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WORKERS! If you lost your job because of COVID-19 and have not yet applied for  opens in a new windowReemployment Benefits with the State of Florida,  opens in a new windowclick here first. If you have applied for reemployment benefits please search JobFocus listings below. Your skills are needed in our region. YOUR SUCCESS MATTERS!
opens in a new windowJobFocus – Your source for jobs in the Manatee and Sarasota region.
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Employ Florida
 – Employ Florida links all of Florida’s state and local workforce services and resources through the partnership of the Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Florida, Inc.

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 – Resources job seekers and employers. Serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
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 – Uses donated funds to create a skilled labor pool in the Manatee-Sarasota region and helps local employers upskill the talent they need. Programs include Private Funding Training Grants and an Internship Reimbursement Program.

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Hiring Our Heroes
 – An initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Nationwide effort to connect veterans, service members, and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities.

opens in a new windowHandshake – Platform for employers to connect with students seeking internships and employment. Colleges across the country use the program including USF Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee, New College and Ringling School of Art and Design.

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We urge you to complete this short Business Damage Assessment Survey that is managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the overall impact to our local economy. opens in a new window

If possible please take a moment to complete this survey, as it will impact the relief programs that are initiated.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

“The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact. With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible. To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”

SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance

  • The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
  • These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
  • In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
  • SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
  • The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.

For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at


Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19.


Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses (2 to 100 employees) that maintain a place of business in Florida.

Loan amounts up to $50,000 per eligible small business and up to $100,000 in special cases as may be warranted by the need of the eligible small business.  

Loans will be interest free for one year.

The application period runs through May 8, 2020.


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