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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19: Businesses Resources

COVID-19 Hollywood Business Resources

We Are Here For Your Hollywood Business


The City of Hollywood’s Office of Communications, Marketing & Economic Development (CMED) is open for business, compiling information to assist Hollywood businesses throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We encourage you to check the City of Hollywood’s webpage, sign up for City and Business email/text updates, and follow us on Facebook. Our team is available to talk you through any of your business-related issues. Contact us at 954.921.3620 or by email

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Governor Issues 30-Day Stay-Home Order

PLEASE NOTE: On Friday, April 3, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91 for the entire state of Florida to remain "Safer at Home" through April 30, 2020. View all Emergency Orders and Cancellations.

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2020 Census

Completing the Census Survey = More Resources for Businesses & Communities

Take the Census Today... 10 minutes is all it takes!

National Self-Response Rate: 445.1%
Florida’s Self-Response Rate: 43.6%
Hollywood’s Self-Response Rate: 39.6%


While we all continue to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, all are encouraged to participate in the United States Census. Visit www.my2020census.gov and click "Start Questionnaire." If you don’t have your 12-digit Census ID number, you can still participate by entering your address. Completing the entire Census takes only about ten minutes.
 
It is important that you participate, as the amount of federal funding the City, County and State gets for infrastructure improvements, schools, hospitals and disaster recovery is tied to the community’s census data. An accurate count of all Hollywood residents will help to ensure we receive our fair share of funding over the next 10 years.

If you are unable to respond online, need help or would like to request a paper questionnaire, please call toll-free 1.844.330.2020. Census workers will be deployed beginning April 27th to homes who have yet to participate.

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Business Assistance: Navigating COVID-19

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Reemployment Assistance Application Guide

Reemployment Assistance - Application Guide

(formerly known as Unemployment Compensation)

FedEx is now offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state. Click here to find your nearest FedEx store location.

Please click here for the City of Hollywood’s Reemployment Assistance Application Guide, which explains how to access, complete and submit the application. If you are having trouble accessing the online application, please download an application and mail it to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

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IRS Economic Impact Payments

Economic Impact Payments

Distribution of economic impact payments from the IRS to help Americans through the COVID-19 crisis will begin in the next three weeks. Visit the IRS page to learn who qualifies and how it works.

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Revolving Loan Funds & Small Business Recovery Programs

Helping Small Businesses Connect with Federal Assistance: This working session will take a deeper look at how small businesses can connect with federal assistance during the COVID19 Crisis. Topics will include understanding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) vs. Economic Disaster Injury Loan (EDIL) and will look at resources such as establishing Revolving Loan Funds (RFLs) to support local businesses while they’re waiting to connect with federal assistance.

Thursday, April 9
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
REGISTER HERE

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EIDL Emergency Grant

$10K Forgivable Loan Advance Available

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program offers emergency loans to provide relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 advance on an EIDL. This advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.

Please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application if you wish to apply for the advance on your EIDL. 

In order to qualify for the advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

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Paycheck Program Loan Forgiveness

Paycheck Protection Program

This new loan program will help with payroll and other business operating expenses, and the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest. It will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.

Loan Terms & Conditions:

  • Eligible Businesses: All businesses, including non-profits, Veterans organizations, Tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, with 500 or fewer employees, or no greater than the number of employees set by the SBA as the size standard for certain industries. 
  • Maximum loan amounts: Up to $10 million. 
  • Loan Forgiveness:  All loans under this program will have the following identical features: Interest rate of 0.5%, maturity of 2 years, first payment deferred for six months, 100% guarantee by SBA, no collateral, no personal guarantees, no borrower or lender fees payable to SBA. 
  • Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply beginning Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning Friday, April 10, 2020.  

Visit SBA.gov/Coronavirus or the U.S. Dept. of Treasury for more information.

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Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming GHCC Programs & Content: Webinars and online classes, provided by GHCC members and experts, can be viewed here.

COVID-19 Best Practices: A Guide To Doing Business: The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) is creating a "COVID-19 Best Practices: A Guide To Doing Business" forum to help businesses adapt and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Email the GHCC if you:

  • Are hosting a virtual seminar
  • Have a blog with valuable content
  • Are posting content on social media
  • Have information to contribute which assists the business community to conduct better business

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Important Information on Vacation Rentals

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-87 mandating that all parties engaged in the rental of vacation rental properties suspend these operations. All vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and must not accept any new guests for check-in for the duration of the order.
 
If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-71 or Executive Order 20-87, please report the information to Department of Business and Professional Regulation using this form.  

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Federal Economic Relief 

COVID-19: First Glance at the Stimulus Bill
The third and largest COVID-19 aid bill, a stimulus package of over $2 trillion dollars, is designed to help the ailing economy and ease the burden on families and workers. View a breakdown here.

How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacts Your Organization
Watch a recording of this webinar here.

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"Open For Business" Campaign

Owners of local businesses wanting to promote online discounts, giveaways and gift cards should submit their company information on each of the corresponding links below:

EASY 93.1  •  99 JAMZ  •  HITS 97.3  •  HOT 105


Besides gaining free on-air promotion whenever possible, participating businesses will also be featured on the “Open For Business” web page for listeners to view company details and promotion information.

