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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    Hillsborough County Small Businesses Can Use R3 Program to Apply for Grant Funding   Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 17, 2020) –Small business owners across Hillsborough County who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic soon will be able to apply for $100 million in relief grants that aim to help get business back up and running ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    To download the Back to Business toolkit for Hillsborough County businesses to safely reopen, please Click Here
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    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    Payroll Protection Program UpdatesLate last week, rulemaking on the loan forgiveness provisions were released. Initial businesses that received the Paycheck Protection Program funding can soon apply for loan forgiveness and the loan forgiveness application is now live. Also, check out the U.S. Chamber’s PPP Guide to Forgiveness by clicking here. The latest data shows that the U.S. Small Business ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    UPDATE: Florida’s Full Phase 1 begins Monday, May 18th as we continue to implement the Safe Smart Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery. You can view the full powerpoint slides from the Governor's presentation here.   Restaurants may go to 50% capacity with continued social distancing and/or physical partitions Retail may go to 50% capacity with continued social distancing and CDC ...read more
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    Friday, May 08, 2020
    For Immediate Release Media Contact: Chris Wilkerson Communications & Digital Media (813) 728-1447 (mobile)   Hillsborough County Allocates CARES Act Funding to Life Safety and Economic Development   Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 6, 2020) – The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted Wednesday to allocate about ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    SBA is now accepting #COVID19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance applications for agricultural small businesses on a limited basis.  SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act.    For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL loan application through the streamlined ...read more
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    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-112 regarding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Phase 1 will begin Monday, May 4th. A PDF copy of Executive Order 20-112 is available here​Q&A provided by the Governor's Office can be found hereWatch the full Press Conference hereView the presentation hereGovernor’s COVID-19 Resources Webpage ​Toplines for ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    For Immediate ReleaseMedia Contact:Chris WilkersonCommunications & Digital MediaPhone (813) 728-1447Hillsborough Residents Can Apply Online for Recovery Funds Applications can now be made online or by phone Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 29, 2020) – Hillsborough County is now accepting online applications for Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3) funds to assist in paying utility ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    For Immediate Release  Contact:  Tanya Arja                Office of Communications                813-272-4060  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAMS UP FOR STORYTIME ONLINE  (April 27, 2020) TAMPA – Many young students enjoy listening to an adult read a book, especially when that adult immerses the listener into the pages and characters in such a way that encourages imagination, ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    Hillsborough County is now providing FREE COVID-19 testing in the local community through the Community Resource Center.  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.  If you are interested in being tested please contact (813) 272-5900 to register for an appointment.  Plant City Community Resource CenterHealthy Living Fitness Center307 N. Michigan Ave. Plant City, FL 33566
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    Thursday, April 16, 2020
    ***ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS!*** Plant City is one of the zip codes that qualifies for the Save Small Business Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Many small businesses in Plant City may qualify for this grant opportunity.TO QUALIFY YOU MUST:- Employ between 3 and 20 people- Be located in an economically vulnerable community (Plant City qualifies)- Have been harmed ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    On Thursday, April 16, 2020 the Hillsborough County EPG (Emergency Policy Group) will be voting on a motion that would require all residents of Hillsborough County to wear a mask when conducting essential business or visiting an essential business. Many businesses that are deemed essential services will be impacted by this decision. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging our ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
     Hillsborough County has opened two drive-thru services at libraries offering unemployment forms for those without printer access. The locations are set up at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library at 3910 S. Manhattan Avenue and the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library at 2902 W. Bearss Avenue. Once you fill out the form, you can drop them off at either drive-through and the library staff will mail ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    BBB COVID-19 Resources   Our office is closed to the public, but BBB services continue! ​Better Business Bureau serving West Florida (239) 334-4648 (800) 525-1447 (727) 535-5522info@bbbwestflorida.orgwww.bbb.org/westflorida Better Business Bureau has seen an increase in complaints and customer reviews that mention the virus.  As we knew would be the case, the virus is having a radical ...read more
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    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. Based on guidance provided by the Florida Surgeon General and the State Health Officer, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home only to those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential ...read more
