April 8th Update
VOLUSIA COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
COVID-19 SPECIAL BUSINESS & EMPLOYER EDITION
April 8, 2020, Online Version at FloridaBusiness.org
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYERS INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE UPDATES
EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-91 ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FAQ’S
Per the governor’s executive order 20-91, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. To view frequently asked questions about the order, click here
To view the list of essential services and essential activities, click here
SBDC TO ASSIST WITH FLORIDA EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN APPLICATIONS
With the large volume of applications being submitted, the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Daytona State College will provide assistance in completing the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program application. The loan is available to small-business owners in all Florida counties that experienced economic damage. The application period runs through May 8, 2020.
SBA COVID-19 WEBINAR TODAY AT 1 P.M. APRIL 8
The SBA South Florida District Office will host a Small Business Recovery webinar to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.
The webinar is limited to the first 1,000 callers
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 5550236
To access the event page, click here.
ENTERPRISE FLORIDA SUSPENDS INITIAL FEES THROUGH ITS MICROFINANCE GUARANTEE PROGRAM
Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) announced that it will suspend initial fees for its Microfinance Guarantee Program to support Florida’s small business community impacted by COVID-19. EFI manages the Microfinance Guarantee Program designed to stimulate access to credit for entrepreneurs and small businesses in this state by providing targeted loan guarantees to lenders made to such entrepreneurs and small businesses. This program provides guarantees up to 50% on loans of $250,000 or less. Interested businesses must apply through a local lender. For further information, contact your lender or visit Enterprise Florida’s website
Click here for more information about the Microfinance Guarantee Program.
REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE FILING UPDATE
On April 6, Governor DeSantis announced that the Department of Economic Opportunity has installed 72 servers to accommodate the influx of online reemployment assistance applications. The new servers will streamline website functionality and allow users to access pages and forms more quickly. Click here for more information.
As many Floridians do not have access to a computer at this time, Governor DeSantis has instructed DEO to make paper Reemployment Assistance applications available. Click here for more information.
- Beginning this week, CareerSource locations across the state will be providing paper applications and assisting Floridians with submitting their Reemployment Assistance applications. Visit CareerSource Flagler Volusia’s Job Seeker Resource page for information and assistance.
- FedEx is offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state. Applications can be downloaded at www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19
Once the application is complete, individuals should mail them to:
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity P.O. Box 5350 Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350
HOW THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS RESPONDING TO COVID-19
To see the actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19, go to the FloridaDisaster.org news and media page for updates from various state agencies.
VOLUSIA COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION NETWORK UPDATES
VOLUSIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT TRANSITIONS TO REMOTE SERVICES
To protect the public and staff from the escalating threat from the coronavirus, all Volusia County Government offices will be closed to the public, except by appointment, beginning Friday, April 3. The offices will remain closed until April 30, when officials will evaluate the need for continued closure.
County employees will continue to work to ensure the continuity of essential and everyday services, and departments are ensuring that work is designed to allow for appropriate social distancing.
The temporary closure includes offices in the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center and the Historic Courthouse, among others. Read the complete release here
Stay up to date with COVID-19 related news and emergency information. Click here for more information.