COVID-19 Business Resources and Information
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESSES
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans COVID-19 http://floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/businessrecovery
Provides financial assistance at 0% interest for up to $100,000
Loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources
Loans will be interest-free for the loan term (1 year). The Interest rate will be 12% per annum on the unpaid balance thereafter
These loans can be processed more quickly than the federal government SBA loan program loans
Paycheck Protection Program In response to the CARES Act, specifically the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), working with our banking members, the Alliance has prepared a list of SBA Preferred Bank members, along with the direct links to information on how to apply for the PPP for each bank. Recommendations are to apply with you present banker and SBA Preferred lender to expedite the process. for the list. Click here
SBA Disaster Loans https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Documents/Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf U.S. Chamber of Commerce summary of SBA loans post CARES Act UPDATED 3/30/20 https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final_revised.pdf
Business of any size may borrow up to $2 million for physical damage
Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million for Economic Injury
Small businesses may apply for a maximum business loan (physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loan - EIDL) of $2 million
Short Time Compensation Program http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/employers Detailed Overview of Program
STEP BY STEP GUIDE UPDATED 3/27
Provides temporary, partial wage replacement benefits to qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own
Funded solely by employers who pay federal and state payroll taxes and is provided at no cost to the workers who receive the benefits
Employers may apply using Florida’s Reemployment Assistance (RA) claims system, CONNECT
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf
Axis South Florida - FREE Assistance for Nonprofits and Businesses (Broward & Miami-Dade)Sign up at: axishelps.org/generator
daily webinars continuously posted - U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District
COVID-19 Webinars (4/9 - 4/10)
The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.
Limited to the first 1000 callers.
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 7615946 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824073
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 6839602 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823971
Friday, April 10, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 6534851 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824074
Friday, April 10, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 2963627 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823972
SBA Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours Monday - Friday 11:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M. & 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
The U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Limited to 250 callers at one time. Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will. Callers will be muted upon entry and will be taken in the order they are received.
Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/aaharris/0S1GVCJ7 Phone: (202) 765-1264 Conference ID - 162817288
Baptist Health South Florida Virtual Webinars for April 6 - 11 Baptist Health South Florida is now offering virtual exercise, meditation and educational seminars via Zoom. To view the full schedule for this week, please click here.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Microsoft Teams - Learn How to Better Communicate with Your Employees and Customers Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. https://tinyurl.com/s5hbbqs South Florida Symphony Orchestra Live on the Drive: Livestream Concert Featuring Catherine Lan, piano & Huifang Chen, violinFacebook: Thursday, April 9, 4:00 p.m. (Facebook) and 6:00 p.m. (YouTube) https://www.facebook.com/southfloridasymphony/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKBFsCQsoZlxlw1GwIU4bNA
If you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete the
State of Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin: https://floridadisaster.biz/
Resources and trusted sources of information that may assist your business during the pandemic:
GFLAlliance COVID-19 Broward County Coronavirus Cases and Planning Report - Click for Infographic - 4/9/20 BROWARD COUNTY/AGENCIES Broward County https://www.broward.org/Coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx Interested individuals can sign up for “Snapshot” updates from Broward County by emailing email@example.com . Broward County COVID-19 Hotline: 954-357-9500. 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry's Executive Order Regarding Closures of Nonessential Businesses (3/23/20) - also posted above.
Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development https://www.broward.org/econdev Includes Links to several business resources.
