In its March 26 post, the Orlando Business Journal provides descriptions and links to statewide resources for small businesses employers and employees dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus. Resources listed on the page include:
- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is accepting applications for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Applications for the one-year, interest-free loan will be accepted through May 8. The maximum amount is generally $50,000, rising to $100,000 in special circumstances. Businesses need to show harm due to coronavirus. The state also is making $40 million available through the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund. The fund can provide an eligible business with up to $500,000 in financing for things like inventory purchases and working capital. Applications for both programs may be made here.
- The state's unemployment benefits department — which it refers to as Florida Reemployment Assistance — has been swamped by applications. Claims can be filed here and the state has answers to frequently asked questions here. General information for employers is available here; through the Reemployment Assistance Contact Form; or by calling (877) 846-8770
- FloridaDisaster.biz has a survey here to see how businesses are being affected by the coronavirus.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has a page with access to loan information.