This is an unprecedented moment in our history. COVID-19 has challenged us across all areas of our lives, impacting the health of our loved ones and the continuity of our business community with a wave that has been felt over the entire planet.
Your Chamber of Commerce has served this community for over seventy years. We have weathered many economic storms. We will continue that legacy! Our focus will be providing our business community a voice, keeping you informed and providing opportunities for you to do business together. We will utilize the website and social media as well as continuing to send out critical updates through Constant Contact. Virtual tools will be vital to all of us to stay connected and engaged and relevant.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete the State of Florida 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: https://floridadisaster.biz/
If you have loss of income not related to COVID-19, and need help during this difficult pandemic, please visit our Family Success Division website to see what other resources may be available to you.
COVID-19 Business Resources and Information
Center For Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Businesses: The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. (CDC has provided separate guidance for healthcare settings.) This guidance also provides planning considerations for community spread of COVID-19. For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2LeveBn
The City of Pompano Beach, the Economic Development Council (EDC), Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to provide support and recovery efforts for the business community of Pompano Beach. The Economic Response Team (ERT) will be led by the organizations mentioned as well as the City’s executive staff. The goal is to ensure support and resources to help our local businesses recover from this unprecedented crisis.
Please find important business sources below to assist businesses during this time.
|SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less|
WASHINGTON— Yesterday, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.“ The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued. “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds. We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.” “Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly. SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020. SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.
Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.
Monday, March 22, 12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M., Mid-day Mindfulness Moment & Stretch
Mid-day Mindfulness Moment & Stretch is a 30-minute gentle yoga practice that you can do right at your office desk and in your workday clothes. Danielle, from Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness, will lead you through breath work and gentle yoga poses that will allow you to connect to the body and mind in the present moment. Click here to register for this free event. The workshop will be conducted by the The Tampa Bay Women’s Centre.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., WOSB Certification and Eligibility Workshop
The Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) program is designed to help more women owned small businesses to win federal contracts by providing a level playing field for WOSBs to compete. This class provides an overview of the WOSB and EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program as well as eligibility requirements. Click here to register for this free event. The workshop will be conducted by the Lonnie Koyama of the Small Business Administration.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M., Celebrating Women History Month: Women of Wisdom
Women with Wisdom Florida Women’s Business Center Clients Who are Willing to “Share” Tips on moving forward. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Florida Women’s Business Center.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Start Your Small Business: Test the Viability! (Live Webinar)
Think you have a great business idea, but don’t know how to start? In this FREE webinar we will help you understand what is involved to start a business and your personal stage of readiness. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Miami-Dade SCORE Chapter.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M., Entrepreneurship Empowerment for Women
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are excited to share with you some inspirational topics that will help empower you through your journey of entrepreneurship. Our roundtable presenters have in-depth experience helping entrepreneurs launch and grow successful businesses. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Tampa Women’s Business Centre.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Webinar – SBA Programs for Veterans Looking to Start or Grow their Business
This class covers the programs and services the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers to veterans to help start and grow a business. Click here to register for this free event. The workshop will be conducted by the Lonnie Koyama of the Small Business Administration.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Legal & Tax Implications of Starting a Business in Florida
Learn how to protect your assets. Many new business owners do not spend enough time & planning to ensure that they choose the right legal entity when formally setting up their business. They push off legal and tax issues, and see them as boring and confusing. $15 to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Federal Contracting for Veterans and Service Disabled Veterans
The Federal Government spent $ 20.6 billion on Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB) contracts in 2018. This class provides an overview of the SDVOSB Federal Contracting Program as well as Veteran Owned Small Business eligibility requirements. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Lonnie Koyama of the Small Business Administration.
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M., Break Through Your Fears
The Business of… Empowerment “Breaking Through Barriers, Overcoming Fears and Limiting Beliefs”-Presented by Fire Power Seminars This interactive workshop will encourage you to be FEARLESS, MOTIVATED & EMPOWERED to SUCCEED. Free to attend. Click here to attend. The workshop will be conducted by the Florida Women’s Business Center.
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Como Comenzar un Negocio en Tiempos de Covid 19
¿Crees que tienes una gran idea de negocio, pero no sabes cómo empezar? En este seminario web GRATUITO lo ayudaremos a comprender lo que implica comenzar un negocio y su etapa personal de preparación. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Miami-Dade SCORE Chapter.
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Igniting Your Business- Getting Human With Human Resources
In this session we will examine the rules, laws and regulations that impact the full cycle employment relationship; review recruiting and hiring best practices; and understand employer post-COVID workplace obligations. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.
