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Short-staffed small businesses in Central Virginia may receive funding to sweeten hiring incentives

Return to Earn program allows matching bonuses up to $500 per new employee

Small businesses in Central Virginia can apply for funding if they're struggling to recruit employees.
Small businesses in Central Virginia can apply for funding if they're struggling to recruit employees.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Small businesses in Central Virginia can apply for funding if they’re struggling to recruit employees.

The Return to Earn program allows companies to sweeten their deal when offering incentives to eligible workers, thanks to matching bonuses up to $500 per new employee.

Businesses must pay the bonus upfront, then owners will be reimbursed.

Companies must also meet other qualifications.

“They must be paying their workers at least $15 an hour, and the person that they’re hiring must be unemployed at the time of hire. The business, itself, must also have fewer than 100 workers. This is for small businesses,” said Tim Saunders, the business engagement and outreach coordinator for Virginia Career Works Lynchburg Center.

Meanwhile, childcare businesses may be eligible to receive up to $500 per new hire without the matching requirement.


About the Author:

Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.