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FAQs of Unemployment

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:28pm



I’ve lost my job or my hours have been reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic. Can I get unemployment benefits?


Yes. Go to or call 1-800-204-2418 to apply. Those who are eligible will be able to get up to $275 per week for up to 12 weeks in state unemployment benefits, as well as an additional $600 per week for up to four months in federal benefits.


I’m having trouble getting through to Florida’s unemployment benefits website. What should I do?


This is a frequent complaint due to the large number of applicants. The Governor’s office is in charge, and they told us they are working urgently to improve the site. I will continue to press the issue.


I am self-employed or an independent contractor. Do these benefits apply to me?


Yes, thanks to a new federal law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Go to or call 1-800-204-2418 to apply.


My small business is suffering as a result of the pandemic. What resources are available to me?


There are a number of different opportunities. The new Paycheck Protection Program provides assistance to employers to maintain their payroll and expenses during this public health emergency. These will be available retroactively from Feb. 15, 2020.


Beginning on April 3rd, businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day. These loans feature eight weeks fully forgivable funds to cover payroll, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.


Small businesses are also eligible to apply online for immediate relief through Economic Injury Disaster Loans for an advance of up to $10,000 within three days, and Emergency Bridge Loans to help bridge the short-term gap in resources available. Subscribe to SBA emails for updates on available webinars and other resources.


I heard the government will be sending checks to people. How do I know if I qualify and when will I get my payment?


If you make $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) or less per year, you will receive a payment of $1,200, with an additional $500 per child (16 and under). This payment decreases as incomes increase and stops entirely at $99,000 ($198,000 for married couples).


Payments will be issued by the IRS via direct deposit and will be based on your 2019 tax returns. If you have not filed for 2019 yet, then it will be based on your 2018 filling. If the IRS does not have your bank account information on file there will be an opportunity to submit this information to the IRS online. If you do not typically file a tax return, you will likely need to file a simple tax return to receive the economic assistance.


I’m on Social Security. Will I still get a stimulus check?


Yes. Everyone is eligible for the payments as long as they have a social security number and meet the household incomes limits listed above. This includes Social Security beneficiaries (retirement, disability, survivor) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. You will receive this money the same way you receive your Social Security payments.


DELRAY BEACH MARKET-03.20.2020 Update

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 12:57pm

DELRAY BEACH MARKET-03.20.2020 Update

#33 SE 3RD Avenue

Delray Beach


We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that we will be commencing our concrete shell

construction activities at the above referenced project on April 13, 2020 until November 20, 2020. There

are closures that will happen along SE 3rd Ave. See attached document to show the exact dates when

the MOT will be happening so you can plan accordingly.

All of our construction related activities are scheduled to take place between 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

on weekdays and occasionally on Saturday. We intend to keep noise down to a minimum, take measures

to control dust, and coordinate the movement of vehicles to minimize traffic interruptions for the



We would like to extend our appreciation for your patience and we understand that there will be

inconveniences to you during this construction process and we will do our best to minimize the impact

of the project for you, your family and your property.


If you have any concerns that you would like addressed, please contact us at and we will be glad to help in any way possible.


Thank you,


Christian Rivera


MOT Dates:

1. March 25 thru March 26, 2020: 48 hr. single lane closure for crane rig

disassembly. See attachment A.

2. April 13 thru November 20, 2020: Concrete shell structure construction. See

attachment B.

3. April 27 & 28, 2020: 48 hr. SE 3rd Ave full closure for erection of tower

crane. See attachment C.

See attached MOT plan A, B & C for the construction of the concrete shell


COVID-19 Emergency Loans -- Small Business Guide and Checklist

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:30am

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program.

In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Here are the questions yo may be asking--and what you need to know.




SBA Small Business Webinars & Workshops

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 12:40pm

COVID-19 Webinars (4/6 - 4/8)

The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19. 

Limited to the first 1000 callers.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (SPANISH)
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 7999184
Entry Link:

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 2743141
Entry Link:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 9503517
Entry Link:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (SPANISH)
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 9449193
Entry Link: 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 5215600
Entry Link: 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 1671546
Entry Link:

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (SPANISH)
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 9039175
Entry Link: 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 5550236
Entry Link:


How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Your Business – From Vision to Reality

Introducción a los Estados Financieros Webinar

HR Roundtable Lunch & Learn: Dysfunctional Team? What you can do

Webinar - SBA Programs for Veterans Looking to Start or Grow their Business

Build Revenue With An Effective Marketing Strategy

Thinking of Owning a Business? . . . An introduction to what's involved

Ways to Connect with SBA South Florida:
Twitter: @SBA_SouthFL
Subscribe to our YouTube channel!


Downtown Delray Beach Businesses Show they Care

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 4:37pm

Downtown Delray Beach Businesses are there for you! And are creating opportunities for you to be there for others!

As our businesses adjust to this turbulent time, many are trying to find ways to help others - read on to see customer service at its highest level. Could we BE more proud?

Below are downtown businesses that are putting their efforts towards helping those on the front lines and those in need. They invite you to join them with your donations! If you are a Downtown Delray Beach business also fighting the good fight contact us at so we can get the word out there and band together during this unprecedented time!



Local Designer, Amanda Perna (brand: House of Perna) is creating masks for those who need them. Buy yourself, a loved one, a first responder or anyone you know who might need one and one gets donated to first responders and those on the front lines! She also has created a sewing pattern so you can sew masks at home and take part in this wonderful cause. As well, she is taking donations to buy more fabric. Head to The House of Perna website for more information!


Papas Tapas, a local favorite for excellent Spanish tapas and sangria is not only offering 25% off to first responders - they have been running a donation effort to provide FREE meals to first responders - If you donate $10, a meal goes to a worker on the front lines - call for details! 561-266-0599  OR  click HERE for more information:


From March 18th—20th, downtown Delray Beach restaurants: Prime Delray, Pizza Rustica, Tin Roof, The Office Delray, Sazio Express, Two Fat Cookies, Caffe Luna Rosa and Rose's Daughter donated 300 meals to homebound seniors who normally visit Pompey Park and Veterans Park Monday through Friday for complimentary lunch. With the newly implemented social distancing requirements due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), these complementary lunches were put on hold. These restaurants stepped up and all meals were delivered by Delray Beach's Freebee cart and the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation department assisted with the delivery of meals to 100 homebound seniors. 

Thank you to the restaurants donating 100 meals a day for our local seniors!


Hospitality Industry Meal Giveaway on 3/27

"To our industry family, we have a special care package headed your way. This Friday (3.27) we are giving away 2 Paper Planes, 1 appetizer and an entree for two. Vegetarian options also available, offer is valid while supplies last. #paperplanetogo"

See the Death or Glory Bar Instagram account for more details


Hospitality Helping Hands (H3) is a recently organized network of three established Delray not-for-profits (Living Hungry, the Delray Beach Homelessness Task Force, WiseTribe) and two established restaurants, Dada and Subculture Coffee. Together they are cutting through the complexity of closed schools, social distancing, job loss, and disrupted supply chains to deliver food to those most in need.

The concept is simple. Restaurants and not-for-profits band together to establish community kitchens to produce and distribute healthy, nutritious meals to children, the elderly and the needy and at the same time provide some limited employment to our suffering restaurant colleagues. We are striving to take the fear of “where do I get my next meal” away from everyone who is suffering emotionally and financially.

UPDATES on how H3 will be operating to come soon!