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RELAUNCH VOLUSIA SMALL BUSINESS REOPENING GRANT PROGRAM - CLICK HERE

 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM - CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT

These federal, state, county, local, chambers of commerce and general resources are available to support businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how these programs can assist your business as well as how to access the resources.

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Federal Resources

Federal Resources

Included below are a portion of the economic relief package of programs and funding resources as part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for small businesses, non-profits and individuals. This section will be updated as new information becomes available.

Federal Resources

White House Guidelines to Reopen America

The White House has published a document with a proposed phased approach based on up-to-date data and readiness, mitigates a risk of resurgence, protects the most vulnerable and is implementable on Statewide or County-by-County basis at Governors' discretion.

CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

The SBA, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The SBA will soon also issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.

Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans - Agricultural Businesses now eligible

SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility is made possible as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

With the additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package, SBA will resume processing EIDL Loan and Advance applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis. New applications are not currently being accepted.

If you have already submitted an application for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic and your Application Number starts with a three (3), your request will be processed in the order it was received and you will be contacted once a decision has been reached. You can update or correct information submitted at the time a Loan Officer contacts you to process your application.

If you have additional questions or require further assistance, please call our Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time) or email us at: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

USDA Rural Development Relief

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.

SBA Programs and Resources

The SBA has a COVID-19 devoted page that includes guidance for businesses and employers, government contracting, other products and access to capital loan resources.

SBA Debt Relief Program

The SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. Under this program the SBA will pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020. The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months.

IRS Tax Relief

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.

IRS Employee Retention Credit

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, which is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in qualifying wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. The credit is available to all employers, including tax-exempt organizations, regardless of size.

SBA Programs - Scams and Fraud Alerts

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times.  Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.

US Census Demographic and Economic COVID-19 Impact Dashboard

This site provides users demographic risk factor variables along with economic data on 20 key industries impacted by Coronavirus. Each data set can be displayed in different visualizations, maps, can be shared, and available for download. Periodically updated.

 

State Resources

State Resources

Below are available state resources for emergency loans, business damage surveys, unemployment, employer short-term compensation programs, updates from the Governor's office for affected small businesses, and information related to essential businesses and services. Contact the organization managing each resource for specific details. This section will be updated as new information becomes available.

State Resources

State of Florida COVID-19 Resource Center

This website consists of links to various State of Florida sites for immediate information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase 1 Reopening Plan for Florida's Recovery

Governor Ron DeSantis's Executive Order 2020-112 outlines Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.

 

Click to view the FAQs document related to the Phase 1 reopening.

Re-Open Florida Task Force - Public Comment Submission Portal

Floridians may submit feedback on any topic related to the re-opening of Florida's economy, including the impacts to small business, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, recreation and sports, and construction.

From The Governor's Office

View the latest orders and information from office of the Governor of Florida.

FAQs about Essential Services and Activities

Review these FAQs regarding the essential services executive order.

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.

  • Click here for PUA Application Process
  • Click here for PUA Frequently Asked Questions
  • Click here for COVID-19 Employment Scenarios

Applicants should utilize the following criteria when applying for PUA:

  • Individuals who applied for the state’s Reemployment Assistance benefits on or after April 5, 2020, and were deemed ineligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits will receive additional application information from the Department. They can also visit www.FloridaJobs.org/cares-act for more information regarding these programs.

  • Pursuant to the requirements of the CARES Act, 20 C.F.R. 625.4, and section 443.036, F.S., those who are self-employed, contract employees, gig workers, or others who applied for the state’s Reemployment Assistance benefits on or before April 4, 2020, should apply at www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim” to request PUA.

  • Unemployed Floridians who have not yet applied for any benefit should apply at www.FloridaJobs.org and will be considered for all existing programs, including PUA.

Reemployment Assistance

The DEO Reemployment Assistance Application Guide page includes links to apply for benefits, videos, and FAQs.

Reemployment Assistance Mobile-Friendly Application Page

The Florida DEO has created a mobile-friendly application site. Floridians who do not have a current open Reemployment Assistance claim should complete their application on the new website.

Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard

State Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard

The State Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard is updated daily to reflect the following information:

  • Claims paid
  • Claims processed
  • Claims verifications
  • Claims received

The dashboard now includes claimant filings by county and industry sector. 

