COVID-19 Resources

What Would You Like to See from the Next Stimulus Package? 

We are waiting on Congress to pass another round of stimulus relief that will contain several provisions for small businesses. As policymakers discuss what will be included in the new stimulus, the voices of small businesses need to be heard on Capitol Hill. Complete this survey on key provisions in the legislation and what your business is facing today to let law makers know what your business and your community needs.

Post Shutdown Resources

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Explanation 
  • PPP EZ Full Forgiveness Application 
  • PPP EZ Forgiveness Application (self-employed, no employees, OR did not reduce salaries or wages of employees by more than 25% and did not reduce the number of hours of employees, OR experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce salaries or wages of employees by more than 25%)
  • Checklist to Reopen Your Small Business
  • Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which will make it easier for small business owners who have received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to qualify for loan forgiveness. Some key changes include an extension from the 8-week forgiveness period to a 24-week forgiveness period, a decrease in the minimum amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%, an increased loan maturity from 2 years to 5 years for new PPP loans and an extended deadline to rehire staff. Also, new are safe harbors for small businesses unable to return to previous business levels or unable to rehire or find new, qualified employees, allows borrowers to use 60% of the loan amount for payroll costs and up to 40% for debt obligations, including interest on a mortgage, rent payment, or utility payments. Details here.

During (and After) Shutdown Resources

Small businesses, private non-profits and agricultural businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can still apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt. Learn More

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Hillsborough County Businesses

To best serve the largest number of Hillsborough County businesses impacted by the sustained COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the County’s Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3) is being reformatted so that even more businesses can qualify for assistance. There is still plenty of funding available through the R3 program, but the County will pause taking applications at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, so that the application portal can be redesigned with the new criteria. The program will open Phase 4 for applications with new criteria on August 31, 2020. Applicants who were denied in Phases 1-3 but may now qualify under the Phase 4 criteria can simply resubmit their existing application after August 31, 2020. Application deadline is 12/1/2020 or until funds are exhausted.

Through the first three phases of the program, Hillsborough County has been working with more than 3,000 small businesses on requests for nearly $32 million in direct funding under the County’s R3 program. The program aims to soften the protracted economic injury the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on the small business community. The County is taking lessons learned during the first three phases of the Economic Recovery financial assistance program to develop a Phase 4 application period.

Phase 4 is designed to expand access to more businesses and increase award amounts, simplify qualifications, and make applications easier. Some of the Phase 4 program changes include:

  • Increasing awards to up to $40,000 for operational/working capital expenses to provide an immediate infusion of capital to local small businesses with between $40,000 and $20 million in annual revenue 
  • Basing awards on the size of the small business, with tiers based on the number of employees 
  • Expanding eligibility to businesses established before Jan. 1, 2020

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved the revised R3 Kickstart Small Business Financial Assistance Program payment amounts at their Aug. 20, 2020 meeting. The County will release full information on the updated program criteria and guidelines for Phase 4 of the R3 Kickstart Small Business Financial Assistance Program on HCFLGov.net/R3Biz prior to August 31.

  • How Existing Applications and Awards Are Impacted by Phase 4 Small businesses who have already been approved and paid will automatically receive a supplemental award equal to the amount they would have received under Phase 4 guidelines.
  • All applications under review from Phases 1-3 will have their award amounts automatically determined based on the more favorable Phase 4 scale.

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The Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with Gulf Coast State College and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.