• News for General News Article

    Monday, August 31, 2020
    Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 31, 2020) – Hillsborough County launches the fourth phase of the Rapid Response Recovery (R3) program today, with expanded criteria designed to help more businesses by providing additional recovery funding across the County.   The program aims to soften the protracted economic injury the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on the small business ...read more
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    Monday, July 13, 2020
     Hillsborough County’s R3 Program for Small Businesses Now Open Countywide   Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 10, 2020) – As Hillsborough County’s small businesses redesign their spaces and even redefine their business models to confront the disruption caused by COVID-19, Hillsborough is offering financial relief to help business owners restart their ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    Hillsborough County's Emergency Policy Group (EPG) enacted an order requiring that face coverings be worn inside businesses open to the public. The order applies to everyone, including customers and employees, inside businesses where social distancing cannot be maintained, with some exceptions. A full list of exemptions can be found within the order, and a list of frequently asked questions is ...read more
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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