Friday, March 26, 2021, 2:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M., The Business of Laughter- Comedy and Cocktails
The Business of…Laughter Comedy and Cocktails Elevate your well being through laughter and business networking Bring your cocktails or mocktails ( Don’t forget your snacks) Have your 30 second elevator pitch ready before you arrive so you can effectively meet and greet. Free to attend. Click here to attend. The workshop will be conducted by the Florida Women’s Business Center.
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Presupuesto y Modelo de Projeccion Financiera de su Negocio
Este webinar le ayudará a visualizar las oportunidades de su empresa a través de la gestión del presupuesto y planificar el crecimiento de su empresa a través del modelo de proyección financiera. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.
SBA Disaster Recovery Q&A Sessions
03/22 – 03/26
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (en Español)
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Was your small business affected by Covid-19? Are you looking for small business funding? You have questions, we have answers! Join us during our virtual hours and have your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) questions answered by a live person. Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
2pm – 3pm
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 191 652 154
Tuesday (en Español)
11am – 12pmJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 919 146 391
|Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has Reopened|
|DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the PPP for First Draw Loans. Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations. Borrowers can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until March 31, 2021. |
The application form can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form-2483-paycheck-protection-program-borrower-application-form
Executive Orders and Press Releases
- City Announces Small Business Relief Grant Program
- Mayor Hardin’s COVID-19 Proclamation 20-07
- Mayor Hardin’s COVID-19 Proclamation 20-06
- Code Enforcement Lien Amnesty Program
- City of Pompano Beach Forms Economic Response Team for COVID-19
- Mayor Hardin’s Emergency Proclamation 4-8-20
- Mayor Hardin’s COVID-19 Proclamation 3-27-20
- Mayor Hardin’s COVID-19 Proclamation 3-18-20
- PR 20-25 City Announces Closures of Government Facilities
- PR 20-24 City Issues Executive Order to Close Restaurants
- PR 20-23 Free Chlorination Notification
- PR 20-22 City Urges Public to Use Online Services to Avoid Trips to City Hall
- PR 20-21 City Announces Public Beach Closure to Further Contain Coronavirus
- PR 20-20 City Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus
- PR 20-19 City Closely Monitoring Coronavirus
- Executive Order 20-316
- Executive Order 20-297
- Executive Order 20-246 – COVID 19 – Local Government Public Meetings
- Executive Order 20-244 – Phase 3; Right to Work; Business Certainty; Suspension of Fines
- Executive Order 20-193
- Executive Order 20-112 – Providing for phase 1 re-opening everywhere but Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County AND EXTENDING 20-69 regarding Local Government Public Meetings
- Executive Order 20-104 – Emergency Temporary Action Related to Unemployment Compensation
- Executive Order 20-103 – State Extension for Vacation Rental Suspension
- Executive Order 20-95 – Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans
- Executive Order 20-94 – Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
- Executive Order 20-93 – Reemployment Assistance Program
- Executive Order 20-92 – Amends 20-91 Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency
- Executive Order 20-91 – Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency
- Executive Order 20-90 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
- Executive Order 20-89 – Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County Public Access Restrictions
- Executive Order 20-88 – Re-employment of Essential Personnel
- Executive Order 20-87 – Vacation Rental Closures
- Executive Order 20-86 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida
- Executive Order 20-85 – Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance
- Executive Order 20-83 – Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce
- Executive Order 20-82 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida
- Executive Order 20-80 – Airport Screening and Isolation
- Executive Order 20-72 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
- Executive Order 20-71 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
- Executive Order 20-70 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
- Executive Order 20-69 – Local Government Public Meetings
- Executive Order 20-68 – Regarding bars, beaches, and restaurants
- Broward Municipal Service District (BMSD) New Revolving Loan Fund – Lending and Training for Small Businesses
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-28 – Restaurant and Bar Hours Extended
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-27
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-26
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-25
- Broward County to Launch Online Rental Assistance Program on August 31
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-24
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-23
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-22
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-21
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-20
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-19
- Facial Coverings FAQs
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-18
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-16
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-15
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-14
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-12 and 20-13 FAQ
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-13
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-12
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-11
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-10
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-09
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-08
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-07
- Broward County COVID-19 Call Center Now Open 8AM to 6PM Daily
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-05
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-04 – Golf course, movie theater, marina, and real estate services defined
- The Broward County City Managers’ Association Press Release: Safer At Home
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-03 – Directing Shelter-In-Place: Safer At Home Policy
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-02
- Broward County Administrators Emergency Order 20-01
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESSES
Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce serving Margate and Lighthouse Point
SBA Preferred Bank Lender Members
- Amerant Bank https://www.amerantbank.com/cares-act-sba-paycheck-protection-program/
- Bank of America https://about.bankofamerica.com/promo/assistance/latest-‐updates-‐from-‐bank-‐of-‐america-‐coronavirus/small-‐business-‐assistance
- Centennial Bank https://www.my100bank.com/business-banking/loans/sba-loans/
- CenterState Bank https://www.centerstatebank.com/paycheck-protection-program/
- City National Bank https://www.cnb.com/business/lending/loans-lines-of-credit/sba-lending.html
- First Citizens Bank https://www.firstcitizens.com/business/small-‐business/sba-‐loans
- iTHINK Financial https://www.ithinkfi.org/loans/business-loans/sba-paycheck-protection-program/
- Legacy Bank https://www.legacybankfl.com/#
- PNC Bank https://www.pnc.com/en/customer-‐service/coronavirus-‐update.html?lnksrc=homepage-‐alert
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON – To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.
