AlX B2B

Round 1 Grant information

At the conclusion of round one of the Alexandria Back to Business (B2B) grant program, 303 small businesses in the City of Alexandria, Virginia that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic received grant awards.  The ALX B2B Grants are being used to offset costs and/or investments related to reopening and rescaling their businesses.

The program was crafted in alignment with the City’s framework to ensure policy decisions advance race and social equity for all Alexandria residents. Parity was a key driver in the marketing of the ALX B2B grants program, to ensure that businesses from across the City and business owners from all races, genders, ethnicities, and ages were represented. AEDP is pleased with the results of the first round- grantees are located in every zip code in Alexandria, and four out of ten eligible grant recipients self-identified as a minority. All types of businesses that have a physical footprint were represented as well, including restaurants, retail, doctors, dentists, salons, daycares, fitness studios, and more.

Below is the final list of round one grant awardees, grouped by award amount, which is based on the business’s number of employees.

Round one grant recipients

Group A : 2-24 employees | $10,000

532Yoga LLC
5IVE & 2WO Cleaners LLC
A Dogs Day Out Van Dorn
Accokeek Express Inc
Acme Mid-Century + Modern
Aida’s Spa Inc.
AJS Consulting Engineers, P. C.
Alexandria & Company
Alexandria Art & Frame
Alexandria Cleaners
Alexandria Dental Art, PLLC
Alexandria Kids Dentistry, PC
Alexandria Lighting & Supply
Alexandria Myotherapy, Inc.
Alexandria Pet Care
Alexandria Podiatry Associates
Alexandria Times
Allergy and Asthma Care Center, PC
Alphagraphics
America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn, LLC
Andrews Law Firm
Anne Welsh Salon
Ann’s Cleaners
Audio Visual Actions
Aymiro LLC
Azalea Spa & Nails Inc
Bare Skin LLC
Bauer’s Optical
BeginIdeas, LLC
Bikram Yoga Alliance
Bishop Boutique LLC
Bittersweet Catering
Bloomers LLC
Body Shop Fitness by Design LLC
Braddock Dental
Bridals By Natalie
Bright Mind Preschool
Brightline Interactive LLC
Brightline Strategies
Building Momentum, LLC
Buzz Bakeshop
Cafe 44
Cameron Station Dental Care
Cameron Station Valet
Candlewood Suites
Capital Talent Agency, LLC
Care Cleaners 
Caring Acupuncture
Casa Tequila Bar & Grill Alexandria
Casamo Court Reporting
Chamowitz & Chamowitz, PC
Charles C. Young, M.D.
ChildSpace Learning Center
Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Center, Inc.
Chirilagua Unisex Hair Salon
Claude Marcel
Cold Stone Creamery
Connection Newspapers
CrossFit MVA
CrossFit OldTown
Daniel E. Cassidy Jr. DDS PC
Dawn Marie’s Visage
DC Military Tours, LLC
Dejan Studio Jewelry
Deli News & More
DeVaris Needlepoint Finishing
Don Allen Service Center
Donna Lewis
Donohue & Stearns, PLC
Dutch Girl Cleaners
Ease Yoga & Cafe
El Cuscatleco Restaurant
Eleven 11 Studios LLC
Emily’s Kitchen
Emma’s Chicken Restaurant
Encore Consignment Boutique
Eternity Jewelers
Exquisite Dental Care
Floss and Smile, P.C.
Food Tour Corporation
Fountains Day Spa
Fratelli Italian Restaurant
Full Metal Jacket, LLC
Galae Thai
Get Fit Studio
Giuliani Associates Architects
Global Bridal Gallery, LLC
