COVID-19 Information and Resources for Businesses

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.


Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

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.

View the Governor’s Presentation

Phase 1 FAQ

Recovery Plan Update: June 3.


Gulf Power Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program

Gulf Power, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has decided to fund a second round of the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Gulf Power will fund the grant with a contribution of $300,000. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Each applicant OR business can only receive one grant.

Recovery Grant Program

COVID-19 Essential Businesses Search/Map

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.  

Essential Business Map

Reopening Escarosa: Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization COVID-19 Reopening Information

A plan will provide our policymakers and the business community a solid foundation to begin reopening our economy.

View Report

Start Here

Start by watching this webinar presented by Dorian Zwierewicz, Associate Director of SBDC @ UWF. Or download the PDF version.


Start Here: Webinar Video

Loan Info

From the
Governor’s Office

The latest orders and information from office of the Governor of Florida.

Read More

Emergency Management Updates

The latest news from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management.

COVID-19 Updates

Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey

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.

Florida Survey

Santa Rosa County Damage Assessment Survey

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.

Santa Rosa County Survey

Florida COVID-19 Map

Florida Department of Health: COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Interactive COVID-19 Map

SBA Disaster Loans

Small Business Administration Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance


Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) Application Guide from

Reemployment Assistance

Short Time Compensation

Provides benefits to employers who want to avoid layoffs by allowing reduce work-levels

Short Time Compensation


COVID-19 General Information

The FloridaMakes Network Urges Importance of Supply Chain Disruption Planning.

Supply Chain Disruption Checklist

Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Workplace Guidance (PDF)

Florida Health: What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida

Florida Health

Center for Disease Control: Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

How to do your part to slow the spread of coronavirus.

CDC/Coronavirus Information


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.





Santa Rosa County Economic Development
6491 Caroline Street, Suite 4
Milton, Florida 32570-4592