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    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    We would like to provide you with some information regarding the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which will provide relief to small businesses around Florida and the U.S.Click here to view a one page overview of the PPPFAQ sheet for small businesses who may be interested in participating Below is additional information from the U.S. Treasury Department and links to both Paycheck Protection ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    For Immediate Release  Contact: Tanya Arja                Office of Communications                813-272-4060  State Leaders Extend School Closures Across the State Through May 1  Tampa, Fla. – (March 30, 2020) – Following guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, state leaders announce school closures across the state are now extended through May 1. Here is what this closure ...read more
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    Monday, March 30, 2020
    The US Chamber of Commerce just released a guide to available funding based on the latest bills to pass Congress. It can be found HEREAs you consider the best possible options for your business moving forward, we encourage you to make an appointment with our local SBDC. They will discuss the best possible programs available to you based on the effects of COVID-19 on your business. You can contact ...read more
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    Friday, March 27, 2020
    The 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. In addition to the virtual office hours, the District Office will also be hosting webinars twice daily to help small businesses navigate the disaster loan application. Details about the webinars coming soon!  In the ...read more
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    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Applications must be submitted via online or by mail   Due to the widespread impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program changed this week.   Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Bridge Loan program, a short-term loan designed to help business owners bridge the gap between ...read more
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    Friday, March 27, 2020
    COVID-19 and Workers Compensation: What You Need to Know - Frequently Asked Questions By NCCI InsightsClick here for details March 26, 2020 NCCI has received numerous questions in the last few weeks regarding COVID-19 and the impact it may have on the workers compensation industry. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to be the start of a series of responses that will address ...read more
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    Friday, March 27, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TECO COMPANIES DONATE $1 MILLION TO CHARITIES TO HELP DURING PANDEMICShare program will be able to help thousands of customers  Tampa, Fla. (March 26, 2020) – To help the community during this unprecedented time of uncertainty, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are donating $1 million to local charities that will benefit people financially affected by the pandemic.The ...read more
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    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    WE ARE HERE FOR YOU To serve and strengthen our community. The YMCAs of Tampa Bay are offering all-day youth relief care for essential workers at 21 Y locations to help support the children of healthcare and emergency response professionals who are playing important roles combating the coronavirus. Our Y staff will intentionally teach and encourage good hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHAMBER PRESIDENT RE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)     24 March 2020    Dear Board of Directors, Chamber Members, and Plant City Community:                    I am writing today as our community faces an unprecedented challenge. I have no doubt that you’ve been inundated with information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its affect on us on a local, state, national, and ...read more
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    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Webinar: The State of Business with COVID-19 Thursday, March 26th | 11am   Click here to register   This webinar will feature 4 panelists and a moderator to look at the impact on business from COVID-19. It will share the different ways that businesses can respond/adapt, as well as resources that are available, and things they should know about HR and employment efforts. Space is limited, ...read more
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    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Dear valued members, thanks to our partnership with the South Tampa Chamber, you are being invited to participate in a special virtual learning opportunity.How to Successfully Work & Lead RemotelyIn this webinar you will learn:-Strategies for set up-Habits to follow-DOs & DON’TsTime will be given for Q&A. Presenter: Debbie Lundberg, Presenting Powerfully by Debbie Lundberg  Debbie Lundberg ...read more
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    Friday, March 20, 2020
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    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Click here to read the latest Health Insurance Coverage Updates amid COVID-19
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    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Plant City we're here to support you. Our staff have been on the phones with our restaurant members confirming those who are offering curbside/to go/take out options. Below you will find detailed information about our member restaurants and the ways they are serving our community through this uncertain time. Please share & help spread the word! This information is current as of 03/18/2020 at ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    17 March 2020Plant City, FL  Re: COVID-19 + Resources for your Business    We have no doubt that you've received a lot of information in the past few weeks regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are a couple of resources for your business as we navigate this uncertain time. Please know that your Chamber team has been working diligently on your behalf and we will continue to share ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, General News Article
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