Business Resources (COVID-19)

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What is the Collier Community Assistance Program (CCAP)?

Collier County is continuing to financially assist residents, small businesses, including agricultural and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. This new program opens March 29 through this fall or until funds are depleted, whichever one occurs first. Applications open on March 29 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Small Business Assistance

Small businesses, nonprofits, and agricultural operations may qualify for assistance with past-due water and electric bills and repayment of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Your business(es) must be in Collier County, have a business tax license, hold a Sunbiz registration, and employ 100 or less full-time equivalent (FTE) staff. Applicants should select small business during the application process.

Business owners that own more than one business, with each business having its own employer identification number (EIN), and meets all other eligibility requirements, may apply for assistance for each business. An application must be submitted for each business. For past due water and electric bill assistance, the utility accounts must be in the name of each business. Each qualified applicant may receive a one-time grant of up to $25,000 toward EIDL repayment and utility assistance. Since this is a grant and not a loan, it does not need to be paid back.

Visit CCCP for more information

 

Assistance for Small Businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing billions toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

The recent passage of a new COVID-19 relief package has expanded allowable and forgivable uses of PPP funds to include certain technology expenses, property damage due to public disturbances that are not covered by insurance, certain expenditures to a business supplier, and costs of personal protective equipment required to comply with federal, state, or local safety guidelines.  The package has also made modifications to other programs such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and microloans.  For more information on the PPP program and other small business supports visit:  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

For assistance in completing these applications, contact your local Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office at [email protected] or 239-745-3700.

Learn more about FGCU's RESTART SWFL Economic Recovery Initiative

News & Resources

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, (January 8, 2021) Governor Ron DeSantis announced the expansion of lending guidelines for the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund recently approved by the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with EDA, is a revolving loan fund that targets industries identified by the state as key strategic markets for future growth and resiliency.

“My administration is committed to ensuring that Florida businesses remain strong and resilient,” said Governor DeSantis. “The expansion of lending guidelines for the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund program allows the state to provide access to capital that certain businesses may otherwise not be able to access.”

Up to $2.5 million in financing is now available for a single business applicant through the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund. Loan participation with third-party lenders is also now available. These changes to lending guidelines will assist Florida businesses by offering higher funding levels at below-market interest rates and expand the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund’s availability to Florida businesses.

“Now more than ever, it is important for DEO to continue to champion programs that help Florida businesses gain access to affordable capital,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Dane Eagle. “The expansion of lending guidelines for the Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund is an example of our commitment to ensure Florida businesses have resources available to continue to grow and prosper.”

In all Florida counties, up to $40 million is available to small businesses to create and enhance the diversification and resiliency of Florida’s economy. An additional $10 million is available to assist small businesses located in the following counties impacted by Hurricane Michael:  Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, and Washington. Financing is available for the following business purposes: inventory purchases, working capital needs, capital start-up loans, machinery and equipment purchases, equipment financing, and more.

For more information and to apply, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/RebuildFlorida/BusinessRecovery.

Small Biz Webinars and Workshops 6/6 - 6/12

*Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Increasing Revenue With An Effective Marketing Strategy

Trying to build a strong marketing strategy to improve your business's overall perception and increase your bottom line? Learn the basics of marketing, key platforms to utilize, and tools to engage clients and grow sales. Free to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M., Facebook Fundamentals: Get Noticed and Drive Traffic June 2021

Facebook is the second-most downloaded app. Are you looking to get traction and traffic from the most popular social media platform? Learn how best to set up your Facebook page. Presenter: Diane McKeeve. Free attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Manasota SCORE Chapter.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Your Business - From Vision to Reality

Whether you have a fully established business or you are just formulating your ideas, one of your biggest challenges is making your vision a reality. $15 to attend. Click here to register. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Secrets to Effective Goal Setting

Learn how to set goals using a step-by-step framework to be more successful in your business and personal life. These strategies can be used to generate more revenue, increase impact, create more time. Free to attend. Click here to attend. The workshop will be conducted by the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre.

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Como lanzar su Negocio en USA desde America Latina - Nivel Introductorio

Está pensando en expandir su negocio desde América Latina a USA? Puede ser más sencillo de lo que parece. Este seminario le explicara cuáles son los pasos claves para abrir mercados, establecer y operar su empresa en USA, evitando los errores más frecuentes y costosos. Free to attend. Click here to attend. The workshop will be conducted by the Miami-Dade SCORE Chapter.

 Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M., Pasos Sencillos -Principios básicos para el lanzamiento del negocio- La gran Idea!

¿ESTÁ LISTO PARA SER SU PROPIO JEFE? El taller, ‘Pasos Sencillos’ le ayudará a preparar un plan de negocios para convertir su sueño en realidad. Comenzar su propio negocio es una decisión difícil! Usted no tiene que hacerlo solo. Free to attend. Click here to attend. The workshop will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.

COVID-19 Economic Aid Overview Webinar

Tuesday, June 8
11am – 12pm EST
Online: Click here to join the Microsoft Teams event.
Call-in: 202-765-1264, ID 903515768#

Thursday, June 10 (en Español)
11am – 12pm EST
Online: Click here to join the Microsoft Teams event.
Call-in: 202-765-1264, ID 584871308#

 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Webinar

Tuesday, June 8
1pm – 2pm EST
Online: Click here to join the Microsoft Teams event.
Dial-in: 202-765-1264, ID 185864452#