Coronavirus is taking a toll on individuals, business and their employees. At LKP Group we continue to move forward and serve our clients and ensure everyone’s taxes are prepared and timely filed. If you need assistance with your taxes, please be sure to schedule an appointment.
We have options to file your taxes and can either schedule an appointment by phone or online conference. You can mail, email, upload or drop off your tax documents in and we will schedule a call or virtual conference.
Florida small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may now apply for short-term, interest-free loans through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program.
The purpose of the loan program, which was activated March 17th, 2020 by Governor DeSantis, is to help business owners bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and the business secures other longer-term resources, such as insurance proceeds or federal disaster assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Through the program, qualified small businesses with two to 100 employees affected by COVID-19 can apply for loans up to $50,000 for one-year terms. To be eligible, a business must be located in Florida, have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and demonstrate economic injury as a result of the virus.
To complete a bridge loan application by the May 8, 2020 deadline, and for more information about the program, please visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. The state is also working diligently to make an online application available.
As a principal responder in the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business & Industry, the Florida SBDC Network continues to monitor guidance from officials for developments, recommendations, and resources to develop a plan that will support your small business during this challenging time.
Business Damage Assessment Survey — We strongly encourage small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey to Determine Need for COVID-19 Federal, State Disaster Assistance. The survey, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), is not an application for disaster assistance, but rather assists state officials in determining the extent of impact and need for federal and state disaster assistance. Complete the survey here: Business Damage Assessment Survey.
Here are additional links to resources for your small businesses.
Florida Department of Health Covid-19
Information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, individuals and business can contact the Florida Department of Health dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDemail@example.com.
Information regarding business preparedness, recovery, online training, links and news. When activated, houses the Florida Business Damage Assessment.
During an activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), the Florida Private Sector Hotline will be activated.
Florida Private Sector Hotline: 850-815-4925
For information about Emergency Support Function 18 (Business, Industry and Economic Stability) and Florida’s Public Private Partnerships, please email ESF18@em.myflorida.com
Florida Chamber Follow Facts, Not Fear
The Florida Chamber is the official state chapter of the National Safety Council. This webpage includes important links from Governor DeSantis’ office, the Emergency Operations Center, Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health and our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and it will be updated regularly.
Center for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Provides detailed planning considerations and recommended strategies for employers to use now.
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
U.S. Small Business Administration Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Assistance
These resources can help small businesses develop a plan to protect their employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open for business quickly to support the economic recovery of the community.
FEMA.gov News Releases
FEMA Mobile App – Receive severe weather alerts, driving directions to disaster recovery centers, save a custom list RE emergency kit and meeting spot, tips to stay safe for over 20 types of hazards.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to ensure we are all adequately prepared to protect Americans at home and abroad. The website provides great resources for all businesses, including small businesses.
Comprehensive and customized business disaster preparedness planning information, materials and training videos
Disaster Resistant Business (DRB) Toolkit
Please know we remain committed to assisting you and will continue our focus on delivering the services you depend on in a manner consistent with the health and well-being of our clients and our team.