During this time of rapid changes, the information below will be updated as new resources become available. If you need special assistance, please contact us. We stand ready to assist.
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Resources
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
Internal Revenue Service
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. Other links with information about actions being taken by the U.S. government are also below.
Florida Department of Revenue
The Florida Department of Revenue is monitoring developments pertaining to the coronavirus and is following guidance from federal and state officials. The Department has established a dedicated team to address tax related issues pertaining to COVID-19 and has created an email address, COVID19TAXHELP@FloridaRevenue.com. The Department encourages all taxpayers to conduct their business through online services. Use eServices applications to file and pay taxes; or contact the call center at (850) 488-6800.
US Economic Development Administration
EDA has a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. EDA's role in disaster recovery is to facilitate the timely and effective delivery of Federal economic development assistance to support long-term community economic recovery planning and project implementation, redevelopment and resiliency. EDA is uniquely positioned to coordinate regional disaster recovery efforts in partnership with its extensive network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs), University Centers, institutions of higher education and other partners in designated impact areas.
COVID-19 Related Reemployment Assistance Claimants by County Dashboard
Reemployment ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources for Employers and Individuals
Reemployment Assistance benefits are available to Floridians who have been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Eligible individuals include those who have lost their job through no fault of their own, are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency, laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer, or caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19. Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as Unemployment Compensation, can be filed online below. Floridians who do not have a current open Reemployment Assistance claim should complete their application online at www.FloridaJobs.org/RAApplication.
Connex FloridaA critical support opportunity for Florida manufacturers
The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) in partnership with Space Florida and FloridaMakes today announced the deployment of an online database for Florida’s small to large manufacturers to engage in the marketplace. The online database, Connex Florida, started as a disaster risk mitigation effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and is proving to be a critical tool to streamline connections between Florida manufacturers and businesses in need of their products during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connex Florida is a statewide manufacturing supply chain, workforce and R&D connection solution offered free of charge to manufacturers, educational institutions, and those performing manufacturing R&D in Florida.
Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund
The Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with EDA, is a revolving loan fund that targets industries identified by the state as key strategic markets for future growth and resiliency. Up to $2.5 million in financing is now available for a single business applicant through the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund. Loan participation with third-party lenders is also now available. These changes to lending guidelines will assist Florida businesses by offering higher funding levels at below market interest rates and expand the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund’s availability to Florida businesses.
The Business Loan Fund can provide an eligible business with up to $2,500,000 in financing for the following purposes:
- Inventory Purchases
- Construction or renovation
- Working capital needs
- Capital start-up loans
- Machinery and equipment purchases
- Equipment financing, and more
For more information on the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund please call 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.
Microfinance Guarantee ProgramEnterprise Florida is suspending initial fees (normally 2%) to assist small businesses with access to credit.
The Microfinance Guarantee Program was designed to stimulate access to credit for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Florida by providing targeted guarantees to loans made to such entrepreneurs and small businesses. Just like the SSBCI program, the Microfinance Guarantee Program does not offer grants, and is not a direct loan program, so you do not apply directly to Enterprise Florida Inc. The program is designed to provide loan guarantees to lenders that extend credit to small businesses in Florida. Therefore, EFI suggests you establish contact and a relationship with a local lender in your area and discuss your financing needs.