Employer COVID-19

If you are a Florida business owner, we’re here to help. In an effort to assist you and your employees amid COVID-19, there are resources available to support you financially. It is our mission to ensure that all Floridians have the opportunity to keep moving forward.

Local Small Business COVID-19 Recover Grant Programs:

Northwest Florida Small Business Grant- Application Period: June 8 at 8am CST through June 12 at 5pm CST

From the Florida SBDC at UWF:

Gulf Power, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has decided to fund a second round of the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Gulf Power will fund the grant with a contribution of $300,000. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Each applicant OR business can only receive one grant.

The Florida SBDC at UWF will process COMPLETE application packets for eligible for-profit businesses; a third-party review board will review applications for approval, and UWF will distribute the appropriate funds to businesses who have been awarded the grant. The review board will confirm eligibility, and approve the award of grant funding to each applicant on a case-by-case basis.

The COVID-19 Grant is intended to assist for-profit businesses, located in select Northwest Florida counties, by addressing their immediate cash flow needs as a result of demonstrated economic injury due to COVID-19

For additional information, eligibility requirements, and to access the grant application form, click HERE.


ADDITIONAL FUNDING!- as of April 24th 

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Small Business Administration:

The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.

Click HERE to continue reading.

SBDC Network:

Following today’s signing of the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act,” Congress has appropriated an additional $380 billion to refund and restart small business disaster and relief loan programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Emergency Advance program

Click HERE to continue reading. 


Additional and local resources include:

Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center

CDC's Interim Guidance For Businesses and Employers

Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County

Crestview Area Chamber

Destin Chamber

Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce

Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce

Veterans Florida

Walton Area Chamber

My Okaloosa