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PBC CARES For Business Offers Restart Business Grants


The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners has approved the CARES Restart Business Grants Program to accelerate the reopening of businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. The $60 million Business Restart Program allocates $50 million for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million for businesses with greater than 25 employees. Individual grants up to $25,000 will be available to help Palm Beach County businesses that were forced to close or limit operations and are now planning to “restart” based on the county’s phased opening process.

Applicants will need to submit a fully executed application from the county’s online portal, certifications, affirmations and acknowledgements, tax returns, payroll reports, an active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt and an active registration on SunBiz. These documents will be required to be uploaded into the system by the applicant. Interested businesses are encouraged to prepare for the Restart Program Application as they will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The online application is expected to launch on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. and will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website. Additional information, including program guidelines and eligible criteria, can be found at http://pbcgov.com/hes.

GRANT AND LOAN OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN-OWNED AND MINORITY-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19


Please visit the websites of the organizations below to learn if any of these opportunities are right for you and your business.

 

The Tory Burch Foundation’s website is serving as a resource hub for women-led small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Hello Alice, a free, multichannel platform that helps businesses launch and grow, is offering $10,000 grants to small business owners impacted by COVID-19.

 

IFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform, is giving micro-grants to women-run businesses.

 

The Red Backpack Fund, backed by Spanx founder Sara Blakely, is donating $5,000 grants to 1,000 female entrepreneurs. The fund is accepting applications in cycles starting on May 4, June 1, July 6 and August 3. 

Food Pantry And Clothes Closet Available In Lake Park


Club 100 Charities, in partnership with Bethlehem Baptist Church, operates a drive-up food pantry every Tuesday from 10:00 AM to Noon. Clients must bring a photo ID, and are allowed to receive food two Tuesdays per month. Club 100 also offers free clothing for all ages through their Community Clothes Closet. The food pantry is at Bethlehem Baptist Church, which is located at 425 Crescent Drive. For additional information, or to make a donation, please call 561-601-8211.

 

UNITED WAY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY CREATES FOOD FINDER MAP


United Way of Palm Beach County has created a Food Finder map in response to COVID-19 in order to connect individuals seeking food resources to sites near them in a quick and accessible way. Through collaboration with several community partners including Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Food Bank, Feeding South Florida, FLIPANY, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Living Hungry, and Hospitality Helpings Hands, information on sites offering food services was collected and uploaded to the Palm Beach County Food Finder map. United Way of Palm Beach County will update this resource weekly. 

PALM BEACH COUNTY LAUNCHES BIZHELPPBC


Palm Beach County has launched BizHelpPBC, a county-wide resource for all 39 municipalities with business-focused information regarding COVID-19. The site contains resources designed to assist companies through any challenges, and new information is added daily. Please visit https://bizhelppbc.com/ to learn more.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19 IS STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CARES ACT


LOCAL BANKS CAN ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR APPLICATION EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ACCOUNT

If you are a business owner who needs help to pay your employees and your bills because of COVID-19, local area banks may be able to help you get the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funding you need to keep your business viable and maintain your workforce. Did you know that not all banks require a bank account to provide you with application assistance? Plus, if the funds are administered correctly, you do not have to pay back the money you receive.

Local banks in Lake Park include (in alphabetical order), but are not limited to, Bank of America (561-472-5451), BB&T (561-842-4841), Comerica (800-266-3742), Flagler Bank (561-841-3868), PNC Bank (561-842-4266), TD Bank (561-841-1445) and Wells Fargo (561-838-5312).

In addition to the PPP, other programs may be available to you. Information is available at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-lo....

The Town of Lake Park is dedicated to providing our local businesses with helpful information and resources, especially during this difficult time. Please contact us at 561-881-3221 to ensure we have the correct telephone number and email address for your business.

*Please note, the Town of Lake Park is not affiliated with the Small Business Administration or any banks or other financial institutions, and does not endorse or take responsibility for their procedures or actions. This information is provided solely as a means to help ensure Lake Park business owners are aware of the opportunities available to them.*

Nonprofit Organizations Can Apply For The PPP Through The Florida Community Loan Fund


Nonprofits can now apply for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program loan through Florida Community Loan Fund's (FCLF) nonprofit SBA lending partner, Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF).

 

FCLF Staff is available to answer questions about the program and coach applicants through the process to ensure their applications are complete. CRF is a fellow nonprofit CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution). This new partnership brings together FCLF's knowledge and experience with lending to Florida nonprofits, and CRF's experience as an SBA-qualified lender.

 

Applicants do not need to be existing FCLF borrowers to apply, and loan applications of any size are welcome. For more information, visit https://fclf.org/paycheck-protection-program.

Energy-Saving Tips And Available Resources From FPL


People are spending more time at home because of the current health crisis, which means they are using more energy. Florida Power & Light has created the attached list of useful tips to help customers manage their energy use. For those who are having difficulty paying their FPL bill, available resources can be found at FPL.com/Help or by calling 1-800-226-3545.

Coping With Stress During The Pandemic


For most people, some element of stress is part of everyday life. But everyday life during a global pandemic is different. It’s new to all of us, it’s something most people had no idea how to prepare for, and it’s stressful! The information on the attached document reprinted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to help you recognize stress and take appropriate steps to cope. If you are experiencing stress during this difficult time, we urge you to click on the attachment for some tips to help you cope.

 

Need help? Know someone who does?

If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

 

For further information about managing stress during this difficult time, or many other issues related to COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

ARE YOU AN UNEMPLOYED RESTAURANT OR BAR EMPLOYEE? THE RESTAURANT STRONG FUND MAY BE ABLE TO HELP.


The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams have created the Restaurant Strong Fund to provide small grants to individuals from the restaurant industry who have been impacted by the COVID-19 closures. If you were a full-time employee (minimum of 30 hours per week even if it was in multiple locations) who worked for three months or longer in the same restaurant, bar, café or nightclub prior to its COVID-19 shutdown, you are encouraged to submit an application. For more information or to apply for a Restaurant Strong grant, please visit https://www.restaurantstrong.org/apply-for-grant/index.html.