R3 Economic Recovery Financial Assistance
- On June 22nd, Hillsborough County Business Owners can review the grant specifics and set up username and password in the grant portal.
- On June 30th the grant applications OPEN
Small business owners across Hillsborough County who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic soon will be able to apply for $100 million in relief grants that aim to help get business back up and running again.
Business can qualify for one of three different grants:
- Kickstart Small Business Grant - up to $10,000 in working capital, for businesses with up to $3 million in annual revenue
- Back to Work Grant - up to $2,000 per employee in payroll incentives to hire or rehire workers, for businesses with up to $20 million in annual revenue
- Safe at Work Grant - up to $10,000 matching reimbursement for the cost of qualifying workplace improvements directly related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, for businesses with up to $20 million in annual revenue
Beginning on Monday, June 22, business owners can review the grant details and set up a username and password in the grant portal.
Hillsborough County’s Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3) is designed to maximize the impact of the federal CARES Act funding. The initiative aims to create programs that target communities in the greatest need, simplify the application process for businesses, and quickly inject strategic funding that can do the most economic good in the fastest time-frame.
Application periods will be phased in to give a head start to the smallest and most economically vulnerable businesses in our community. Business owners can use HCFLGov.net/R3Biz to look up their address to find out if they are in an economically distressed area.
**Much of the SouthShore area is not included in the "qualified economic distressed areas". Commissioner Murman and the SouthShore Chamber are advocating for our local businesses and hope to have more inclusion before the open date of June 30th.**
Business owners can apply for grants for multiple businesses, but each business can only get one grant from Hillsborough County.
While the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce works to promote business and return to normal post COVID, we must pause to recognize that at this moment life is anything but business as usual. People across our nation are rallying for social justice and change and we hear you. We stand against racism, inequality and discrimination of any kind. Diversity is what makes SouthShore such a strong community- a community that is united and works together to support one another whenever there is a need. Along the way we learn from each other and as we continue to open ourselves up and see things from many different perspectives.
We are saddened by the violence and damage that took place this past week around our state and our country. We all stood outraged as we watched the horrible and unjust murder of George Floyd.
We also acknowledge the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office , particularly the deputies of District 4, as we recognize the difficult and dangerous jobs you have. We greatly honor those of you who are responsible, respectful and fair and we encourage you to stand with us to promote a safer and more united community.
The SouthShore area is an amazing, diverse and resilient community of people and businesses who care about and support each other. We stand with each and every one of you. Let’s continue to work together to ensure that every voice is heard and that SouthShore remains a safe community that we can all call home. Together we will rise to the challenges as we always have.
The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is working towards finding resources for businesses and community residents to come together and have the difficult conversations that ultimately would help strengthen and unify all of us.
We endeavor to inform our community of unifying resources and programs that are sponsored, endorsed or hosted by the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce.
We will once again remain SouthShore STRONG- from all of this we will actively listen more and continue to BE KIND to all. We encourage you to do the same.
Melanie Davis, Executive Director
Annafe Coburn, Executive Assistant
SouthShore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Dear SouthShore Chamber Members,
We have been making contact with as many members as possible just to check-in and see how you are doing. If we haven't gotten to you yet, be patient with us- we will! Although there seems to be no magic wand that we can wave to make it all better, it is nice just to speak with all of you and hear what you are doing to get through this ever-challenging time.
We started an open community Facebook page called "Open for Business SouthShore". I'd like to encourage you to "like" this page and keep your info updated on it. If you do not have Facebook, we will gladly post your information for you. This page will serve as a resource for the community to keep them updated, in real-time...of what is still open in the SouthShore area. For businesses and non-profits, it's a great way to stay connected with the community as well.
During the first two weeks of this craziness, we featured the status of the food/beverage industry members but this one is for ALL service industries in our community. We also ask that you SHARE the page so we can get maximum exposure for the content on there.
We will continue to email out any information we feel may be of value for our members.
I am participating in a "chamber specific" COVID-19 Statewide conference call tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to this call as it will be nice to hear what is going on in other business communities around our state and what other chambers are doing to help their members. I will definitely update everyone with what I learn on this call.
This is a crazy, uncertain time and I want to make sure we do not slowly "disconnect" from our members.... please be assured that we are working for you. Without our members, we have no purpose so we are here for YOU! As all of you know one of our main specialties at the SouthShore Chamber are our awesome EVENTS..... trust me when I tell you we are going to have the most AMAZING, wonderful event just as soon as we are cleared too! You can count on that! It will be a huge celebration day in SouthShore once this is behind us. Hang in there, we are all in the same boat! We are SouthShore STRONG and we got this!
Covid-19 Informational Links
- Small Business Association, SBDC Florida – Covid-19 Business Disaster Recovery Assistance - CARES Act
- The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
- Facebook Small Business Grants (TBA)
- Hillsborough County Covid-19 News for Business
- CareerSouce Tampa Bay Covid-19 Tool Kit
- GrowFL Covid-19 Business Resources
- Business Damage Assessment Survey
- CDC Covid-19 Public Information
- CDC Covid-19 Business Response Guidance
- Florida Health Covid-19 Statistics
The SouthShore Chamber merged two historic Chambers in July of 2011, combining Apollo Beach and Ruskin. The Apollo Beach Chamber was founded in 1985 originally as an all volunteer Welcome Center. the Ruskin Chamber goes back to 1928 and was the very first chamber in Southern Hillsborough County.
These two communities of SouthShore offer the ideal blend of natural beauty, relaxation and recreation. The area combines both waterfront and rural communities which are fast becoming business destinations as the Tampa Bay area grows.
The mission of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is to commit ourselves to growth through proper planning, new membership acquisition and servicing of existing members through value-added projects.
We seek continuous improvement in our ability to provide the leadership needed for effective economic development.
Our vision is to preserve our historic heritage while meeting the changing business needs of our community.
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