Henderson Franklin's COVID-19 Task Force:

Henderson Franklin is working diligently to develop and refine their response to this crisis and have formed a Task Force to assist clients in this quickly evolving landscape. Click here to read more about their newly formed Task Force. Please continue to contact your respective attorney with the same email and phone number that you are accustomed to using. Continue to check their website for updates.

Banks

Achieva Credit Union: is currently embarking on a phased branch re-opening. Click here for more information. To schedule an appointment please visit achievacu.com/locations. Check their website for further updates.

Busey Bank: Branches will temporarily transition to drive-up services only. Visit busey.com/communityhealth for details.

Centennial Bank: Click here for a list of open branches.

Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands: For hours and locations click here. Bank is a Presto! network member and customers can access funds with no fee at all Publix supermarkets via PRESTO! network ATMs. Locations can be found at https://www.publix.com/locations.

Fifth Third Bank: Branch lobbies have begun to re-open. Click here to locate an open lobby or call your local branch.

iBERIABANK: branches are temporarily serving clients with drive-thru only service and offering lobby transactions by appointment only. 1-800-682-3231

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank: branch lobbies will close temporarily until further notice, however, they are still operational. They are accepting limited appointments for lobby service. To schedule a visit please call 239-472-6100. Check their website for further updates.

Suncoast Credit Union: Beginning June 1, Suncoast branch lobbies will be open for full-service operations with normal business hours for lobbies and drive-thru. The only lobbies that remain closed at this time are our service centers located inside of Walmart locations. Expanded service hours continue to be available via our interactive tellers (ITM). Members near our Walmart locations can continue to access teller services through the branch ITMs. SunNet Online Banking and the SunMobile app are also available.

Centers for Disease Control

Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers: The Centers for Disease Control has developed Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to plan, prepare and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Copy Machine Service

CopyLady: Open normal business hours, 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. They are continuing to make service calls. Team members will be observing the new personal space parameters, and are following health guidelines. 239-939-5383

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Florida Chamber of Commerce: The Florida Chamber has added a page to their website with information about the Essential Services and Activities Orders. They have added a comprehensive FAQ section dealing with essential businesses, COVID response, small businesses, employee benefits, and unemployment compensation.

Governor's Executive Orders

Governor's Executive Order: Phase 2, begins Friday, June 5, 2020.

Governor's Executive Order, April 1, 2020: See pages 25-28 for the list of which businesses may remain open.

Insurance

Benson Blackburn: Specialized insurance consultancy firm with emphasis in providing exclusive access to Proprietary Life Insurance, Private Placement, Corporate Benefits, and Business Protection solutions for ultra-affluent families and closely-held businesses. Open 8:00AM - 5:00PM, call 239-348-1800 or visit BensonBlackburn.com for more information.

Lott & Gaylor Insurance: Open for business but have closed the front door to normal traffic. They will require all clients to first call to make an appointment and at that time they will determine if an office visit is required and if so confirm that they have no other clients scheduled to come in at the same time. 239-337-2221

IT

TeamLogic IT: has compiled and/or created Work from Home and BYOD documents and resources related to transitioning to working remotely that can be shared. They also have various solutions and means to providing secure remote access to businesses based on their specific situation along with tools to help you monitor employee productivity if needed. Additionally, they can turn up the volume regarding cybersecurity, data backup, data/voice/connectivity, and other advanced IT support services. Local organizations can call them for anything technology related that they may need to help their business adjust.

JOB LISTINGS

CareerSource of SWFL: Companies with jobs available should contact CareerSource at 1-800-557-3242. CareerSource Southwest Florida centers will be closed to the public for the next two weeks, March 20, 2020 through April 3, 2020, in order to take precautions due to COVID-19 virus. Online resources are available.  Local Employers currently hiring: Hot Job Opportunities https://careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/hot-jobs/

Employ Florida: The first step to begin your job search is to fully register or update your profile at Employ Florida. You can complete your background and build or upload a résumé. You can activate your Virtual Recruiter which will automatically notify you of job openings that will match your interests and skills and will tell you how to apply for the jobs.

