Coronavirus updates


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 and the Pompano Beach Economic Response Team Business 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:

Broward County to Launch Online Rental Assistance Program on August 31

– Funds can help qualified residents pay unpaid rents –

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Qualified residents impacted by COVID-19 will soon be able to apply online for rental assistance, thanks to the Broward County Commission.Broward County has allocated $25 million in federal CARES funding for a program that will help residents pay portions of unpaid rent for the months of April, May, June, July and August 2020. Funds are not a loan, and do not have to be paid back.Individuals may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:They are a Broward County residentThey or someone in their household experienced a documented loss or reduction in income related to COVID-19Due to the loss of income related to COVID-19, they were unable to pay their rentTheir landlord agrees to participateAssistance equates to a partial payment of rent. For months one and two of the owed rent amount  the rental assistance program will pay, and the landlord must agree to, 75% of the amount due. For months three, four and five of rent assistance , the program will pay, and the landlord must agree to, 60% of the amount due. Late fees, if any, will not be covered by the program.

Payments are made to landlords, therefore if a landlord is not willing to complete the documents, the tenant will not be eligible for assistance. Broward County’s Family Success Division is managing the application process and will approve and distribute funds until depleted.

Application Period Opens August 31. The application period is Monday, August 31 through Sunday, September 6, 2020, from 8AM to 10PM daily. Applications may be submitted online only, at A computer is not necessary, and the application can be completed on a smartphone or tablet. No in-person applications will be accepted.Because applicants are required to attach significant amounts of substantiating documentation, residents who believe they are qualified are encouraged to begin today to collect documentation required for the online application process. For details, visit

The application must be completed in one sitting and cannot be partially completed, saved or returned to at a later time.Examples of the types of documents that may be required depending upon each unique situation are: Copy of valid government-issued ID,Rental, lease agreement or Tenant Verification Form, completed by landlord. Late notice for past due rent/eviction notice/past due notification/Paystubs/Evidence of unemployment or loss of income if self-employed. Once a resident’s application is assigned a case manager, he or she may be asked to supply other documents such as bank statements. Again, consult the website for details on documents that may be required at time of application.

“Our residents are hurting,” said Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness. “This $25 million rental assistance program can provide much needed financial assistance to many, many families who need our help, and help protect landlords and small businesses who need to collect rents to pay mortgages and other expenses related to property ownership.”COVID-19 has impacted many Broward County families in many ways. 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

Broward to Move to Phase 2 Reopening Monday
– Bars to remain closed –
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that all of Florida, including Broward County, is in Phase 2 of reopening, effective Monday, September 14. Broward County retains the ability to close certain activities, however, there will be no change to how businesses are currently operating when Phase 2 takes effect on Monday, as existing Emergency Orders remain in effect. Additional openings are expected in Broward in the coming weeks. Despite the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations rescinding the state’s Amended Emergency Order 2020-09, bars in Broward County will remain closed. Broward continues to move toward a full Phase 2, thanks to the community’s continued efforts and increased compliance with Emergency Orders. Thursday, September 10th was the 14th day Broward County reported a COVID-19 positivity rate below 5%, excluding a one-time historical data submission on August 31. However, officials are uncertain whether key indicators will trend upward following Labor Day weekend, and residents should remain vigilant and continue to take the necessary safety precautions. As the second largest county in the State, Broward will continue to have some of the highest number of COVID-19 cases, behind Miami-Dade County. “As the numbers permit, Broward will incrementally allow for further openings that give our residents and businesses added flexibility,” said Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry. “We want to ensure that we use common sense when reopening Broward County to keep our community safe,” said Broward Mayor Dale V.C. Holness. While the numbers are headed in a favorable direction, it is still important to avoid the  “3 C’s” – Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings, wear a facial covering when in public, and maintain social distancing of at least six feet. People violating the facial covering requirement will now receive a $100 fine, and code enforcement officers are actively issuing citations. Business violations can be reported anonymously online anytime to or by calling 311 between the hours of 8AM to 10PM, seven days a week.

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:

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. In addition, the ERT is recommending all Pompano Beach businesses complete the Economic Response Business Survey to help determine and execute recovery strategies and initiatives.

