Please note that staff is still here to serve you. We are available virtually through email, phone, and social media. Hotline: 954.973.6770 (Monday - Saturday, 7AM-6PM).  Online services can be found here.  Comprehensive updates here.

~ Businesses and nonprofits in Broward and Miami-Dade counties can sign up for free assistance in English and Spanish at www.axishelps.org/generator (deadline Tuesday, April 7).
~ Governor's Executive Order EO_20-95 Cares Act Funds
(suspends taxes charged under Chapter 201  in order to make it easier for businesses that are getting funds through the CARES Act to be able to use those funds to be able to pay rent and help their employees)
~ Information on Employee Retention Credit here.
~ Essential vs Non-Essential business closures, read details here.
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Join, Like, Comment & Share: https://www.facebook.com/groups/springscreek/
~ Small Business Guidance and Loan Information here.
~ Small Business Administration Information here.
~ Business Relief Programs here.
~ Florida Disaster Loan Progam here.
~ Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist here.
~ Scams/Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips here.
~ Broward Emergency Order 20-04 - Golf Courses, Marinas, Boat Launches

The Coral Springs Coconut Creek Chamber is excited to announce the launch of their newest Community Facebook Page, Springs Creek Community At Large. They have created this page for the Coral Springs and Coconut Creek Business community to share offerings and hours of operations for ALL businesses in the community regardless of whether or not you are a member. Be part of this incredible resource. They are actively trying to grow the page so please feel free to invite family, friends, neighbors, local business owners who also want to reach out to the community.

~  Coconut Creek Small Business Facebook Connection here.

~  Which Restaurants are Open? Check Chamber list here.

March 23rd


County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-01 today, closing all non-essential retail and commercial business locations in incorporated and unincorporated Broward County. The closure is to take effect at 12:01AM on Monday, March 23. View News Conference

The Emergency Order defines in detail which retail and commercial businesses are considered essential, and directed to remain open. They include, but are not limited to, healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, doctor’s offices and urgent care centers, mental health professionals, home health care service providers, grocery stores and pharmacies, businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, banks, gas stations and media.

Businesses that remain open are directed to implement health professional recommendations for social distancing and all other preventive measures as advised by local health professionals and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Nonessential businesses are directed to close, except to the extent necessary to perform “Minimum Basic Operations.” Minimum Basic Operations are defined as minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process the business’s own payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate the business’s own employees working remotely.

“The closure of non-essential businesses is a further step in community mitigation to increase containment of the COVID-19 virus in Broward County,” said Mayor Dale V.C. Holness in a news conference earlier tonight. “While these are incredibly painful steps to take with devastating short- and long-term impacts to our community, the potential impacts of COVID-19 on our residents and visitors are much more devastating. We must take every responsible action that we can to quickly mitigate the spread of this deadly virus.”

Emergency Order 20-01 is supplemental, in addition to Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis and may be superseded by future Executive Orders from either the Governor or the President of the United States.

It also establishes minimum standards. Municipalities may impose more stringent standards within their jurisdictions, as several municipalities already have.

The County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-01 will expire upon the expiration of the existing State of Local Emergency, unless terminated earlier by a subsequent Emergency Order.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Call Center Handling Resident Questions About Testing

Beginning yesterday, Broward County partnered with the Florida Department of Health in Broward County to open a special telephone line to assist in answering public questions about COVID-19. Call takers can also conduct over-the-phone pre-screening for testing eligibility. The new number is 954-357-9500. The temporary COVID-19 call center will accept calls from 8AM to 8PM, 7 days a week.

For future updates on COVID-19, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the Coronavirus Hotline at 954-357-9500.

March 20th

Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-71
Office fo the Governor Executive Order Number 20-70 - on Business Closures

We understand this is a trying time and we care about getting you the latest, most accurate information. In order to protect Coconut Creek’s vulnerable and senior populations, the City of Coconut Creek Commission voted unanimously on March 18th to initiate emergency measures to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The emergency declarations closed businesses such as bars, gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, and family indoor entertainment venues for a period of 30 days, through April 18th. The emergency declarations also prohibit indoor dining for the next 30 days, however delivery, take-out, and drive thru orders are allowed. For more information on these 30-day restrictions due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, please keep posted here and on social media sites. We will all get through this together and our community will be stronger for it. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.  Read specifics here:  Commission Resolution Highlights

 

Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber Updates

The Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce wants to recognize the businesses who are still open, doing innovative service delivery models, and help get the word out that you are still Open for Business!  Check list here. 

The Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce has compiled a useful list of members throughout the region who offer take out.  Check Takeout Blitz list here.

Restaurants offering take-out, drive-through or delivery services during the coronavirus crisis should fill out this form to be included in a directory that will be published in the Sun Sentinel and at SunSentinel.com. Email addresses are for verification only and will not be published.

 

UPDATES:

  • March 19, 2020 - Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance has been authorized through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in the state to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on the SBA website: sba.gov/disaster.

    The electronic loan application for the SBA EIDL loan can be found here: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. If you need to contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center, please use 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

  • March 18, 2020 - There are two emergency small business loan programs designed to assist small businesses during a disaster: 1) Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program; 2) SBA Economic Injury Loan Program. It is important to understand the distinctions between the two programs:

    The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
    The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is a State-funded short-term, interest-free working capital loan program intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. This program is currently available to Florida for-profit businesses with 2 to 100 employees. Amount: Up to $50,000 per eligible small business.

    SBA Economic Injury Loan Program
    The SBA Economic Injury Loan is a federally funded loan program available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofit organizations. This program is anticipated to be activated later this week and as early as tomorrow. The Department of Economic Opportunity announced Sunday that Gov. DeSantis has requested that the SBA deploy the Economic Injury Loan Program. The SBA is still collecting impact information from the State’s Damage Assessment Survey. We strongly encourage all small businesses to complete this survey. Once declared, the loan program can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

  • March 17, 2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May 8, 2020. More information is at FloridaDisasterLoan.org

CDC Recommended Strategies for Employers

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
    • Check the CDC's Traveler's Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
  • Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
    • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
    • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

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