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Posted on: January 19, 2021

COVID-19 Business Resources

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We Are Here For Your Hollywood Business


The City of Hollywood’s Office of Communications, Marketing & Economic Development (CMED) is open for business, compiling information to assist Hollywood businesses throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We encourage you to check the City of Hollywood’s webpage, sign up for City and Business email/text updates, and follow us on Facebook. Our team is available to talk you through any of your business-related issues. Contact us at 954.921.3620 or by email

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2021 Business Programs - Virtual Open House 

Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. 

Click here to learn more and register for this free event.


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Free Business Assistance Programs For City Residents And Business Owners

The City of Hollywood’s Office of Communications, Marketing + Economic Development has recently entered into a partnership with Broward SCORE to provide educational and advisory services to City residents and small business owners through December 2021.  

This partnership is a part of the City’s “Backing Business” initiative, as these supportive programs aim to help the City’s economy grow during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Resources available to the City’s start-up and small business community include:

Accelerate Your Business

Business Acceleration Team: A team of three experienced business professionals will meet with your small business management team virtually and provide in-depth consulting services on your project of choice. The teams usually meet 3 or 4 times with the goal of establishing an action plan to address the project. Eligible businesses should have at least 2 owners / managers and 3 employees / independent contractors.

One-on-One Business Mentoring

One-on-One Business Mentoring: Broward SCORE offers personal remote mentoring sessions with local seasoned business professionals who are committed to helping our local business community stronger through these difficult times. Book your phone or video mentoring session online. Sessions are typically one-hour in length. Prepare to discuss any opportunities or problems your business may be facing.

Business Education Program

Business Education Program: Workshops on a diversity of business topics are scheduled throughout the remainder of the year and will be offered virtually utilizing a live webinar format. Many of the webinars will focus on pandemic recovery topics and led by local business professionals with specific knowledge on starting and running businesses in Broward County and the City of Hollywood.


Founded in 1964, Broward SCORE is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) with over 70 volunteer mentors, workshop presenters, and business support personnel.  The chapter offers a diverse program of business support services throughout the year and is provided at no-cost to start-ups, existing businesses, or those who are thinking of starting a business.  More information on these exciting new programs can be found here: https://broward.score.org/city-hollywood-cmed

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Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Broward County Moves into Phase III of Governor's Recovery Plan

On September 25, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced all of Florida has moved into Phase III of his Recovery Plan.  While COVID-19 positivity rates continue trend favorably, residents should remain vigilant and continue to take the necessary safety precautions. Avoid the  “3 C’s” – Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings, wear a facial covering when in public, and maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Please continue to monitor the Broward County website and local news media for the latest information on what this means for your Hollywood business. 

Click here to learn more about the businesses that may reopen and the restrictions that must be followed.

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Public Dashboard

Public Dashboard Tracks Local COVID-19 Business Complaints

Residents Can See If Businesses Are Following Emergency Guidelines

Broward County has launched a new tool to help residents ensure they are doing everything they can to contribute to a safer, healthier community and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Broward County’s Planning and Development Management Division has announced a public-facing dashboard of COVID-19 complaints about businesses not following sanitation, social distancing, facial covering and other reopening requirements contained in local Emergency Orders. The GIS-based website displays details about business complaints received, including:

  • Name and location of businesses reported to be in violation
  • Number and type of warnings and citations issued
  • Complaint Outcomes (i.e. Warning Issued, Citation Issued, Resolved, or Pending Inspection)

The database is searchable by Commission District, and by municipality, making it easy for residents to find out if a business they plan on patronizing is observing all the requirements of the Emergency Orders.

According to the dashboard, the most common type of violation is Failure to Follow Social Distancing. Other types of violations include Not Approved to Reopen, Not Following Sanitation Requirements; Not Following Appointment Guidelines, and Allowing More than 50% Indoor Capacity.

Residents are encouraged to bookmark the dashboard at http://arcg.is/1riWfH and visit it frequently for updates in your area.

Residents are reminded, especially over the holiday weekend, to celebrate responsibly. Follow social distancing and facial covering guidelines whenever and wherever possible, even at family gatherings. If you observe that a business is not following the preventive guidelines, you can report it anonymously online at MyBroward.Broward.org, or call 311.

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Temporary Cafe Zone Expansion Program

City of Hollywood: Backing Business - Temporary Café Zones

The purpose of the Temporary Café Zone expansion is to back the City’s restaurant businesses that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 mitigation measures, and provide these businesses with the opportunity to expand their dining areas using outdoor spaces.

