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The latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in South Florida. This page ended its updates as of August 2020. Head here for additional stories on COVID-19 and the pandemic.

Help For Business Owners Impacted By COVID-19

Jeenah Moon

Florida has activated its emergency bridge loan program for small businesses with 2-100 employees. Loans of $50,000 are available at zero percent interest for one year. 

For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state of Florida who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the Business Damage Assessment survey is not an application for assistance. Businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.

The governor has taken several actions, including waiving job search requirements for unemployment benefits and waiving the penalty to employers for laid-off employees.

The federal Small Business Administration has a resources page for businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

Axis South Florida has information on their siteto help business owners.

The Department of Economic Opportunity runs the state's re-employment assistance program (formerly known as unemployment)

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