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The Charlotte County Economic Development Office knows that COVID-19 has disrupted our local business community. As we begin the process of economic recovery and a phased reopening of the state, the Economic Development Office wants to provide local business with up-to-date information and resources.

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COVID-19 Information and Updates

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Changes come to the Paycheck Protection Program

#ICYMI: Changes are coming to the #PaycheckProtection Program to help America’s smallest businesses get the relief they need.

Find out what’s ahead:

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Charlotte CARES for Business - Recovery Grant Program

Business Assistance Guide

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Simplified PPP Forgiveness Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration has simplified the #PPP loan forgiveness application. Read for more information and contact your local Florida SBDC office for help:

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Phase 2

Governor DeSantis has announced that Phase 2 will begin in most of Florida on Friday, June 5th, 2020. Please see Executive Order 20-139 for details on Phase 2. You can read more about the statewide recovery plan HERE. 

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Business Grant Resources

The Small Business Development Council has put together a list of grants available to businesses impacted by COVID-19. You can find that information HERE

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Charlotte County Department of Health

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.

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Charlotte County Government

For local updates related to COVID-19 please visit Charlotte County’s dediciated COVID-19 webpage. You can get COVID-19 alerts on your phone by testing “CharCoCares” to 888-777. The service is free, message and data rates may apply.

Business Resources

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Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program provides cash-flow assistance through 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. For more information please see the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program webpage.

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Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. You can find more information on small business COVID-19 relief on the SBA’s website.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This new law takes effect April 2, 2020. It requires employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave while also providing a refundable payroll tax credit to employers to cover 100% of the cost of wages. You can find more information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s website.

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Florida’s Reemployment Assistance Program

If your employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. Please see the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Reemployment Assistance website for more information.

Additional Resources

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COAD is a group of Charlotte County community organizations, working together during a disaster to provide coordination of services to ensure that unmet needs are addressed, provide financial assistance and supplies, and to share knowledge and resources with Charlotte County residents during a disaster.  COAD members include faith-based, non-profits, volunteer groups, and government agencies.

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Please go to for the latest COVID-19 information and guidance.

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Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders

Find Governor DeSantis’s executive orders here.

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