Coronavirus updates

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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. 

I am deeply heartened by the early initiatives of good I see in the community, please help one another do as often as we are able to do so and of course in a safe manner. 

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/

COVID-19 Business Resources and Information

TOP NEWS & UPDATES

EXECUTIVE ORDERS
FAQs and Explanation of Executive Order 20-91: Essential Services and Activities (4/3/20)
State of Florida Executive Order on Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief
(4/2/20)
State of Florida Executive Order – Reemployment Assistance Program (4/1/20)State of Florida Executive Order on Essential Services and Activities (3/31/20)
State of Florida Executive Order on South Florida Public Access Restrictions
(3/29/20)
State of Florida Executive Order for Re-employment of Essential Personnel (3/29/20)
State of Florida Executive Order on Quarantine for Individuals Traveling to Florida (3/27/20)
State of Florida Executive Order on Vacation Rentals (3/27/20)
Broward County Emergency Order on Shelter-in-Place: Safer at Home Policy (3/26/20)
State Executive Order on Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations
State Executive Order on Quarantine for Individuals Traveling to Florida
Broward County Administrator Executive Order Regarding Closures of Nonessential Businesses (3/23/20)
State Executive Order Regarding Closures
(3/20/20)

ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESSES 

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans COVID-19
(Bridge Loan is Currently at Capacity*)

  • Provides financial assistance at 0% interest for up to $100,000
  • Loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources
  • Loans will be interest-free for the loan term (1 year). The Interest rate will be 12% per annum on the unpaid balance thereafter
  • These loans can be processed more quickly than the federal government SBA loan program loans

Paycheck Protection Program  (SBA program through your Banker)

  • In response to the CARES Act and the newly offered Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Chamber has prepared a list of our SBA Preferred Bank members, with direct links (where available) to information on how to apply for the PPP for each bank. 
  • Recommendations are to apply with you present banker and SBA Preferred lender to expedite the process.

SBA Preferred Bank Lender Members

Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce serving Margate and Lighthouse Point

SBA Disaster Loans


https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Documents/Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf

  • Business of any size may borrow up to $2 million for physical damage
  • Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million for Economic Injury
  • Small businesses may apply for a maximum business loan (physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loan – EIDL) of $2 million

City National Bank https://www.cnb.com/business/lending/loans-lines-of-credit/sba-lending.html

Short Time Compensation Program
http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/employers
Detailed Overview of Program

STEP BY STEP GUIDE UPDATED 3/27

  • Provides temporary, partial wage replacement benefits to qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own
  • Funded solely by employers who pay federal and state payroll taxes and is provided at no cost to the workers who receive the benefits
  • Employers may apply using Florida’s Reemployment Assistance (RA) claims system
WEBINARS/CALLS
U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District daily webinars continuously posted

How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery. This webinar will go through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan application step-by-step; offer tips and insight into completing an application and what you can expect after applying.

These webinars will also be offered in Spanish during the week from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday – Friday. Free to attend. Limited to the first 250 callers.
Skypehttps://meet.lync.com/sba123/aaharris/S7BA3WKK 
Phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID – 892635472

Florida Chamber of Commerce 
Your SBA Financing Questions Answered
Tuesday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. 
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sClMKlbgRJKTeWljziY6xg

BROWARD COUNTY/AGENCIES

Broward County
https://www.broward.org/Coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx
Interested individuals can sign up for “Snapshot” updates from Broward County by emailing publicinfo@broward.org.

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
https://www.broward.org/econdev
Includes Links to several business resources.

OESBD CARES Act Fact Sheet (3/31/20)

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

https://www.sunny.org/healthadvisory/

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport / FLL https://www.broward.org/airport/passengers/flights/advisories/pages/default.aspx

STATE OF FLORIDA

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan – Activated by Gov. DeSantis on 3/16/20 – also posted above.

https://floridadisasterloan.org/

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Short Time Compensation program for Employers
http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employers

Short Time Compensation Program


http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/employers
Detailed Overview of Program

STEP BY STEP GUIDE UPDATED 3/27

  • Provides temporary, partial wage replacement benefits to qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own
  • Funded solely by employers who pay federal and state payroll taxes and is provided at no cost to the workers who receive the benefits
  • Employers may apply using Florida’s Reemployment Assistance (RA) claims system

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 

CENSUS 2020 DAY IS APRIL 1 – Quick, easy and important

Centers for Disease Control

www.cdc.gov/COVID1

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
SBA Fact Sheet on Economic Injury Disaster Loans (click here to download)
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami – Daily webinars continuously posted

Department of Labor – Families First Coronavirus Response Act
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osec/osec20200320
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

SAFETY NET

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
https://prosperitybroward.org/covid-19/

https://www.cscbroward.org/together4broward In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Broward County service organizations are collaborating to ensure our Broward community has access to critical resources, of which our first priority is nutritious food. Click on Broward Community Feeding Initiative App to find a food distribution site near you.

HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS

Broward Health
https://www.browardhealth.org/pages/coronavirus

Henderson Behavioral Health https://www.hendersonbh.org/covid-19-information/

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University
https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

EMPLOYMENT

CareerSource Broward
https://careersourcebroward.com/coronavirus
Sun Sentinel Op/Ed by CEO Mason Jackson
VIRTUAL JOB FAIR APRIL 1

EDUCATION

Broward County Public Schools
https://www.browardschools.com/coronavirus
Information on free Internet for students and other resources

GFLEDU.org Resources for Students Learning at Home 
https://gfledu.org/resources/

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center
https://www.flchamber.com/follow-facts-not-fear/

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus

FAU Small Business Development Center
http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/

Becker
https://beckerlawyers.com/covid-19/

FPL – (responds to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by lowering customer bills for the second time this year) https://www.gflalliance.org/news/2020/03/30/member-news/fpl-responds-to-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-by-lowering-customer-bills-for-the-second-time-this-year/#.XoIKf9NKjBJ

MUNICIPAL

City of Pompano Beach Coronavirus Information

City Of Margate Coronavirus Information

City of Lighthouse Point Information