COVID-19 Business Resources and Information

Broward Business Leaders COVID-19 Update Events

Broward Business Leaders COVID-19 Update #5
Save the Date: Thursday, April 16, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Via Zoom
Registration link/speakers coming soon.

4/9/20 View Video Here (or click above)
4/2/20 Download Recording Here
3/26/20 Download Recording Here 
3/16/20 Download Recording Here

 

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.

Click here for the list.

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

 

WEBINARS/CALLS

Axis South Florida - FREE Assistance for Nonprofits and Businesses (Broward & Miami-Dade)
Sign up at: axishelps.org/generator


U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District
-
daily webinars continuously posted

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, violin
Thursday, April 9, 4:00 p.m. (Facebook) and 6:00 p.m. (YouTube)
Facebook: 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 publicinfo@broward.org.

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)
FAQs and Explanation of Executive Order 20-91: Essential Services and Activities
 (4/3/20)
State of Florida Executive Order on Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
(4/2/20)
State of Florida Executive Order - Reemployment Assistance Program (4/1/20)
State of Florida Executive Order on Essential Services and Activities (3/31/20)
State of Florida Executive Order on South Florida Public Access Restrictions
(3/29/20)
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)
State Executive Order Regarding Closures
(3/20/20)


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


HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS

Florida Blue
Free bilingual emotional 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:

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 Businesseshttps://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

FPL
https://www.fpl.com/business/resources/small-business-tool.html

GrayRobinson
http://www.gray-robinson.com/covid-19-task-force
Information 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)

RSM
https://rsmus.com/economics/coronavirus-resource-center.html

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

F
lorida Panther
s
- Team has committed to paying staff through the entirety of coronavirus pandemic
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-panthers-coronavirus-20200327-7eoakqbps5arbdx3lgrer23jsa-story.html

FPL - responds to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by lowering customer bills for the second time this year
https://www.gflalliance.org/news/2020/03/30/member-news/fpl-responds-to-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-by-lowering-customer-bills-for-the-second-time-this-year/#.XoIKf9NKjBJ

Hoffman's Chocolates
https://www.hoffmans.com/ Open for takeout from 2-7 p.m. daily and available on Uber Eats

ICON International - Free subscription to Curiosity Stream documentaries and educational streaming content: https://curiositystream.com/access/icon-intl

Publix
- is waiving two months of rent for tenants in shopping centers it owns
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.