COVID-19 Resources For Jacksonville Businesses

JAX Chamber is gathering information so we can connect our members to resources and opportunities for their businesses and employees.

We urge Jacksonville businesses to take steps to protect employees while ensuring continuity of operations. We will continue to update this page with resources for businesses.

How Do I Apply?

Government agencies are now opening applications for programs, loans and other assistance designed specifically to respond to the Coronavirus and COVID-19. Additionally, state and city officials with financial institutions and other business on programs to help small business. Check back as we add additional links to applications and guidance on how to apply.

A Message from JAX Chamber CEO Daniel Davis

Support Local Business

Life is precious and we must do what it takes to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Difficult decisions that will save lives have placed a significant burden on our business community. We are resilient, unified and compassionate and we will get through these tough times together. We will come back even stronger.

Read all of JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis’s message in this guest column in the Florida Times-Union.

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Providing Help for Your Organization

Business Assistance Resources

These programs and resources are available to support businesses during a crisis. Learn how you and your business can apply for these programs.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, allowing small companies to apply for loans to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus on their businesses.

The program offers short-term and interest-free working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap.” Florida business owners with two to 100 employees can apply for short-term interest-free loans of up to $50,000. To be eligible, a business must have been established before March 9 and demonstrate an economic impact related to COVID-19.

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The Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey is now activated 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 results will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Loans are available for up to $2 million in assistance for a small business.

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The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.

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All Florida SBDC office locations remain open at this time. However, there have been some modifications to how they will conduct face-to-face engagements with their customers and the general public. Learn more about preparedness resources by connecting with the SBDC online.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shares links to resources on business resilience and disaster recovery. As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the U.S. Chamber Foundation stands ready to help communities navigate the significant challenges they are facing in a time of great uncertainty. Like any major natural disaster, the coronavirus will have a significant impact on workers, businesses, and the economy.

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As of March 16, the First Coast Relief Fund has been reactivated for COVID-19 response. “… The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida and United Way of St. Johns County are re-activating Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund.”

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CARES Act

The U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion package to provide emergency relief for American workers and businesses. JAX Chamber wants to keep you informed on news and legislative analysis of the CARES Act and other resources for your business.

Jacksonville Business Impact Survey

The JAX Chamber and JAXUSA Partnership would like to know to what extent the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected your business operations.

We are all in this together. With 3,000 Chamber member businesses in nearly every industry, there is strength in numbers. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can best assist our businesses in these uncertain times.

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Track the Latest From Agency Resources

In responding to this fast-moving situation, we will provide updated and relevant information to help employers focus on the health of their business. Agency resources from national health organizations and agency leaders can help provide the most relevant news and resources.

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State and Local Government News

Check in with the state of Florida and county governments to stay updated on the latest news.

Downloadable Information

Important Emergency Preparedness Resources

Download these business resources to keep your organization updated and prepared.

Florida Department of Health
World Health Organization
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Regional Healthcare Providers

Impact Reports

Learn more about the impact of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 with these reports.

World Health Organization Situation Reports
Johns Hopkins University
McKinsey & Company

Chambers and Industry Associations

Chambers of commerce and industry associations have organized industry-specific information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

We Want to Hear From You

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JAX Chamber and JAXUSA Partnership are working hard to provide the most relevant news and information to our business leaders and employers. If you or your organization has information to share regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the business community, please reach out.

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