2020 has been a 12 months for the textbooks. Our entire group has felt the effects of COVID-19. People today, as well as our enterprise local community, have been considerably impacted.
The ramifications have been heartbreaking: from the decline of a spouse and children member, to the loss of work and the reduction of someone’s company. When flying aboard an airplane we usually hear the phrase, “put your oxygen mask on initial.” This phrase could also be utilised when speaking with business enterprise proprietors and the availability of the CARES Act funds.
This funding is offered to enterprise to go over costs incurred thanks to COVID-19. A company placing on its oxygen mask by implementing for the CARES Act cash can help to preserve work and opportunities in our community. I give my colleague Kathy Lehner, president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, credit history for this analogy which I imagine presents a great visible to why a small business operator must consider making use of.
The CARES Act funding that Sarasota County has already obtained and will be obtaining is close to the $75 million mark. The county has been doing work diligently to disburse these federal funds to assistance our citizens and businesses get through this difficult time. This income is out there to both of those people today and enterprises to protect expenses incurred as a consequence of COVID-19. As of Oct. 26, when this post was composed, somewhere around $18 million of CARES Act resources have been permitted, with $10 million already staying compensated out.
Like numerous points via this pandemic, the county has had to make tweaks, changes and pivots have been part of the process of doing the job to deploy this revenue into our local community in a protected and judicial method. The initial application system for the CARES Act relief cash was released on Sept. 15 and seemed onerous and forbearing.
Due to the fact that launch, the application and method has been significantly streamlined and simplified. If you have been a organization or individual who at first attempted to full the application, but acquired frustrated and gave up, I would very really encourage you to choose another operate at it.
Your facts is still in the method and the county has above 60 staff members doing work right with companies and folks to guide them in the method. County personnel is doing work seven days a week to be ready to aid as many people as attainable. The county group is there to enable an applicant navigate the software course of action. The Higher Sarasota Chamber, the Venice Chamber, the North Port Chamber and Stop by Sarasota are also serving as a enable desk to the business enterprise community to solution thoughts that a company might have with regards to the software alone and/or the approach.
The county team took considerable community enter from each the County Commissioners, but also from the business community to make the necessary changes to make the application system a simpler system. Some of the adjustments to the business enterprise software involved:
- A formatted template that lays out the steps in the course of action, so you know where by you are in the approach at all occasions.
- Documentation of COVID impacts to the company have been diminished.
- Removal of house addresses and Social Safety figures.
- The eligibility amount of money has been enhanced to $49,000.
For specific help chances, County Health and Human Expert services ambassadors are out there at several Sarasota County Libraries. The CARES Act connect with heart can be attained at 941-861-CARES and is staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Better Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is also accessible for support at email@example.com.
You can entry the CARES Act software at scgov.web/CARES. The software will be readily available right up until Dec. 15. Nonetheless, we really encourage you to utilize now, so that you have the capacity to get guidance with the procedure, if you have to have it. We are listed here to help and remind our business enterprise proprietors to place on their oxygen mask to start with.
Heather Kasten is the President/CEO of the Better Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and has been with the firm considering that March of 2019. She has a bachelor’s diploma from the College of Iowa in enterprise administration and a MBA from Webster College. Speak to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.