaluate my business resiliency
• Planning for multiple scenarios
• Delivering new value digitally
• Transforming in-person services
• Create new channels to market and adapt your products and services to reach new audience for continued growth
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This is great news! Serves as a huge benefit to the entrepreneurial students and to the farmer's market.We are now accepting application for the JMU Summer Impact Fellowship: Apply here: summerimpactfellowship.questionpro.com

The Summer Impact Fellowship will run June 23-August 7. Immediate applications are being accepted HERE for engaged JMU students and 2020 graduates who want to learn the critical 21st century skills of entrepreneurship and project management, while also making a huge impact on the Harrisonburg community and food supply chain of the region. In collaboration with the Harrisonburg Farmer's market, JMU students will help the market transition into having a strong online presence, solve marketing and public relation issues as well as liaise directly with vendors and consumers to stream line this new venture with open-ended prospects.

Each student will receive funding as well as a Certificate of Completion for resume purposes. Applicants who are based in Harrisonburg and are able to work in person, with safe social-distancing precautions, and those who prefer to work remotely, will be considered equally. Students will work directly with GCFE staff, as well as faculty from WRTC and XLabs.
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Face coverings will be required in public indoor settings in Virginia starting Friday, May 29.
Please be kind and supportive of our businesses as they open under these new conditions. #RockStrong #thefriendlycity
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Our Harrisonburg/Rockingham Regional Business Resiliency Taskforce recently created the Shenandoah Valley Guide to Reopening Businesses. This valuable document provides guidance, broken down by industry sector, for businesses as they prepare to reopen. A special thanks to the Shenandoah Valley Partnership for leading this effort. The guide can be found at: harrisonburgdevelopment.com/guide-to-reopening-businesses/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Good advice...support our businesses AND take care of each other.We're all excited to see our favorite businesses reopen, but there are steps we all need to take to ensure that they’re able to remain open safely. If you choose to visit a store or restaurant in person, stay six feet away from others, limit your group size, wear a face covering, and adhere to any other posted protocols. Remember that you can still take advantage of contactless pickup or delivery options and enjoy your favorite downtown spots from home.

Downtown businesses take your health seriously. They've followed CDC and VDH guidelines and increased sanitation measures, trained their staff, and revamped their business operations to keep you safer. But keep in mind, we are all safest when supporting our small business community from home.
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BOGO GELATO!Here's some news from Bella Gelato & Pastries:

This Weekend Only! (Friday & Saturday)
.Come celebrate the reopening of Bella Gelato & Pastries with our Buy One, Get One Free gelato promotion! Share a treat with a friend or indulge in an extra single scoop for yourself.
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We are open for door-side service with limited outdoor seating.
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We are also happy to continue offering curbside pickup - simply call ahead with your order and let us know when you arrive!

We're open 12 - 9PM on both Friday & Saturday
540-217-5657
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#Gelato #IceCream #Harrisonburg #Virginia #Local #Pastries #Desserts #Baker #Bakery #Coffee #espresso
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