The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is an unprecedented economic event. With significant disruptions to businesses across virtually all industries, impacts of the outbreak are inevitable. The disruption to our local, national, and global economies will be temporary and transitory, and businesses must put contingency plans in place now to mitigate the impact and prepare for recovery.
Businesses will need to triage essentials such as incident management and stakeholder communications, while making sure that the safety and well-being of workers affected remains top priority. While it is too early to fully understand the severity of this crisis and its long-term implications, there are several steps businesses can take now to help improve the situation.
We will continue to update our messages and resources as they become available.
Additionally, the City encourages residents to continue support of all open local Cape Canaveral businesses as the economic impact on small businesses has been especially dramatic. Residents can use the OPEN FOR BUSINESS list to find local restaurants and other small businesses that are open.
Information is available below:
- Visit the Brevard County website for the County's latest information & resources, including the Small Business Economic Relief Program and other CARES Act programs.
- State and Federal:
- Visit covid19.floridajobs.org for the State's latest information & resources.
- Visit covid-sb.org for Federal information & resources.
- The DEO Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan has been activated. Apply here: https://bddy.me/33fHDPD (9/30/20)
- Small businesses that have had to lay-off staff due to COVID-19, and had fewer than 50 employees, may qualify for wage assistance to rehire staff. Learn more and share this link: https://careersourcebrevard.com/business-services/workforce-recovery-assistance-program (9/9/20)
- The Workforce Recovery Assistance Program has resumed accepting applications. This program, provided in partnership with the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, makes funds available for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) with funds to rehire employees laid off due to COVID-19. (8/26/20)
Applications for Brevard County grants for small businesses + non-profits opens Monday, July 27; link: https://www.brevardfl.gov/BrevardCARES/home (7/21/20)
- PPE Kits available for small businesses from Brevard County. Link to application + FAQ: www.brevardfl.gov/BrevardCARES/home (7/20/20)
- CAPE CANAVERAL CLOSES CITY HALL AND RECREATION COMPLEX
With the marked rise in COVID-19 infections both locally and throughout the state, the City of Cape Canaveral will be closing City Hall and the office at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex to public visitors starting Monday, July 13, 2020, to be reopened at later date. All City services remain intact and meetings will be by appointment only. (7/9/20)
- Printable COVID-19 Face Mask Signs for Your Business from Brevard County. (7/9/20)
- The Paycheck Protection Program has resumed accepting applications. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. Learn more: https://bddy.me/2O5fsu4 (7/7/20)
- Short term rental reopenings: the Brevard County Manager submitted this plan and the state has accepted it. (5/25/20)
- SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. Learn how to apply and find a lender near you. www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection (4/27/20)
- COVID-19 Business Impact Survey NOW OPEN!
As our state and community begin constructing a plan to reopen, the City of Cape Canaveral looks towards building an effective strategy for recovery. To do that, we must identify what areas were impacted the most, and how. All members of the Cape Canaveral Business Community, large and small, are encouraged to complete the Cape Canaveral COVID-19 Business Impact Survey to help us develop an inclusive plan for economic recovery. Because collecting this information is critical to the City’s overall recovery process, businesses have the option to provide their feedback anonymously. This survey will be open for responses until Sunday, May 3. Respond now to ensure that the impacts experienced by your business are considered in the community’s recovery plan. (4/24/20)
- FPL resources for businesses: Tools to help lower your bill, small adjustments to your A/C for savings, federal funding resources and tips for appliances, refrigeration, lighting and more!
- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast has prepared a brief, yet important, Business Disruption Index Survey. (4/14/20)
- Link to Identification of Critical Infrastructure Employees from the Department of Homeland Security.
- Paycheck Protection Program applications are now available through Regions Bank. For more information, text your questions to Valia Rich at (321) 223-4506.
- The Employee Retention Credit allows businesses of all sizes to receive a tax credit for keeping employees on their payroll. It will refund 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses that take small business loans are not eligible.
- The House-passed Emergency Coronavirus Bill will provide significant relief to small businesses that cannot afford the employee costs associated with COVID-19. The bill provides a dollar-for-dollar reimbursement for COVID-19-related sick leave costs, including paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave. More information to come.
- The Small Business Administration is now offering Disaster Assistance Loans to businesses in designated states and territories affected by COVID-19. This program is now open for applications. Information on qualification and application process can be found on this online portal.
- A State-level loan program for disasters is available through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
- Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has programs to help both employers and employees deal with the costs of illness, caring for ill family members, shorter hours, and closures. Employers can also request an extension on their payroll reports and payroll taxes.
- The waiting period for State Unemployment & Disability Insurance is waived for affected workers. More information can be found at the Florida Department of Financial Services.
- The Florida Department of Revenue has compiled additional resources and FAQs for businesses.
Small Business Information & Resources
- Brevard County Tourism Development Council (TDC) The Brevard County Tourist Development Council (TDC) was established to promote growth, development, and quality of tourism on the Space Coast. We encourage participation by both visitors and residents in tourism related activities, and act as the primary body to determine direction, goals and policy for use of the tourism tax.
- Career Source Brevard administers The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Welfare Transition programs in Brevard County as well as grants and other employment support activities, advised by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders of the community, with more than 40% representing private industry.
- Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Is a preferred resource to develop and enhance local business success.
- eFlorida Enterprise Florida is the Official Economic Development Organization for the State of Florida.
- Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida's Space Coast The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is an innovative, countywide, not-for-profit partnership between the Brevard County Commission and the Space Coast business community. Business leaders, chambers of commerce, local and state government leaders, and community organizations contribute to the overall mission of the EDC.
- Florida Small Business Development Network State designated as Florida's principal provider of Small Business assistance
- Office of Supplier Diversity The Office of Supplier Diversity’s function is to improve business and economic opportunities for Florida’s minority, women, and service-disabled veteran business enterprises.
- SCORE SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
- Small Business Development Center Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida
- U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.