Community is at the heart of everything that we do at Curry Ford West. We know that Covid-19 is creating barriers for many of our businesses and residents and we exist to support the community during this time.
The information provided below is collected to the best of Curry Ford West's knowledge and will be updated throughout this period of time. We hope that this information is a helpful resource.
Please remember to always follow the recommendations of the CDC, City, County, and State Laws and Executive Orders.
Updated 3/28/2020 at 4:30 PM
The Orlando Economic Partnership has created a very helpful and comprehensive website regarding businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check out the website here.
Basic CDC Recommended Strategies
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene for all employees
Perform routine environmental cleaning.
Advise employees before traveling to take preventative steps recommended by CDC.
Financial Aid for Small Businesses
SBA: announced the Economic Disaster Injury Loan program related to the Coronavirus.
Please see link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
This loan has the potential of becoming a GRANT as long as you follow government guidelines.
This loan can be used toward Rent, Compensation of employees, Utilities
Lawyers have banned together to help small businesses navigate this loan process for FREE. For more information, please click here.
Florida Bridge Loan Program: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently offering short-term, interest-free working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” and are available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
Please see link:
Short-Time Compensation Program: The Short-Time Compensation Program is designed to provide prorated Reemployment Assistance benefits to employees that have had work hours and earnings reduced as part of a Short-Time Compensation plan to avoid a total layoff of some employees. This program allows Employers to avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new workers when business conditions improve. While employees are spared the hardships of full unemployment, employers are able to retain employees who can resume high production levels when business conditions improve.
Facebook Small Business Grant: Facebook is organizing a grant program of $100 Million to Small Businesses. They are currently working out all of the details.
Please see link for more details:
Resources for Businesses and Employers
Business Damage Assessment Survey for COVID-19
This survey will assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey is managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and will primarily exist to evaluate how businesses are affected by COVID-19. Filling out this survey will allow the DEO to identify the extent of impact this virus has had on the local economy and will signify the need for appropriate relief programs to commence.
Resources for Displaced Staff/ Employees
Temporary/ Remote Job Opportunities
Additional Support for Staff/Employees
Low Income Workers
Orlando Health Hotline
Orlando Health has launched a hotline for patients and the community to obtain information about COVID-19. By calling (877) 321COVID (877-321-2684), consumers can get accurate information about COVID-19 from trained Orlando Health representatives. The Orlando Health COVID-19 Hotline will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as the resource is needed