Job Listings: Please follow this link to learn about current job opportunities in Southwest Florida,

Lee County

Lee County COVID-19 Recovery Call Center: Lee County has opened our Business Assistance Resource Call Center. Representatives will be available Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm to answer questions on loan programs and assist the business in connecting them to the right resources. Call Center: 239-533-2273. Email: bizrelief@leegov.com. Webpage: https://www.leegov.com/covid-19/business

Lee County Department of Human & Veteran Services: Online application for assistance with past due rent, mortgage, and/or utilities.

Lee County Economic Development: Lee County Economic Development has created this one-sheet with information about loans, re-employment, and more.

Lee County Emergency Operations Center: Information on this page will be updated regularly as decisions are made that impact Lee County BoCC Government Services.

Loans

Bridge Loan Instructions: The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) has created this document with instructions on completing a Bridge Loan. To apply, click here.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist: This guide was provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.  Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.  Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) Loans: If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): Small BusinessSmall agricultural cooperativeMost private nonprofit organizations Loan Amounts and UseSubstantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company's financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Eligibility and TermsThe interest rate on EIDLs will not exceed 4 percent per year. The term of these loans will not exceed 30 years. The repayment term will be determined by your ability to repay the loan. EIDL assistance is available only to small businesses when SBA determines they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. A business may qualify for both an EIDL and a physical disaster loan. The maximum combined loan amount is $2 million. How to ApplyYou can apply online for an SBA disaster assistance loan. You must submit the completed loan application and a signed and dated IRS Form 4506-T giving permission for the IRS to provide SBA your tax return information. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program-PORTAL CURRENTLY CLOSED: Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens on March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020. The current allocation is $50 million to be shared among the state. The program is first come, first served.  Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida affected by COVID-19 can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These loans are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. DEO will work with every borrower to ensure that repayment of the loan isn’t an overwhelming burden. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation has created a fund to assist restaurant workers who have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees can apply for a 1 time, $500 grant starting on April 2, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Awards will be limited to one grant per person. To apply visit: https://rerf.us/apply-for-aid/.

U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Office: Will host virtual office hours to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Limited to 250 callers at one time. Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will. Callers will be muted upon entry and will be taken in the order they are received. SBA Disaster Virtual Office Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00AM - 1:00PM and 3:00PM - 5:00PM. Phone: 202-765-1264; Conference ID - 162817288

Marketing

BOOST Creative: is open and ready for business. All employees have been sent home to work remotely. They are currently developing campaigns for businesses to promote virtual meeting options. They are actively helping businesses take a proactive approach in forming marketing strategies to utilize now and deploy after this epidemic.

CONRIC PR & Marketing: In an effort to keep the business community strong and thriving, CONRIC PR & Marketing is offering free marketing and remote office setup consultations for businesses and nonprofits through May 1, 2020, as time permits. To maintain the health of clients and staff, consultations are being conducted by phone or video conferencing.

Dragon Horse Ad Agency: Dragon Horse Ad Agency is offering FREE 1-hour consultations on business and marketing strategies. Email info@dragonhorseagency.com for further information or to arrange an appointment. Dragon Horse Agency is here for our community. We can navigate through this period successfully by working together. Dragon Horse Ad Agency is here to help. 

M & M Multimedia: Open and helping clients update their social media, websites etc. with COVID-19 related alerts. They can help businesses with E-Learning Video Content & training employees since doing this in person is challenging at this time. 239-234-1734

Minuteman Press Cape Coral: PRINT IS ESSENTIAL. Minuteman Press is here to help you with all of your critical communications. They offer Free Delivery and Curbside Pickup. Call 239-541-3255 or email jreich@minutemanpress.com. Veteran Owned - Family Business since 2005

Mostyn Marketing Group: maintaining “normal” hours which we say are 9A-5P M-F, but realistically we’re available whenever our clients need us. 410-458-8471

Priority Marketing: remains committed to our clients and community to keep businesses operating, people employed and non-profits active. Our team stands ready to be a strategic and quick-acting partner for your brand, offering complimentary consultations and a reduced rate for turnkey marketing, advertising, public relations, website development, digital marketing and video production services. For free resources, visit www.prioritymarketing.com/toolkit, and email info@prioritymarketing.com to set up a call or video conference.

