Business owners seeking more information about the Safer at Home Executive Order and how it impacts businesses in Hillsborough County, please call the Hillsborough County Entrepreneur Collaborative Center at (813) 204-9267.
- Business Damage Assessment Survey
- Career Source Tampa Bay
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Reemployment Assistance
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- City of Tampa
- Florida Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Department of Health
- Florida Disaster Resources for Businesses
- Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
- Florida Short Time Compensation Program for Employers
- Hillsborough County Bar Association- Legal Resource
- Small Business Guidance on Responding to Coronavirus
- Tampa Business Emergency Council
- Traveler's Health Website
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Resources and Guidelines for Business
- U.S. Dept of Labor: Occupational Health and Safety Administration
- United Way Suncoast Coronavirus Assistance Center
- Video on Florida Economy During Coronavirus
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
On March 16, 2020, Governor DeSantis announced the opening of a $50 million disaster bridge loan. This provides zero-interest loans of up-to $50,000 for businesses that have been in business before March 9, 2020. As of March 26, 2020, the application process has changed. Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Bridge Loan program should apply for the program through one of two ways:
- Apply online and upload required supporting documentation or
- 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.
Note: Small businesses that already applied should not submit an additional application.
Tampa’s businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at https://floridadisasterloan.org. These funds are limited. For more assistance, call the Florida SBDC at USF at 813-905-5800. You can also contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity toll-free at 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.
Applications must be completed by May 8, 2020.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey
Business owners are asked to business participate in the Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey. The results from this survey will allow Governor DeSantis to request that the federal government declare Hillsborough County a federal disaster area, which will open up additional sources of business funding through the Small Business Administration, FEMA and federal agencies.
Disaster Loan Assistance Program
Beginning January 31, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration began offering federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters under the Disaster Loan Assistance program. Visit the Disaster Loan Assistance program for more information and to apply online.
Tampa’s Recovery Hotline
For additional questions related to Business Relief, call our Tampa’s Recovery Hotline at 1-833-TPA-INFO (1-833-872-4636) or visit our Business Relief FAQ page.