“The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact. With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible. To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance
The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.
For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.
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Broward County COVID-19 Hotline: 954-357-9500. 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development
Includes Links to several business resources.
STATE OF FLORIDA
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued weekly Reemployment Assistance updates. Daily updates can be found on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard.
- As of February 22, DEO has paid 2,291,861 claimants over $22.8 billion ($22,845,274,000). Over 5.1 million (5,194,193) unique claims have been processed, representing 98.6 percent of unique claims submitted.
- 98.0 percent of all eligible benefits requested prior to February 5, 2021, for state Reemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) have been paid to claimants. Additionally, 99.9 percent of all eligible benefits requested by claimants for weeks of unemployment prior to July 25, 2020, have also received their corresponding Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits for that week.
- If a claimant has not received benefits or all of the benefits they believe they are entitled to, they should:
- Check that they have requested benefits;
- Check that the weeks they are requesting are eligible weeks; and
- Check that their account information in CONNECT is up-to-date and accurate.
- If a claimant needs additional assistance, they should call the Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-833-FL-APPLY.
- The Department would like to remind claimants that it is important to continue requesting benefits to receive payment. This video and guide may be helpful.
- DEO launched an online fraud form providing Floridians the opportunity to report instances of Reemployment Assistance fraud or identity theft. If someone is aware of any instance of Reemployment Assistance fraud or believes they are a victim of Reemployment Assistance identity theft, please click hereand select the “Online Fraud Form” to provide the Department with additional information about fraudulent claims.
- In 2020, the Department partnered with ID.me, a trusted technology partner, assisting claimants who were locked out of their accounts. The Department has recently expanded that partnership to help keep Floridians’ identities secure from fraudulent activity and bolster current fraud prevention measures.
- Any new claimant filing for Reemployment Assistance will need to verify their identity through ID.me. For more information about ID.me visit the claimant resource page, here.
- Any new state Reemployment Assistance claims filed January 1, 2021, and forward are eligible for up to 19 weeks of benefits instead of 12 weeks of benefits.
Claimant 1099-G Tax Form
- The Department completed electronically processing 1099-G Tax Forms for all claimants on January 17, 2021. All claimants should have access to their 1099-G Tax Form in their CONNECT account. Claimants who opted to receive communication from the Department through U.S. Mail should have received their 1099-G tax form no later than January 31, 2021.
- When viewing your 1099-G Tax Form in CONNECT, be sure to enable pop-ups on your web browser. Pop-up blockers restrict you from viewing your 1099-G Tax Forms and other important documents from the Department.
- If a claimant did not receive their 1099-G tax form, they received a 1099-G Tax Form by mistake, their 1099-G Tax Form is incorrect, or they cannot access their 1099-G Tax Form, visit 1099grequest.myflorida.com.
- The Department has created Frequently Asked Questions to provide more information about the 1099-G Tax Form.
Customer Service Centers
- Claimants can now communicate online with a live Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Representative for assistance with their Reemployment Assistance claim. Claimants can visit the claimant homepage and select the chat icon to begin talking with a Representative.
- The Department has shifted priorities for 200 Customer Service Representatives to assist claimants by utilizing the new online chat feature. Claimants may experience some wait time, but a representative will assist as soon as they become available.
- Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Centers are available this week Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. for all account inquiries and questions. On Saturday, February 27, through Sunday, February 28, staff resources will be dedicated to processing claims and payments. The Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Center will reopen Monday, March 1, at 7:30 a.m.
Continued Assistance Act
- Due to recent federal requirements, claimants receiving PUA benefits are now required to upload employment documentation to CONNECT. Please see the Department’s fact sheet for more information and directions for uploading your proof of employment documentation.
