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This is a list of relief efforts available to those in need. Resources include loan programs, government assistance programs, employment, and educational resources.

Economic Support from Palm Beach County and Cities

BizHelpPBC
The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, in partnership with Palm Beach County, local chambers of commerce and municipalities, have a website to assist companies in their efforts to access assistance needed for full recovery. See the page.

PBC Business Restart Program
Palm Beach County has dedicated $50 million toward businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million towards those with greater than 25. Individual grants are up to $25,000 for businesses forced to close or limit operations. Required documents will include a fully executed application from the county’s online portal, certifications, affirmations and acknowledgements, tax returns, payroll reports, an active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt and an active registration on SunBiz. See how you apply.

Boynton Beach Forgivable Loans from the Boynton Beach CRA
The CRA is making forgivable loans available for up to $10,000. Small businesses located within the CRA’s district may apply. It can be used for payroll, utilities, and inventory expenses. At the end of one year if you show receipts for everything – it becomes a grant. See how you apply.

Lake Worth Beach CRA Emergency Grants
Emergency Grant for Businesses in the Lake Worth Beach CRA District
The CRA is offering a Quick Action Emergency grant program. Local, small, for-profit businesses with between 3-20 full time employee’s (FTE’s) can apply on-line for up to $2,500 (in $500 increments) in working capital grants. See how you apply.

Palm Beach Gardens - Small Business Relief Fund
Aid is available for eligible small businesses with less than 25 employees who have been in business in Palm Beach Gardens for 18 months or more. Funds received through the program will be in the form of a grant that businesses do not have to repay. See how you apply.

West Palm Beach COVID-19 Recovery and Assistance Program 
To support the small businesses within the city limits of West Palm Beach, the City has created a partnership with the Downtown Development Authority, Urban League of Palm Beach County, and Valley National Bank developing a fund to issue short term loans. See how you apply.

West Palm Beach CRA Emergency Small Business Relief Program 
While funding lasts, the CRA is offering support for businesses located within the Downtown City Center and Northwood/Pleasant City CRA Districts. This grant is a one-time financial assistance grant, not exceeding $2,500, to be used for mortgage/rent and/or utility payments or payroll to continue limited operations. See how to apply.

211 Help Line
211 is a confidential, community helpline, and crisis hotline service providing immediate guidance for individuals and families who find themselves without answers to problems. See Palm Beach County Services

What’s Available from the Federal Government

SBA Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors, and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries. EIDL advance funds will be made available within days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. It’s recommended you utilize pre-existing bank relationships to acquire the funds. More details.

SBA Express Bridge Loan   
This allows those who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to quickly access up to $25,000. If you’re in urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, you may qualify for this loan. More details.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program 
This loan designed to provide a direct incentive for you to keep your 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. It’s recommended you utilize pre-existing bank relationships to acquire the funds. More details.

SBA Debt Relief
The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020. For current SBA Serviced Disaster (Home and Business) Loans: If your disaster loan was in “regular servicing” status on March 1, 2020, the SBA is providing automatic deferments through December 31, 2020. More details.

Federal Tax Relief

Employee Retention Credit 
You have available incentives to keep employees on the payroll through a 50% credit on up to $10,000 of wages paid or incurred from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020. More details.

Resources on Reopening Safety Recommendations

American Hotel & Lodging Association
AHLA has details about Safe Stay, an industrywide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare hotels to safely welcome back guests. See details.
 
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
FRLA developed critical COVID-19 guidance standards for hospitality reopening. See details.
 
National Retail Federation
For retail outlets, NRF has an operational checklist should review for reopening. See details.
 
U.S. Travel Association
In working with health and medical experts, USTA has worked to present a collective agreement on a core set of health and safety guidance that the hospitality industry may adapt to their businesses. See details.
 

Additional Resources

VISIT FLORIDA Industry Resources
U.S. Travel Association’s COVID-19 Toolkit
Destinations International COVID-19 Toolkit
Brand USA Coronavirus Updates Resource Page