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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

American Rescue Plan Updates

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts. Specifically, the new law includes:

  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services
  • Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program (SVOG), and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG
  • $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including new $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application (RRF)

Update 5/13/21

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

To date, a total of $2.7 billion of relief funds have been distributed to 21,000 restaurants since the Restaurant Revitalization Fund opened on May 3, 2021.

SBA is currently accepting applications via the application portal. 

The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

How to Prepare:

In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. Follow the steps below.

  • Register for an account in advance at restaurants.sba.gov. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the application portal.
  • Review the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) will accept applications from all eligible applicants, but will process and fund priority groups in the first 21 days

  • Days 22 through fund exhaustion, the SBA will accept applications from all eligible applicants and process applications in the order in which they are approved

Watch this 1-hour webinar for a special briefing of the program including required documents, eligible entities, entities that do not qualify, calculation examples of funding amount, and eligible business expenses the funds can be used for.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program Details

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

The RRF will offer $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit restaurants and bars, with restaurants able to apply for grants based on lost revenue. Additionally, $5 billion of that total will be set aside expressly for businesses with 2019 gross receipts of less than $500,000.The grants may be used for the following expenses:

  • payroll costs; principal or interest payments on any mortgage obligation;
  • rent payments, including rent under a lease agreement;
  • utilities;
  • maintenance, including new outdoor seating construction;
  • supplies, including PPE and cleaning materials;
  • food and beverage inventory;
  • covered supplier costs;
  • operational expenses;
  • paid sick leave;
  • any other expense SBA says is essential to maintain operations.

Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant Program

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant imageUpdate 4-26-2021:

The SBA has completed rigorous testing and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal has opened as of Monday, April 26 at noonApplicants may continue to register for an application portal account.

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. For the first 59 days of opening the grants, the SBA will reserve no less than $2 billion of program funding for grants to entities that have no more than 50 employees.

Important: All potential SVOG applicants will need to be registered in the federal government’s System for Awards Management to apply.

To learn more about the program and who is eligible:  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant#section-header-5


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners and non-profit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  EIDL is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments.

This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

The purpose is to meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.

The deadline to apply has been extended through December 2021 pending the availability of funds.

Targeted EIDL Advance & Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance

Targeted EIDL Advance

The COVID-19 Targeted EIDL Advance was signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act. The Targeted EIDL Advance provides businesses in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency.

Advance funds of up to $10,000 will be available to applicants in low-income communities who previously received an EIDL Advance for less than $10,000, or those who applied but received no funds due to lack of available program funding.

Applicants do not need to take any action.
SBA is reaching out to those who qualify.

Applicants may qualify if they:

  • Are in a low-income community
  • Can demonstrate more than 30% reduction in revenue

Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance

The Supplemental Targeted Advance provides the smallest and hardest hit eligible businesses with a supplemental payment of $5,000 that does not have to be repaid. Even if you have previously received the original EIDL Advance in the full amount of $10,000, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Targeted Advance if you meet eligibility criteria. The combined amount of the Supplemental Targeted Advance ($5,000) with any previously received EIDL Advance or Targeted EIDL Advance ($10,000) will not exceed $15,000.

Completing the Targeted EIDL Advance application is a requirement to be considered for the Supplemental Targeted Advance, and SBA is reaching out directly to those who may qualify.

Before applying, make sure your small business meets all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Is located in a low-income community
  • Can prove more than a 50% economic loss
  • Has 10 or fewer employees



Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

SBA Veteran Assistance Programs

Learn about federal programs that help veteran-owned small businesses access federal contract awards and surplus personal property.


  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program
    The federal government aims to award at least three percent of all federal contracting dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses each year.
  • Surplus Personal Property for Veteran-Owned Small Business programs
    Veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) can access federally owned personal property no longer in use through the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program.

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.

Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program

The Main Street Lending Program is administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which has established a special purpose vehicle to purchase loan participations from eligible lenders across the U.S.

  • The program is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, but now need loans to help maintain their operations until they have recovered from, or adapted to, the impacts of the pandemic.
  • Main Street loans are not grants and cannot be forgiven.

Paycheck Protection Program

Update: 6/1/2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has closed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as of May 31, 2021.  PPP provided nearly $800 billion to small businesses and nonprofits across the nation, keeping employees employed and helping businesses come back stronger than ever.

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.

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 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.

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.

SBA Tax Filing and Credit Assistance Resources

Get up-to-date information on COVID-19 tax and filing requirements and benefits.