The use of Temporary Café Zones requires restaurants to register online, which includes submitting a registration form with supporting documents (indemnification form and proof of insurance), along with other requirements. To learn more and apply for Temporary Café Zones, please click here.

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PPP Vendor List

The City of Hollywood has compiled this list of PPE vendors.

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

$20B Available in EIDL Grants

The Small Business Administration (SBA)'s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program portal is open and accepting applications. Congress has allocated a total of $20 billion in new Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants specifically for businesses in low-income communities.

Businesses experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 and wishing to apply for this program are encouraged to complete the online EIDL application as soon as possible.

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Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Portal Is Now Open For Applications

As of Tuesday, January 19, all participating PPP lenders are now able to submit both 1st & 2nd draw loan applications to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Contact your financial institution to verify if it is an SBA-approved PPP lender and if it is currently accepting PPP applications.


Limited Eligibility for Second Round PPP Loans

  • Available to first-time qualified borrowers
  • Available to borrowers that previously received a PPP loan
  • Second-time borrowers must have 300 or fewer employees, and before applying for forgiveness, borrowers must prove that they saw a 25% reduction in gross receipts during a quarter in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019.

Maximum Loan Amount
The maximum loan amount in the second round is $2 million. Click here to learn how to calculate maximum loan amounts according to each business type.

Maximum Loan Amounts for the Hospitality Industry
Borrowers that have NAICS Code 72 (typically restaurants and hotels) are permitted to use a 3.5x multiplier of their average monthly payroll costs to calculate their maximum loan amount, subject to the $2 million cap.

Use of PPP Funds
 Congress expanded the types of expenses for which PPP loans can be used, which applies to existing PPP loans (except in the event forgiveness has already been obtained) and new loans. At least 60% of the funds should be used for payroll costs, and up to 40% may be spent on operating costs such as rent, covered mortgage interest and utilities, as well as newly approved expenses:

  • Covered Operations Expenditures
  • Covered Property Damage Costs
  • Covered Supplier Costs
  • Covered Worker Protection Expenditures

PPP Forgiveness

As a reminder, PPP loans are designed to be 100% forgivable if the proceeds are spent in accordance with program rules. Additional Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 highlights and immediate information can be found in the National Law Review.

How To Apply

As during the initial round of PPP loans in 2020, the Small Business Administation (SBA) will not accept PPP applications directly from small businesses during the current 2021 round — you must apply through a participating financial institution (click here for a list). The program is expected to close to all borrowers on March 31.

PPP Loan Forgiveness

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

The Treasury and SBA have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly. On October 2, the SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers.

Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

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The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) has secured funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to capitalize a small business revolving loan fund for businesses adversely impacted by Coronavirus. These funds, provided pursuant to the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), will be administered by the SFRPC through its Revolving Loan Fund CARES Act Program.

$5,380,000 is available for businesses. Click here to learn more and apply.

South Florida Regional Planning Council

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Safe & Clean Pledge

Safe & Clean Pledge: Show Your Commitment to Safely Welcoming Visitors

As Florida is currently among the top states for COVID-19 cases, and cases nationwide are rising, we need to reinforce and showcase that our entire community has a united front to proactively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and that we are a safe and welcoming destination for all to enjoy.

Thank you to those of you who have taken the Visit Lauderdale Safe & Clean Pledge! More than 350 businesses have taken the pledge. Together we are instilling confidence among residents and travelers that we are committed to their safety and well-being.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider taking the Visit Lauderdale Safe & Clean Pledge today at sunny.org/pledge. Registration takes very little time, and it is FREE. Taking the pledge aligns with CDC recommended guidelines, and your business will be promoted as part of Visit Lauderdale’s marketing efforts on the program.

 Upon taking the pledge, you are invited to display the destination’s clearly stated Safe & Clean protocols. You will receive:

   • A downloadable Safe & Clean pledge to print and display

   • A physical poster delivered to place of business to display

   • The Safe & Clean logo will be added to your listing on sunny.org

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW

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Reemployment Assistance Application Guide

Reemployment Assistance - Application Guide
(formerly Unemployment Compensation)

Reemployment Assistance benefits (formerly Unemployment Compensation) are available to Floridians whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and is available for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. In Florida, a maximum of $275 a week is typically available for a maximum of 26 weeks. The CARES Act has provided for $600 a week for a maximum of 16 weeks in additional assistance and made other modifications due to the current pandemic.  

