Manatee Health Line for those that believe they may have COVID-19  – available 24/7 – 1 (866) 779-6121 or email  or 941-242-6649 8am – 5pm Mon-Fri

View Information about the coronavirus and Manatee County updates to include local closures, cancellations and county resolutions.

Center for Disease Control

Florida Department of Health

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 Resource page. Includes links to all COVID-19 Executive Orders as well as links to numerous other executive and cabinet agencies’ information pages on coronavirus.
COVID-19 Executive Orders
Essential Services and Essential Activities List

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to participate in the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s business damage assessment survey. Gathering data on the impact caused by COVID-19 now will help ensure that Florida communities can recover as quickly as possible.
Business Damage Assessment Survey –

An initiative of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as they can to provide supplemental funds to help you get through the next days and weeks. To qualify you must employ between 3 and 20 people, be located in an economically vulnerable community, and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to overwhelming interest, the capacity of funding has already been reached. 
Save Small Business Fund

Short term, interest-free working capital bridge loans for Florida small businesses. These are state level loans through Florida SBDC to help you meet your current obligations. With limited funds, the full $50 million allocated to this program has been expended as of Tuesday, April 14th.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

An excellent resource on what you can do to help your business stay afloat during these unprecedented times. The difference between closing your doors or surviving and thriving beyond COVID-19 could depend on what you do today. This Guide explains the SBA loans available as of April 10th in an easy to understand format and includes some great “Tips You Can Do Right Now”.
Small Business Guide to COVID-19

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These federal loans have a fast turnaround and will be paid in part or in full by the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (see more on EIDL below)
SBA Express Bridge Loans

Longer term, low interest loans up to $2 million in economic assistance to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue resulting from the disaster. Under this federal program, these loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The deadline to apply for this loan is December 18,2020. **New feature of this loan with the passing of the CARES ACT, is  an advance of up to $10,000 ($1000 per employee). This 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. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Additional funding for this program was approved on April 23rd.  We strongly encourage you to work with your lender and be prepared to file your applications quickly if you have not already applied during the previous round.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. If you have already laid off employees, you can still qualify if you quickly hire them back. Apply beginning April 3rd through June 30th, 2020. Read about the loan details and forgiveness in the links below: Additional funding for this program was approved on April 23rd.  We strongly encourage you to work with your lender and be prepared to file your applications quickly if you have not already applied during the previous round. The SBA will resume accepting applications at 10:30 am Eastern Time on April 27th from approved lenders on behalf of eligible borrowers.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program and sample application
Find a local PPP lender
More Info on PPP Program
PPP Loan Forgiveness Information and Application

Enterprise Florida is suspending initial fees (normally 2%) to assist small businesses with access to credit. Interested business must employ 25 or fewer people and apply through a local lender.
Microfinance Guarantee Program

The Debt Relief Program provides immediate relief for new and existing borrowers of SBA’s regular loan guarantee programs.For existing borrowers with a regular 7(a), 504 or micro-loan, SBA will automatically make payments on your behalf for a period of six months. For new borrowers, SBA will automatically cover payments due prior to September 27th, 2020.
SBA Debt Relief

The CARES Act allows employers to defer the deposit and payment of the employer’s share of social security taxes and self-employed individuals to defer payment of certain self-employment taxes through December 31, 2020. Read below to see if this business strategy will work for you.
Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits and Payments

Another feature of the CARES Act provides a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees.
Employee Retention Credit

Manasota SCORE is available to help you with your business problem solving and offers free mentors and education resources. SCORE has tackled the coronavirus pandemic and provided many resources to assist your business through these challenging times.
View April 8th Webinar and PDF Presentation “Coronavirus: Financial Aid for Small Business”
View April 29th Webinar and PDF Presentation  “Cares Act Update, What You Need to Know”        
View May 27th Websinar and PDF Presentation “Got My CARES Act Loan – NOW What?”

Manatee County Business Recovery Resource- Your Go To Business Information Kit Financial Aid for Small Businesses”.
Recover Manatee

Employees negatively impacted due to mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 may apply for unemployment benefits, now referred to as Reemployment Assistance. Use the link below as your go to resource for information on this program and to access a paper application.
Reemployment Assistance / Paper Application Link
Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide – COVID 19
The link below is a new mobile responsive link as of April 9th.  If you do not already have a current open Reemployment Assistance claim open, please use the link below.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides assistance to individuals whose employment has been either lost or interrupted as a direct result of COVID-19 and those not ordinarily eligible for state Reemployment Assistance. This includes individuals who are gig workers, self-employed or contract employees.
PUA Application Process
PUA Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios & Benefits Available

Bartender’s Emergency Assistance Program assists bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers in need of financial assistance due to COVI-19. Emergency financial assistance grants to qualified members of the hospitality industry which are meant to be a cushion, a supplement to federal/state relief programs, a modest intervention to help as you wait for more permanent financial assistance to become available.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program Q & As
Program Dashboard and Application Link

Resources for restaurants and workers coping with COVID-19 includes links to relief funds.
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund

Business organizations in Manatee and Sarasota counties have joined forces to connect displaced workers with employers who need to fill staffing demands brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Employers can post jobs and workers can search for them at, a service hosted by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Employment resource for employers and those seeking employment. See who’s hiring; employers post your jobs
CareerSource Suncoast

For additional employment opportunities, visit Employ Florida, to view new job postings.
Employ Florida

Resources to help with financial hardships during the crisis – Call 211 or visit United Way’s website
United Way Suncoast Coronavirus Assistance Center

Community Facebook Page – share your positivity or how you can help your community get through the trying times #ManateeStrong
Manatee Strong

Volunteer your time to help out in the community

Donate to your local food bank

Roser Food Bank – is in need of donations as well. Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, administers the pantry, supported by All Island Denominations. Call 941-778-0414 or visit online:
Roser Food Pantry




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