COVID-19 Vaccination-related Paid Leave Tax Credit

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations. The ARP tax credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and family leave for leave from April 1 through September 30, 2021.

Visit the IRS website to review eligible employers, types of paid sick and family leave the credits can be claimed for, as well as calculation of and how to claim the credit.

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.

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.


US Census Small Business Pulse Survey: Tracking Changes During the Coronvirus

The Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS) administered by the U.S. Census Bureau is a weekly survey that measures the effect of changing business conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic on our nation’s small businesses.

The survey provides data in 18 major industry sectors and includes information on small business operations and finances, requests and receipt of assistance, and measures of overall well-being and expectations for recovery.


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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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

From The Governor's Office

View a complete list of executive orders and information from office of the Governor of Florida.

2020 Executive Orders

2021 Executive Orders

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.

State of Florida COVID-19 Map

Florida Department of Health: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance

Landlord Applications for Rent Relief

Landlords and utility providers can now apply for money to recoup lost rent or payments due to the pandemic.

Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) has launched a new website, OURFlorida.com, created specifically for distribution of $850 million in federal recovery funds.

DCF is accepting applications from landlords and tenants, as well as utility providers, for past-due payments. In addition to the application, DCF designed the website as a central hub for information, frequently asked questions (FAQs), auxiliary help and tools that can help spread the word about the program. The site encourages landlords to apply, but tenants may also submit an application and if a tenant does qualify, funds would go directly to the landlord.

The program requires proof of identity and financial information, and landlords are advised to work with tenants to secure the information needed.

Veterans Florida

Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida provides powerful tools for veterans to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in the Sunshine State.

Program areas include Careers, Entrepreneurship, Employers and Veteran Resources

Veterans Florida Virtual Expo

Veterans Florida has announced the 2021 Veterans Florida Virtual Expo to be held at 10 a.m. June 24. The interactive event will feature a career fair with veteran-friendly employers in aerospace, engineering, defense and more; top veteran entrepreneurs competing in the Battle of the Pitches; expert-led panels and workshops; state resource exhibitors; and networking and franchising opportunities all in virtual booths. The new Florida SkillBridge Initiative will be on display with panels for both transitioning service members and employers who want to participate in Department of Defense SkillBridge.

Registration is free for veterans, active-duty service members, guard, reservists and military spouses. 

MakeMore Manufacturing Summit

The Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and FloridaMakes have announced the dates for the 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit kicking off virtually on April 27. The summit is a statewide initiative providing a platform to exchange ideas about how our state’s resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in the manufacturing sector. The event will feature in-depth discussions that strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation, talent development, and leveraging the state’s resources to accelerate the manufacturing sector’s productivity and technological performance. To allow for more engagement among the manufacturing sector and to accommodate diverse schedules, the summit will provide four virtual segments that will take place every two months as follows:

  • Business Growth – April 27-28
  • Talent Development – June 22-23
  • Technology - Aug. 24-25
  • Outlook 2022 – week of Oct. 25

GET THERE Florida Workforce Education Initiative

Governor Ron DeSantis, and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) announced the launch of Get There Florida, a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term but high-value career and technical education programs.

The initiative highlights the key benefits of rapid credentialing programs available to Floridians at the 28 Florida College System institutions and the 48 technical colleges and centers across Florida. Programs include advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and information technology.

Florida Minimum Wage Increase as of Jan. 1, 2021

Florida business owners are reminded that Florida’s minimum wage increased to $8.65 an hour on Jan. 1 (an increase of 1.04%). For tipped employees, the minimum wage is now $5.63 per hour. Florida law requires the Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a minimum wage rate each year. The annual calculation is based on the percentage increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the South Region for the 12-month period prior to Sept. 1, 2020. In 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that increases the minimum wage each year based on inflation.

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. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Update 5/24/2021: Florida will end its participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program effective June 26, 2021, as part of DEO’s ‘Return to Work’ initiative.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provided 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.

Extended Job Benefits Available to Floridians

Extended unemployment benefits included in the latest federal stimulus package are starting to become available through the CARES Act for Floridians out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program provides an additional $300 per week for Floridians receiving state or federal unemployment benefits.  The program offers up to $275 a week for self-employed persons, gig workers and those who have exhausted state unemployment assistance.