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, if you were denied benefits or if you applied on or before April 4, you should reapply online at www.FloridaJobs.org (regardless of whether you have received a response from the department). This includes gig workers, independent contractors, the self-employed, people who just moved to Florida, or almost anyone else who wouldn’t normally be eligible for state benefits.

If you applied on or after April 5, the state will already be able to process your claim.

Please click here for the City of Hollywood’s Reemployment Assistance Application Guide, which is a step-by-step guide on how to complete and submit the online application. In addition to applying online from a computer or mobile device, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is now accepting paper applications for Reemployment Assistance claims (available in English, Spanish and Creole). Here are three ways to obtain a paper application to mail in:

A) Download an application here and mail it to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350.

B) FedEx is now offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state. Click here to find your nearest FedEx store location.

C) Pick up a paper application from a CareerSource Broward career center below, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Once you have completed your paper application, please mail it to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350.

  • 7550 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, 33024
  • 2610 West Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, 33311
  • 4941 Coconut Creek Pkwy, Coconut Creek, 33063


PIN Trouble When Applying For Reemployment Assistance

If you are unable to reset your PIN online:

  • Call the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for assistance: 1-800-297-0586
  • CareerSource Broward is now doing PIN resets for Reemployment Assistance (RA) customers in order to assist DEO with the overflow of PIN reset requests. Click here, scroll down to the “Get Help With Resetting Your CONNECT PIN” section, and click on the “Submit PIN Reset Request” button. This puts your name on a list so your PIN can be reset by CareerSource Broward staff.

Please note that in some cases, individuals may need to authenticate their identity. To do this, you will need to send a copy of your driver license and social security card to DEO:

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  • By fax:1-321-332-6608

Still have questions regarding Reemployment Assistance? Check out the FAQ page on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity website.

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Short Time Compensation Program 

The City of Hollywood urges its business community to evaluate the Short-Time Compensation Program in an effort to curtail major layoffs.

The Short-Time Compensation 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. Apply here.

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Bridge Loan 

Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program

Currently, the DEO is not accepting applications for the Emergency Bridge Loan Program. If you have previously applied, check your application status below.

View Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

Frequently Asked Questions

Check Application Status

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and its emergency bridge loan partners will continue to review applications that are received online or postmarked by Monday, April 13, 2020. DEO and its Emergency Bridge Loan partners will continue to quickly and efficiently process loans for Florida businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 until available funds are expended.

For questions regarding the loan program, please contact DEO toll-free at 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.

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Business Damage Survey


Has COVID-19 affected your business? Take this survey to help activate additional resources.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued the Business Damage Assessment Survey to evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy. The survey’s feedback allows the State Government to fully assess the economic impact COVID-19 is having on Florida businesses and industries, in order to mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online. Results will be shared with government agencies and local partners, including the Small Business Administration (SBA). For inquiries/assistance with the survey, contact ESF18@em.myflorida.com

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Chamber Programs & Content

Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming GHCC Programs & Content: Webinars and online classes, provided by GHCC members and experts, can be viewed here.

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Restaurant Delivery and Takeout Lists

Local Restaurant Guides: If your Hollywood restaurant offers curbside pickup, takeout, delivery or drive-thru services, click here to add your business to one or more restaurant guides.

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Hospitality Industry Resources

Hospitality Industry Resources

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has compiled these resources to assist the hospitality industry affected by COVID-19.

Attractions, tours, restaurants and any tourism business providing virtual tours, learning experiences, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, musical performances, etc. through videos or social media live streams, may fill out this form to be included in the Virtual Vacation Experiences page.

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GFLA - Request A Virtual Meeting

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Businesses can request a virtual meeting with the Alliance regarding business preservation assistance, including low- or no-interest loan opportunities and short time compensation for employers. Additionally, the Alliance has compiled business resources here.

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Reemployment Assistance Formerly Known as Unemployment Assistance   Available-Assistance     Hollywood Business Closures 

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Additional Online Resources

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Be Safe. Be Smart.

Links to these established programs can be found on the City’s Economic Development website. Please continue to monitor www.hollywoodfl.org and www.choosehollywoodfl.com for the latest updates.

Economic Development Division
Raelin Storey, CMED Director
Herb Conde-Parlato, Economic Development Manager
Tekisha Jordan, Principal Planner
Marina Melo, Economic Development Marketing Coordinator

Community Redevelopment Agency - Beach & Downtown Districts
Jorge Camejo, Executive Director
954.924.2980

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