Gold Works, Inc
Golden Lily Foods Corporation
Graphite Creative
Grateful Kitchen Co.
Greener Cleaner of Del Ray
Gymboree Play & Music, Alexandria
H & Z Acupuncture, LLC
HADPRO Hood & Duct Professionals
Huascaran Inc.
Illustrate My Design LLC
iLoveKickboxing.com
Imagine Artwear
Inca Chicken
Italian Gourmet Deli
Izalia Laser Hair Removal and Rejuvenation Spa
J & J Oriental Rug Gallery
Java Loco
Jay K. White, DDS, LTD.
Jerry Chan Chinese Restaurant
Jessica L Hill DMD PC
John D Kling II DDS MAGD PC
June Coffee
Just ASK Publications
Kelly Cove
Kim’s Cleaners
Kim’s Cleaners
King Dry Cleaners
King Street Café
King Street Chiropractic Wellness Center
Kingdom Cleaners
Kiskadee
La Casa Restaurant
Law Offices of Lavonda N. Graham-Williams, Esq. PLLC
Lesner Hearing Center LLC
LookSharp Cleaners
Los Cuates Va Inc.
Lou Lou
Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant
Marcelas Bakery
Massage Heights Bradlee
Mattress & Carpet Center, Inc.
Memory Makers Photography, Inc
Meraki Nail & Spa LLC
Meraki on King LLC
Michael’s Little Italy
Minuteman Press of Alexandria
Mount Vernon Barber & Beauty Salon, Inc.
Museum Framing
Mystique Jewelers
Nasime
Necessity Inc.
New Del Ray Nails And Spa
New Image Hair and Nail Spa
Nova Dental Partners – King Street
Nova Dental Partners – Reinekers Lane
Nova Eye Care Center, LLC
Old Town Auto Body
Old Town Deli
Old Town Dentistry
Old Town Editions, Inc.
OMO Hair Salon & Spa Inc
Onekick Martial Arts
Parker-Gray Pediatric Dental Care, PC
Pasara Thai VA
Peking Express
Penny Post
Petal’s Edge Floral Design LLC
Pho Vietflare
Phuong Phan DMD, P.C.
Pines of Flores
Pink & Brown, LLC
Potomac Kempo Fairlington
Potomac Maids LLC
Power Nectar Yoga
Premier Reprographics, Inc.
Primary Colors Salon
Quattro Formaggi
Rajinder Singh Bhullar DDS PA
Random Harvest, Inc
Red Barn Mercantile
Reunions  VA
Ricky’s Mini Sports Bar Soccer
Rock It Grill
Rosa Family Chiropractic of Alexandria
Rosemarino D’Italia
Ross & Moncure, Inc.
Royal Nepal LLC
Royal Restaurant
Rus Uz – Alexandria
Sacred Circle
Salon 46
Salon Kate and Spa, Inc.
Sand and Steel Fitness
SanoSnacks LLC
Sa-Sah salon
Scramble
SecureNinja
Seed Stage and Trade LLC
Shark Men LLC
Shirley & McVicker Public Affairs
Silver Parrot of Alexandria LLC
Snap Fitness Old Town Alexandria
Sophia’s Cafe
Southern Kitchens, Inc
Stephen X. Giunta. M.D. ltd
Studio Body Logic
Suburban Cleaners
Subway – Duke Street
Subway – Eisenhower Ave
Subway – King Street
Subway – Potomac Yard
Sweet Tooth Family Dental
Synergy Float Center
Taste of Asia
TC Unisex Salon
Tempo Restaurant
The Dog Park
The Hour, LLC
The Old Town Shop
The Shoe Hive
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria
The Ultimate Barber
The WorX by Maia
Threadleaf LLC
Tiny Dancers LLC
Today’s Cargo
Tokyo Japanese Steak House
TR Framing
Traditions De France
Trident CrossFit
Tsim Yung Carryout
Tyler Business Services Inc
Union 206 Studios
Vasos
Vaso’s Kitchen
VINCI Early Learning Schools LLC
Vintage Mirage
Virginia Family Chiropractic and Physical Medicine PLLC
Wear Ever Jewelry
Wholecrowd LLC
Worldwide Speakers Group, LLC
Yates Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services, LLC
Young Environmental Services
Yunnan By Potomac – Noodle House
Zoweh Commercial Cleaning Group

