COVID-19 Business and Community Resources

The EDC’s priority is to provide the most up-to-date, impactful information available during these uncertain times. The EDC wants your business to endure minimal interruption and be back up and running as soon as possible. To see the full resources available to you please visit the EDC COVID-19 Page. Check back often, this page will be updated daily as more information becomes available.

On this page…

-Business Damage Assessment Survey
-Center for Disease Control
-Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Updates
-Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond
-United Way Suncoast Assistance Center
-GrowFL Connect with an Expert
-Recording Academy & MusiCares Relief Fund for Musicians
-Emergency Grants for Artists: Financial Relief Resources for Artists
-Deferred Tax Payments, and Waived Penalties
-IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief
-OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
-Fisher Phillips Comprehensive FAQs for Employers
-Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
-CDC.gov Email Updates

Business Damage Assessment Survey

On March 12, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Center for Disease Control continues to update guidance on COVID-19

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Updates
Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

United Way Suncoast Assistance Center

There are networks to support people in this time of crisis and the best way to find them is through United Way’s 2-1-1, a free 24 hour, 7 days a week, year-round service that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources.

There are multiple ways to access this resource:
By phone – Dial 211
By Email – [email protected]
By Online Chat at – https://211.gs-humanservices.org/
By Text – Text zip code to 898-211

GrowFL Connect with an Expert

Small business owners can now connect with an expert thanks to GrowFL. Schedule a 30-minute appointment with one of GrowFL Experts. These are our GrowFL Corporate Partners and a trusted resource to you. To schedule a 30-minute call, visit our Expert Page and click on the calendar at the bottom of the page.

Recording Academy & MusiCares Relief Fund for Musicians

MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, they have expanded services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Emergency Grants for Artists: Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19

With canceled exhibitions, classes, conferences and workshops over the span of a very short time, many artists are feeling the stress of lost income and an uncertain future. If you, like many, are finding that you need additional financial resources to get you through this time, there are emergency grants available for artists. This page has compiled a list of emergency resources for artists as well an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.

Treasury Secretary Has Deferred Tax Payments, and Waived Penalties

Small businesses can defer tax payments for 90 days. This covers a broad range of Americans, including small businesses that file as individuals who owe up to $1 million, and other categories of small businesses, sole proprietors, and corporations owing up to $10 million. Penalties and interest that would otherwise apply during this nearly three-month period will be waived.

IRS Coronavirus 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.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

Fisher Phillips Comprehensive FAQs for Employers

Fisher Phillips has assembled a cross-disciplinary taskforce of attorneys across the country to address the many employment-related issues facing employers. The COVID-19 Taskforce has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas of those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19 have visited. It is aimed at limiting the survival of novel coronavirus in key environments. These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities and will be updated if additional information becomes available.

Sign Up for CDC.gov Email Updates

The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Receive email updates about CDC’s public health work.