- Since the beginning of January 2021, the Department has added additional weeks of benefits, as authorized by the Continued Assistance Act, for eligible claimants. This includes PUA, PEUC, and FPUC benefit payments.
- Claimants that remain unemployed should continue requesting benefit payments to continue receiving benefits. Claimants who will soon exhaust their state Reemployment Assistance benefits and remain unemployed should continue to request any Reemployment Assistance benefit weeks available in CONNECT. Not requesting benefit payments when weeks are available will delay payments on their claim
- Claimants who are on PEUC or PUA can view this step-by-step guide to learn how to request weekly benefits.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
- The Department is currently processing Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments which were extended and modified by the Continued Assistance Act.
- Beginning the week ending January 2, 2021, claimants who are eligible for at least $1 of their original unemployment benefit amount, will be eligible to receive an additional $300 FPUC payment supplementing their weekly benefit amount. No additional action is required to receive the FPUC payment, but claimants should continue to request their weekly benefits to receive any benefit payments.
- The FPUC program expires on March 14, 2021. This means the last payable week for FPUC is the week ending March 13, 2021.
- Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the waiting week requirements, work search, and work registration requirements through February 27, 2021.
- Claimants are asked to continue checking their CONNECT account for additional changes and updates.
- The Department will be sending important emails to claimants, including actions that may need to be taken on their CONNECT account. The Department sends emails from Do-Not-Reply email addresses, which are official notifications from the Department.
- DEO will be conducting nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to process claims and payments. CONNECT will be available from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. daily, Monday – Friday.
- Beginning Saturday, February 27, through Sunday, February 28, CONNECT will be unavailable to claimants while the Department works to continue efforts to implement the Continued Assistance Act, process payments, and send necessary correspondence to claimants. CONNECT will be available Monday, March 1, at 8:00 a.m.
- This schedule does not affect individuals who wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week at www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim.”
- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is hiring across the state. To view a list of vacant opportunities, visit here.
- The Department has developed additional guides for employers to better understand how to navigate the CONNECT system. To view these guides, click here.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Short Time Compensation program for Employers
Please call 833-FL-APPLY
Short Time Compensation Program
Daily webinars continuously posted
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.
Eligible agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance here.
Department of Labor – Families First Coronavirus Response Act
COVID-19 and the American Workplace Families First Coronavirus Response Act: FAQ’S – U.S. Dept. of Labor – Questions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
Internal Revenue Service
IRS Guidance on Tax Credits for Small Business Related to COVID-19 Paid Leave Requirements
Aging and Disability Resource Center
Aging and Disability Resource Center– Seniors age 60 and over as well as individuals who live with them who are spouses or caregivers, and individuals with disabilities 18 and over are eligible for free emergency meals during this COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible recipients can apply for the meals by calling 954-745-9779, the ADRC Helpline, or email us at email@example.com. Any nonprofit who wants to recommend someone can also email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the person’s name, address, phone number, and email. In addition, any senior needing a health and wellness call can request one at the same phone number and email address. Our telephone reassurance program, ConnectingWithU, will provide seniors with a safe and friendly person to connect with each day. These calls will also help us to ensure our seniors are healthy and safe and allow us to check up on them to address any unmet needs.
United Way of Broward County COVID-19 Campaign
Click here to contribute to help those experiencing financial hardships due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Prosperity Broward Resource Links
Henderson Behavioral Health https://www.hendersonbh.org/covid-19-information/
COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard
Broward County Public Schools
Information on free Internet for students and other resources
GFLEDU.org Resources for Students Learning at Home
ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
FPL has taken the unprecedented step of asking the Florida Public Service Commission permission to fast-track fuel savings to customers through a one-time bill decrease of nearly 25% in May. Normally, Florida utilities spread these types of savings out over time. However, FPL believes it’s important to infuse customers with as much money in their pockets as quickly as possible. If customers are experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, FPL has resources available at FPL.com/Help, in addition to those available from federal, state and local authorities.
To further assist customers, FPL has also implemented the same policies that it does during crises, which include: Suspending electrical disconnections, providing payment extensions, waiving certain late payment fees for customers in a hardship situation.
Comcast has launched program enhancements to help students access the Internet during the Coronavirus crisis. Low-income families in Comcast service areas who sign up as new customers can receive 60 days of complimentary internet, access to more than 200,000 hot spots nationwide, and an increase in internet speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all Internet Essentials customers. For questions please visit internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
FAU Small Business Development Center
Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The City recently launched a new initiative to support local Lighthouse Point businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, click the image to find out more.