Group B: 25-49 Employees | $15,000

A La Lucia
Alexandria Pastry Shop and Cafe
All States Café Corp.
American Day School
Ascend Cycle
Bastille Restaurant and Wine Bar
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Bugsy’s Pizza Restaurant
Columbia Firehouse
Creative Play School
CTP, Inc.
Current Boutique
Days Inn
Del Ray Cafe
Del Ray Pizzeria
Dogtopia
Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin Donuts- Duke Street
Escape Room Live
Evening Star Cafe
Faccia Luna
Frizzles of Alexandria, LLC
Hampton Inn Alexandria-Old Town/King St. Metro
Il Porto Ristorante
Kiddie Academy of Alexandria
Maier & Maier, PLLC
Majestic Café
Malee Thai Massage and Bodywork
Mason Social, LLC
Morris & McDaniel, Inc.
Murphys Grand Irish Pub
Nicecream
Nomad Event Systems
Northside 10
Pacers
Pump it Up of Alexandria LLC
RT’S Restaurant
Rustico
Sweet Fire Donna’s
Swing’s Coffee Roasters
Taverna Cretekou 
Tequila & Taco
The Warehouse
Urbano 116, LLC
Vermilion
Veronica’s Bakery & Cafe
Water Management, Inc
Williams Professional Painting
Your Dog’s Best Friends

Group C: 50-100 Employees | $20,000

Blackwall Hitch
Bright Start Learning Center LLC
Cafe Pizzaiolo
Chadwicks Restaurant
Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Bar and Restaurant
DoggyWalker.com
Goldfish Swim School of Alexandria
Joe Theismann’s Restaurant
Maid To Clean
McChrystal Group LLC
McKinley Marketing Partners Inc
Mia’s Italian Kitchen
Port City Brewing Company
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
Rooftop Chimney Sweeps LLC
Southside 815
Sportrock Climbing Centers
St Elmos and Market to Market
The Lucky Knot and 3 Sisters
The Music Hall at the Birchmere
Union Street Public House
Vola’s Dockside Grill

Additional Round One Information

Round One Eligibility

For Round One, businesses had to meet all the below criteria to be eligible for an ALX B2B grant.

  • Must demonstrate a 25% or greater decline in Gross revenues (i.e., revenue/sales before any expenses)
  • Licensed in the City of Alexandria
  • Located in the City of Alexandria
  • In operation as of March 1, 2019
  • For-profit entity
  • Business is in “good standing”
  • Intend to remain in Alexandria
  • Business employees between 2-100 W2 employees (full or part time)
  • Locally owned & operated