Pushing the Envelope: has launched “Kickstart 2020,” a program to help fellow Southwest Florida businesses reopen post-COVID-19. Given the current economic situation and the need for marketing help for businesses trying to reopen and gain traffic, Pushing the Envelope has identified the three most helpful, cost-effective strategies -– social media, public relations, email marketing. For the budget-minded, they are now offering mini marketing packages focused on each, and a combination of the three. These economical resources will provide businesses with defined return on investment and includes a once a month consultation to discuss marketing goals, business needs, etc. Additional details and pricing information about “Kickstart 2020” can be found at https://www.getpushing.com/kickstart-2020/ or by emailing info@GetPushing.com.

Sir Speedy Fort Myers: Currently assisting the community with the following: Safety Custom Barriers, Facemask, Impactful Floor graphics, Mailings, and so much more. Hours 9:00 – 4:30. Currently Working Remote/ Available to Meet by Appointment. Contact Matthew R. Fabre’, Business Growth Consultant, Matthew@sirspeedyftmyers.com, Direct: 239-910-1360                                                

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture: Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture is open for business its normal business hours.  To maintain the health of clients and staff, consultations are being conducted by phone or video conferencing.  If you are in need of our services during this difficult period, we are offering a reduced rate to help businesses navigate these difficult times.  Please contact Christopher Spiro at 239.481.5511 or via email at cspiro@spiroandassociates.com

SWFL Marketing Group: Any storefront offering services especially restaurants, they can do vinyl banners to hang from 10 x 10 tents, trees, sign stands and also other outdoor and indoor displays to promote what you are offering during these times.  2 day turn around includes free graphic design services. www.swflmarketinggroup.com or call 239-437-4370. They can drop ship gifts to remote workers or others you want to stay in touch with.   

Thryv: offers tools that can keep you connected with your customers. You can start receiving online payments, accept online appointments, generate email marketing campaigns and access other communication capabilities to help you stay top of mind with your customers. They can help you set your Thryv up with full support and the value of one of our top notch Business Advisors with the Thryv Assistance Offer. If you prefer to set your Thryv up on your own, we are also offering Thryv Adapt which allows you to do it all online with our self-learning tools, with no assistance from our Business Advisors. Thryv Adapt is a very scaled down version of Thryv, available for a limited time to businesses in need. Additionally, their Thryv Foundation, a separate 501c3, has announced a program to help small businesses deal with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation will provide grants, from $2,500 to $15,000, to deserving SMBs through its 2020 Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program.

Vector & Ink: Currently working remotely servicing any graphic design, web design, social media and digital marketing needs. All departments are fully operational and handling all current and future engagements and services. 

Office Supplies

Marco Office Supply: Will continue to deliver orders to their customers while taking all necessary precautions for everyone's safety. Now offering home deliveries. Call 239-775-7513 to place your order.

Office Depot: Offering free in-store and curbside pickup.

Press and Publications

Florida Weekly: Still operating and will continue to do so as long as regulations and staff permit. Business office is open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. They are offering COVID-19 assistance programs to businesses through PSA advertisements at reduced rates to inform the community on how your business is reacting to the disruption and any services you are offering to the community. Their digital business is fully operational. They are offering free consultations to partners impacted on e-commerce and online retailing solutions. 239-333-2135

Real Estate-Title Services

Frank R. Jenkins Custom Homes: Explore a full-service solution for high-end, custom homes, including real estate, design and construction, with hands-on expert guidance throughout the entire process. Create your dream lifestyle with honesty, integrity and the finest craftsmanship in Southwest Florida. 239-590-8629

Stewart Title: Taking preventative measures in their offices to prepare for your closing including but not limited to: limiting closings to only individuals needed for the transaction, having hand soap and sanitizer available in all closing areas and restrooms, washing their hands before and after each closing interaction, disinfecting all closing areas after each closing, serving only prepackaged snacks and beverages, and giving each customer a new, never-before-used pen prior to signing. 239-489-2324

Remote Working Resources

Adopting an Acceptable Use Policy: Tips for drafting an acceptable use policy for remote workers using work-issued equipment at home. Link provided by IconicIT.com

CONRIC PR & Marketing: In an effort to keep the business community strong and thriving, CONRIC PR & Marketing is offering free marketing and remote office setup consultations for businesses and nonprofits through May 1, 2020, as time permits. To maintain the health of clients and staff, consultations are being conducted by phone or video conferencing.

