Business Resources for COVID-19




    COUNTY

  • The Corridor's Matching Grants Research Program at UCF
    • Companies with less than 100 employees the match is $1 in company funds to $1 of Corridor funds. Companies with more than 100 employees the match is $2 of company funds to $1 of Corridor funds. Awards typically range from $10,000 to $150,000.

  • Orange County Small Business Grant Program
    • Qualifying small businesses access to $10,000 in grant money to cover normal business expenses, including employee wages, vendor bills, and rent to help offset the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The application period opens June 8, 2020.

  • Polk Cares 2020
    • Small businesses that can show they were impacted by COVID-19 include funding levels of $1,000 for those who are self-employed, $2,500 for businesses with 2 – 9 employees, and $5,000 for businesses with 10 – 25 employees.

  • ReLaunch Volusia Small Business Reopening Grant Program
    • The County of Volusia is allocating up to $10 million in emergency relief to support local businesses with a commercial presence within the County who have been negatively
      impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Free Radio Advertising for Flagler County Small Businesses
    • Flagler County and Flagler Broadcasting have partnered to offer Flagler County small businesses the chance to advertise on the radio for free. Please contact (386) 437-1992 ext. 204 to schedule your free radio ad today.

  • Pasco Emergency Business Grant
    • Immediate grants up to $5,000 to be awarded to small businesses located in Pasco County with up to 25 employees. This program provides grants, not loans.

  • Sarasota County Small Business Resiliency Loan Program
    • $4.3 million dollars in low-interest loans to small businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • JobFocus.com
    • Your source for jobs in the Manatee and Sarasota region to connect displaced workers with employers who need to fill staffing demands brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Employers can post jobs and workers can search for them.

    STATE

  • Enterprise Florida Virtual Trade Show Grants
    • Reimbursable trade grant covers the cost of a virtual trade show, up to $2,500.

  • Short Time Compensation Program for Employers
    • The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.

  • Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program
    • Short-term, interest-free working capital loans.

  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance
    • A federally funded benefit program that assists individuals who become unemployed because of a disaster.

  • Reemployment Assistance Service Center
    • WORKERS! If you lost your job because of COVID-19, apply for Reemployment Benefits with the State of Florida.

  • Microfinance Guarantee Program for Small Businesses
    • Enterprise Florida has suspended initial fees (normally 2%) to assist small businesses with access to credit.

  • Florida Emergency Networks
    • The Division of State Purchasing organized the Florida Emergency Supplier Network and Florida Emergency Purchasing Network to assist state agencies and local governments with purchasing functions during emergencies.

  • FloridaMakes Supply Chain Disruption Planning
    • Have a plan in place prior to disruptions to your supply chain. The following checklist can help your company react to and prepare for disruptions.

  • FPL COVID-19 Updates
    • FPL has implemented the same policies as they do during major crisis events and are suspending electrical disconnections, providing payment extensions and waiving certain late payment fees for customers in a hardship situation – policies that will remain in effect while Florida is under a state of emergency.

  • FL Department of Revenue COVID-19 Team
    • Call 850-488-6800 or email COVID19TAXHELP@FloridaRevenue.com

  • Florida's COVID-19 Data Dashboard
    • The current situation in Florida.

  • Price Gouging Reporting Center
    • Quickly and effectively report allegations of price gouging during declared states of emergency.

  • Business Damage Assessment Survey
    • Please participate in Business Damage Assessment Survey so that impacts can be monitored for additional programs and resources.

    CITY

  • City of Sarasota Small Business and Safety Assistance Grant Program
    • The City of Sarasota is preparing emergency stabilization grant applications in the amount of $5,000 to eligible City of Sarasota independently owned and operated small businesses, that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic resulting from governmental orders to close or limit operations. Applications accepted starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 19.

  • One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together Fund
    • This COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage & Utility Relief Plan will provide direct rent, mortgage, or utility (water, gas, and electric) payments for eligible individuals, families, and businesses for one month--offering a lifeline to bridge the financial gap as many wait for state and federal funds to become available. You must reside or have a physical location within the City of Tampa.

  • Tampa Bay Wave Rising Tide Relief Fund
    • Short-term, near-zero interest loans for quick cash infusions with minimal paperwork. These loans are intended to help businesses retain and pay their employees, stay current on their rent, and cover other fixed costs while they await state and federal funding.

    FEDERAL

  • SBA Disaster Assistance for FL Small Businesses
    • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in economic assistance to help small businesses.

  • SBA Debt Relief Program
    • The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.

  • Paycheck Protection Program
    • The PPP authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee. Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months.

  • IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief
    • A special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

  • IRS Employee Retention Credit
    • The credit is available to all employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations. There are only two exceptions: State and local governments and their instrumentalities and small businesses who take small business loans. The amount of the credit is 50% of qualifying wages paid up to $10,000 in total.

  • Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19
    • All individual and other non-corporate tax filers can defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. The guidance also allows corporate taxpayers a similar deferment of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.

  • Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
    • The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

  • Plan, Prepare and Respond to COVID-19
    • Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond.

  • Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
    • Interim recommendations for US Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019.

  • OSHA COVID-19 Control and Prevention
    • Guidance for all U.S. workers and employers to help prevent exposure to COVID-19.

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    • On March 18 the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), also known as Phase II. The business relevant portion established a paid sick leave requirement for employers with fewer than 500 employees to give to their employees who have the virus; are in quarantine or caring for someone in quarantine; or are caring for a child under 18 whose school is closed. The required sick leave and family leave are paired with a refundable payroll tax credit to cover these amounts and the requirement ends December 31.

    OTHER

  • Facebook Grant Program For Small Businesses
    • $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.

  • Restaurant Strong Fund
    • The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams have teamed up to support those from the restaurant industry across the country who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures.

  • Save Small Business Fund
    • Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to small employers. To qualify you must employ between 3 and 20 people, be located in an economically vulnerable community and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications go live on April 20, 2020.

  • What You Need To Know About COVID-19
    • 11 COVID-19 questions with answers.