Round One FAQs

Eligibility

  1. Who is eligible to apply for this grant program?
    Any locally owned for-profit small business that is registered to operate within the City of Alexandria and which has experienced revenue loss of 25% or greater due directly to COVID-19. Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be eligible:
    • Located within the City of Alexandria corporate limits
    • Active Business License with the City of Alexandria
    • In operation as of March 1, 2019
    • For-profit entity
    • Business is in “Good Standing” with the City of Alexandria meaning they are current on all tax payments
    • Business intends to remain in operation in Alexandria beyond December 31, 2020
    • Business employs a minimum of 2 and maximum of 100 W-2 employees as of December 31, 2019
    • Business must demonstrate a 25% or greater decline in Gross revenue due directly from COVID-19.
  2. Who is not eligible to apply for this program?
    Any business or entity that does not meet all of the eligibility criteria. This program is not open to nonprofit organizations or sole proprietors. The following businesses are excluded from applying to the program:
    • Grocery Stores and Pharmacies
    • Gas Stations
    • Banks and Financial Institutions
    • Corporate-owned locations, branches, or subsidiaries and franchise businesses unless they are locally owned and operated
  3. Why are nonprofit organizations excluded from the program?
    Current available funding has been prioritized to support small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Program criteria were established to prioritize those small businesses that provide the maximum economic and employment impact to the community, given limited funding conditions. As and if additional funds become available the eligibility criteria may change to further support economic recovery throughout Alexandria.
  4. Why are sole proprietors excluded from this program?
    The current available funding has been prioritized to support small businesses with long-term, sustainable employment opportunities. As and if additional funds become available the eligibility criteria may change to further support economic recovery throughout Alexandria.
  5. My business is not licensed with the City of Alexandria, will I be eligible to apply for a grant?
    No, only businesses that have a current business license with the City of Alexandria and which meet all the remaining criteria will be eligible for a grant.
  6. Why must a business be in operation as of March 1, 2019 to be eligible?
    To ensure the impact of COVID-19 is measured in a uniform way, and to account for seasonal fluctuations in business activity, the program requires a comparison of year-over-year Gross revenue. The period of the health emergency started in March 2020 therefore a business must have been in operation in March 2019 to provide the year-over-year comparison.
  7. A business must be in “Good Standing”, what does this mean?
    A business is considered in “Good Standing” if they were current on all tax payments with the City of Alexandria. However, this excludes any deferred current year business taxes or tax filings under the City’s temporary moratorium between February 1 and June 30, 2020.
  8. How will the 25% or greater loss of Gross revenue be calculated?
    Businesses are required to provide their monthly Gross Revenue (i.e., revenue/sales before any expenses) for March, April, and May of 2019 AND 2020.
    Gross Revenues from March, April and May of 2020 will be compared to Gross Revenues from the same months in 2019. To be eligible, a business need only have experienced a 25% or greater decline in Gross Revenue for one of the three months (when compared to the same month during 2019) to meet the revenue loss eligibility criteria.
  9. Why were Gross Revenues used to calculate revenue decline and not something like net profit?
    Gross revenue, or sales, is a set factor and the best measurement of a company’s business activity. A measurement like net income can vary based on the cost of goods or a business’s decisions related to expenses. Comparing year-over-year Gross revenue allows for the accurate measurement of COVID-19’s impact on business activity.
  10. Why are only W-2 employees being considered in the employee count? What about 1099 contractors?
    The criteria were established to prioritize those small businesses that provide the maximum economic and employment impact to the community, given limited funding conditions. The current available funding has been prioritized to support small businesses who provide full or part time permanent employment. As and if additional funds become available the eligibility criteria may change to further support the economic recovery throughout Alexandria.
  11. Can both full and part-time W-2 employees be included in the employee headcount?
    Yes, each W-2 employee counts as one (1) employee regardless of how many hours per week they work.
  12. Is there a specific date I should use for counting my employee headcount?
    Yes, the employee headcount should be as of December 31, 2019. Applicants will be asked to submit a copy of IRS Form 941 for the 4th Quarter of CY2019 for the business which will be used to verify the number of W-2 employees.
  13. Does the business owner(s) count towards the employee headcount?
    Yes. Up to one business owner may be included in the total employee headcount even if they are not on the payroll (i.e., not a W-2 employee) to help them qualify for the grant. If, however, counting the business owner as an employee would make the business ineligible by having too many employees, the business owner will not be counted.
  14. Is my business still eligible if I have applied for grants, loans, or other support from federal disaster programs or other sources?
    Yes, eligible businesses that have applied for grants through programs like the federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), or other non-governmental sources may apply to this program.  Funds received through the EIDL and PPP program do not count as revenue on the company’s balance sheet for purpose of the Alexandria B2B Grant program.