Coronavirus Hacking Trends: Fear for Sale: Hackers Using Coronavirus Fears to Spread Malware Forward this to your remote workforce to keep them prepared for this disturbing trend. Link provided by IconicIT.com

Emergency Remote Work Checklist: Stickboy provided this link.

Keep Data Safe with a Remote Workforce: Pro-tips on keeping protecting your network safe while your employees are working remotely. Link provided by IconicIT.com

Productivity Tips for Remote Meetings: Stickboy provided this link.

Remote Collaboration Tools: Stickboy provided this link.

Remote Workforce Checklist: An easy to use checklist to help you make sure your teams are connected, working efficiently, have the tools they need, and are maintaining your network’s security. Provided by IconicIT.com

Remote Workforce Using Personal Devices: Myth vs Reality: Understanding the risks of allowing your remote workforce to use personal devices, and how to protect your network from them. Provided by IconicIT.com

Small Business Cyber Security Education: An easy to use resource to teach your employees cybersecurity essentials Link provided by IconicIT.com

Stickboy: Call Stickboy for a friendly consultation. All new business clients will receive 50% off their setup of remote work configurations. Please call the Stickboy team today at 239-206-1193 to get the help you need.

Stickboy's "Survivor's Guide to Remote Collaboration": Stickboy has compiled a free list of web-based collaboration tools that will keep your team communicating and your business running like a well-oiled machine! They are also offering 50% off all remote work setups and services to support local businesses through these trying times.

Stickboy's Guide to Businesses Shifting to Remote Work: Stickboy provided this link.

TeamLogic IT: has compiled and/or created Work from Home and BYOD documents and resources related to transitioning to working remotely that can be shared. They also have various solutions and means to providing secure remote access to businesses based on their specific situation along with tools to help you monitor employee productivity if needed. Additionally, they can turn up the volume regarding cybersecurity, data backup, data/voice/connectivity, and other advanced IT support services. Local organizations can call them for anything technology related that they may need to help their business adjust.

Telecommuting Policy & Procedure Template: Here is a template for use with your employees if telecommuting is new for your team.

Signage

Crown Trophy of Cape Coral: Open and able to provide engraved hours of operation and open/closed signs for businesses. Most signs can be made within one day. Also able to supply banners and exterior printed signs with a somewhat longer timeline. Limited store hours for pick-up, but delivery and shipping will be available as needed. Submit all requests to sales@capecoraltrophy.com

Minuteman Press Cape Coral: PRINT IS ESSENTIAL. Minuteman Press is here to help you with all of your critical communications. They offer Free Delivery and Curbside Pickup. Call 239-541-3255 or email jreich@minutemanpress.com. Veteran Owned - Family Business since 2005

Sir Speedy Fort Myers: Currently assisting the community with the following: Safety Custom Barriers, Facemask, Impactful Floor graphics, Mailings, and so much more. Hours 9:00 – 4:30. Currently Working Remote/ Available to Meet by Appointment. Contact Matthew R. Fabre’, Business Growth Consultant, Matthew@sirspeedyftmyers.com, Direct: 239-910-1360                                                

Unemployment

Florida Reemployment Assistance Application: If you are having trouble accessing the online application, please download a Florida Reemployment Assistance Application and mail to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350 Click here for English    |    Click here for Spanish   |   Click here for Creole

Reemployment Assistance: Reemployment claims are handled by the CONNECT system. You can file your claim by accessing CONNECT through www.FloridaJobs.org in the Reemployment Assistance Service Center in the right hand corner of the page. Reemployment Assistance COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.