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DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR ALL GRANTS IS DECEMBER 11

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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

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 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 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.

SBA resumed accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications on June 15 to all qualified small businesses, including U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for U.S. agricultural businesses is made possible by new authority granted by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you have already applied via the streamlined application portal, please do not resubmit your application.

Eligible small businesses, private-nonprofits and agricultural businesses may apply for the EIDL here. The deadline to apply is December 18.

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 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.

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.

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.

 

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

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
Dashboard

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.

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

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.

Florida Reemployment Assistance

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

Updates: 

  • 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.

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:

https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders

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

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.

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.

FAQs about Essential Services and Activities

Review these FAQs regarding the essential services executive order.

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 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.

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

County & Municipality Grant Assistance

Business Assistance Hours for questions regarding the grant application are Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

County and municipality phone numbers and web links for business tax receipts

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?

Relaunch Volusia Home-Based Business Grant Program

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 11

On June 16, the Volusia County Council approved a $3 million grant program to assist home-based businesses in the county that have sustained financial impacts from the coronavirus crisis.

For home-based businesses that meet the eligibility criteria, they can qualify for a one-time grant of $1,500. The $3 million allocation is enough to provide 2,000 grants, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Businesses must be based out of Volusia County, have the equivalent of 50 or fewer full time employees and show a minimum of $6,000 in gross income or gross receipts on their most recent tax return. The businesses also must certify that they’ve suffered at least $1,500 in financial impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those that receive a grant, the money can be used to offset the negative financial impact they experienced and to help defray the cost of reopening or relaunching their business.


Please have ALL of the below listed documents available BEFORE beginning the application process. Incomplete applications will be denied.


BEFORE YOU START
the application process, be sure that you have the following documentation in electronic format - ready to upload:

Relaunch Volusia Small Business Reopening Grant Program (Brick/Mortar)

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 11

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.

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 6 for Heather Edwards. Identifying the appropriate reasonable accommodation/modification is a cooperative process that will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Relaunch Volusia Nonprofit Grant Program

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 11

On May 26, the Volusia County Council approved a $2.5 million grant program to assist nonprofit agencies in the county that have sustained financial impacts from the coronavirus crisis. Qualifying nonprofits may apply for a one-time assistance grant. Qualifying nonprofits that have up to 25 full-time employees or the part-time equivalent may be eligible to receive a one-time grant of $3,000. Qualifying nonprofits with 26 or more full-time employees or the part-time equivalent may be eligible for a one-time grant of $5,000. Assistance will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

County Updates

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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

Small Business Saturday 2020

Saturday, November 28, 2020 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by shopping at a small business. 

How You Can Participate 

For shoppers 

For small business owners 

For partner organizations

Top Three Small Business Holiday Marketing Tips

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday in November kicking off the holiday shopping season, now is a good time for small businesses to boost sales. This year, 60% of consumers plan to do half or more of their winter holiday shopping at local retailers. Capitalize on this growth opportunity by using these marketing strategies this holiday season.

Launch Your Startup with TestFlight Bootcamp

During this intensive, 5-session bootcamp, you will identify and start to deeply understand your customer(s), build confidence in your offering and the problem you are solving, and learn how to effectively communicate your value proposition. This bootcamp will be 100% virtual and sessions will be conducted on the Microsoft Teams platform.

When:
January 24th, 1pm - 4pm ET
February 5th, 1pm - 4pm ET
February 12th, 1pm - 4pm ET
February 19th, 1pm - 4pm ET
February 26th, 1pm - 4pm ET

Where:
All sessions will be facilitated virtually on the Microsoft Teams platform.

Bootcamp Fee: $59 per team/company

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.

Duke Energy Financial Relief Program for Business

Whether you’re a restaurant, salon, real estate office or other business owner, Duke Energy recognizes that many of our business customers are facing unusual and unexpected hardships as a result of this pandemic.

That’s why Dike Energy has relaxed its timelines for payment arrangements, making it easier and more convenient for you to set up a plan. You can make your request quickly and easily online.

Professional guidance is being offered for small business customers to help analyze their energy usage, discuss energy rates and identify solutions to help lower their energy bills at fl.bec@duke-energy.com.

For questions, call 877-372-8477.

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.

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 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.

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.

Essential Business FAQ

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

Relaunch Volusia Nonprofit Grant Program

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 11

On May 26, the Volusia County Council approved a $2.5 million grant program to assist nonprofit agencies in the county that have sustained financial impacts from the coronavirus crisis. Qualifying nonprofits may apply for a one-time assistance grant. Qualifying nonprofits that have up to 25 full-time employees or the part-time equivalent may be eligible to receive a one-time grant of $3,000. Qualifying nonprofits with 26 or more full-time employees or the part-time equivalent may be eligible for a one-time grant of $5,000. Assistance will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

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