Florida Business Resources for COVID-19

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.