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.
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act (including FAQ section for each program)
(provided on behalf of the U.S. Senate Committee of Small Business & Entrepreneurship)
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act Fact Sheets
(provided on behalf of the Broward County Office of Economic & Small Business Development)
Loan Guaranty Program
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Economic Development Administration
Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes
Unemployment Insurance Expansion
Small Business Loan Program and Tax Credits
Department of Economic Opportunity Short Time Compensation
Florida Small Business Damage Assessment Survey
Direct Payment to Workers
$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.
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.
Considering laying off your employees? Watch this video first from Mason Jackson, CareerSource Broward President & CEO.
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.
Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program
Currently, the DEO is not accepting applications for the Emergency Bridge Loan Program. If you have previously applied, check your application status below.
View Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
Frequently Asked Questions
Check Application Status
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and its emergency bridge loan partners will continue to review applications that are received online or postmarked by Monday, April 13, 2020. DEO and its Emergency Bridge Loan partners will continue to quickly and efficiently process loans for Florida businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 until available funds are expended.
For questions regarding the loan program, please contact DEO toll-free at 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.
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.
Financial Impact of COVID-19: Retailers & Landlords Can Take Action
Shelter-in-place orders, designed to stem the spread of COVID-19, also mean uncertainty and disruption, including widespread closures of shopping centers. SCT spoke with four experts about what landlords should do; what retailers can do; landlord liquidity, both short term and long term; and how the CARES Act stacks up. Read the full article here.
The Shift in Restaurants & Bars During COVID-19
Join the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) on this free webinar to gain a deeper understanding of the impact COVID-19 is having on restaurants and bars. Learn how food service brands across the country are pivoting to delivery, take-out and other innovative models while dining rooms are closed. Plus, experts will discuss what the industry is looking for in government relief and what the sector might look like in the months ahead.
Thursday, April 16
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.
CONNEX Florida: Florida’s Supply Chain Database
The purpose of this tool is to help Florida manufacturers better connect with each other, be discovered, and increase business opportunities. Through this database you can:
- Connect with manufacturers
- Post RFPs/RFQs/RFIs
- Exchange surplus materials & equipment
- Identify workforce and R&D offerings
- Search processes, equipment, certifications, NAICS, SIC, products, materials
For more information on Connex Florida, click here.
Reemployment Assistance - Application Guide
(formerly known as Unemployment Compensation)
Reemployment Assistance benefits (formerly known as Unemployment Compensation) are available to Floridians whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please click here for the City of Hollywood’s Reemployment Assistance Application Guide, which is a step-by-step guide on how to complete and submit the online application. In addition to applying online from a computer or mobile device, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is now accepting paper applications for Reemployment Assistance claims (available in English, Spanish and Creole). Here are three ways to obtain a paper application to mail in:
A) Download an application here and mail it to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350.
B) 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.
C) Pick up a paper application from a CareerSource Broward career center below, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Once you have completed your paper application, please mail it to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350.
- 7550 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, 33024
- 2610 West Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, 33311
- 4941 Coconut Creek Pkwy, Coconut Creek, 33063
PIN Trouble When Applying For Reemployment Assistance
If you are unable to reset your PIN online:
- Call the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for assistance: 1-800-297-0586
- CareerSource Broward is now doing PIN resets for Reemployment Assistance (RA) customers in order to assist DEO with the overflow of PIN reset requests. Click here, scroll down to the “Get Help With Resetting Your CONNECT PIN” section, and click on the “Submit PIN Reset Request” button. This puts your name on a list so your PIN can be reset by CareerSource Broward staff.
Please note that in some cases, individuals may need to authenticate their identity. To do this, you will need to send a copy of your driver license and social security card to DEO:
- OR -
Still have questions regarding Reemployment Assistance? Check out the FAQ page on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity website.
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.
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
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.
"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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
The 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 and you may join the conference 10 minutes prior to the start time. Limited to the first 500 callers.
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Code: 0418435
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824649
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (SPANISH)
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Code: 0616554
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824659
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Code: 0867865
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824654
Friday, April 17, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Code: 0271168
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824650
Friday, April 17, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Code: 0958317
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824656
NOTE: If you are having difficulties connecting online, copy/paste the link into your browser. Google Chrome enabled.
When you access the entry link above, you will be provided a choice - to install the WebEx plug-in for your preferred browser or to join the web conference using a temporary path. Either option is acceptable.
Need technical assistance?
Audio Connection: 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015
Web Connection: 1-888-793-6118
For additional information, feel free to contact the SBA staff during Virtual Office Hours:
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.
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.
Information on Federal Economic Relief
Additional Online Resources
Dale Carnegie Training - Southeast Florida:
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Completing the Census Survey = More Resources for Businesses & Communities
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Have you completed the Census questionnaire? It’s important that you do so. Your response ensures Hollywood receives federal support for a wide range of important services including public safety, education, healthcare and workers benefits. There’s Strength in Numbers… Make Hollywood Strong! Fill out your Census questionnaire today: www.my2020census.gov
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