OESBD CARES Act Fact Sheet (3/31/20)
Broward County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Gregory Tony's Letter to Alliance Members (4/6/20)
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau https://www.sunny.org/healthadvisory/ https://www.sunny.org/dining-and-nightlife/restaurants/
Hotels Open for Essential Lodgers https://www.sunny.org/partners/industry-updates/hotels-for-essential-lodgers/
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport / FLL https://www.broward.org/airport/passengers/flights/advisories/pages/default.aspx STATE OF FLORIDA Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan - also posted above. https://floridadisasterloan.org/
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces New Mobile-Friendly Site to Apply for Reemployment Assistance https://www.gflalliance.org/news/2020/04/09/press-releases/florida-department-of-economic-opportunity-announces-new-mobile-friendly-site-to-apply-for-reemployment-assistance/#.Xo8QR8hKiUk
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Actions Taken to Make Accessing Reemployment Assistance More User Friendly https://www.gflalliance.org/news/2020/04/07/press-releases/florida-department-of-economic-opportunity-announces-actions-taken-to-make-accessing-reemployment-assistance-more-user-friendly/#.XozeYYhKiUk
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's Short Time Compensation Program for Employers http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employers EXECUTIVE ORDERS State of Florida Executive Order regarding Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans (4/6/20) (4/3/20) FAQs and Explanation of Executive Order 20-91: Essential Services and Activities (4/2/20) State of Florida Executive Order on Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief State of Florida Executive Order - Reemployment Assistance Program (4/1/20) State of Florida Executive Order on Essential Services and Activities (3/31/20) (3/29/20) State of Florida Executive Order on South Florida Public Access Restrictions State of Florida Executive Order for Re-employment of Essential Personnel (3/29/20) State of Florida Executive Order on Quarantine for Individuals Traveling to Florida (3/27/20) State of Florida Executive Order on Vacation Rentals (3/27/20) Broward County Emergency Order on Shelter-in-Place: Safer at Home Policy (3/26/20) State Executive Order on Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations State Executive Order on Quarantine for Individuals Traveling to Florida Broward County Administrator Executive Order Regarding Closures of Nonessential Businesses (3/23/20) (3/20/20) State Executive Order Regarding Closures FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CENSUS 2020 DAY IS APRIL 1 - Quick, easy and important U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance SBA Fact Sheet on Economic Injury Disaster Loans (click here to download) https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami - Daily webinars continuously posted
Department of Labor - Families First Coronavirus Response Act https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ whd/pandemic https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/ releases/osec/osec20200320 COVID-19 and the American Workplace Families First Coronavirus Response Act: FAQ'S - U.S. Dept. of Labor - Questions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
Internal Revenue Service IRS Guidance on Tax Credits for Small Business Related to COVID-19 Paid Leave Requirements
Update from Congressman Ted Deutch (March 24) https://teddeutch.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx?ID=5GO6P2L7EPKRQRS26VPJROFNQE Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/COVID1 Free bilingual e HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS Florida Blue motional support helpline: 888-848-1762 UPDATED - Resources from Florida Blue (4/3/20) Florida Blue increases virtual health access as latest response to COVID-19 (Free for FL Blue Members) Florida Blue Commits $2 million in COVID-19 Emergency Support for Florida Communities Broward Health https://www.browardhealth.org/pages/coronavirus Information on COVID-19 drive-thru testing from Broward Health Memorial Healthcare System https://www.mhs.net/patients-visitors/coronavirus-disease including updates on COVID-19 testing, coping, what to do if you’re sick
Baptist Health Care on Demand (Free) https://baptisthealth.net/en/pages/home.aspx Baptist Health South Florida Coronavirus Q&A Mental Health Tips on Coping with the Coronavirus Pandemic
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429
EMPLOYMENT CareerSource Broward https://careersourcebroward.com/coronavirus Sun Sentinel Op/Ed by CEO Mason Jackson EDUCATION Broward County Public Schools https://www.browardschools.com/coronavirus Continuously updated information on free Internet for students and other resources
Click here for more information regarding the April 6th closure of all BCPS campuses. The District also shared that:
15,000 teachers and 220,000 students from District-managed schools are participating in remote online learning.
82,000 laptop computers were distributed to students who needed them
Students are now engaging with Canvas the learning management system daily.
Food and Nutrition Services for Families -
March 31-April 15. As of April 7th, 85,000 meals had been served at the 47 feeding sites in the Broward County school system.