Application Process

  1. Will I need a computer to apply?
    Yes, you will need access to a computer with internet connection since this application must be completed online. If you do not have digital copies of your tax returns and financial documents, you will also need access to a scanner. The application cannot be saved and continued later.
  2. Can I mail, email or fax my application or drop it off somewhere?
    No, applications will only be received via online submission.
  3. When can I apply and when is the deadline for applications?
    The application will be available online at 8:00AM EDT on June 4, 2020 and will remain open through 5:00PM EDT on June 8, 2020.
  4. Where can I find the online application?
    The application will be available at https://alexandriaecon.org/alx-b2b/application/.
  5. What additional information will I need to submit with my application?
    When completing the online application, you will need to upload the following documents:
    • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Social Security Number (SSN) associated with the business
    • City of Alexandria Business Professional Occupancy License Account Number
    • IRS Form 941 for the 4th Quarter of CY2019
    • Detailed monthly Profit and Loss statement for March, April and May 2019 AND March, April, and May 2020 (alternatively, in place of a detailed P&L statement, detailed bank statements for these same time periods may be submitted)
    • For businesses with a commercial lease, the expiration date of the current lease.
  6. Will the application be available in multiple languages?
    No, the application must be submitted in English. Copies of the application in Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic are available for download prior to the application period at https://alexandriaecon.org/alx-b2b/application/.
  7. Will I get confirmation that my application has been received?
    Yes, an email confirmation will be sent to the applicant once the application has been submitted.
  8. How long with the review process take?
    The review process will be begin immediately following the closure of the application period at 5:00PM EDT on June 8, 2020. It is estimated to take 2-3 weeks to review all applications and make grant determinations. The goal of the program is to begin transferring grant funds to businesses in early July.
    It is anticipated that there will be more applications than funds currently available. A high volume of applications may delay the review process. AEDP will announce any changes to the review and approval schedule on the ALX B2B Grant Program webpage https://alexandriaecon.org/alx-b2b/.
  9. How can I check on the status of my application?
    All applicants will be notified when their application is submitted and when final grant decisions are made. AEDP will provide general program updates on our website (www.alexandriaecon.org) and through email news alerts as needed.
  10. Who will have access to my business information?
    All information obtained as part of this program is deemed confidential and protected subject to Sections 2.2-3705.6 and 58.1-3 of the Code of Virginia and will not be shared with others beyond the administration of this grant program. Staff from the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are managing this program. Select staff assigned to review applications will have access to the information provided by the business. Additionally, staff from the City of Alexandria’s Finance Department will also be participating in the review of information submitted by businesses. Finally, AEDP has hired a third-party firm to assist with the review of the applicant’s financial and tax information.
  11. Will my personal and business information be kept confidential?
    Yes, all information obtained as part of this program is deemed confidential and protected subject to Sections 2.2-3705.6 and 58.1-3 of the Code of Virginia and will not be shared with others beyond the administration of this grant program.

Grant Funds

  1. How much funding can my business receive?
    There are three tiers of grants based on the total number of verified employees:
    Employee Count   Grant Amount
    2-24                        $10,000
    25-49                     $15,000
    50-100                    $20,000
  2. What can the funds be used for?
    ALX B2B Grants must be used to offset costs and/or investments related to reopening or rescaling a business. Acceptable uses for the grant include the purchase of:
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used to stop the spread of COVID-19
    • Other equipment and supplies to promote health and safety
    • Technology to facilitate e-commerce and/or virtual business operations (technology purchased on or after January 1, 2020 may qualify for reimbursement)
    • Professional services related to the design and construction/alteration of the business’s built environment necessary to promote physical and social distancing, as well as the actual costs for alterations
    • Rent or mortgage costs required to be made in order to reopen/restart.
  3. Are there any limitations on how the funds can be used?
    Grant funds are intended to be used to make investments to help a business reopen and rescale. Prohibited uses include but are not limited to payroll expenses, debt payments, and local, state, or federal taxes.
  4. Is this a one-time payment?
    Yes, the funds will be transferred in a lump sum payment.
  5. Will I need to pay the money back?
    No, this is a grant, not a loan, so you will not need to pay back the funds if you comply with all of the terms and conditions of the grant.