The Chamber is actively monitoring key developments related to COVID-19. We are in daily contact with members, our board of directors and leaders from all of the key institutions in our community.
As a resource to individuals and businesses, we have created this webpage to showcase local updates and information that can be of assistance to you and your employees. Visit this page for community updates, business preparedness tips, webinars and more which we will be updating regularly.
If your business has a resource that you would like us to add or share, please email Dana Noles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loans Small Business Checklist & Guide
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program.
In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center
The Florida Chamber of Commerce has created a dedicated Resource Center to inform Florida businesses about the latest changes amid the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about new funding, programs and resources on their website.
COVID-19 Economic Disaster Relief Grant
The COVID-19 Economic Disaster Relief (CEDR) Grant Program is designed to offer a lifeline to local small businesses, which will result in greater continuity of operations, and sustain their viability during the application period for State and Federal relief programs and incentives. It will provide a rapid local grant benefit to businesses, to bridge their limited cash reserves as they are pro-actively taking steps to amass financing and capital from other sources (e.g. SBA, State, private). Application closes April 24, 2020
CARES Act Information
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Brown & Brown Insurance COVID-19 Resource Center
The team at Brown & Brown Insurance continues to host weekly webinars to keep businesses up-to-date on COVID-19 information. These webinars cover topics related to navigating your risk during this evolving situation.
Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, a HUB International Company COVID-19 Resource Center
To make sure you are prepared and can protect what matters most, RGVI has developed and gathered tips, guides and other resources to help you before, during and after a potentially serious disease outbreak.
Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.
This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.
Protecting Your Family – Center for Disease Control
- Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
- Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
Is Your Business Prepared for COVID-19
COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation that businesses need to be preparing for now. Chamber Board Member and President/COO of Moore, Inc., Terrie Ard shares what leaders should be doing now to ensure business continuity and communication.
Leon County COVID-19 Operational Updates
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread with more than 120,000 cases globally, Leon County Emergency Management is committed to actively monitoring the disease and coordinating preparedness efforts with local health officials, healthcare providers, first responders, and other critical emergency response functions.
Capital Health Plan Updates
As concern about coronavirus (COVID-19) grows globally and right here in Florida, Capital Health Plan is ready to do its part to help protect the community. That includes providing members with access to the best advice from health care professionals so they can take appropriate preventive steps.
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Toolkit
Many of these resources can be turned into signage to be displayed in your business. If your interested in learning more about what this might look like, contact one of our member printers and sign makers today.
Florida SBDC Small Business Preparedness, Recovery Resources for the Coronavirus
We are committed to keeping you safe and informed regarding our service offering and resources to protect your dream – your small business – by protecting your customers, employees and community from the virus and regarding disaster assistance should your business experience economic injury or other unintended consequences.
Florida SBDC at FAMU COVID-19 Resources
In light of the continuing concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Florida SBDC at FAMU has suspended all in-person activity at all of our main offices through at least Friday, May 1, as directed by Florida A&M University and the Florida SBDC Network. We will continue to provide consultation services via telephone and video chat using the free Zoom platform.
Xfinity COVID-19 Response
Effective March 16, 2020, new Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service. Comcast is also increasing the speed of the program to 25 Mbps downloads and 3 Mbps uploads for all new and existing customers.
U.S. Small Business Administration Financial Assistance Resources for Businesses and Employers
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering resources and financial assistance for businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus. SBA is here to assist small businesses with accessing federal resources and navigating their own preparedness plans.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. Applications will be accepted from March 17, 2020 through May 8, 2020.
National Partnership for Hospice Innovation Hotline
Dialing 1-844-GET-NPHI (1-844-438-6744), will put family in touch with the not-for-profit provider closest to their loved one. Locally, 850-878-5310, is the number to call.
Perdue Remote Employee Services
The impact of COVID-19 is top of mind and Perdue, A Suddath® Company stands committed to continuing to support our clients. This includes support for unexpected needs that may arise within your organization due to the virus. In the interest of your employees, you may be planning to have them work from home. If so, Perdue can help make this process fast and simple.
ManpowerGroup COVID-19 Resources
As we navigate through these challenging and unpredictable times, know that we are here to help and provide guidance on how to best manage your workforce.
Tallahassee Senior Center COVID-19 Resources
Senior Citizens in our community remain a top priority during the COVID-19 crisis. The Tallahassee Senior Center is a great resource for information pertaining to resources and information.
Line1 Communications TextBox Service
www.BusinessTextBox.com by Line1 Communications can two-way text-enable business telephone numbers to support social distancing efforts like curbside pickup for restaurants and wait-in-cars instead of wait-in-waiting-rooms for Doctors, Salons, etc. It also helps decrease telephone call traffic by giving customers the choice to call or text. TextBox is fully work-at-home capable. TextBox is now offered as a complimentary service for restaurants during the COVID-19 Crisis.
Altrua Global Solutions Free Signage for Businesses
Altrua Global Solutions is offering free signage for restaurants or businesses to communicate with their clients or customers about changes. Signs such as “Drive-Thru Open”, “We’re Open” are available.