Below is a roundup of the various programs available for local businesses, including CARES Act resources, operational grants, a Paycheck Protection Program, and more. The sooner you act, the sooner you can get some assistance in the face of this pandemic.


  • City of Orlando COVID-19 home page (Website) – Providing ongoing updates from City Hall.
  • Department of Health Dashboard (Website) – Updated statistics provided county by county.
  • Florida League of Cities Resource Center (Website) – Resources and state-wide announcements concerning the pandemic.
  • Main Street America Resource Center (Website) – Includes updates, webinars, funding information, and non-profit support resources.
  • National Entrepreneur Center Resources (Website)
  • Orlando Economic Partnership COVID-19 Business Resource Center (Website) – Resources that are available to businesses including local, state, and federal programs.
  • Orlando Regional Chamber (Website)
  • Orlando Small Business Development Center (Website) – Can assist with Bridge and SBA Disaster/EIDL Loan applications and appeals.


  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (Website) – Funding to assist bartenders who are currently not working due to the pandemic.
  • The Black Business Loan Program (Website) – Provides loans, guarantees, and investments to black businesses that cannot otherwise obtain capital through conventional lending institutions.
  • Florida Grant Watch (Website) – Find grants for small businesses or nonprofits.
  • Florida Opportunity Fund (Website)
  • Facebook Small Business Grants (Website) – Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to 30,000 small businesses across the world.
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program (Website) – Assistance that is available to small business owners experiencing economic damage as a result of COVID-19, in the form of short-term, interest-free working capital loans.
  • Grow With Google Small Business Fund (Website) – Low-cost, fixed-rate loans for 10-year increments. Not yet open for applications. Google has committed $125 million to the fund.
  • Heart of Florida United Way Fund for Alice Workers (Website) – A fund to support residents who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.
  • Paycheck Protection Program Loan (Website) – These new loans, passed by Congress, may be forgiven in whole or in part, and are not necessarily required to be repaid of used for specific purposes.
  • Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Loan (Website) – Low-interest loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. Includes 30-year loans of up to $2 million.

Brendan O'Connor

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