Important Resources for the Business Community
Beginning May 31, Orange County has issued a 10:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew for all residents and businesses within Orange County. This includes all municipalities within Orange County. The curfew is in effect until further notice. Click to view Executive Order
PHASE 2 RECOVERY
The City of Winter Garden is currently monitoring the COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) outbreak within our community. The Governor has announced that Florida will move to Phase 2 of the recovery plan on Friday, June 5, 2020. Please click here to review the Governor’s Executive Order regarding Phase 2.
Phase 2 Recovery Executive Order
ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER $10,000 SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program
Orange County small businesses can visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares on June 1, 2020 for a list of eligibility criteria and required documents necessary to apply and qualify for the upcoming Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program. The applications for the program will open on June 8, 2020. Information about the resident assistance program will be available soon.
ORANGE COUNTY TO OFFER FREE PPE FOR BUSINESSES
On Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, Orange County small businesses will have the opportunity to pick up free reusable cloth masks as well as hand sanitizers. This effort continues Orange County’s PPE initiative to serve businesses, residents and social service organizations.Small businesses must register online to pick up at one of two sites in the County. Visit www.ocfl.net/PPE for information and registration.
**Important Update: Governor’s latest Executive Order (05./22/20) brings the state into Full Phase 1 recovery by allowing organized youth activities.
Please find the Governor’s Executive Order below:
Executive Order 05-22-20 Youth Activities
**Important Update: The Governor has just announced that effective Monday, gyms can operate again as long as they are following social distancing guidelines by keeping members at a safe distance, and sanitizing all machines and surfaces after use. The governor also said, starting Monday, restaurants will be able to operate dine-in services at 50% capacity, and retailers will also be able to operate stores at 50% capacity. Please find the Governor’s Executive Order below.
**Important Update: The Governors signs an Executive Order allowing barbershops, hair and nail salons to open May 11th. Please click on the links below to see the guidelines for re-opening:
Frequently Asked Questions
With Florida’s statewide stay-at-home order expiring on April 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis’ statewide task force has provided guidelines for a phased approach to re-open Florida. The Governor’s Plan to re-open Florida is called "SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP." Please find attached the new Executive Order signed by the Governor describing the Phase 1 recovery plan to re-open Florida, effective May 4, 2020. The Governor stated in his press conference that he will open up more businesses in the next phase which he believes should happen in a matter of weeks.
Latest Executive Order for Re-opening Florida
The Orlando regional community is galvanizing and coordinating support for the business community. Please find some great resources and updates on the programs available to your business at this on-line business resource center.
Click here for regional business resources
Details have been released about how small businesses can take advantage of the emergency business loans and other programs. Please contact your banker about applying.
Paycheck Protection Program (New funds have been allocated by Congress)
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Loan amount is up to $10 million. If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.
Click here to review the application
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance (New funds have been allocated by Congress)
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
Find information about the program here
Please find information below on these loan programs and other assistance to help your employees.
Florida Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance Program
The Reemployment Assistance program provides temporary and partial wage replacement for qualified workers who have become unemployed, through no fault of their own, during this public health emergency. You can apply online for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida and are now:
- Temporarily unable to work due to a positive COVID-19 test result.
- Quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency.
- Laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period of time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Caring for an immediate family member diagnosed with COVID-19.
Learn more about Reemployment Assistance and how to apply.
Please click here to apply