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Emergency Small Business Grant and Antibody Testing

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 27, 2020)- Seminole County continues to respond to COVID-19. Two key takeaways from today’s press conference include the advent of the Emergency Small Business Grant, as well as the upcoming partnership between Seminole County and OneBlood to provide easily accessible antibody testing. Details on both as follows:

EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANT
Seminole County Government announced today that small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for a one-time grant to help offset the significant loss of revenue during this global pandemic.

“As we begin the staged reopening of Seminole County and our residents return to their places of work, Seminole County wants to ensure our small businesses have what they need to successfully reopen,” said County Chairman Jay Zembower. “These grants are intended for businesses 25 employees or less, many of which were hit hardest during the shutdown.”

Seminole County Government’s small business grant program will assist eligible businesses with expenses such as mortgage or rent costs, utilities, payroll, or the purchase of materials necessary for reopening or operating during social distancing mandates. Funding will be limited to businesses with low-to-moderate income employees and must be located within Seminole County. Full program details can be found here: http://seminolecountyfl.gov/businessinseminole.

GRANT OVERVIEW:

• Up to $5,000 for qualifying small businesses with a physical location in Seminole County or one of the county’s six cities (businesses located within the City of Sanford should apply for the city’s small business grant);
• Businesses with low-to-moderate income employees as designated by the Federal Housing Administration FY2020 Income Limits are eligible. Primary business sectors include restaurants, bars, retail, personal services (salons, child/elderly care, laundry/cleaning services, pet care), repair and maintenance services, fitness centers, and event services;
• Grants may be used to offset commercial rent or mortgage payments, utilities, payroll, employee support or retention programs, or investment in PPE equipment;
• Businesses should visit the Small Business Grant website for further details related to criteria, required documentation, and the application process.

Seminole County Economic Development will begin accepting pre-applications on Monday, June 1st. Funding distribution is anticipated in mid-July.

ANTIBODY TESTING
OneBlood and Seminole County will be partnering together for several upcoming blood drives. As donors give blood at these blood drives, the blood will also be tested for antibodies.  These blood drives will take place at various Seminole County parks and locations.

• Sanlando Park – Tuesday, June 9th, 10am-3pm
• Boombah Soldiers Creek Park – Tuesday, June 9th, 10am-3pm
• Red Bug Lake Park – Tuesday, June 9th, 10am-3pm
• Sylvan Lake Park – Tuesday, June 9th, 10am-3pm
• Seminole County Government – County Services – Tuesday, June 9th, 10am-3pm
• Boombah Seminole County Sports Complex – Wednesday, June 10th, 10am-3pm
• Museum of Seminole County History – Wednesday, June 10th, 10am-3pm

All donors need to make an appointment to donate. Appointments can be made on oneblood.org or by calling 1888-9-Donate.

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available Monday-Saturday from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. by phone to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 at 407-665-0000. Spanish-speaking operators are on standby to assist.

Visit PrepareSeminole.org for information related to COVID-19 in Seminole County.

Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to receive updates from Seminole County Office of Emergency Management.

Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL).

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