Small Business Resources
The Village of Tequesta is deeply concerned for the livelihood and success of our local businesses. We know this is a challenging and difficult time. We have gathered various resources that may help you during this period.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Small Business Information
The CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses sustain their businesses and keep their workforce employed.
Florida SBDC CARES Act Web page
Small Business Guide and Checklist prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
A small business guide to the CARES Act.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO): Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
This survey evaluates businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online. Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
The bridge loan program will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens tomorrow, March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020.
Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida affected by COVID-19 can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These loans are interest-free for up to one year and are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. DEO will work with every borrower to ensure that repayment of the loan isn’t an overwhelming burden. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19. For more information on the program, visit Florida Disaster Loan. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email us. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC): Disaster Recovery Specialists
SBDC can assist you with developing a preparedness plan and with other measures to safeguard your employees, customers, and ensure the continued operation of your business. Upon the activation of federal and state disaster assistance, disaster specialists can assist you with preparing and submitting your loan application and with other post-disaster challenges. Contact one of our 40 offices nearest you to learn more.
The Florida PTAC COVID-19 Government Contracting Information Guide includes helpful information on providing disaster assistance to federal and state government during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Small Business Guide
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Guidance for Businesses and EmployersCoronavirus (COVID-19)
Florida Department of Health (DOH): COVID-19 in Florida
The Department of Health’s (DOH) dedicated COVID-19 webpage remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121 or emailing us.
United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety