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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Assistance

The CARES Act Stimulus Bill has been signed into law.
Click here to see what’s included in the bill.

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OSCEOLA WE'VE OPENED SAFELY

We've Opened Safely / Back to Work

Osceola County Emergency Economic Relief Grant Program - Osceola County Economic Development is allocating funds received from the CARES Act towards administering an emergency grant program for locally owned and independently operated small businesses within the county that have been negatively impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

FLORIDA DISASTER BIZ

Business Damage Assessment Survey

In response to COVID-19, the State of Florida has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on local business operations to help direct State resources and enable access to Federal programs.

CAREER SOURCE CENTRAL FLORIDA

CAREER SOURCE CENTRAL FLORIDA

CareerSource provides information for displaced workers and resources for reemployment, unemployment filings, job fairs, and more.

CDC

CDC INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS AND EMPLOYERS

The CDC's interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a set of one-page decision tools to provide health and safety guidelines for reopening key sectors.

Access these tools from the CDC here:

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

Read information and guidance for department stakeholders related to agency actions, updated meeting schedules, and other matters during this state of emergency at: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

The Department of Revenue has established a dedicated team to address tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19 and has created an email address, COVID19TAXHELP@floridarevenue.com, where taxpayers can send questions and concerns. The Department encourages all taxpayers to use our e-services applications to file and pay taxes or contact our call center at (850) 488-6800. 

SEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA

FLORIDA SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM

NOTICE - Due to funding limitations for the program, the State is unable to process new applications under the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOAN ASSISTANCE

SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE LOANS AVAILABLE FOR FLORIDA SMALL BUSINESSES

Notice: New Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

SHORT-TIME COMPENSATION PROGRAM

The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.

The Florida DEO has released a new mobile-friendly site for Floridians to apply for reemployment assistance.

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

AMERICA'S SBDC FLORIDA

Small Business Development Centers

IRS

TAX RELIEF

The IRS via Notice 2020-17 has delayed 2019 tax payments due April 15 until July 15, 2020. Please click the link to view the full release on information relating to delayed payments: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948

 

Private Companies

FACEBOOK

Facebook

Facebook announced a $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and launched the Business Resource Hub, which features recommendations to help small businesses stay connected to customers and stay on track. Majority of grants will be distributed in cash, with some ad credits for business services.

KABBAGE

KABBAGE

Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date.

MAINVEST

MAINVEST

MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown, in addition to its normal fundraising offerings.

OPPORTUNITY FUND

OPPORTUNITY FUND

Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners in need.

RESTAURANT WORKERS' COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

RESTAURANT WORKERS' COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation formed a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for small businesses and their restaurant workers, and is accepting donations.

YELP

YELP

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the company is providing $25 million in coronavirus relief for independent restaurant and nightlife businesses in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services.