How the CARES Act Impacts Business
Get insight on how the CARES Act, the $377 billion federal stimulus package to provide in emergency relief to small businesses in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, affects businesses and how to take advantage of its funding opportunities.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently offering short-term, interest-free working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” and are available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey
The Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Learn more about how to apply by contacting our organization.
Florida Short-Time Compensation Program
The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.
Additional Recovery Resources
All Florida SBDC office locations remain open at this time. Florida SBDC Network stands ready to help you prepare and recover.
National Entrepreneur Center
The National Entrepreneur Center is closed for face to face meetings but can still be reached at 407.420.4848. The NEC is providing free one-on-one coaching through its in-house providers including SCORE Orlando, the Florida Small Business Development Center Orlando, and Prospera.
Responding to COVID-19
Workforce & Employment Resources
Learn more about what resources are available for businesses when it comes to virtual hiring, training and employment.
CareerSource Central Florida
Take advantage of virtual services such as career guidance, resume review, job placement assistance, and more. You can also utilize online resources such as job searching, creating or updating a resume, and accessing career information like high-demand occupations and training options.
OrlandoJobs.com Virtual Career Fair
To help job seekers and employers during the COVID19 outbreak, OrlandoJobs.com is posting jobs of companies who are hiring or will be hiring once this crisis passes. Join their virtual job fair from March 27 – April 3 or help spread the word.
Visit the Partnership’s Welcome in Orlando website includes a directory of companies with large amounts of job active postings in the Orlando region.
Orlando Business Impact Survey
The Orlando Economic Partnership is collecting information through a series of surveys regarding the extent the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected regional business operations.
get the latest Guidance for business from
While this is a quickly evolving situation, we will work to provide up-to-date information, actionable intelligence and help employers adopt a prepared mindset to focus on the health of their business. Here is some of the latest, most relevant information and resources for employers from national health organizations and agency leaders.
What employers need to know
What employers need to know about policy changes at the federal, state and local level.
The President has signed the $2 trillion stimulus package into law. This package will provide support businesses and employers need to stay viable through the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Federal Response Timeline
Here is an overview of the federal legislation that has been inacted regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Important News and Updates
Donald Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill | Florida Politics
President Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act | Lowndes Law
Treasury Department Extends Tax Payment Deadlines | Lowdnes Law
CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Governor DeSantis orders New York travelers to quarantine | Florida Politics
COVID-19: Business, Regulatory and Legal Insights | Gunster Law
Medicare Health Care Provider Telemedicine Fact Sheet | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
State and Local Notifications
Stay informed by visiting these state and local organizations, and follow their news and social media channels for updates.
Orange County Utilities Suspends Late Payment Fees: In addition to the current policy suspending disconnections for non-payment, Orange County Utilities will suspend late payment fees for residential water and wastewater customers effective Monday, March 23.
COVID-19 Crisis Assistance Program: Due to the overwhelming response from the community, Orange County is increasing its staff members for its COVID-19 Crisis Assistance Program. In response to a high call volume, Orange County is offering an online form to help streamline the process. Those unable to fill out a form online can call at 407-836-6500 Mon – Fri. 8 a.m. to noon.
City of Orlando
Local Healthcare Leaders Support
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health has established a COVID-19 call center that can be reached at 1.866.779.6121.
The call center is available to residents and visitors Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Florida Blue opened up a FREE 24-hour emotional support helpline for ANY FLORIDIANS who may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear and grief due to COVID19.
Call 833.848.1762 to be connected with bilingual behavioral health counselors.
Research and Impact Planning
Use these tools and resources to help identify vulnerable populations and learn more about the economic impact of Coronavirus on Orlando.
find sector relevant information
These associations have put together industry-relevant information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.