Business Disaster Recovery Assistance (COVID-19)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act for Small Businesses
Individuals & small businesses impacted by #COVID19 now have until June 30 to apply for financial help through the Pinellas CARES programs. Financial Assistance for Individuals: Text COVIDCARES to 898211 or visit
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The CARES Act tasks the Small Business Administration with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars in loans and grants to help small businesses survive the pandemic. It also provides additional funding for SBA’s Resource Partners to provide advice and training to help small businesses respond to the unprecedented challenges in communities throughout the country.
Find details at this link - http://floridasbdc.org/disaster/cares/
Pinellas County business resources, loans, donations, essential vs. non-essential designations are also online at www.pced.org
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
This program has been activated by the Governor to provide short-term, interest-free loans to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with the Florida SBDC (Small Business Administration) Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC), the bridge loan program is a short-term, interest-free loan program designed to help businesses bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term U.S. Small Business Administration loans.
Click here to find the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan application process.
Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce
Robin Miller, President
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is OPEN and here to serve businesses and employees navigate through these uncertain times. You can reach us by phone or Email: Robin Miller, CEO - (727) 385-7686 Robin@Tampabaybeaches.com or Doug Izzo (941) 626-2392 Doug@tampabaybeaches.com
We are working with businesses virtually to help them apply for assistance. and unemployment.
On our events calendar portion of the website, we have added webinar meetings for educational purposes. These meetings can help you apply for financial assistance, learn more about COVID-19 and what’s next, plan for reopening your business and more.
For more information on available loans, grants, unemployment and assistance visit our website at www.tampabaybeaches.com/coronavirus .
Email: Doug@TampaBayBeaches.com to receive important business updates regarding COVID-19.
Business Disaster Recovery Tools
Florida Department of Health – Florida Department of Health Covid-19
Information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, individuals and businesses can contact the Florida Department of Health dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
FloridaDisaster.Biz – FloridaDisaster.Biz
Information regarding business preparedness, recovery, online training, links, and news. When activated, houses the Florida Business Damage Assessment.
During an activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), the Florida Private Sector Hotline will be activated.
Florida Private Sector Hotline: 850-815-4925
For information about Emergency Support Function 18 (Business, Industry and Economic Stability) and Florida’s Public-Private Partnerships, please email ESF18@em.myflorida.com
Florida Chamber of Commerce – Florida Chamber Follow Facts, Not Fear
The Florida Chamber is the official state chapter of the National Safety Council. This webpage includes important links from Governor DeSantis’ office, the Emergency Operations Center, Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health and our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and it will be updated regularly.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Center for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Provides detailed planning considerations and recommended strategies for employers to use now.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – U.S. Small Business Administration Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Assistance
These resources can help small businesses develop a plan to protect their employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open for business quickly to support the economic recovery of the community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – FEMA.gov News Releases
FEMA Mobile App – Receive severe weather alerts, driving directions to disaster recovery centers, save a custom list RE emergency kit and meeting spot, tips to stay safe for over 20 types of hazards.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to ensure we are all adequately prepared to protect Americans at home and abroad. The website provides great resources for all businesses, including small businesses.
Comprehensive and customized business disaster preparedness planning information, materials and training videos