City of Venice
Florida Department of Health Updates
New Funding Available
The new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act, will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars in need.
Paycheck Protection Program ends on May 31, 2021
PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. First Draw PPP loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits, and may also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations. PPP now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP loan with the same general loan terms as their First Draw PPP loan.
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The package includes small business support, state and local funding, community navigator program, and Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding.
Additional COVID-19 Relief
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and includes funding for additional aid to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Second Draw Borrower application information and more are available at the link below provided by the Economic Development Corporation Sarasota County (EDC).
“At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program
Applications for the “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program are now open! We’ve teamed up with Brother International to provide a total of $75,000 in funding to brick-and-mortar small businesses in designated Main Street America districts and UrbanMain member corridors as they work to adapt to COVID-19 and prepare for the next phases of reopening across the country, while also helping to revitalize and strengthen older and historic commercial corridors. Applications are now open and will continue to be accepted through Thursday, January 28 at 7:59pm EST/ 6:59pm CST.
Mask ordinance in City of Venice ends October 31, 2020
Venice City Council passed an ordinance on second reading on Tuesday, 8/25/20 requiring face coverings in the City. The ordinance expires on 10/31/20.
Phase 3 Reopening in Florida
By Executive Order, Governor Ron DeSantis moved Florida into Phase 3 reopening on September 25, 2020.
Sarasota County CARES
CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund alerts available
Individuals and businesses are now able to opt-in to receive updates and information on assistance provided through the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund through text, landline, email, TDD/TTY or through the Alert Sarasota County mobile app. For updates and information about individual and business assistance through the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund:
For business assistance, text SRQCARESBiz to 888777
For individual assistance, text SRQCARESInd to 888777
On August 19, 2020, the Sarasota County Commission approved the budget amendment to receive the initial 25 percent allocation of $18.9 million.
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is the agency charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida, such as cosmetologists, veterinarians, real estate agents and pari-mutuel wagering facilities. For the latest updates on Covid-19 related issues, click on the buttons below.
COVID 19 and Mask Notices for Businesses
Venice MainStreet and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to create an information graphic poster announcing a business’ plan to abide by safety standards and prioritize the health of staff and customers. We invite the public to look for these notices throughout Venice.
The City of Venice Municipal Government has provided a mask notice that can be posted on your storefront.
Free Masks for Public
Venice MainStreet has partnered with the City of Venice Municipal Government to distribute FREE MASKS to the public, while supplies last. Look for yellow signs posted on storefronts of distribution locations on Miami, Venice, and Tampa Avenues starting July 2nd.
UPDATE: As of 7/9/2020, masks are in low supply due to a large public response and may no longer be available at all the listed locations.
Distance Socially, Shop Locally
Support our local economy by shopping with our local, small businesses. Here’s a list of Venice MainStreet Partners offering online shopping, phone orders and shipping, or are open to the public at 50% capacity while maintaining social distancing.
Distance Socially, Eat Locally
A list of Venice MainStreet partner restaurants and cafes offering delivery, curbside pick-up, pick-up at the door, takeout, gift certificates or dining at 50% capacity.
Health and Wellness at Home
Venice MainStreet Partners offer alternatives to their studio or beach classes, so that you can stay fit safely at home.
Mental Health Preparedness and Response Resources
Use the resource guide for Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources to help individuals and communities cope. Topics covered include stress management and suicide prevention. Provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. More resources for substance abuse and mental health are also available through the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Guidelines for Reopening
Below are guidelines published by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, State of Florida, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and National Retail Federation (NRF) for re-opening.
Economic Development Corporation Sarasota County
The EDC’s priority is to provide the most up-to-date, impactful business information available during these uncertain times. The EDC wants businesses to endure minimal interruption and be back up and running as soon as possible. For news, tools and resources click on the links below.
Executive Orders from Governor Ron DeSantis
For updates from Governor Ron DeSantis and the latest executive orders from the State of Florida view the links below.
State of Florida Resources for Businesses
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
Have you been impacted by efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Florida? File your Reemployment Assistance Claim through CONNECT, Florida’s online Reemployment Assistance System.
The FSBDCN (Florida Small Business Development Center Network) serves as the statewide single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of existing and emerging businesses in Florida. The Network’s focus on the critical needs of businesses drives its direction and performance expectations.
Federal and National Resources
Opening Up America Again guidelines include a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information and updates on how to prevent community spread. Below is specific guidance for community organizations, businesses, and event planners.
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies. The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources
The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Below are also links for more information about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and CARES Act.
Florida Travel Safety Information
Important information for tourists and residents currently traveling throughout the county and state.