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
|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 Dental Art, PLLC|
|Alexandria Kids Dentistry, PC|
|Alexandria Lighting & Supply|
|Alexandria Myotherapy, Inc.|
|Alexandria Pet Care|
|Alexandria Podiatry Associates|
|Allergy and Asthma Care Center, PC|
|America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn, LLC|
|Andrews Law Firm|
|Anne Welsh Salon|
|Audio Visual Actions|
|Azalea Spa & Nails Inc|
|Bare Skin LLC|
|Bikram Yoga Alliance|
|Bishop Boutique LLC|
|Body Shop Fitness by Design LLC|
|Bridals By Natalie|
|Bright Mind Preschool|
|Brightline Interactive LLC|
|Building Momentum, LLC|
|Cameron Station Dental Care|
|Cameron Station Valet|
|Capital Talent Agency, LLC|
|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|
|Cold Stone Creamery|
|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|
|Donohue & Stearns, PLC|
|Dutch Girl Cleaners|
|Ease Yoga & Cafe|
|El Cuscatleco Restaurant|
|Eleven 11 Studios LLC|
|Emma’s Chicken Restaurant|
|Encore Consignment Boutique|
|Exquisite Dental Care|
|Floss and Smile, P.C.|
|Food Tour Corporation|
|Fountains Day Spa|
|Fratelli Italian Restaurant|
|Full Metal Jacket, LLC|
|Get Fit Studio|
|Giuliani Associates Architects|
|Global Bridal Gallery, LLC|
|Gold Works, Inc|
|Golden Lily Foods Corporation|
|Grateful Kitchen Co.|
|Greener Cleaner of Del Ray|
|Gymboree Play & Music, Alexandria|
|H & Z Acupuncture, LLC|
|HADPRO Hood & Duct Professionals|
|Illustrate My Design LLC|
|Italian Gourmet Deli|
|Izalia Laser Hair Removal and Rejuvenation Spa|
|J & J Oriental Rug Gallery|
|Jay K. White, DDS, LTD.|
|Jerry Chan Chinese Restaurant|
|Jessica L Hill DMD PC|
|John D Kling II DDS MAGD PC|
|Just ASK Publications|
|King Dry Cleaners|
|King Street Café|
|King Street Chiropractic Wellness Center|
|La Casa Restaurant|
|Law Offices of Lavonda N. Graham-Williams, Esq. PLLC|
|Lesner Hearing Center LLC|
|Los Cuates Va Inc.|
|Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant|
|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.|
|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|
|Petal’s Edge Floral Design LLC|
|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|
|Rajinder Singh Bhullar DDS PA|
|Random Harvest, Inc|
|Red Barn Mercantile|
|Ricky’s Mini Sports Bar Soccer|
|Rock It Grill|
|Rosa Family Chiropractic of Alexandria|
|Ross & Moncure, Inc.|
|Royal Nepal LLC|
|Rus Uz – Alexandria|
|Salon Kate and Spa, Inc.|
|Sand and Steel Fitness|
|Seed Stage and Trade LLC|
|Shark Men LLC|
|Shirley & McVicker Public Affairs|
|Silver Parrot of Alexandria LLC|
|Snap Fitness Old Town Alexandria|
|Southern Kitchens, Inc|
|Stephen X. Giunta. M.D. ltd|
|Studio Body Logic|
|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|
|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|
|Tiny Dancers LLC|
|Tokyo Japanese Steak House|
|Traditions De France|
|Tsim Yung Carryout|
|Tyler Business Services Inc|
|Union 206 Studios|
|VINCI Early Learning Schools LLC|
|Virginia Family Chiropractic and Physical Medicine PLLC|
|Wear Ever Jewelry|
|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|
|Bastille Restaurant and Wine Bar|
|Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream|
|Bugsy’s Pizza Restaurant|
|Creative Play School|
|Del Ray Cafe|
|Del Ray Pizzeria|
|Dunkin Donuts- Duke Street|
|Escape Room Live|
|Evening Star Cafe|
|Frizzles of Alexandria, LLC|
|Hampton Inn Alexandria-Old Town/King St. Metro|
|Il Porto Ristorante|
|Kiddie Academy of Alexandria|
|Maier & Maier, PLLC|
|Malee Thai Massage and Bodywork|
|Mason Social, LLC|
|Morris & McDaniel, Inc.|
|Murphys Grand Irish Pub|
|Nomad Event Systems|
|Pump it Up of Alexandria LLC|
|Sweet Fire Donna’s|
|Swing’s Coffee Roasters|
|Tequila & Taco|
|Urbano 116, LLC|
|Veronica’s Bakery & Cafe|
|Water Management, Inc|
|Williams Professional Painting|
|Your Dog’s Best Friends|
Group C: 50-100 Employees | $20,000
|Bright Start Learning Center LLC|
|Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Bar and Restaurant|
|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|
|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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Can I mail, email or fax my application or drop it off somewhere?
No, applications will only be received via online submission.
- 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.
- Where can I find the online application?
The application will be available at https://alexandriaecon.org/alx-b2b/application/.
- 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.
- 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/.
- 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.
- 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/.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Is this a one-time payment?
Yes, the funds will be transferred in a lump sum payment.
- 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.