Many businesses, small ones in particular, have been hit especially hard by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information on this page, updated frequently, includes a growing number of resources and relief programs to turn to for assistance.
Miami-Dade County Back-to-Business Box & Reopening Resources
Miami-Dade County is committed to helping businesses get back to work. If you’re re-opening your small business and need assistance, Miami-Dade County is offering the Back-to-Business box. These boxes come with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist with safety requirements. Please take note of the requirements for small business owners and follow the application process for the issuance of PPE. Supplies are limited and will be provided as available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to the Back-to-Business Box and “The New Normal” guidebook, Miami-Dade County has posted a series of valuable resources on their website that might support your business reopening plans. They include a Business Establishment Designation guide, CDC Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting, Products for Use against COVID-19 and much more. Read the full details.
Town of Surfside Code of Care and Conduct COVID-19 Business Reopening Pledge Agreement
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has signed Emergency Order 23-20, allowing for the reopening of business establishments previously deemed as non-essential during the County's COVID-19 response. If you are the owner of a restaurant, office space, retail or personal grooming business that has already reopened or intends to reopen during this phase, you must sign this pledge agreement, adhere to its requirements and return it to the Town. View the Pledge Agreement.
Attention Businesses – Make Sure you Flush!
As Miami-Dade County reopens in stages, The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is reminding businesses to flush their internal plumbing systems prior to allowing access to the public. The County has created an infographic, available for download in English, Spanish and Creole to illustrate the flushing process.
Disconnect any point-of-entry device filters and clean faucet aerators.
Locate the cold-water faucet closest to where the water enters the building. Then, turn on this faucet and all cold-water faucets in kitchens and bathrooms. Let the cold-water flow for 20 minutes.
Flush all appliances that use water. Run an empty load in the dishwasher and let water flow through drinking water fountains and kitchen sink sprayers. Empty the ice from ice maker bin; run and discard two additional batches of ice.
Flush all toilets, spas and water features like fountains. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on filter replacement.
Increase the temperature on the hot water heater to at least 140 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn on the hot water tap closest to the water heater and in kitchens and bathrooms. Let it flow enough to drain the hot water heater.
Please refer to the CDC guidelines for specific directions for your facility type and infrastructure’s requirements. Read more information on the importance of flushing.
Miami-Dade Launches Small Business Forgivable Loan Program
Miami-Dade County has launched a $5 million loan program to support small businesses who have not been able to receive other previous assistance. The loans will be up to $25,000, with 0% interest and no origination fees. The "forgivable" feature of the loans rests on the ability of the small business borrower to retain jobs that are held by those of low or moderate income, meaning those who earn less than 80% of the annual Area Median Income ($51,200). To be eligible, the small business must meet certain criteria such as: having no more than 25 employees, providing some evidence of being impacted by COVID-19, and not previously having received assistance from other special COVID-19 programs, such as the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Read more.
Strongly Recommended: Restaurant Customer Logs for Contact Tracing
While not mandatory in the Town of Surfside or Miami-Dade County, a number of cities and states are either recommending or requiring that restaurants keep customer information logs with contact details. In the event of an outbreak, public health officials can use these logs to contact people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus to explain the risk and provide resources. As establishments begin to reopen in the wake of COVID-19, contact tracing will be an important mitigation tool implemented to control any outbreaks and prevent them from having wide-spread impact that would lead to new restrictions. View a sample visitor log from the Sate of Washington.
Unemployment Benefits Claimants will be Required to Use CONNECT Service
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has stated that beginning May 10, 2020, claimants will be required to return to the CONNECT system every two weeks to request their benefits or “claim their weeks.” In so doing, claimants will confirm that they are still unemployed and acknowledge that you are able and available for work. You must claim your weeks in order to receive benefits. Click here for more information.
Unemployment Benefit Payment Tracker Dashboard
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has launched a new dashboard that provides information on the total number of reemployment assistance claims that have been submitted, verified, processed and paid. To access the Reemployment Assistance Dashboard, click here.
Still Waiting for Your IRS Stimulus Check?
If so, you’re not alone. Many are still waiting for their coronavirus stimulus checks to arrive. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it has updated its online tools for people still waiting on funds. In addition, the IRS just released a Spanish version of the online tools for those who don’t have to file a tax return to receive their checks. Those who owed taxes in the last two years, and people who filed taxes, but did not elect direct deposit, will most likely have to input their bank account information. Click here for the IRS Get My Payment tool.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The *Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aims to help eligible businesses cover payroll and overhead expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here and check with your bank for details. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council has launched a website, BizHelp.Miami, to help small businesses and sole proprietors navigate the PPP application process.
*Visit the website and check with your bank for details.
Important News to Use
Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan:The New York Times published an F.A.Q. to help answer questions about stimulus payments, who is eligible, unemployment benefits, student loans and more.
Beware of Scams
How to avoid coronavirus stimulus scams. Read more.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Applications Due June 9
In partnership with Miami-Dade College, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program teaches the practical skills needed to take your business to the next level. Learn from some of the brightest minds in business. Workshops cover how to access financial capital and build a powerful network of professional support. If you’re accepted, program tuition will be at no cost to you! The deadline to apply is June 9, 2020. Workshops for Cohort 20 begin on September 9.