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Keeping Your Business Alive

Broward SCORE Webinar Series: "COVID-19: Keeping Your Business Alive"


Broward SCORE: Online Small Business Workshops: Broward SCORE’s mission is to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, develop and grow businesses in Broward County. Learn new business strategies here from the experts with SCORE’s online offerings of small business training workshops, instructor-led trainings and interactive courses.

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Restaurant Delivery and Takeout Lists

Local Restaurant Guides: If your Hollywood restaurant offers curbside pickup, takeout, delivery or drive-thru services, click here to add your business to one or more restaurant guides.

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CareerSource Broward President & CEO

Considering laying off your employees? Watch this video first from Mason Jackson, CareerSource Broward President & CEO.

 

Short Time Compensation Program 

The City of Hollywood urges its business community to evaluate the Short-Time Compensation Program in an effort to curtail major layoffs.

The Short-Time Compensation program 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. Apply here.

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Bridge Loan 

Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program

Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program, a short-term loan designed to help business owners bridge the gap between the time of impact and when the business has secured long-term assistance, should apply for the program through one of two ways:

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  • Download an application, complete it and mail it with the required supporting documentation to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) at: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, C/O Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, 107 E. Madison Street, MSC-160, Tallahassee FL 32399-4120.

Small businesses that have already applied for the bridge loan program in response to COVID-19 should not submit an additional application.
 
Funds are already being disbursed to approved applicants! To complete a Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan application by the May 8, 2020 deadline, and for more information about the program, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
 
For application assistance, please contact the Florida SBDC office nearest you at www.FloridaSBDC.org/locations. For questions regarding the loan program, please contact DEO toll-free at 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.

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Business Damage Survey


Has COVID-19 affected your business? Take this survey to help activate additional resources.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued the Business Damage Assessment Survey to evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy. The survey’s feedback allows the State Government to fully assess the economic impact COVID-19 is having on Florida businesses and industries, in order to mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online. Results will be shared with government agencies and local partners, including the Small Business Administration (SBA). For inquiries/assistance with the survey, contact ESF18@em.myflorida.com

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has activated its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This program provides working capital to small businesses (and some small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofit organizations) who have suffered “substantial economic injury” as a result COVID-19. Substantial economic injury means a business has been unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. Apply here.


SBA Economic Recovery Webinars 

SBA Economic Recovery Webinars

The Small Business Administration (SBA) South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19. Webinars are:will be offered throughout the week during the time periods of 9AM-11AM and 1PM-3PM and are:

  • Free to attend.
  • Offered Monday through Friday
  • Limited to the first 250 callers/attendees.


Webinar Sessions For This Week (English & Spanish):


For additional information, feel free to contact the SBA staff during Virtual Office Hours:

  • Monday, March 23 - Friday, April 04
  • 11AM-1PM and 3PM-5PM
  • Phone: 202.765.1264 or Skype (Conference ID# 162817288)

Website: www.sba.gov/southflorida • Email: SouthFlorida_DO@sba.gov

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Hospitality Industry Resources

Hospitality Industry Resources

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has compiled these resources to assist the hospitality industry affected by COVID-19.

Attractions, tours, restaurants and any tourism business providing virtual tours, learning experiences, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, musical performances, etc. through videos or social media live streams, may fill out this form to be included in the Virtual Vacation Experiences page.

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GFLA - Request A Virtual Meeting

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Businesses can request a virtual meeting with the Alliance regarding business preservation assistance, including low- or no-interest loan opportunities and short time compensation for employers. Additionally, the Alliance has compiled business resources here.

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Reemployment Assistance Formerly Known as Unemployment Assistance   Available-Assistance   


Florida Reemployment Assistance Application

Click here for the City of Hollywood’s Reemployment Assistance Application Guide. If you are having trouble accessing the online application, please download a Florida Reemployment Assistance Application and mail to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

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Information on Federal Economic Relief


Additional Online Resources

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Business Assistance: Learning & Development

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Dale Carnegie Training - Southeast Florida:
Free Webinars


For over 45 years, Dale Carnegie Training Southeast Florida has offered Dale Carnegie’s globally recognized leadership training courses to clients from Fort Lauderdale and beyond. Its convenient location and its wide selection of courses make Dale Carnegie Training Southeast Florida the perfect resource for Floridians who are looking to develop their personal and professional skills.

4/8/20 - 12PM: Managing Stress
4/9/20 - 12PM: Building Virtual Relationships
4/16/20 - 12PM: Effectively Managing Our Time at Home
4/23/20 - 12PM: Discovering Leadership Blind Spots

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Broward SCORE: How to Grow Your Business with Digital Marketing

What’s the ROI of your digital marketing dollars? In this workshop, you’ll learn the strategies that will help your business grow and scale by utilizing integrated marketing strategies that focus on maximizing marketing results and optimizing your Return on Investment. We’ll go over the basics of digital marketing (earned, paid, owned) and how to create a customer-centric approach to your campaigns. Most importantly, you will learn the key metrics you’ll need to track for growth and success.

Wednesday, April 8
6PM-9PM
Cost: Free
REGISTER HERE

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Links to these established programs can be found on the City’s Economic Development website. Please continue to monitor www.hollywoodfl.org and www.choosehollywoodfl.com for the latest updates.

Economic Development Division
Raelin Storey, CMED Director
Herb Conde-Parlato, Economic Development Manager
Tekisha Jordan, Principal Planner
Marina Melo, Economic Development Marketing Coordinator

Community Redevelopment Agency - Beach & Downtown Districts
Jorge Camejo, Executive Director
954.924.2980

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