Business Recovery Resources
Business Recovery Resources
Updated May 23, 2020
White House Guidelines for Opening Up America
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Click here to read more.
Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery
Effective May 4, 2020: Executive Order 20-112 for the Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Effective May 11, 2020: Executive Order 20-120 allows for the reopening of barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons.
Effective May 18, 2020: Executive Order 20-123 brings all Florida counties into Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Effective May 22, 2020: Executive Order 20-131 allowing organized youth activities to operate effective immediately.
Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
- Full Phase 1 Infographic
- FAQ provided by the Governor's Office
- Governor’s COVID-19 Resources Webpage
- Still have questions? Check out the Florida Chamber's Q&A Resource!
Additional guidance is as follows:
- Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside their home.
- All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from each other.
- Avoid socializing in groups larger than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.
- Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where social distancing isn’t possible.
South Tampa Chamber Resources
The South Tampa Chamber is committed to providing valuable connection, collaboration and educational opportunities for our members.
- South Tampa Chamber COVID-19 Resources
- How to Activate Your Membership During this unusual time
- Use your Chamber Membership to market your business
- View our online events calendar to learn about future virtual events
- Check out these recordings of past events
The Chamber is also focused on developing strategies and resources to help local businesses prepare for the transition to economic recovery. Please share your questions and ideas with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open for Business Toolkit
The South Tampa Chamber continues to be an advocate and partner for our local business community. As many businesses are beginning to re-open or expand your services, we have put together these easy step-by-step guides to celebrate your re-opening and engage your current (and potential) customers.
In this toolkit you will find:
- 5 Steps to Open Your Business
- How to Activate Your Membership
- How to Host a Facebook Live Event
- Social Media Banner Graphic
- Customizable Safety Sign
- View the full toolkit here
To request your #OpenForBusiness sign simply reply to this email or contact the Chamber office at 813-637-0156 A chamber staff or board member will hand-deliver a sign to businesses located on the South Tampa peninsula. Signs can also be picked up from the chamber office located at 701 S. Howard Ave. #204, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
#RememberAMember and Shop Local
A key factor in the recovery and rebound of our local economy will be all of us rallying together to support local businesses. As you begin to order supplies, merchandise, signage or to contract services you may need, PAUSE and ask if you can purchase it locally. #RememberAMember and use our business directory to support fellow Chamber members.
How Can I Reopen My Small Business?
Thank you to the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Council for creating this “how to” video on regulations, guidance and best practices, in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network & Florida International University.
- What regulations and guidance is available to guide my business reopening?
- What are some best practices to keep employees and customers safe?
- How can my business innovate and adapt to the coronavirus pandemic?
- How can I protect my business and plan for future business disruptions due to pandemics or natural disasters?
Business Recovery & Readiness Resources
Local Business Resources
Florida Chamber Resources
The Florida Chamber of Commerce as developed a wealth of resources to help businesses navigate the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. reopening plan.
- Florida Chamber of Commerce Resources
- Sign up for the Florida Chamber's Email Updates
- What Reopening Florida Means for Your Business
- Florida’s Economy: The Road to Recovery
U.S. Chamber Resources
- US Chamber Reopening Digital Resource Center
- Ready to Reopen Playbook for Small Business
- The Path Forward Plan
- Save Small Business Initiative
- Sign up for the US Chamber's Email Updates
Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County business consultants are available to assist small businesses prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges at no-cost. Visit HCFLGov.net/FSBDC to request a phone or Skype appointment.
Loans & Financial Aid
Please visit our COVID-19 Resources Page with information about loans, financial aid and IRS announcements.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
- Families First Toolkit
- Employee Fact Sheet
- Employer Fact Sheet
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice
- Download Employee Rights Poster
U.S. Department of Labor
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Employee Paid Leave Rights
- Employer Paid Leave Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions
- U.S. Department of Labor Resources
- COVID-19 Fair Labor Standards Act: Questions and Answers
- COVOD-19 Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace
CareerSource of Tampa Bay
Employees Return to Work
Other Readiness Resources
- Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace - A comprehensive guide for real estate tenants and landlords on reopening workplaces as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. (Cushman & Wakefield)
- Stand for Small, by American Express, is a one-stop shop with resources, offers, and tools from a growing group of companies that want to help your small business get back to business.
- Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
CDC Guidance for Re-Opening
- CDC Coronavirus Resource Center for Businesses and Workplaces
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Updated May 2020)
- CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces and Businesses
- CDC FAQs: Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces
- CDC FAQs: Healthy Business Operations
- CDC Workplace Tree - Download
- Top 10 Tips for Protecting Employees Health
- Click here to view the latest updates
- Get email updates straight to your inbox
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Download this questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.
Your Health is our #1 Prioroity
City of Tampa Lift Up Local
In concert with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 the City of Tampa has launched the Lift Up Local Economic Recovery Plan, which temporarily allows restaurants and retail businesses to expand their business footprint onto the public rights-of-way or in privately owned parking facilities without meeting certain City code and permit requirements.
Lift Up Local Quick Links
General Office Settings
- Reopening Guidance for General Office Settings (AIHA)
- Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace (Cushman & Wakefield)
- The Safe-Six Checklist (Cushman & Wakefield)
- The Six-Feet Office: Helping You Adjust to Your New Normal (Cushman & Wakefield)
Tourism & Travel
Tampa International Airport: In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Airport is making a number of changes to its facilities and operations while it anticipates the gradual return of passengers.
Visit Tampa Bay has created Tampa Bay Prepared providing resources to help define what reopening might mean for your business, inlcuding some resources and recommendations on reopening strategies that can ensure traveler confidence.
Industry Specific Resources
At Home Service Providers:
Gyms & Workout Facilities:
- National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance
- Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Guidance
- Tampa Bay Prepared from Visit Tampa Bay
- FDA Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services
Medical & Dental:
Salons, Barbershops & Nail Shops:
- Executive Order 20-120 reopening barbershops, hair salons and nail salons
- Department of Business and Professional Regulation
- Guidance for barbershops, hair salons and nail salons can be found HERE.
- Answers to frequently asked questions relating to Executive Order 20-120 can be found HERE.
- Reopening Guidance for Hair & Nail Salons (AIHA)
Warehouse & Storage
- Warehouse Readiness Checklist (Cushman & Wakefield)
More resources are being added daily! If your organization has industry specific resources to share, please email email@example.com.
Downloadable Guides & Templates
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Things to Watch:
Big Picture: Road Map to Reopening
Path Forward: Masks, Temperature Scanners
Deep Dive: How is the Pandemic Influencing Consumers?
Path Forward: Social Distancing and Sanitization in the Office