• COVID-19 Updates & Resource Center

  • The State of Florida Has Issued a "Stay at Home" Order Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 3, 2020 until Thursday, April 30, 2020.

  • For the complete order, and to view the list of all essential businesses from the state and federal government, please click here.

  • Health Information & Resources
  • Federal

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    U.S. White House

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    U.S. Department of Labor

    • The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion ActThis new law expands the FMLA to add one (1) new qualifying reason for leave related to the coronavirus and to provide partial paid leave for such leave (the “coronavirus-FMLA leave”). Coronavirus-FMLA leave may be taken beginning on the date the Act takes effect (which shall be no later than 15 days after the date of enactment - April 1, 2020) and ending on December 31, 2020. Please click on the link to find out more.

    State

    Florida Department of Health

    Office of Governor DeSantis

    Local

    City of Apopka

    Orange County Government

    • COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program: Orange County Government has made available this one-time benefit for Orange County residents who qualify. The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide assistance with one month’s rent, so residents will be able to use their limited funds on other necessities. You MUST call for an appointment in order to bring the necessary documents. Please call 407-836-6500.

    Orange County Public Schools

     

  • Business & Employer Resources
  • NEW: Frequently Asked Questions - CARES ACT from US Senator Rick Scott

     

    On April 1, U.S. Senator Rick Scott released a very comprehensive document with details on many of the programs available to businesses and individuals. You can find the PDF here.

     

    NEW: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide

     

    The CARES Act expanded the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program(EIDL), which includes $10,000 grants for eligible applicants. The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.

     

    The guide is available here.

    NEW: Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

     

    The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the COVID-19.

     

    The guide is available here.

     

    NEW: Small Business Emergency Loan Guide

     

    The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Emergency Loan Guide, first issued last week, outlines the steps small businesses need to take to access much-needed Payroll Protection Program(PPP) funds. The guide now includes important information including key dates as the government moves toward implementation. Recently, the Treasury Department issued more details on this paycheck protection program and a loan application available for download.

     

    Starting Friday, April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for loans. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for loans.There is a funding cap, so the Treasury Department recommends applying as soon as possible.

     

    The English guide is available here.

    A Spanish language guide is available here.

     

    We Need Your Feedback - The Apopka Area COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

    We understand this is an incredibly difficult time for many of our local businesses and we'd like to know how we can best help you. Below is a link to a brief survey. It shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes and your responses will help guide us as we find seek solutions that'll help our business community.

    Click Here to Take Our Business Impact Survey.

    Take Action - The Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey

    On March 12, Governor DeSantis activated the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey related to the Coronavirus. https://www.flgov.com/2020/03/12/governor-ron-desantis-activates-emergency-business-damage-assessment-survey-for-coronavirus-covid-19/

    We need your feedback in order to provide comprehensive information about the impacts of COVID-19 to our partners at the federal level. Plus, this step is part of a required process the state must take before Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be accessed in Florida.

    If your business has incurred economic injury due to the effects of Coronavirus in Florida, please use the following link to participate in the official assessment survey: https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments

    Apply for Relief - Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

    The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners (2-100 employees and 1099 employees count towards that total) located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Qualified small business applicants are eligible up to $50,000 and loans of up to $100,000, may be made in special cases as warranted by the need of the eligible small business. Currently, $50 million has been allocated for the program. The application period opened March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020. To apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, please visit https://floridadisasterloan.org/.

    Apply for Relief - U.S. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

    If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses located in Florida (which is now declared a disaster area), you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan:

    • Small Business

    • Small agricultural cooperative

    • Most private nonprofit organizations

    Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.

    The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company's financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

    The interest rate on EIDLs will not exceed 4 percent per year and the term of these loans will not exceed 30 years. The repayment term will be determined by your ability to repay the loan.

    EIDL assistance is available only to small businesses when SBA determines they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere and a business may qualify for both an EIDL and a physical disaster loan. The maximum combined loan amount is $2 million.

    To apply for an EIDL, please visit
    the SBA disaster assistance loan website.

    Apply for Relief - U.S. Small Business Administration Physical Disaster Assistance Loans

    The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. To apply for a SBA Disaster Assistance Loan, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

    Apply for Relief - Short Time Compensation Program for Employers

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity administers a short-term compensation program which helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown, by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.

    The 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.

    If you are an employer interested in this program, please visit http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employers.

    DBPR Renewal Reprieve - Suspension of Professional Licenses, Permits, Registrations, etc.

    The Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an emergency order suspending renewal deadlines for all department-issued licenses, permits, registrations, or certificates that are set to expire in March or April 2020. Late fees will not apply to licenses renewed during this extension period. Additionally, if there are requirements that people have to complete continuing education hours to renew their professional licenses, those will also be suspended for 30 days from the existing renewal deadline.

    For more information on other emergency actions and other operational announcements during this state of emergency, please visit  myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/emergency.

     

    Coronavirus Prevention Customizable Flyer for Businesses (Please open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize.)

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees

    Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus

  • Immediate Employment and Career Resource Center
  • The Apopka Area Chamber has launched the Immediate Employment and Career Resource Center which was designed to assist businesses in need of immediate temporary workers and the employees who have been impacted due to the circumstances related to the COVID-19. The Immediate Employment and Career Resource Center is a place where businesses can share immediate hiring needs within the greater Apopka Area (which includes Lake and Seminole Counties) and job seekers in our community, can comb through to find temporary employment opportunities, rather than resort to various state or federal unemployment benefits.

    To Find a Job or Post a Job, please click here.

     

    Apply for Benefits - Reemployment Assistance Program

    The Reemployment Assistance Program provides temporary wage replacement (unemployment insurance) benefits to eligible individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own or as a result of efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19. On April 1, DEO, at the direction of Gov. DeSantis, announced that they are waiving of the requirement to wait a week in order to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits through May 8, 2020. The waiting week has been waived so eligible Floridians may receive immediate support they need to help recover from the current economic impacts of COVID-19.

    If you have a history of wages in the state of Florida, you are actively able and available to seek and accept new employment, and you are currently unemployed or work reduced hours through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits.  

    To apply for Reemployment Assistance, please visit http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/apply-for-benefits.

    Apply for Benefits - Temporary Layoff Program

    A Temporary Layoff occurs when the employee is separated from their job due to lack of work, and the employee has a return-to-work date within eight weeks of separation. An employee that is temporarily laid off from work may be eligible for RA benefits. You can file your claim by accessing CONNECT by visiting http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/apply-for-benefits.

     

  • Our Local Health Care Partners

  • If you have any questions, please call the AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line at 877-VIRUSHQ (877-847-8747).

     

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