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Important UPDATES & information FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Embedded within the LWRBA Mission is the priority to help maintain the safety and wellbeing of our members. With the coronavirus changing the business landscape as we know it, please know we aim to be a resource for you and your business as you navigate this unique time.

Resources for Your Business

CDC Interim Guidance for Business & Employers

Business Damage Assessment Survey (

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

SBDC Small Bridge Loans

 OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA). This guidance provides fact sheets for both employers and employees as well as a Q&A regarding implementation.

 Employee Paid Leave Rights

 Employer Paid Leave Requirements

 Questions & Answers

Local & State Public Safety Information

Florida Department of Health

Manatee County

Sarasota County

The LWRBA’s mission remains to connect, educate, and strengthen the business community. More than ever, we must come together as a community and support each other as best we can. All of us are facing new and unforeseen challenges, many universal and some unique to our respective industries’. We want to hear from our members on how they’re managing and coping within their businesses.

Please consider spending a few a minutes sharing your experience thus far. Your input will help us identify the difficulties and strain companies are facing and assist us in determining how to best continue serving our community.

COVID-19 Member Survey


March 26, 2020

Bradenton Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Tourism Industry Survey

Industry Partners:

We understand you are being pulled in many directions and that your time is precious. However, we would greatly appreciate receiving important feedback from you that will enable the BACVB to better support all industry partners during this time of adversity and beyond.

For those of you that don't have a Google account or wasn't able to access the previous survey link, we’ve created a survey in another program. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT.

The most important information we are hoping to collect includes: 

  • Specific questions you may have for the BACVB, which will be answered as quickly as possible 
  • Information and ideas to support our destination social media efforts
  • What you would like to see added to our Partner and Visitor Landing Pages
  • Any ideas for how we can better support you

Thank you, as always, for your time and attention. We look forward to hearing from you and continuing to provide the support you need and deserve.

Take care and stay safe.

Elliott Falcione

March 18, 2020

SBA Disaster Assistance Available for Florida Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that small businesses located in the State of Florida adversely impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for disaster loans.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the Coronavirus
All 67 Florida counties are included in the disaster declaration for Coronavirus.

“I am encouraging all small businesses located in Florida to visit the SBA Disaster Assistance website and submit your application today,” said SBA South Florida District Director Victoria Guerrero. “While there, you will find information on how to contact our customer service team who can answer any disaster-related application questions. You can also reach out to one of our many resource partners for application assistance.”

SBA Resource Partners information can be obtained on the SBA website at

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in economic assistance to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue resulting from the disaster. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Interest rates offered are as low as 3.75 percent for businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

Loan amounts are set by the SBA and based on each applicant’s financial condition. Repayment terms are up to 30 years.

To apply, visit the SBA Disaster website at

For additional information, please contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

March 17, 2020

SBDC SMALL BRIDGE LOANS Available for small businesses

Governor DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, managed by Florida Department of Opportunity, to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with short-term, interest-free loans.

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.

These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are 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.

Applications can be submitted from March 17 through May 8.

Please review eligibility & loan process at

For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, please contact the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network Headquarters. Email:  Phone toll-free: (866) 737-7232.

March 16, 2020

Update from the lwrba board and staff

Dear LWRBA Members,

Embedded within the LWRBA Mission is the priority to help maintain the safety and wellbeing of our members.  With the coronavirus changing the business landscape as we know it, we understand that multiple messages and news updates are flooding your inbox. Please know, we aim to be a resource for you and your business as you navigate this unique time. As such, the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Alliance Staff want to communicate the following items:

CDC Interim Guidance: Proactive measures, as best described, by the CDC can be found on the CDC Website. It is a good source of information and strategy. On Sunday, March 15, 2020, The CDC updated guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommending that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people. The CDC will continue to update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Business Damage Assessment Survey: Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.

We encourage you to complete the short online survey here.

Small Business Administration - Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: The SBA ( will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program 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.

LWRBA Event Status*

 Thursday, March 19
 ACES: Swing into Spring with Dancing on the Suncoast
 Wednesday, March 25
 Luncheon: Senate President Bill Galvano
 Thursday, March 26
 YLA Social at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club
 Thursday, March 26
 Lunch with Ranchers at EVEN Hotels
 Friday, March 27
 New Member Orientation
 Wednesday, April 1
 Networking Social at Grand Living
 Monday, April 6
 Joint Event with ACG at Gold Coast Eagle
 Wednesday, April 8
 Alliance LEADS: Your Voice. Your Vote.

* We will be continuing daily monitoring to assess continued risk

As this is a very fluid circumstance, please be on the lookout for updated communications as we receive information from government agencies that provide further guidance and resources. We thank you, in advance, for putting your trust in the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

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