A. There is hereby created the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund Program (the Program) to support private sector job creation by encouraging the expansion of existing Virginia businesses and the start-up of new business operations in Virginia.
1. Create or sustain employment for the Commonwealth in a basic sector industry or function, which would include businesses or functions that directly or indirectly derive more than 50 percent of their revenues from out-of-state sources, as determined by the Department;
2. Pay a minimum entry-level wage rate per hour of at least 1.35 times the federal minimum wage. In areas that have an unemployment rate of one and one-half times the statewide average unemployment rate, the wage rate minimum may be waived by the Department. Only full-time positions that qualify for benefits shall be eligible for assistance;
3. Submit copies of employer quarterly payroll reports provided by the company to the Virginia Employment Commission to verify the employment status of each position that has been included in a grant awarded under a component program; and
2013, cc. 482, 547; 2014, cc. 41, 464.