Recover Manatee: Coronavirus Business Recovery Resources

Partner Updates & Resources

The REO Economic Development Team has been working alongside our partners to support our business community and entrepreneurs as this pandemic continues to evolve. Business resources will provide guidance to assist you in addressing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Partners Page will be updated as information is received.

Recover Manatee: Your Go-To Business Information Kit

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Your business and your workforce matter to us. The overall health and sustainability of this community depends on our businesses’ ability to cope, adapt, and recover. Having the right information and access to resources is the first step. Use our website to access these resources, or download our PDF version of the Recover Manatee guide.

All local businesses are encouraged to register themselves at to continue receiving information on funding and resources as they become available in the future.

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Small Businesses

For short-term assistance, the State of Florida Small Business Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

For longer term low-interest financing, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications for disaster loans from small businesses through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Additionally, as part of the newly enacted CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses


If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Florida Reemployment Assistance.

Stay Informed

Stay Informed about COVID-19 with Official Information from Manatee County:

Providing resources and support to Manatee County’s local businesses and workforce is a top priority for the Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department (REO). Along with our business partners, state and federal organizations, and chambers of commerce, more than ever we want to provide information that will assist businesses and employees in making a full recovery during these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Bruno Kapacinskas
  • (941) 748-4501, ext. 6218
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