Economic Response Business Survey

City of Pompano Beach
Policy & Procedures

Executive Orders and Press Releases

Pompano Beach


Broward County


Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce serving Margate and Lighthouse Point

SBA Preferred Bank Lender Members

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

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., 
ONLINE Version – Basic Quickbooks for Small Businesses
This workshop is suitable for entry-level and beginner users of QuickBooks Online version only. It is not designed for intermediate users. $15 to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., 
Neurobranding como estrategia digital
El Neurobranding es una disciplina que se encarga de entender los procesos mentales y emocionales de los clientes para guiar el proceso de elección y se sienta atraído por una marca específica. Combina las técnicas del branding tradicional con estudios de neurociencia. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workship will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Estableciendo su Negocio en USA desde America Latina – Modulo Avanzado
El Covid-19 no ha frenado los planes de expansión de los emprendedores. Muchos han aprovechado el escenario para planear y llevar a cabo su operacoin en USA, un mercado extraordinario para capitalizar oportunidades si cuenta con un plan adecuado y aplica las herramientas necesarias para ejecutarlo y controlarlo. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., 
Review Your Options – Maybe Start Your Own Business?
If you have considered owing your own business you are not alone – millions of Americans share that dream. And yet, not everyone has the courage to get started. But if you are reading this you have already taken the first steps towards turning your dream into a reality. This interactive two-hour seminar will deal with the key information you need to be considering as you move forward. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.

SBA Disaster Recovery Q&A Sessions
8/31 – 9/04 
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 – Wednesday
2pm – 3pm
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 191 652 154

Wednesday (en Español)
11am – 12pmJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting


Click the image above to take the
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance/Broward County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Broward County
Interested individuals can sign up for “Snapshot” updates from Broward County by emailing

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.

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

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport / FLL


The State of Florida Issues COVID-19 Updates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health will issue this update every day, seven days per week.

Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees as the State of Florida continues to monitor and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

Today, Governor DeSantis held a press conference at Tampa General Hospital with John Couris, President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, and Dr. Lockwood, Senior Vice President of USF Health and Dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, along with doctors in the region to discuss progress on flattening the curve of COVID-19 infections in Florida.


Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Reemployment Assistance Update – August 15
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued reemployment assistance updates on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard. As of August 14, DEO has paid 1,879,647 claimants a total of nearly $13.8 billion ($13,779,622,112). More than 3.3 million (3,368,153) unique claims have been processed, representing 97.5% of unique claims submitted. 

UPDATES:The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has been dedicated to paying eligible Floridians the reemployment assistance benefits they are owed as quickly as possible while improving the customer experience and promoting more efficient claims processing. Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Centers will reopen at 7:30 am on Monday, August 17. On Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16 staff resources will be dedicated to processing claims and payments.CONNECT will be available today, Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 am – 3:59 pm. CONNECT will be unavailable on Sunday, August 16. CONNECT will be available at 8:00 a.m. Monday, August 17.This schedule does not affect individuals that wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week at and select “File a Claim.” 

PANDEMIC EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION: The Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, offered through the federal CARES Act and administered by DEO, provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to a claimant who has exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits. Floridians will need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of their current claim is exhausted. Floridians who have already exhausted their benefits or have a Reemployment Assistance claim that expired after July 1, 2019, will also be able to apply.  

PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s state Reemployment Assistance program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed. Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, can visit and select “File a Claim” to apply and be considered for PUA. 

ADDITIONAL UPDATES: The Department has recently shared a video to help claimants understand claim messages and statuses in CONNECT. This video can be viewed here.Additional resources for claimants can be found at    Governor DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search, work registration requirements and waiting week requirement for claimants through September 5, 2020.The Department has updated benefit payment statuses to reflect the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments in CONNECT. To better understand a claimant’s Reemployment Assistance weekly benefit payment status, view the step by step guide here and the video here.

HOW TO APPLY FOR REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:DEO has a mobile-friendly online application for individuals filing a new Reemployment Assistance claim available here. For a step by step guide on how to apply read more here. For the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide which includes frequently asked questions, please click here. For additional information about Reemployment Assistance benefits visit

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Short Time Compensation program for Employers

Please call 833-FL-APPLY

What unemployment benefits am I entitled to?

Benefits for Most Workers: Employees who are laid off or furloughed through no fault of their own, or who are earning less than $275/week due to reduced hours, are eligible for: 

– Up to $275/week for 12 weeks of state-benefits effective from the date you apply;

– 13 additional weeks of federally-funded Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits at the state rate after state benefits run out; and

– $600/week of federally-funded Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits for up to 16 weeks from the date you apply as of March 29th, 2020.

