Small Business Association Economic Injury Loans: Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. Businesses can apply for loans online through a 3-step loan process.
Economic Injury Loan Application | SBA Resources
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan: Short-term, interest-free working capital loans which are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major disaster hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources. The program provides a short-term loan of State of Florida public funding. It is not a grant and must be repaid.
Bridge Loan Application
Business Damage Assessment Survey: The State of Florida announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and implement appropriate relief programs.
Business Continuation Services: The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is the principal responder in the state’s Emergency Support for Business and Industry. SBDC specialists can help develop a comprehensive business continuity, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery plan tailored for businesses at no cost.
Bars, Pubs and Restaurants: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced new guidelines on March 17, 2020 for bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Unincorporated Orange County is follow the governor’s Executive Order, asking that bars, pubs and nightclubs close for 30 days. For restaurants, new guidelines were enacted to keep patrons safe.
Executive Order | Guidelines | Frequently Asked Questions
Empresas Hispanas: Las empresas hispanas interesadas en solicitar préstamos de asistencia por desastre debido a COVID-19 pueden comunicarse con ProsperaUSA para recibir orientación de parte de consultor comercial bilingüe.
Economic Resiliency and Community Support
Orange County Government’s Office of Emergency Management has activated a diverse team to provide emergency support resources to local businesses across the County. This emergency support fuction can provide resources regarding funding sources for devastated business, employee safety information related to COVID-19, employee assistance information and other vetted resources for businesses.
407-254-8833 | ESF18@ocfl.net
Tax Return Deadline Extension: Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh announced on Thursday, March 26, 2020, that a 45-day extension will be granted for all Tangible Personal Property (TPP) tax returns. TPP tax returns are now due on May 15, 2020, instead of the standard April 1 deadline.
Other COVID-19 Business Recovery Resources