Grants & Funding 

Available grant and funding programs to provide financial support for your business.

Fee Waivers &

Regulatory Leniencies

Information on the temporary waiver of sign regulation and outdoor seating requirements.

Small Business Resources

Links to agencies that can assist local businesses.

Employment Assistance

Programs and information to help employees of impacted businesses.

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Help increase consumer confidence by joining the We've Opened Safely campaign and pledge to re-open and operate safely for your customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Development & Sustainability Series

Grants & Funding

City of Kissimmee Business Assistance Grant

CARES Act Osceola County Emergency Economic Relief Grant Program

  • Status: Receiving Applications
     

  • Understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on all sectors of our economy, including small businesses and non-profits, Osceola County is allocating funding received through the CARES Act towards an emergency grant program for locally owned and independently operated small businesses and non-profit entities within the county that have been negatively impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
     

  • This one-time grant will provide critical support to help offset a portion of operational costs during this global pandemic, as well as, costs incurred in resuming operations while ensuring guest and staff safety. Eligible applicants may receive emergency funding on a reimbursement basis, based on the following tiers:
     

    • Up to $5,000 for home based businesses, and businesses with one (1) employee, or non-profits with no employees (volunteers only).

    • Up to $10,000 for applicants with 2-25 employees

    • Up to $20,000 for applicants with 26 or more employees
       

  • Applications under this program will be processed in the order they are received while funds last. Priority in processing and/or disbursement may be given to owners that have not received Federal and/or State dollars in support of these initiatives and to owners that are also Osceola County residents.
     

  • This is a grant, not a loan, therefore repayment is not required unless funds are not used for eligible expenses. These grants may be considered taxable income, so please contact your financial advisor for guidance.

 

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Fee Waivers & Regulatory Leniencies

Building Permit Fee Waivers

  • Status: Ongoing
     

  • 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. 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.
     

  • You can apply for a permit by emailing permitting@kissimmee.org or calling 407-518-2379.

Temporary Waiver of Outdoor Business Activity (Dining & Sales)

On May 8, 2020, the City enacted Special Notice 2020-11 allowing restaurants and retail establishments to extend operations outdoors, without requiring a permit or other authorization, during the duration of this program on private property, and may be authorized by the Development Services Department within City rights-of-way (sidewalks), in accordance with the following:

  1. Allowed on private walkways where a minimum of 4 feet clear space for pedestrians is maintained.
     

  2. Allowed in private parking lots where the location does not conflict with traffic circulation, fire lanes, handicapped parking spaces.
     

  3. Parking spaces may be used as long as the minimum number of spaces required by City Code for the level of occupancy allowed by executive orders is made available for parking.
     

  4. Within the public rights-of-way (sidewalks), such outdoor dining and sales shall provide a minimum of 5-ft clearance for pedestrians, shall be located closest to the private property line away from the street curb, and is only authorized for the business directly adjacent to the right-of-way (sidewalk) used.
     

  5. Tents of less than 120 square feet in area may be placed on private property without a permit. Such tents may be located on a public sidewalk consistent with the location requirements of d. above and must be secured by means that shall not impact any public improvements.
     

  6. By participating in this program, each business and property owner agrees to release the City from any liability that may arise due to the use of the right-of-way pursuant to this program, and further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the City from and against any and all claims, damages, losses and expenses arising out of or resulting from the use of the right-of-way, including any claim of damage or injury from a patron of the business pursuant to this program.
     

  7. Impact fees normally applicable to the conduct of temporary outdoor business activities shall not be collected for the duration of this program, as interior capacities are limited.
     

  8. Noise control and any other regulations governing outdoor dining and sales in Section 14-2-65 of the City Code shall remain in effect.

Temporary Waiver of Sign Restrictions
 

  • Special Notice 2020-11 also suspended the enforcement of requirements for Temporary Signs addressed in Section 14-2-157 for all business establishments seeking to place such signage on private property.
     

  • No temporary signage shall be permitted on public rights-of-way, nor shall the placement of said signage interfere with traffic circulation, sight triangles, pedestrian access, public safety or minimum parking space requirements. No offsite signage shall be permitted under this program.

 

Small Business Resources

Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center

  • A free web portal designed to connect entrepreneurs with business support organizations, programs and service providers who can support their new or growing business. This free site is provided by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.

Kissimmee Mainstreet 

  • Downtown Kissimmee businesses can turn to Kissimmee Mainstreet to assist with securing a location, navigating through the permitting process, marketing, and more.

Prospera

  • This non-profit organization specializes in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business in Florida. For those wanting to start or expand a business or simply need information about small business resources in Central Florida, this is the right place! 

 

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • The UCF Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Kissimmee was established in 2004 to provide one-on-one counseling and training to prospective, emerging and established entrepreneurs in Osceola County. By providing the necessary tools to its entrepreneurs, Certified Business Analysts help to develop business plans, marketing plans, feasibility studies, market research, loan proposals, and strategic plans. 

 

UCF Business Incubator

  • This community partnership provides early stage companies with the enabling tools, training and infrastructure to create financially stable high growth/impact enterprises. The Incubator program provides a variety of services, which include shared reception, office equipment, conference rooms, support services, as well as educational programs and mentoring in all aspects of business development and business growth.  For more information, please contact the Incubator's Site Manager: Esther Vargas at 407.343.4300.  

 
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