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Like businesses across Florida, the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce is committed to the safety and health of Florida employers and the millions of people that work for them.

 Our goal is to meet this challenge head-on by sharing key information and best practices, while providing employers with the guidance they need.
We encourage our members to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. There are several resources to aid your business, whether large or small, to assist in that effort.


Resources that the U.S. Chamber has developed to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill).  This includes an update to the guide we released several days ago on the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Independent Contractor's Guide to CARES Act Relief

NEW SBA Approved Lenders for Paycheck Protection Program

There are some on-line lenders who do not require a prior business relationship to apply for the SBA PPP program:




Funding Circle

NEW - Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) 

NEW - Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit   

UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.  Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, or on their webpage.

A top-line overview of the program can be found here.

If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.

 If you’re a borrower, more information can be found

The application for borrowers can be found here.

Emergency Loan Guide and Checklist

Small Businesses and Loans
SBA Disaster Assistance

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is now accepting applications from companies whose cash flows have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will be administered through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporations.

Loans are interest-free for up to one year.

For additional information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, please use the following link: https://floridadisasterloan.org/         

Surety Bonds

Government Grants

SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus.

Palm Beach County’s Restart Business Grant program - The program allocates $50 million toward businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million towards businesses with greater than 25 employees. Eligible business can receive up to $25,000. For more information, or to apply, click here.

The City of Boca Raton Small Business Recovery Relief Grant program - The grant program is intended to provide eligible businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with one-time grants of up to $5,000. For more information, or to apply, click here.

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Here are upcoming webinars to help your business:

In the event that you have missed any of our virtual programs, you are able to access this information on the Boca Chamber's Youtube page. 

06/05 – 8:30am: Prime Professionals Group: Elevate Your Elevator Pitch
Speaker: Lynn Lessell, Itz Why LLC, Founder of "ME" Monday and Contributing Writer for South Florida Tribune Certified in Health & Life Transformation
Sponsored By: Allegiance Home Health
Click here to register

06/10 – 11:45am: BOYNTON BEACH: Lunch & Learn – Now What? An Interactive Strategy Session for Reigniting Your Business
Speaker: Rob Jager, Vice President of Operations, Plum Productions
Sponsored By: iTHINK Financial
Click here to register

06/10 – 2:00pm: The State of Palm Beach County Business
Speaker: Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO, Business Development Board Palm Beach County
Click here to register

06/11 – 8:30am: June Virtual Membership Breakfast
Sponsored By: Office Depot, Inc.
Click here to register

06/11 – 11:30am: Government Affairs Committee
Speaker: Brandon Schaad, Development Services Director, City of Boca Raton
Click here to register

06/12 – 10:00am: State of the Town Center Mall
Speaker: Sal Saldana, General Manager, Town Center at Boca Raton, Simon Property Group
Click here to register

May 22: Phase 1 Expansion - lift all restrictions on youth activities, which includes athletics and summer camps. 
Click here for the full order.

May 15: Full Phase 1, Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery
Click here for the full order.

May 14: Phase One Applies to Broward and Miami Dade Counties
Click here for the full order.

May 11: Phase 1 Expansion - Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, and Cosmetology Specialty Salons can re-open. Please review the following guidelines: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/emergency/
Click here for the full order.

May 11: Palm Beach County will begin reopening pursuant to the State of Florida Executive Order 20-112 as amended by order 20-120 effective 12:01 a.m. on May 11. Residents may provide or obtain services at the following establishments authorized to proceed to Phase 1
Click here for the full order.

April 29: Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery *Does NOT Apply to Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami Dade
Click here for the full order.

April 27: Palm Beach County reopens county parks, public and private golf courses, pools, marinas and boat ramps with limitations. Park visitors must practice social distancing, maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. Face coverings are strongly encouraged and should be worn whenever possible.
Click here for the full order.

April 24:
Palm Beach County Continued State of Emergency Order
Click here for the full order.

April 12:
Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 20-004 effective as of 12:01 AM Monday, April 13, 2020. The Emergency Order states all persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC. All other persons physically present in any public place in Palm Beach County are strongly urged to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.
Click here for the full order.

April 9: Thursday, April 9, the City of Boca Raton issued an order for the use of face cloth masks. Every person working, living, or visiting, or doing business in the City of Boca Raton is encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public place.
Click here to read the full order.

April 1: Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a mandatory safer-at-home order for the entire state of Florida, beginning Tonight at midnight. The order mandates that residents stay home and requires "all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home" to essential services or activities for the next 30 days.
To read the full order, please
click here.

