St. Lucie County Issues Mandatory Masks Order

During its regular meeting Tuesday, St. Lucie County Commissioners voted, 4 to 1, to approve an ordinance regarding the mandatory requirement for facial coverings in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

St. Lucie Recovers Small Business Assistance Grant

Help is here for St. Lucie County small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic! Grants of up to $7,500 to be awarded to eligible small businesses on the number of business employee.

State and Federal Help for Small Businesses

Both the federal government and the state have resources available to help small businesses. For an overview of the federal resources available, click here. For an overview of the state resources, click here. Additional resources you may find helpful are below:

Local Help For Small Businesses

Businesses who have questions or need assistance can call the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County at 772-336-6258 or visit  https://youredc.com.

Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act created the Paycheck Protection Program and allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed. This section of the bill provides 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small businesses, which will then be paid off by the federal government if the loan is used to maintain payroll (and certain other eligible expenses). Here is some information you may find helpful:

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The Small Business Administration is also offering low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses and private non-profit organizations that have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Small businesses in Florida who meet the eligibility criteria are qualified for this assistance as of March 18:

  • Loans are available up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses.
  • Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  • You can see if your business qualifies and apply for assistance at disasterloan.sba.gov.

Small businesses are also eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. More information is available here.

Florida Emergency Bridge Loans

Governor DeSantis has also activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program:

  • Florida small business owners with 2 to 100 employees impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for short-term, interest free loans up to $50,000.
  • Learn more and apply at floridadisasterloan.org.