WV SBDC Update

WV SBDC Update

Workforce WV to Start Processing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Applications Friday for Self-Employed, Gig Workers and Independent Contractors



Under the CARES Act or the coronavirus aid bill, individuals defined as the self-employed (e.g. independent contractors, gig economy workers, and workers for certain religious entities), those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits will be eligible to apply for temporary unemployment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Visit the Workforce WV website and select the PUA button to process your PAU claim. This portal will not be open until Friday, April 24 AFTER 10 PM.
Once the claimant has submitted their application, Workforce WV will notify the individual if they need any other supporting documentation. The claim will be managed like a regular unemployment claim. For questions regarding applications, please contact the Workforce WV hotline at 1-800-252-JOBS.
Please review the FAQs for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for more information about the program and supported documentation needed.




!!! Action Needed : Please participate in the survey links below
Organizations Partner to Gauge Potential Economic Impact of COVID-19 in West Virginia



A partnership between the West Virginia Development Office, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority and West Virginia Association of Regional Councils will be working together to collect data on the impact of business closures and reductions throughout the state. Additionally, data will be collected on businesses that have remained open through the crisis, in an effort to better understand the recovery needs of each region of the state. This will also assist the public with locating restaurants, pharmacies and other business locations that are still providing services in the midst of closures.  Through this effort, these organizations hope to maximize future stimulus funds for West Virginia.
To take the survey for businesses with amended hours and procedures during the pandemic, please click here.
To take the Business Impact Survey, please click here.






WV SBDC Business Ask Me! Forum: Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Small Businesses
IT Mindshare to Discuss Managing Remote Employees and Cyber Threats
April 24, 2020 12:30 am ET
Join us for a cybersecurity training for businesses during this pandemic, specifically targeting teleworking security presented by Jeremy Harris, Owner and CTO of IT Mindshare, and his colleague Michael Davies, VP of Operations.
Click here to register. After submitting your information, you will receive a confirmation email with the webinar login information.


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