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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Important Resources for the Business Community

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Important Resources for the Business Community

UPDATE 05/29/20;


Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program
Orange County small businesses can visit on June 1, 2020 for a list of eligibility criteria and required documents necessary to apply and qualify for the upcoming Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program. The applications for the program will open on June 8, 2020. Information about the resident assistance program will be available soon.

On Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, Orange County small businesses will have the opportunity to pick up free reusable cloth masks as well as hand sanitizers. This effort continues Orange County’s PPE initiative to serve businesses, residents and social service organizations.Small businesses must register online to pick up at one of two sites in the County. Visit for information and registration.

**Important Update: Governor’s latest Executive Order (05./22/20) brings the state into Full Phase 1 recovery by allowing organized youth activities.

Please find the Governor’s Executive Order below:

Executive Order 05-22-20 Youth Activities

**Important Update: The Governor has just announced that effective Monday, gyms can operate again as long as they are following social distancing guidelines by keeping members at a safe distance, and sanitizing all machines and surfaces after use. The governor also said, starting Monday, restaurants will be able to operate dine-in services at 50% capacity, and retailers will also be able to operate stores at 50% capacity.  Please find the Governor’s Executive Order below.

Executive Order

**Important Update:  The Governors signs an Executive Order allowing barbershops, hair and nail salons to open May 11th.  Please click on the links below to see the guidelines for re-opening:

Executive Order

Frequently Asked Questions


With Florida’s statewide stay-at-home order expiring on April 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis’ statewide task force has provided guidelines for a phased approach to re-open Florida. The Governor’s Plan to re-open Florida is called "SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP." Please find attached the new Executive Order signed by the Governor describing the Phase 1 recovery plan to re-open Florida, effective May 4, 2020. The Governor stated in his press conference that he will open up more businesses in the next phase which he believes should happen in a matter of weeks. 

Latest Executive Order for Re-opening Florida

The City supports re-opening our community under the phased approach, and has passed an Emergency Ordinance which became effective on May 4, 2020. 

The Emergency Ordinance was amended by the City Commission on May 14th that recommends that restaurant workers wear a face covering in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Closing hours for restaurants will now be 11 pm.

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Additional funding ($310 billion) for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness loans has been approved. Businesses are urged to complete the application and contact their bank right away to secure this funding.

Additional funding ($10 billion) was approved to expand the SBA’s Economic Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to cover businesses with 500 or fewer employees, as well as sole proprietors and independent contractors. Please contact your bank to learn more about the program.

The Orlando regional community is galvanizing and coordinating support for the business community.  Please find some great resources and updates on the programs available to your business at this on-line business resource center. 

Click here for regional business resources

Details have been released about how small businesses can take advantage of the emergency business loans and other programs.  Please contact your banker about applying. 

Paycheck Protection Program (New funds have been allocated by Congress)

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Loan amount is up to $10 million. If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.

Click here to review the application

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance (New funds have been allocated by Congress)

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Find information about the program here

Please find information below on these loan programs and other assistance to help your employees.

The Short-Time Compensation Program

The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. This program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.

Please click here to learn more

Florida Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance Program

The Reemployment Assistance program provides temporary and partial wage replacement for qualified workers who have become unemployed, through no fault of their own, during this public health emergency. You can apply online for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida and are now:

  • Temporarily unable to work due to a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • Quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency.
  • Laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period of time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Caring for an immediate family member diagnosed with COVID-19.

Learn more about Reemployment Assistance and how to apply.

Please click here to apply

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