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation Program

The State of Florida has opted to participate in a new unemployment benefits program for displaced workers who were self-employed. The program is part of the recently approved COVID-19 federal relief legislation. If wages were received through a 1099 rather than a W-2, self-employed persons most likely did not qualify for unemployment benefits.  In response to this concern, the federal government initiated a new program, the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation.  In addition to the $300 they receive through the extension of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), those who qualify will also receive $100 extra per week (not exceed the maximum benefit amount of $275). The program, similar to PUA, ends March 13, 2021. To qualify, you must be self-employed or a gig worker who made at least $5,000 in net income for the most recent tax year, receiving wages through both 1099 and W-2.

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 Reemployment Assistance

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


  • Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants for an additional 90 days. These requirements will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020

  • Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020

  • The Department is working diligently to implement the necessary technology changes to ensure eligible Floridians receive the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program benefits as quickly as possible. The LWA program will allow Florida to offer an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants. To be eligible for this benefit, claimants must have a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 in an approved Reemployment Assistance program and must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. Payments will be retroactive to the week ending August 1, 2020.

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.

Florida Paying Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program Benefits

On Sept 8, Governor DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has completed the necessary technology changes to begin paying the Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program benefits to eligible Floridians. This program, authorized by President Trump’s memorandum, provides additional benefits for individuals who are eligible for Reemployment Assistance for weeks of unemployment ending on or after August 1, 2020.

To be eligible for this benefit, claimants must have a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 in an approved Reemployment Assistance program and certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 disruptions. Payments may be retroactive to the weeks ending August 1, 2020- August 22, 2020. No additional application is necessary.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Phase 3 Reopening Plan for Florida's Recovery

On Sept. 25, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, which announces the transition to Phase 3 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.

Section 1. Phase 3

  • This order supersedes and eliminates any and all restrictions of Executive Orders 20-112, 20-123 and 20-139, as well as Executive Orders 20-192, 20-214 and 20-223, except as modified herein.

Section 2. Right to Work and Operate a Business

  • No COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or from operating a business. This preemption is consistent with Executive Order 20-92.

Section 3. Restaurants

  • Pursuant to Chapter 252, including sections 252.36(5)(b ), (g) and (h), Florida Statutes, and in order to safeguard the economic vitality of this state, any restaurant may operate as set forth below.

A. Restaurants, including any establishment with a food service license, may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than fifty percent (50%) of their indoor capacity. If a restaurant is limited to less than one hundred percent (100%) of its indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must on its face satisfy the following:

i. quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirement on those restaurants; and 
ii. explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health.

B. Nothing in this order preempts or supersedes a non-COVID-19 municipal or county order.

Section 4. Suspension of COVID-19-related Individual Fines and Penalties

  • This order, consistent with Executive Order 20-92, suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals.

Section. 5 Effective Date

  • This order is effective immediately.

Phase 2 Reopening Plan for Florida's Recovery

On June 3, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139, which announces the transition to Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.

The order allows for:

  • All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.
  • Restaurants and other establishments, and bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises, may operate at 50% of indoor capacity, excluding employees. Bars may be open with seated service.
  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at 50% of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
  • Personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.

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.

To view the FAQs document related to the Phase 1 reopening, click here:


and search for: #2020-112 Executive Order re: Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

FAQs about Essential Services and Activities

Review these FAQs regarding the essential services executive order.

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

County Updates

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

Find a Florida Department of Health Vaccine Location

Florida has many sites that are providing COVID-19 vaccines, but supplies are limited and appointments may not be available at many of these sites. Vaccines are free to eligible residents.

Click here to check eligibility.

Please be aware that some locations are only serving very specific populations, such as frontline health care workers.

Appointments may be required and vaccine availability will vary from day to day and week to week as we work to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable first.


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.

Center for Business & Industry at Daytona State College

The Center for Business & Industry offers short-term training, workshops, seminars and courses to better prepare organizations and workers to compete and thrive in a global economy. 

Upskilling is a definitive comment on a company’s belief in and commitment to a better future. Seeing an economic downturn for the opportunities it affords is difficult. But choosing to find those opportunities is a winning strategy for businesses and their workforces.

  • Look ahead. Evaluate your organization’s current state and reaffirm (or rethink) future plans. Define the workforce skills, knowledge, mindset, and other traits needed to realize those future plans.
  • Prepare. Lack of time for training is a top reason companies experience skills deficits. Use the slowdown to upskill—help your workers develop those future abilities your organization will need.
  • Embrace agility. Upskilling should be flexible. Workers may need to add only a skill or two to take on additional duties successfully. Think about the work to be done and how it can be accomplished differently.
  • Emphasize the positive. Lead by example—talk about the opportunities available to your organization and its employees. Underscore the benefits of upskilling and communicate often about career paths and learning options.