– Florida law also requires an additional 13 weeks of state-funded benefits if unemployment rises above 10.5%.

Benefits for Workers Otherwise Ineligible for State Benefits: Self-employed workers like independent contractors, freelancers and part-time workers (often called ‘gig workers’), workers who don’t have a long-enough work history to qualify for state benefits, or workers who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for benefits under state or federal law, are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):

– Up to $275/week for 39 weeks of federally-funded benefits effective from the date you applied, with eligibility extending from January 27 through December 31; and

– $600/week of federally-funded benefits for up to 16 weeks benefits for up to 16 weeks from the date you apply as of March 29, 2020.

*If you fall into this category and applied for benefits on or before April 4, you should reapply at and select “File a Claim” to request PUA. If you applied on or after April 5, and were deemed ineligible for state benefits you should expect to receive additional application information via email from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for next steps. (See this flow chart from the DEO for additional guidance.)

How do I submit my application for Reemployment Assistance? 

There are multiple ways to submit an application for Florida Reemployment Assistance. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity also created a Resource Guide and Q&A to help answer any questions applicants might have on the unemployment benefits process.

1. New applicants can complete an application online at or on the mobile-friendly application.

2. Complete a paper application by following the steps online at Then mail your application to: Florida Dept of Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

3. CareerSource centers throughout the state can offer assistance with paper applications. Please visit to find website and contact information for your local career center. We recommend calling to confirm the hours of operation.

4. FedEx is also offering Floridians the option to print and mail applications in storefronts located throughout the state free of charge. Please visit for a location near you.

5. It is also suggested that you screenshot or take photos of your initial application to prove when you first applied for assistance.

* If you have questions or need assistance completing your application online, you can contact DEO at 800-204-2418 for assistance. (Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:30pm and Sat-Sun 8:00am-2:00pm).

Short Time Compensation Program
Detailed Overview of Program


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

Centers for Disease Control

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

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  Any nonprofit who wants to recommend someone can also email me directly at 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


Broward Health

Henderson Behavioral Health

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard



Click Here To Check Out Upcoming Dates & Time
For The Workshops 


Broward County Public Schools
Information on free Internet for students and other resources Resources for Students Learning at Home



Fast-tracking savings

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, 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 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


City of Pompano Beach Coronavirus Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: CITY OF POMPANO BEACH COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is now OPENIMPORTANT NOTICE: CITY OF POMPANO BEACH COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is now OPEN What is this program? In an effort to assist residential renters who have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID- 19,

RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION PACKET9. A COPY of lease 10. _ A COPY of proof of hardship due to COVID-19 (Termination letter from employer, evidence of loss of hours, loss of income) 11. _ A COPY of proof that you have applied for unemployment 12. _ A COPY of the three (3) most recent rent receipts. 13. _ A COPY of fully completed landlord information packet to include landlord’s name, address,


City Of Margate Coronavirus Information

MARGATE SMALL BUSINESS – The grant program provides a cap of $2000 for small businesses located within the City’s Community Redevelopment District. Dollars aim to help struggling businesses pay rent and utilities during Covid-19 shutdowns.


Per a discussion that took place among elected officials at the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency (MCRA) meeting April 30th, grant applications should be available online Friday May 8th with the in-person submission window beginning Monday May 11th.

Grants are first come, first served and require no repayment for qualified businesses within the MCRA District (Click for Boundary Map).

Click here for a preliminary peek at the application. Changes are pending and will be firmed up by Friday, according to Margate City Manager, Cale Curtis.

MCRA AVAILABLE FUNDING: $100,000 set aside as follows:

$25,000 for Resident-owned Margate storefront businesses
$25,000 for Minority-owned or Veteran-owned Margate storefront businesses
$50,000 for all other Margate storefront businesses

Excluded Businesses for CRA Grant

  • Tenants of MCRA in Chevy Chase and Ace Hardware Plazas
  • Auto Sales- Repairs
  • Bars & Night Clubs
  • Check Cashing
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Credit Repair
  • Funeral Homes
  • Gas Stations
  • Liquor stores
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motels
  • Pawnshops/Jewelry & Loan
  • Storage Warehouse
  • Retirement Home
  • Towing Company
  • Treatment Centers
  • Vaping/Tobacco Establishments
  • Vehicle Transportation


City of Lighthouse Point Information

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.