GFLEDU.org Resources for Students Learning at Home https://gfledu.org/resources/
SAFETY NET United Way of Broward County COVID-19 Campaign Click here to contribute to help those experiencing financial hardships due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Prosperity Broward Resource Links https://prosperitybroward.org/covid-19/
ACCOUNTING/LEGAL/BUSINESS Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center https://www.flchamber.com/follow-facts-not-fear/
FAU Small Business Development Center http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/
Akerman https://www.akerman.com/en/perspectives/coronavirus-legal-update-center.html Becker https://beckerlawyers.com/covid-19/ Crowe https://www.crowe.com/insights/issues/covid-19-response Free Pandemic Response App for Businesses - https://www.crowe.com/services/consulting/pandemic-response-app
Delta For information on Delta Cargo Charters, Click Here.
Fisher Phillips Comprehensive And Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus https://www.fisherphillips.com/resources-alerts-comprehensive-faqs-for-employers-on-the-covid
GrayRobinson http://www.gray-robinson.com/covid-19-task-forceInformation on how the CARES Act impacts business: https://t.e2ma.net/message/qazr5d/q6jtpl Gunster Gunster.com/COVID19 Kaufman Rossin https://kaufmanrossin.com/blog/get-proactive-to-plan-your-business-recovery-from-covid-19-crisis/
Morris Southeast Group, Inc.Recent COVID-19 blog posts from Ken Morris, SIOR Strategic Real Estate Advisor: Commercial Real Estate As An Economy Indicator (3/31/20) Coronavirus and the Future of SoFlo CRE (3/20/20) A Message on Weathering the Coronavirus Storm (3/12/20)
South Florida Business Journal https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/small-business-resource-guide
Stearns Weaver Miller https://www.stearnsweaver.com/newsroom/ $2 Trillion CARES Act - What You Need To Know
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Title IV Summary of Lending Programs (updated 4/2/2020) U.S. Chamber Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide (updated 1/31/2020) U.S. Chamber Guide to SBA EIDLs (updated 1/31/2020) U.S. Chamber Small Business ELA Loan Guide (updated 4/1/2020) https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus
Verizon How Verizon is Serving its Customers and the Community During COVID-19
TECHNOLOGY TechLauderdale https://techlauderdale.org/coronavirus MUNICIPAL City of Fort Lauderdale Coronavirus Information https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/Home/Components/News/News/4074/16?backlist=%2 ALLIANCE MEMBER UPDATES #StrongerTogether Baptist Health South Florida Teamed up with FIU to create 3D-printed face masks https://news.fiu.edu/2020/fiu-3d-printing-face-shields-for-healthcare-workers-at-baptist-health Partnered with Nicklaus Children's Hospital to fight COVID-19 https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2020/04/02/baptist-health-nicklaus-childrens-hospital-team-up.html - Capital Analytics Invest GFL has made its publication available for no fee for a limited time. To sign up, visit https://www.capitalanalyticsassociates.com/registration. Delta - Delta Flight Products to manufacture personal protective equipment for healthcare workers https://news.delta.com/delta-flight-products-manufacture-personal-protective-equipment-help-healthcare-workers - Team has committed to paying staff through the entirety of coronavirus pandemic s lorida Panther F https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-panthers-coronavirus-20200327-7eoakqbps5arbdx3lgrer23jsa-story.html
ICON International - Free subscription to Curiosity Stream documentaries and educational streaming content: https://curiositystream.com/access/icon-intl - is waiving two months of rent for tenants in shopping centers it owns Publix https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2020/03/30/publix-says-it-will-waive-rent-in-the-shopping.html Rick Case Automotive Group - donates $50,000 to Feeding South Florida https://rickcasevip.com/rick-case-in-the-media.htm
South Florida Business Journal - highlighting how South Florida businesses have stepped up to help during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2020/03/27/south-florida-companies-step-up-to-help-community.html South Florida Business & Wealth https://sfbwmag.com/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-businesses/
TIP: Businesses may find it prudent to document any losses incurred as a result of disruption caused by Coronavirus. Please consider this while it is still fresh in your mind.