To learn more on how CBI can help, contact Frank Mercer at Frank.Mercer@DaytonaState.edu or call 386-506-4461.

Volusia County Business Tax Receipts

Did you know? 

All businesses with a physical location in Volusia County are required to have a current Volusia County business tax receipt (BTR) unless exempt per Section 114-1(b) Tax Schedule of the Volusia County Code of Ordinances (click here for the list of exempt classifications).

The tax year is from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 of the following year. Bills for each year are mailed July 1. A new receipt is issued for each year the tax is paid.


Business Tax FAQs (click to read all).   Below is just a sample.

Q. Who is required to apply for a Volusia County business tax receipt and pay a fee?

A.  Any business with a physical base of operation within the County of Volusia that is not exempt per F.S. 205 is required to apply.  Businesses that are physically located outside of Volusia County are required to obtain a local business tax receipt from the city and/or county in which they are based.  The only exceptions are businesses located outside of Volusia County who place vending machines within Volusia County.

Note: A business operating within the limits of any of the cities in Volusia County may be required to register with those cities. Please see our External Links page for the contact information of the cities located in Volusia County.

Q. Do I need a Volusia County business tax receipt if my business is based out of my home?

A.  Yes.  Most businesses in Volusia County are required to have a current Volusia County business tax receipt regardless of whether they are home based or commercial.

CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQs on Grants & Loans

Q. If governments use Fund payments as described in the Fund Guidance to establish a grant program to support businesses, would those funds be considered gross income taxable to a business receiving the grant under the Internal Revenue Code (Code)?


Q. If governments use Fund payments as described in the Fund Guidance to establish a loan program to support business, would those funds be considered gross income taxable to a business receiving the loan under the Code?

View Webinar - Paycheck Protection Program - Do You Qualify?

Volusia County Economic Development hosted a webinar at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 with guest speakers Tom Daly, director of the Small Business Development Center; and Mike Sibley, partner with James Moore & Company CPAs. The panelists provided information on updates and changes to the Paycheck Protection Program’s second round, which is available for hard-hit small businesses and nonprofits.

Business Assistance Panel Discussion Videos

Volusia County hosts panel discussions to provide information to the community about financial assistance that’s available to businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Volusia County and Sparton team up to help the economy and the environment

Operating out of its vast manufacturing facility in DeLeon Springs, Sparton has been a good neighbor, a good corporate citizen and one of Volusia County’s largest private-industry employers for more than 50 years. For Sparton and the local community, being socially responsible takes on added significance given the company’s close proximity to a delicate watershed that includes the natural spring at DeLeon Springs State Park about a mile away. And that’s why Sparton’s recent overhaul of its onsite wastewater disposal system to a more environmentally-friendly treatment plant was cause for celebration. And it all happened with the help of a grant from the county – an investment in Sparton, the local economy and the protection of precious water resources.

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Chambers of Commerce Resources

Chambers of Commerce Resources

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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

Southern Opportunity and Resiliency Fund (SOAR)

SOAR logoThe Southern Opportunity And Resilience (SOAR) Fund provides flexible, affordable capital and free business support services to small businesses and nonprofits across the south and southeast to help them navigate and rebuild from the COVID-19 economic crisis.

To be eligible for a SOAR Fund loan, a small business must meet the requirements detailed on the SOAR website.

Please note that the pre-application should be completed and submitted by the owner of the business with the largest ownership interest, and that all owners with more than 20% ownership will be required to attest to the information provided. 

Florida FAME Sunshine Chapter Seeking Manufacturers to Develop Future Workforce

The Florida Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is soliciting employer enrollment in its premier advanced manufacturing technician (AMT) education and development program. This award-winning program helps students become the highly skilled, globally competitive and well-rounded talent that today’s advanced manufacturing leaders seek. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician program administered under the FAME model leverages a work/learn framework to weave technical knowledge, professional behaviors and distinct manufacturing core exercises into a focused co-op experience to build global-best, entry-level AMTs. The AMT program is a collaborative effort with CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Daytona State College and the Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA). Manufacturing businesses interested in participating in the program should contact VMA Chair Artie Loeffler at 516-383-1045 or Jayne Fifer at 386-212-4003.

FPL Main Street Recovery Credit Program

Florida Power & Light has launched and is accepting applications for its new Main Street Recovery Credit Program, offering credits to qualifying small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible small businesses include those starting service on or after December 1, 2020, businesses that were inactive for at least six months after March 2020, and businesses operating in communities designated as federal Opportunity Zones. Qualified businesses will receive a monthly 10% credit based on the prior month’s energy charge portion of the bill for the duration of the program through 2021.

