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Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Resources for Re-Opening Your Business (Health & Safety, Marketing, and more)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can assist with loans and other resources. Click HERE.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is assisting small businesses and their employees with loans, short-time compensation programs loans to bridge the gap. Click HERE.

Orlando Economic Partnership has assembled a robust resource guide. Please visit it for a wide range of information.

SBA Economic Disaster Injury Loan program:

·      Please see link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

A group of local lawyers are volunteering to help businesses navigate this process. Get information on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program

Recommended Strategies

·      Actively encourage sick employees to stay home

·      Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene for all employees

·      Perform routine environmental cleaning.

·      Advise employees before traveling to take preventative steps recommended by CDC.

Resources for Businesses and Employers

·      Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Toolkit

·      CDC Stop the Spread of Germs Poster

·      CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Poster

·      Guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

·      Information from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

·      City of Orlando COVID-19

·      https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

·      Florida Disaster Loan 

·      National Entrepreneur

·      Florida SBDC Recovery Resources

Business Damage Assessment Survey for COVID-19
On March 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the 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.

Potential HR Issues Arising from the Coronavirus

The American Society of Employers (ASE) has put together this very comprehensive FAQ regarding coronavirus and how employers can respond to and work with your employees.

Read the FAQs.

Small-business owners should also be aware that there may be some OSHA-related implications when it comes to the virus. Companies in certain industries where workers are at risk of encountering infection may be subject to requirements to protect workers from exposure by using appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye, face, and respiratory protection. If a worker becomes sick after exposure on the job, it could be a recordable illness.

Click here for more.

In addition to these resources, it is worth noting that the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship sent a formal letter and request to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to detail its plan to support small business in the case of a broad outbreak. Committee Chair Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) have also requested a formal briefing from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.

That letter can be found here.

EMERGENCY FUNDS

Art/Culture/Freelance

·      https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

Servers

·      https://ofwemergencyfund.org/

·      https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org/

Bartenders

·      https://www.usbgfoundation.org/

Low Income Workers

·      https://www.hfuw.org/alicefund/

Small Business Grants

·      FaceBook Small Business Grants Program



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