Florida COVID-19 Map

Florida Department of Health: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance
Dashboard

Florida Department of Health

What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida from the Department of Health

Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR)

The Department of Revenue encourages all taxpayers to conduct their business through online services. In addition, DOR has issued emergency orders pertaining to property tax and sales tax due dates.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Florida’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is seeking the assistance of Florida manufacturers and suppliers to fill the needs of Florida’s hospitals and emergency care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including N95 masks, face shields and gowns. N95 masks are a current priority.

Short Term Compensation

As part of the state’s Reemployment Assistance programs,the Short-Time Compensation program for employers pays partial benefits to groups of employees working reduced hours. Employers may elect to participate in this program to retain valued employees by reducing hours for an entire group of employees instead of resorting to temporary layoffs.

Florida Emergency Bridge Loan

Currently not accepting applications. If you have previously applied, check your application status.

DEO will continue to review all applications that are received online or postmarked by Monday, April 13, 2020. DEO and its Emergency Bridge Loan partners will continue to quickly and efficiently review, approve and provide loans to Florida businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 until available funds are expended.

Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey

Please complete this survey if your small business has been impacted. This is not an application for disaster assistance but helps state officials determine the impact and need for federal and state assistance.

Essential Services and Activities

Per Governor DeSantis' executive order 20-91, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. Review the list of essential businesses and services.

Enterprise Florida Microfinance Guarantee Program Suspends Initial Fees

Enterprise Florida Inc. will suspend initial fees for its Microfinance Guarantee Program to support Florida’s small business community impacted by COVID-19. EFI manages the Microfinance Guarantee Program designed to stimulate access to credit for entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing targeted loan guarantees to lenders made to such entrepreneurs and small businesses.

MyFlorida Market Place

This is the State of Florida's eProcurement system designed to streamline interactions between vendors and state government entities that purchase goods and services, and provides a user-friendly Internet portal where vendors can register, receive information on upcoming bids, post information on products and services, and receive purchase orders electronically.

County Resources

County Resources

Below are updates from Volusia County government's public information network, job seeker services from CareerSource Flagler Volusia, and links to employment search sites.

County Resources

Relaunch Volusia Small Business Reopening Grant Program

The County of Volusia is allocating up to $10 million in emergency relief to support local businesses with a commercial presence within the County who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act federal stimulus package. As  a part of that relief, the County is offering emergency financial support through the Relaunch Volusia: Small Business Reopening Grant Program on a first come first serve basis. 

Qualifying businesses may be eligible to receive a one-time Reopening Grant Program grant (“Grant”) of $3,000 for businesses that have 25 employees or less or $5,000 for businesses that have between 26 and 50 employees to help them recover from the negative financial consequences resulting from the COVID19 pandemic and relaunch their Volusia County business.

 

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Click for a preview of the grant criteria.

Click for Frequently Asked Questions.

 

County/Municipality Phone Number for Grant Assistance. Business Assistance Hours for questions regarding the grant application are Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

Volusia County - (386) 248-8048

Daytona Beach - (386) 671-8180

Daytona Beach Shores (386) 763-5368

DeBary - (386) 601-0221

DeLand - (386) 626-7021

Deltona - (386) 878-8619

Edgewater - (386) 424-2400 ext 1330

Holly Hill - (386) 248-9438

Lake Helen - (386) 228-2359

New Smyrna Beach - (386) 410-2849

Oak Hill - (386) 248-8048

Orange City - (386) 775-5415

Ormond Beach - (386) 676-3234

Pierson - (386) 248-8048

Ponce Inlet - (386) 248-8048

Port Orange - (386) 506-5612

South Daytona - (386) 322-3016

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the County of Volusia ("County") will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. For example, the County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in County programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments. If you are a qualified individual with a disability that needs a reasonable accommodation/modification, you can contact the ADA Liaison for the Relaunch Volusia: Small Business Reopening Grant Program at: 386-248-8048, Press 5 for Sally Sprague. Identifying the appropriate reasonable accommodation/modification is a cooperative process that will be evaluated on an individual basis.

County Updates

Stay up to date with COVID-19 related news and emergency information via Volusia County’s public information network.

State Approves County Plan for Reopening Vacation Rental Properties

Posted On: May 22, 2020

Short-term vacation rentals in Volusia County got the green light early Friday evening to reopen after the state approved Volusia’s safety plan that the rental businesses must follow to ensure the welfare of their guests....

