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COVID-19 News & Resources

The health and wellness of our members and the community is critically important to us. The Westshore Alliance is providing resources to our members and the local business community that may be helpful as you navigate these challenging times.

We are communicating daily with officials at the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County and they are in constant contact with the Florida Department of Health about health concerns in our state, across our country and around the world. 

Below are links to find the latest information about public safety precautions, business assistance programs, and helpful COVID-19 resources. We are continuously updating this page as new resources and information becomes available. 

Last modified 4/8/2020






  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  - $2 Trillion allocated for businesses, individuals, federal agencies, and state and local governments, the CARES Act has been designed to distribute capital quickly and broadly.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - this program authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietors can apply for loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through SBA lenders. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply.
  • IRS Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic - on March 21, 2020, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
  • IRS Employee Retention Credit - on March 31, 2020, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program - this program is currently available to small business owners that have experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Funds are limited; businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications must be completed by May 8, 2020.
  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Short Time Compensation Program for Employers - this program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.
  • SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters
  • SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - visit this page for information on coronavirus funding options, guidance for businesses and employers, local assistance, SBA products and resources, government contracting and more.
  • U.S. SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance provides economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application and will not have to be repaid.
    CareerSource Tampa Bay COVID-19 Tool Kit - the CSTB COVID-19 Toolkit is designed to assist Hillsborough County businesses, organizations and job seekers to better understand available resources and help inform and improve access to critical workforce development resources, programs, and services that are essential during this time.
  • For updates on business resources, text TAMPABIZ to 888-777.
  • Tampa's Recovery Hotline — for additional questions related to business relief, call the Tampa Recovery Hotline at 1-833-TPA-INFO (1-833-872-4636), the hotline is currently available Monday-Friday 8 am-8 pm, or visit the City of Tampa's Business Relief FAQ page.