Restaurant COVID-19 Operating Guidance

The National Restaurant Association collaborates with safety experts from government organizations, academia, the public health sector, and corporations to bring operators the most up-to-date guidelines to ensure safe on- and off-premise dining. The updated COVID-19 Operating Guidance builds on the original document and incorporates the latest information and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

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.

Is Your Intellectual Property Protected in Foreign Markets?

Protecting intellectual property (IP) is critical to a company’s ability to grow, compete, innovate and protect its brand reputation.

If you have a registered IP right in the U.S., these protections do not extend to foreign countries. Therefore, you’ll need to file for protection in the countries in which you currently do business, or are certain to do business in the future.

The U.S. Commercial Service has compiled several tools and resources to help you take the necessary steps to protect your valuable IP and guard against the damaging effects of counterfeiting and piracy.

Stopfakes.gov is a one-stop shop for U.S. government tools and resources on intellectual property rights (IPR).  You will find business guides, country toolkits, upcoming training events, and more on the site.

Launch of Ascent - An e-Learning Platform for women small business owners

Ascent is a first-of-its-kind digital online learning platform geared to help women-owned small businesses grow and scale their existing business.

With Ascent, female entrepreneurs will be able to utilize this platform that brings a modern, e-learning experience specifically targeted for women business owners.

Ascent is divided into major topics called Journeys, developed by experts in women's entrepreneurship. Choose any journey to start, skip the ones you already know.

Within each Journey, you'll find Excursions with the tools you need to master a topic. Each excursion includes a time estimate for completion. You're the boss of when and how to apply these tools to your business.

Top Business Trends for 2021

For small businesses across America, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in history.  Despite the coronavirus pandemic, small business owners have been resilient, pivoting, and adapting their business models to navigate continually changing conditions. With the new year on the horizon, there are potential new opportunities to take advantage of and ways to adapt to challenges you may face. Here are a few business trends that are likely to dominate in 2021, along with tips on how to position your business for growth:

  1. Businesses will continue to prioritize e-commerce
  2. Alternative payment options will proliferate
  3. Remote work will persist
  4. Businesses that offer virtual services will continue to be in high demand


For further insights on how you can incorporate these trends into your small business plans for 2021, connect with a local SBA resource partner for expert, tailored advice.


The Rules of Startup Success, According to Daymond John "The Shark Tank" Investor

The Rules of Startup Success, According to Daymond JohnThe 'Shark Tank' investor and entrepreneur reflects on the wisdom he's gained from backing hundreds of startups--and learning to assess himself honestly.

Despite his success investing in hundreds of startups as an investor on Shark Tank, as well as his experience building FUBU into a clothing brand that has grossed more than $6 billion, Daymond John is very honest about his limitations. "I can't help every business. If that were the case, FUBU would be Nike," John told the virtual audience at the Inc. 5000 Vision Conference Wednesday. 

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Top Eight Tips to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic

Nolo.com, a legal guides website, has compiled a top eight coronavirus business survival tips list. While a lot is unknown about the future of the virus and the economy, there are steps you can take to adapt your business to the current reality. The key steps involve reducing unnecessary expenses and discovering new ways to increase your revenue while keeping your employees, customers, and community safe. The tips include staying informed on the latest updates, adapt your business, explore financial resources, review contracts and leases, review staffing needs, examine expenses, create a safe working environment and keep communication flowing with customers and your community.

Score Mentors Webinars & Workshops

SCORE Mentors (Volusia/Flagler) provides a variety of informative and timely webinars and workshops on relevant topics for businesses.

Search for upcoming or recorded webinars.


FloridaMakes Network

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

Local Manufacturers Best Practices

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

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.

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.

CDC Data Tracker

The CDC COVID Data Tracker is a new interactive website that displays a variety of essential domestic and international data on COVID-19. CDC COVID Data Tracker features regularly updated interactive maps, charts, and other visuals. Popular featured data includes COVID-19 cases in the United States and internationally, data on the social impacts of the virus, such as school closures and test results from public health labs and commercial companies.


CDC Resuming Business Toolkit

Business owners now have online access to the CDC’s Resuming Business Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings.

The toolkit includes an Employer Sheet to introduce employers to the contents of the toolkit; a Restart Readiness Checklist to help make resuming business operations safe; a Worker Protection Tool to identify protective measures for workers; a Returning to Work Infographic to remind employees how to protect themselves; and a resources list of information using hyperlinks, URLs and QR codes.

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.

Essential Business FAQ

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

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