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. 

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: https://floridadisaster.biz/

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. 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

Executive Orders and Press Releases

Pompano Beach

Governor

Broward County

Hurricane Resources

SBA Hurricane Preparedness Webinars

We invite you to join us in our upcoming seminar. Be prepared for hurricane – before, during and after. We’re going to cover services that the SBA can provide for your business in an event of a disaster.

Weds., July 22, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. (Espanol)
Click here to access the free event or dial 786-749-6387; Conference ID: 368 559 960. The workshop will be conducted by Alyn Fernandez of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Thurs., July 23, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. (English)
Click here to access the free event or dial 786-749-6387; Conference ID: 851 990 734. The workshop will be conducted by Juawana Colbert of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESSES 

SBA Small Business Webinars and Workshops

More dates to be posted

Paycheck Protection Program  (SBA program through your Banker)


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) “Next Steps” Webinar
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, published a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 on June 17. 
Join the South Florida District Office as we explore the next steps in the PPP process. Each session is limited to 250 attendees.
*Eventbrite access is required to register for the events.

Wenesday, July 29
1pm – 2pm
Click here register on Eventbrite.
Thursday, July 30
1pm – 2pm
Click here register on Eventbrite.
Friday, July 31
1pm – 2pm
Click here register on Eventbrite.

Apply ASAP

  • 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 Disaster Recovery Q&A Sessions
7/27 – 7/31 
10:00 A.M – 11:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Spanish)
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 – Friday 
10am – 11am
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 999 187 230

Tuesday and Thursday (SPANISH)
11am – 12:30pmJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 306 428 356

Monday – Friday
2pm – 3pm
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 191 652 154

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 SBA.gov/Disaster.

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BROWARD COUNTY/AGENCIES

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

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

STATE OF FLORIDA

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity ProvidesReemployment Assistance Update – July 10
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued reemployment assistance updates on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard. As of July 9, DEO has paid 1,675,855 claimants a total of $9.5 billion ($9,539,925,375).
UPDATES:DEO has launched a partnership with ID.me., a trusted technology partner helping to keep claimant’s personal information safe.This site is for claimants who are currently locked out of their CONNECT account due to suspected fraud. Individuals who received an email from DEO are invited to click the link provided to submit additional documentation to unlock their CONNECT account.On a quarterly basis, pursuant to Federal guidance, DEO must determine if individuals who are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) are ineligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits. This routine task, often referred to as the Quarter Change, will determine if individuals could now be eligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits.The Quarter Change shifts the base period from January 2019 – December 2019 to April 2019 to March 2020.
Click here for the Quarter Change PUA Step-by-Step GuideClick here for the Quarter Change PUA Questionnaire VideoClick here for the Quarter Change PEUC Step-by-Step GuideClick here for the Quarter Change PEUC Questionnaire VideoClick here for the Quarter Change Fact Sheet

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 www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply and be considered for PUA. 

ADDITIONAL UPDATES:DEO will be continuing to process claims and making payments at night and over the weekend. CONNECT will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 7:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10, but unavailable to claimants on Saturday, July 11- Sunday, July 12. CONNECT will be available at 8:00 a.m. Monday, July 13.Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Centers will be available Friday, July 10 from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m, Saturday, July 11 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for all account inquiries and questions.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 www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim.”Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants through August 1, 2020.Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through August 1, 2020.
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 www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19.


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

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 FloridaJobs.org 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 FloridaJobs.org/RAApplication or on the mobile-friendly application.

2. Complete a paper application by following the steps online at FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19. 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 careersourceflorida.com 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 FedEx.com 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


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

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 

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

Centers for Disease Control

www.cdc.gov/COVID1

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
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

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 communications@adrcbroward.org.  Any nonprofit who wants to recommend someone can also email me directly at mathertaylor@adrcbroward.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
https://prosperitybroward.org/covid-19/

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

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

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

FPL

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 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.

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

Comcast

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
http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/

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

FRLA : Critical COVID-19 Guidance Standards for Hospitality Reopening
Click Above to Learn More!

MUNICIPAL

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, thepompanobeachfl.gov

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,pompanobeachfl.gov

CENSUS INFO

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.

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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

CENSUS INFO

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.

CENSUS INFO