Welcome to Santa Rosa County’s official site for information and resources available to local businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. We understand this situation puts an incredible strain on you, your families, and your employees. We want to help you get through it and return to normal operations as soon as is safely possible. Our commitment to you is threefold: We will bring to bear all the resources at our disposal to help you. We will work with our state and federal partners to access additional assistance as it is available. And, we will be transparent — you will know what we know as soon as we know it. Please refer to this site often as we will continually update the information here and add more business assistance programs if and when they are available.
On April 29, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis has released a plan to reopen Florida’s economy. Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. The plan’s guiding principles include public health and safety, protection of the vulnerable, health care system readiness, economic recovery, protection of civil liberties and maintaining individual rights, public confidence, and partnership with local communities.
If you run an essential business in Santa Rosa County, we ask you to update your business details – operating hours, service offerings, etc. This will make it easier for people to find your business and know what your current plans are.
Small businesses have been especially hard hit by the pandemic and resulting restrictions. In response, the City of Gulf Breeze and Santa Rosa County Economic Development are partnering to launch a new grant program to help local small businesses.
A plan will provide our policymakers and the business community a solid foundation to begin reopening our economy.
Start by watching this webinar presented by Dorian Zwierewicz, Associate Director of SBDC @ UWF. Or download the PDF version.
The latest orders and information from office of the Governor of Florida.
The latest news from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management.
Please complete this survey if your small business has been impacted. This is not an application for disaster assistance but helps state officials determine the impact and need for federal and state assistance.
We want to make sure we have an accurate assessment so that all who need help can get it. However, our office doesn’t receive the State’s results so we appreciate you taking an extra couple of minutes to complete the county form.
Florida Department of Health: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
Small Business Administration Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters
Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) Application Guide from FloridaJobs.org
Provides benefits to employers who want to avoid layoffs by allowing reduce work-levels
The FloridaMakes Network Urges Importance of Supply Chain Disruption Planning.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Florida Health: What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida
Center for Disease Control: Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
How to do your part to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Follow the Florida Dept. of Health on Twitter for public health resources & info.
Please reach out to your local chamber of commerce and share your questions and concerns. We will be in frequent contact with chamber partners to help them address common issues that arise in the days ahead.