March 28:
On Saturday evening, the City of Delray Beach issued a stay-at-home order and overnight curfew. The curfew will be in effect daily from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and shall include but not be limited to the prohibition of pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing, and parking. 
To view the full order, please click here

March 27: The City of Boca Raton issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” emergency order for everyone living within City limits beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:01 AM. People should remain in their homes or on their own property. Individuals may leave their places of residence only for essential activities. Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay safe and stay home.
View the Emergency Order - "Stay Home, Stay Safe Order."

March 25, 2020:
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-83 directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to everyone over the age of 65 and those with serious underlying medical conditions, urging them to stay home and to take other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, the Order directs the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory against all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people and urging those who can work remotely to do so.
View the Executive Order.

March 24, 2020:
The City of Boca Raton is closing all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, effective 12:01am Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice.
This order is intended to save lives and prevent the long-term devastating impacts that COVID-19 could have on our residents, businesses and visitors. Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay at home.
View the full Emergency Order (PDF). 


*NEW* CARES Restart Business Grant Program OFFERED From Palm beach county

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the CARES Restart Business Grants Program to accelerate the reopening of businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. The $60 million Business Restart Program uses a portion of the county’s $261 million allocation from the Federal CARES Act approved by Congress.  The BCC has dedicated $50 million toward businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million towards businesses with greater than 25 employees.

The criteria for the grant can be found at: http://pbcgov.com/hes.



Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that COVID-19 testing sites are opening in the parking lots of three Publix stores around the state, as well as three Home Depot locations. One of the sites is at Home Depot located at 9820 Glades Road in west Boca Raton.         

FAU Testing Site: Testing will be done on the north end of campus at the FAU Tech Runway. Anyone over the age of 12 can be tested, even if asymptomatic. However, FAU’s testing site requires an appointment for testing. In order to set an appointment or have any questions about the site, call 1-800-209-7919 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The address is 901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, 33431. 

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach (16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach). The telephone number to schedule appointments opens today at 10:00 am. The number is: 561-804-0250.
A new Covid-19 testing site will be available in Palm Beach County at the FITTEAM Ballpark (5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach) of the Palm Beaches March 31, 2020. Telephone registration and appointment scheduling are required. Call: 561-642-1000

Many retail pharmacy chains such as CVS Health, have recently announced that they will provide Coronavirus testing services to the general public.
While final details are still being worked out, CVS has indicated that Coronavirus testing will take place in parking lots or other secure areas – not inside of the store.

Broward County now has three testing centers set up across the county. Broward Health is operating a site in Pompano Beach, while Cleveland Clinic is set up in Weston,
and Memorial Health is in C.B. Smith Park.

Those who meet the criteria below are encouraged to call the CB Smith Park Screening Center at 954-276-4680.

-First responders: police, fire rescue and hospital workers who are symptomatic.
-Individuals who are 65 years or older, “Who has a chronic condition, and who also has symptoms,” according to Dr. Jennifer Goldman, who organized the drive-thru testing and the hotline

The hotline will be operating Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.



U.S. Chamber FAQ

City of Boca Raton FAQ







About COVID-19    

Checklist for Individuals and Families.

COVID-19 and Animals


15 Days to Slow the Spread

Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.


Cancellations in Boynton Beach

Cancellations in Boca Raton.

Caring for Yourself at Home

What to do if You are Sick


Achievement Centers for Children and Families has set up an Amazon Smiles Account for people to purchase supplies for Achievement Centers families who can't afford these purchases. Click here to donate. 

The Arch of Palm Beach County is holding a Food Pantry Drive to assist the families they serve. Please click here for more information.

The Spirit of Giving is joining forces with Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association and Bocahelps.com to provide community support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please click here to learn more about this program.

Space of Mind has partnered with other local nonprofits, restaurants, and community leaders who are committed to making creative and culinary resources available to the community. Please click here for more information on how to help.


CARES Act Summary Provided by the U.S. Chamber       

USA Government

US Chamber

State of Florida

List of Executive Orders 2020- State of Florida

Florida Department of Health

Visit Florida

Palm Beach County

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Re-Opening Guide for Restaurants

Palm Beach County Restaurants

Palm Beach County Schools

Critical Covid-19 Guidance Standards for Hospitality Re-Opening

Palm Beach County Tourism

Palm Beach County Essential Lodging Resources

Palm Beach County Virtual Exeriences

City of Boca Raton

City of Boynton Beach

City of Boynton Beach - Open Restaurants

Restaurant Options, Promotions, and First Responder Discounts


CDC World Map

CDC Cases in the U.S.

Cases in Florida

Testing in the U.S.