Use the links below to stay updated on COVID-19
U.S. Small Business Administration: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread outbreaks of COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Labor: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.
Florida Department of Health: What you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida – Adults 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness. Here’s what you can do right now.
International Revenue Service: Economic Impact Payments – The IRS is offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). The IRS has launched a web tool to help people who normally don’t file get payments, which you can use here. For more information about the Economic Impact Payment, and who is eligible, visit their FAQ page.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program – Short-term, interest-free working capital loans which are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major disaster hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources. The program provides a short-term loan of State of Florida public funding. It is not a grant and must be repaid.
SBA Disaster Assistance – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Businesses can apply for loans online through a 3-step loan process.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company’s financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program – The United States Bartenders Guild’s National Charity Foundation has launched a program for bartenders in need of assistance during the coronavirus outbreak. The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is meant to aid service industry personnel experiencing financial difficulties as a direct result of the outbreak. Eligible applicants can receive a grant, in undisclosed sums, to help pay their bills.
211 – If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other services, use the search bar to find your local 211 or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.
United Way Community Coronavirus Fund – To support this rapidly
escalating need, United Way Worldwide has created the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Our Fund supports communities struggling in the wake of the new virus, by supporting local United Ways and 211, the go-to information resource in times of crisis. Every year, 211 specialists answer 12 million requests by phone, text, chat and email to connect people with disaster, food, housing, utility, health care resources and more. There is no other network in the country with a similar pulse on America’s needs.
Alert Florida – Florida’s Alert Notification Initiative. Individuals and businesses can learn how to receive emergency alerts and other public safety notifications directly from their local jurisdictions.
Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Coronavirus Hotline – The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 – 1 (866) 779-6121 | COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Department of Health (FDOH) COVID-19 Dashboard – To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Coronavirus Response Toolkit – The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. We continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. Below, you’ll find a sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. We encourage you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other
channels, and send them to your employees.
Responding to Disaster: Tips from the Frontline – Helpful info-graphic of key items.
Small Business Recovery Expanded Guide – When a disaster occurs, businesses must take care of employees’ needs, communicate impact, address financial matters (e.g., insurance, disaster assistance), restore operations, and organize recovery. Here are resources to help reopen your business and make long-term recovery progress.
Florida SBDC Network – As a principal responder in the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business & Industry, the SBDC Network is a key economic development organization that supports disaster preparedness, recovery and mitigation through its Business Continuation services. Specialists can help develop a comprehensive business continuity, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery plan tailored for businesses at no cost.
Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus – The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. Here are five resources that can help you navigate this difficult situation.