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a message to our business community from Franklin southampton economic development 

Franklin Southampton Economic Development and the Franklin Business Center are closed to the public until further notice.  Businesses in the center are still in operation and the FSEDI staff are available to assist you. You can reach us at (757)-562-1958 or

Please make sure to follow us on Facebook for timely updates.

Other helpful Facebook pages to follow are below:  

Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Franklin Association

City of Franklin

Governor of Virginia

Hampton Roads Workforce Council



Hampton Roads Workforce Council: Opportunity for COVID-19 Grant for Small Business

The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board have received Rapid Response funding from the Governor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses (250 employees or less) and may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs.  The grant will support layoff aversion strategies and activities designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs due to COVID-19. Visit their website to apply. 



SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Virginia's Disaster Loan Assistance has been approved. The link below will provide all steps. For the press release, click here. We encourage you to print of the paper files to get everything organized before you file online. If you need any assistance, please call us!

Click here for a step-by-step video and FAQ. 

Click here for the Three Step Process for the Disaster Loan. 

Click here for the SBA Fact Sheet on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. 

Click here for the Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act.

Click here for the US Chamber's Small Business ELA Loan Guide.


Department of Community Development is allowing TEMPORARY SIGNS in the City of Franklin and Southampton County for Retail and Service Businesses.

Beginning March 20, 2020, you may install one temporary sign on your property to let the public know you are open and providing service to the community. Please send an email to Beth Lewis, Zoning Administrator, at, or call 757-562-1003 to indicate where the sign will be located and how large it will be. This will be available as long as Franklin and Southampton County are under a declaration of emergercy. Please note these signs nay not be located in public right-of-way, and MUST be removed when the emergency declaration ends. 




U.S. Small Business Administration: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration: In-Depth Slides on Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

Click here for slides.

Commonwealth of Virginia:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Better Business Bureau: How to Navigate the Coronavirus Crisis

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Resources & Guidelines for Business

Virginia Employment Commission: Workers Whose Job Has Been Affected by the Coronavirus

IRS: Coronavirus Tax Relief

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

City of Franklin Website

Southampton County Website