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Business Assistance Programs

These local, state and federal resources are available to support businesses during a disaster or crisis. Learn more about how these programs can assist your businesses, as well as how to apply and access these resources.

Connect with Local Lenders for 7a SBA Loan

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends working with your current bank to find and apply for the most applicable loan programs for your business.

If your existing bank is not offering loans, consider these resources:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Additional Recovery Resources

All Florida SBDC office locations remain open at this time. Florida SBDC Network stands ready to help you prepare and recover.

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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.

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Responding to COVID-19

Webinar Series

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Webinar Replay: Business Recovery Assistance

Ashley Bell, Esq., regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration for Region IV, and Michael W. Myhre, CEO with Florida SBDC Network Headquarters, share their insight on the federal and state response to COVID-19 with a focus on the impact on businesses.

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Webinar Replay: State Action & the Impact on the Business Community

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Halsey Beshears shares insight on the state of Florida efforts currently underway in support of businesses of all sizes.

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Webinar Replay: DEO Reemployment & Recovery Assistance

Ken Lawson, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), and Michael DiNapoli, director of the Office of Small and Minority Business Capital for the Florida DEO, share information about the DEO’s resources regarding COVID-19.

Webinar Replay: Community Action & Support

John Rivers, founder and CEO, 4R Restaurant Group and The 4Roots Farm, and Brendan O’Connor, editor-in-chief at Bungalower, discuss how the business community is fostering partnerships to help tackle the economic realities of the pandemic and how residents can support local companies.

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Webinar Replay: CARES Federal Stimulus Act Review Hosted by Mayor Dyer

Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani and City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer host Align Public Strategies Managing Partner Joe Kefauver and Partner Franklin Coley as they provide an overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. https://news.orlando.org/blog/responding-to-covid-19-webinar-replay-cares-federal-stimulus-act-review-hosted-by-mayor-dyer/

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Webinar Replay: Finding Success Interviewing, Hiring and Onboarding Virtually

Nicole McMurray, AppleOne regional director for Orlando and Tampa, and Tracy Rebar, executive director and HR business advisor for JPMorgan Chase, discuss how to train and transition your team to virtual interviewing, hiring and onboarding of new employees.The Orlando Economic Partnership’s top priority is to keep the business community informed and prepared and help individuals and organizations obtain the needed resources currently available as we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.The Responding to COVID-19 Webinar Series: Finding Success Interviewing, Hiring and Onboarding Virtually is the sixth installment of a series of webinars focused on sharing guidance on how best to respond to the realities of COVID-19.It’s natural for businesses to experience uncertainty when faced with a quick transition to new technology and remote work. That’s especially true during this time of social distancing. This informative and engaging webinar is designed to help instill confidence in employers as they engage with new resources to continue to offer employment opportunities and build their workforce.In this engaging webinar, Danielle Permenter, Partnership senior director of regional talent initiatives, and Jo Newell, Orlando Regional Chamber director of programs and strategic initiatives, hosted Nicole McMurray, AppleOne regional director for Orlando and Tampa, and Tracy Rebar, executive director and HR business advisor for JPMorgan Chase, for a discussion on how to help train and transition your team to virtual interviewing, hiring and onboarding of new employees. Tracy Rebar shared tips on how to interview in a virtual setting and Nicole McMurray covered how to extend a virtual offer and successfully complete the digital onboarding process.For in-depth information and resources for your business’ responses to COVID-19, please visit Online Business Resource Center at Orlando.org/covid19.About the Guest SpeakersNicole McMurrayRegional Manager, AppleOne Employment ServicesWith 15+ years of experience developing holistic solutions to her client’s needs Nicole utilizes AppleOne’s Hiring Made Human philosophy which centers around one true belief: we believe in people. With roots in the staffing industry dating back to 2004, she has connected the best people, their talents, skills, career goals, and aspirations with the best companies. As a Regional Leader within AppleOne she has the privilege of leading 3 divisions, 5 teams, and over 30 people.  She is recognized within AppleOne for her success with Conflict Resolution, Engagement, Building Winning Teams, and developing a Culture the supports their core values. Her efforts have been validated through her Orlando team, that for the past ten years, has consistently been ranked between the #1, 2nd, and 3rd branch in the nation.Through a combination of client-specific sourcing solutions and established best practices, she has help hundreds of companies in our community in identifying and attracting any generation of worker, from millennials to baby boomers. Each of her team’s levels supports one another to achieve their company’s ultimate mission: “To find, to understand, and to fulfill the needs of another.”   Nicole is currently an Advisor for the CEO Leadership Forum, and she serves the Orlando Economic Partnership in their Recruitment Working Group to help support the future of hiring for our city. She is a member of CEO Nexus, and supports the continued efforts of GrowFL in our community.  She has been invited to train and present to the leadership development program for the Florida Department of Children and Families.  She has lead multiple workshops on Engagement, Team Development, and Navigating the Hiring Process for Valencia College, ORRA, CEO Leadership Events, and was most recently invited, with her team, to provide a full day workshop for the City of Orlando. She is passionate about helping her clients build their story.  She knows at the end of the day that it is all about People, and she loves to help her clients excel in engaging and retaining their very best.   Nicole has been married to her husband Jeremy for 17 years and she was gifted the chance to become a mom through adoption.  Her son Luke is 7, and her daughter Olivia is 6.  When she is not in the office you will find her at Disney, fishing with her children, or leading worship at her church.  If you cannot find her at any of these events then she will for sure be on a Disney Cruise! Tracy RebarExecutive Director, HR Advisor, JPMorgan ChaseTracy Rebar is a seasoned business professional with over 20 years of cross-functional experience in Human Resources. She has expertise building and leading large teams, and shaping people strategy locally and globally to help propel business priorities. 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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.

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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.

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Companies Hiring

Visit the Partnership’s Welcome in Orlando website includes a directory of companies with large amounts of job active postings in the Orlando region.

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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.

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Agency Leaders

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

Policy Action

What employers need to know about policy changes at the federal, state and local level. 

LATEST UPDATE
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

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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

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.

Orange County Issues ‘Stay At Home,’ Order Effective March 26, 2020: FAQs

City of Orlando

City of Orlando – Stay at Home Executive Order: What You Need to Know

Osceola County

Flattening The Curve: Osceola Issues ‘Stay at Home,” Order Effective March 26, 2020

Local Healthcare Leaders Support

Orlando Health

Contact the Orlando Health hotline by calling 877.321.2684.

AdventHealth

Contact the AdventHealth hotline by calling 1.877.847.8747.

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

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.

Nemours

Nemours

Get the latest updates from Nemours Children’s Health System.

Critical Information

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.

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Industry Associations

These associations have put together industry-relevant information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The Orlando Economic Partnership is working hard to ensure that we provide the most up-to-date and relevant information for our regional employers. If you or your company has information to share regarding the outbreak and its impact on the business community, please reach out.