In order to enroll, you must be the primary owner or co-owner of a business that meets the following criteria:
- In operation for at least two years
- With revenues of at least $150,000 in the most recent fiscal year
- A minimum of four employees (including the owner)
Click here to watch a program video. For questions, contact Director of Business Support Services Maurice Gray at email@example.com. To sign up for a program webinar Wednesday, May 20, from 2 – 3 p.m., click here. Apply for the program.
NOTE: Surfside Commissioner Charles Kesl is an alumnus of this program, which he highly recommends. He is glad to provide recommendations for Surfside business applicants. Contact Commissioner Kesl.
U.S. Small Business Administration Resources
The SBA has many additional resources and learning tools designed to help your business during coronavirus. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance & Resources.
Business Damage Survey
Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online here.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
• The SBA has activated their Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for Florida businesses affected by COVID-19
• Long-term loans up to $2 million offered to eligible small businesses and nonprofits
• SBA loans are only meant for businesses that are unable to access credit from lenders
• Interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75 for nonprofits
• Loans are meant to help financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred, not to recoup lost profits
Click here to register and apply for assistance.
Short Term Compensation Program (FDEO)
The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan, and an employee meets the qualifications to file a re-employment assistance claim in the state of Florida, the employee will receive a partial re-employment check to supplement their reduced paycheck. Find employer information and the application here.
Miami-Dade Beacon Council is providing resources to support local businesses and employees. Sign up to receive email updates and get information about the federal CARES Act. For more business information about COVID-19, visit the Beacon Council website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beacon Council has also launched a website, BizHelp.Miami, which has resources to help small businesses and sole proprietors navigate the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce also has a great business resource guide to check out.
Recursos de Telemundo en Español
Noticias Telemundo ofrece un útil listado de recursos de asistencia en español relacionados al Coronavirus. Recursos para negocios pequeños y medianos.
Call Atlantic Broadband and Lower Your Bill
Atlantic Broadband will be calling to discuss ways to get more while paying less. Be sure to answer your phone when you see Atlantic Broadband calling. In the meantime, if you want to act now, you can call 1-855-467-2238 and they will help you lower your monthly bill.
Additional Financial Resources
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Looking for Employment?
For reemployment assistance and disaster recover, visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity here. Note that due a surge in claims, the DEO is experiencing higher than average wait times.
Help Finding Work During Coronavirus Pandemic
How do you find a job when you can't even leave your apartment? If you are among the millions of Americans who have been laid off due to COVID-19, take note of this important resource. Zippia, a job research platform, has developed a comprehensive guide to help everyday Americans find remote, online and gig work in the wake of coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
Message from Senator Jason Pizzo
For those of you in our senate district, who have not been able to successfully navigate the state website, our office will be printing unemployment forms and addressing envelopes for those who don’t have access to printers. Email email@example.com, or call our office at 305-795-1205, if you or someone you know requires assistance. City of Miami Beach, Surfside, City of North Miami Beach,, North Bay Village, Bal Harbour, Miami Shores, North Miami, Biscayne Park, Sunny Isles Beach, Miami, Aventura, Bay Harbor Islands, El Portal & Sky Lake & Highland Lakes HOA
Miami-Dade Public Library System to Provide Reemployment Assistance Applications at 20 Library Locations
The Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman has put together a comprehensive outline of how Miami-Dade County residents can apply for state unemployment benefits with the help of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Learn more and view the locations.
CareerSource South Florida
Another good resource for job seekers. Visit here for more information.
- Dollar General: 50,000 new employees across the country by the end of April.
- Domino’s: 10,000 workers to meet increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Walmart: 150,000 U.S. hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May.
- Amazon: 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online. That includes workers at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores, all of whom make at least $15 an hour.
- Pepsi: 6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees across the U.S. in the coming months.
- Walgreens: 9,500 existing full- and part-time roles in stores across the United States, including pharmacy technicians.
- Zoom: Available jobs include: customer care, engineering, finance, legal.
- Shipt: Seeks to add hundreds of shoppers.
- DoorDash: Food and grocery delivery platforms such as Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates have seen surges in demand, meaning more orders are available for couriers to fill.
- Microsoft Teams: Video communication, remote collaboration, and remote productivity software companies are seeing a spike in demand resulting in more open positions.
- Publix: Publix Super Markets Inc. announced it wants to hire thousands of people by the end of the month to work in its 1,243 stores and nine distribution centers in seven Southeastern states.
- Target: With the growing demand and a surge in both traffic and sales, they are currently hiring for the positions store employee and distribution center.
- Lowe's: Lowe’s is hiring 30,000 workers.
- The Mom Project: At The Mom Project, they are committed to helping women remain active in the workforce in every stage of their journey.
- Outschool (for teachers): Hiring thousands of teachers to meet demand.
Kids Online Learning: Now that over 30 million children are out of school, it’s boom time for online schools, which are swiftly expanding capacity. Outschool is hiring thousands of teachers to meet demand.
MIAMI EATS - Order Out, Help Out
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has launched a new campaign to help promote offers from Greater Miami restaurants. Learn more and apply.