The Orlando Economic Partnership recently announced a new initiative to provide support for small businesses in Orlando's seven-county region. The Business Recovery Assistance Collaborative Engagement (BRACE) program, which connects business owners with resources for their more immediate needs, essentially serves as a communications and case management platform for small businesses. BRACE provides a free service that helps to identify issues and then connect small businesses to the resources they need most. Please visit the frequently asked questions page for inquiries about BRACE.
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-NEW- Governor Authorizes Activation of "Full Phase 1" Effective May 18
On May 11, 2020, Governor DeSantis moved the state's reopening plans into Phase 1. "Full Phase 1" was activated on May 18, and sets forth the following:
- RESTAURANTS may increase indoor capacity to 50% (formerly 25%) with social distancing; outdoor seating encouraged.
- RETAILERS may increase capacity to 50% (formerly 25%) if permitted by local governments.
- BARBER SHOPS, HAIR AND NAIL SALONS can reopen (formerly closed) but must follow safety protocols.
- GYMS AND FITNESS CENTERS may operate up to 50% capacity (formerly closed); machines must be self-sanitized after use.
- MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES may operate at up to 50% capacity if allowed by the local government.
- NURSING HOMES are not allowing visitors.
- SCHOOLS continue with distance learning.
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Temporary/Emergency Measures Adopted by Titusville City Council in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
At the April 28, 2020, Titusville City Council meeting, staff recommended, and Council approved, a number of temporary/emergency measures in the hopes of helping small businesses to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, the following temporary measures will be in place for the next 90 days:
- Deferral of fire inspection fees.
- Waiver of review fees for existing small businesses for repairs or improvements costing less than $25,000.
- Approval of outdoor seating for restaurants within grassy, landscaped areas or parking areas, as approved by the City.NOTE: Outdoor seating will be limited to the grassy areas of the property and/or parking lot. Approval will not be granted for the removal of trees or other landscaping elements that are already required. If you would like to add outdoor seating to your place of business, please contact us so that we can assist with any on-site issues.
Career Source Brevard is now offering virtual workshops for workers and employers. We hope that you are able to benefit from one or more of these initiatives. To learn more, please contact Lisa Nicholas, Economic Development Director, at 321.567.3774.