Recover Manatee: Coronavirus Business Recovery Resources


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

With the additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package, SBA has resumed processing EIDL loans on a first come, first-served basis. The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is a longer term low-interest financing from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

 Additionally, as part of the 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.  The SBA has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020. We strongly encourage Manatee businesses to actively engage with their bank or credit union to apply for this relief.

The State of Florida has waived the 2% guaranty fee of the Microfinance Guarantee Program. This is an alternate source of financing for entrepreneurs and small businesses that employ 25 employees or less, or have an annual revenue of $1.5 million or less. Interested entrepreneurs or small business owners should apply directly to the Participating Local Lenders. The program provides guarantees up to 50% on loans of $250,000 or less.



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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