Financial Assistance & Resources

Business Resources

If your business has been negatively effected by the COVID-19 health emergency, there are helpful resources available from government agencies and community partners that may assist you. 

 

For more information on specific programs and resources, we recommend that you contact the leading agency using the links below. 

Building Permit Fees

 

  • The City of Kissimmee is waiving all permitting, plan review, and inspections fees related to Building Permits within City limits starting on Friday, May 1, 2020, for the next 120-days. Although the building fees are waived, applicants must submit the appropriate paperwork to the City’s Building Department and obtain a permit to start work on all projects.

  • Building permit fees do not waive any required impact fees and Florida State surcharges, which may be associated with a project. All applicants will still be required to pay any mobility fees, Parks & Recreation impact fees, DCA surcharges, and BCAI Radon surcharges. Business Tax Receipts (BTR’s) or business license fees will still be collected for new licenses and the renewal of existing licenses.
     

  • Apply for a permit via

The CARES Act Stimulus Bill

 

  • The CARES Act stimulus bill was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020 and offers relief for residents and business owners. Use the links below to learn what the CARES Act is, how it could help you and your business and how to best take advantage of the opportunities the bill presents. 

> CARES Act Stimulus Bill Info

 

> Guide - How the CARES Act impacts Businesses
 

> Webinar -CARES Act info from Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce

 

Loan & Grant Programs

> Check the status of your bridge loan application

> Questions? Contact DEO toll-free at 833-832-4494 or by email at FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.

  • SBA Disaster Assistance Loans: The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help small businesses meet working capital needs caused by the coronavirus.. Contact their team during their virtual office hours to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
     

Virtual Office Hours: Monday - Friday

11 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 5 pm

  • Limited to 250 callers at one time.

  • Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will.

  • Callers will be muted upon entry and will be taken in the order they are received.

How to Participate in Virtual Office Hours:

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) provide the working capital needed to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company's financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
     

  • Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: The Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources website provides information on paycheck protection programs, debt relief, express bridge loans, as well as SBA programs and resources to assist your business. 

Employment

  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: The United States Bartenders Guild’s National Charity Foundation has launched a program for bartenders in need of assistance during the coronavirus outbreak. The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is meant to aid service industry personnel experiencing financial difficulties as a direct result of the outbreak. Eligible applicants can receive a grant, in undisclosed sums, to help pay their bills.
     

  • CareerSource Central Florida: CareerSource provides information for displaced workers and resources for reemployment, unemployment filings, job fairs and more.
     

  • Short Time Compensation ProgramThe Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.

Business Development & Sustainability Series

Watch interviews with industry experts on important topics for business owerns. 

Guidance & Support

  • Chambers of Commerce: Providing support, training and resources to our business community.
     

  • Emotional Support Helpline for Business Owners: The U.S. Department of Health and Social Services funds the National Disaster Distress Helpline to help individuals who are struggling emotionally with the pressures in their life. These services are FREE and can help you or someone you know, during these difficult times.
     

  • Florida Department of Revenue: The Florida Department of Revenue has established a dedicated team to address tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19. The Department encourages all taxpayers to use their e-services applications to file and pay taxes or contact their call center. 
     

  • OEP - Business Recovery Assistance and Collaborative Engagement (BRACE) program: The Orlando Economic Partnership has created a case management system to connect businesses with technical assistance to navigate the variety of loan offerings through the State and Small Business Administration to help them determine the best options for their business.  

    • ​If you have offerings from a lending or business assistance perspective, please express your interest by filling out this form and one of the BRACE ambassadors will reach out to you.

  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Contact our Osceola SBDC office for business disaster recovery assistance, in addition to free consultations, training and business assistance programs.
     

  • Propsera: Specializes in providing bilingual assistance to entrepreneurs

  • Tax Relief: The IRS, via Notice 2020-17, has delayed 2019 tax payments due April 15 until July 15, 2020.

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