Volusia County to host daily briefings

Volusia County Government will host briefings four times a week at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to provide the public with updated COVID-19 information. The briefings will begin Monday, April 27 and take place at 2 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday.

The daily briefings will include updates from representatives of Volusia County Government as well as featured guests from local agencies. No EOC briefings are scheduled for Tuesdays because the County Council is receiving weekly briefings every Tuesday in meetings that are publicly accessible.

The briefings at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, are open to the media and will be streamed live on the Volusia County Emergency Management Facebook

Doing Business With The County

Businesses interested in doing business with Volusia County can register online and learn how to submit a bid.

CareerSource Flagler Volusia

Find virtual services such as career guidance, resume review, job placement assistance, and more. Utilize online resources such as job searching, creating or updating a resume, and accessing career information.

Find Employment

For job seekers and employers , discover great jobs in Florida by visiting EmployFlorida.com.

Stay Informed Via Email

Sign up to receive Volusia County Division of Economic Development's On the Economic Scene e-newsletter.

City Resources

City Resources

For the most up to date information from our city partners, click on the links to take you to each city's website.

City Resources
Chambers of Commerce Resources

Chambers of Commerce Resources

For other business resources and information provided by your area's local Chamber, click on the links below.

Chambers of Commerce Resources
Other Resources and FAQs

Other Resources and FAQs

This section includes business guidance and resources from OSHA and the CDC, supply chain disruption planning, potential grant opportunities, webinars, panel discussion and other relevant business information. This section will be updated as new information becomes available.

Other Resources and FAQs

Enterprise Florida Virtual Business Matchmaking Grants

Enterprise Florida offers grants for Virtual Business Matchmaking to help Florida companies expand overseas and keep their business growing. As market disruptions bring forth new ways of doing business,  the Virtual Business Matchmaking program is one way Enterprise Florida is helping the state’s small and medium-sized companies.

Virtual Business Matchmaking includes virtual introductions via teleconference or videoconference with up to five interested agents, distributors, or partners in various given target markets who have been pre-screened and pre-qualified.

FedEx #SupportSmall Grants

FedEx is giving away $1 million in grants. The grant application opens on May 25.

Whether you’re making the move to selling and shipping online or you’re ramping up your safety and cleanliness measures to keep customers and employees safe, FedEx wants to help you keep moving forward.

Each grant recipient will receive $5,000, plus a $500 credit from FedEx Office that can be used for printing banners, posters, floor graphics, custom branded boxes, and more.

Restaurant Reopening Guidance

The Restaurant Association has developed a best practices guide in preparation of reopening.

Local Manufacturers Best Practices

Local manufacturers provide some best practices that may be able to be implemented in other business environments.

FEMA: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

This FEMA guidance summarizes how organizations should consider and manage their personal protective equipment (PPE) needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response.

FloridaMakes Network

Access the FloridaMakes network online to review a checklist of current or suspected future supply chain disruptions considerations.

Connex Florida

Connex Florida is a supply chain database tool for the manufacturing industry in Florida made possible through a partnership between the Associated Industries of Florida, Space Florida and FloridaMakes.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers

The CDC has provided interim guidance for businesses on how to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 including preparing workplaces for the outbreak, reducing transmission among employees and how to maintain healthy business operations.

CDC Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers

To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

OSHA Workplace Guidance

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Prepare your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19

During an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current outbreak of COVID-19, small business owners must prepare for disruption in their business as well as prepare to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace.

Business Assistance Panel Discussion

Volusia County hosted a Facebook Live panel discussion last Friday April 17 at the Volusia County Emergency Operations Center. The panel provided information to the community about financial assistance that is available to businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The panel discussion was moderated by Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald.  

Members of the panel included:

  • Helga van Eckert, Director, Volusia County Economic Development
  • Thomas Daly, Director, Small Business Development Center at Daytona State College
  • Robin King, President/CEO, CareerSource Flagler/Volusia
  • Nancy Keefer, President/CEO, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce

Essential Business FAQ

What is the Safer at Home Order and how does it pertain to my business?

Save Small Business Fund

Due to overwhelming demand, the program is no longer accepting new applications.

The Save Small Business Fund is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Save Small Business Initiative—a nationwide effort to address small business owners’ immediate needs, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize the long-term support the small business community needs for recovery.

 

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