2020 has been a yr for the guides. Our total community has felt the effects of COVID-19. People today, as perfectly as our organization local community, have been substantially impacted.
The ramifications have been heartbreaking: from the reduction of a loved ones member, to the decline of employment and the decline of someone’s business. When flying aboard an plane we normally listen to the phrase, “put your oxygen mask on first.” This phrase could also be employed when chatting with company proprietors and the availability of the CARES Act funds.
This funding is accessible to enterprise to go over expenditures incurred owing to COVID-19. A organization putting on its oxygen mask by making use of for the CARES Act money can aid to preserve employment and possibilities in our neighborhood. I give my colleague Kathy Lehner, president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, credit score for this analogy which I imagine provides a tremendous visual to why a business enterprise operator really should take into consideration implementing.
The CARES Act funding that Sarasota County has by now received and will be receiving is all around the $75 million mark. The county has been doing the job diligently to disburse these federal funds to assist our citizens and companies get as a result of this hard time. This dollars is readily available to the two persons and businesses to address expenses incurred as a end result of COVID-19. As of Oct. 26, when this posting was written, approximately $18 million of CARES Act cash have been authorized, with $10 million already currently being paid out out.
Like lots of things via this pandemic, the county has experienced to make tweaks, adjustments and pivots have been section of the system of doing work to deploy this dollars into our community in a safe and judicial way. The original application approach for the CARES Act aid money was released on Sept. 15 and appeared onerous and forbearing.
Due to the fact that launch, the software and course of action has been considerably streamlined and simplified. If you were being a business enterprise or unique who in the beginning attempted to finish the software, but got annoyed and gave up, I would extremely stimulate you to consider a different operate at it.
Your data is still in the system and the county has more than 60 employees customers performing right with corporations and people to guide them in the process. County staff members is functioning 7 times a week to be ready to assist as a lot of men and women as probable. The county team is there to enable an applicant navigate the software procedure. The Higher Sarasota Chamber, the Venice Chamber, the North Port Chamber and Check out Sarasota are also serving as a support desk to the company community to answer issues that a business enterprise may possibly have concerning the software by itself and/or the course of action.
The county workers took important group input from each the County Commissioners, but also from the business group to make the needed adjustments to make the application method a easier process. Some of the adjustments to the enterprise application provided:
- A formatted template that lays out the ways in the system, so you know exactly where you are in the system at all moments.
- Documentation of COVID impacts to the company have been lessened.
- Removal of house addresses and Social Protection numbers.
- The eligibility amount has been improved to $49,000.
For particular person help options, County Health and Human Solutions ambassadors are out there at many Sarasota County Libraries. The CARES Act phone heart can be reached at 941-861-CARES and is staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday via Saturday. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is also accessible for help at [email protected]
You can access the CARES Act application at scgov.web/CARES. The application will be readily available until finally Dec. 15. Nonetheless, we motivate you to use now, so that you have the potential to get help with the procedure, if you need it. We are right here to aid and remind our business owners to put on their oxygen mask 1st.
Heather Kasten is the President/CEO of the Larger Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and has been with the firm due to the fact March of 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Iowa in enterprise administration and a MBA from Webster University. Contact her at [email protected]