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 The City of North Port is dedicated to helping all residents stay prepared before an emergency, and stay safe during. This includes our local business owners. If you are looking how to protect your business in the wake of an emergency, check out the links below for pertinent info.

COVID-19 Business Resources

Many residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties have lost their jobs through no fault of their own as business operations have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The EDC has joined forces with other business organizations in Manatee and Sarasota counties to connect displaced workers with employers who need to fill staffing demands brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Employers can post jobs and workers can search for them at JobFocus.com, a service hosted by Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

They can also use the links below: 

CARES Act

Reemployment Assistance Application

Families First Coronavirus Act

Short Time Compensation Program

Governor DeSantis’ 20-91 Safer-At-Home Order

A list of essential retail and commercial businesses, which may remain open 

Bartender, Restaurant, and Tipped Employees Resources

SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses

F.E.M.A. Small Business

Paycheck Protection Program 

COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

Help Main Street Gift Card Service

Florida Chamber of Commerce Essential Business

Job Focus - Employment Opportunities

Looking for Unemployment/ Reemployment Assistance

Businesses Submit Your Job Openings

North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Pickup/To Go

North Port Chamber Virtual Services

Economic Development Corporation resources

COVID-19 resources for retailers from National Retail Federation

Take the Business Damage Assessment Survey.  The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.


 Other useful emergency links:

Sarasota County Business Hurricane Preparedness

Additional County Disaster Preparedness Info

Withum Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Florida Disaster Planning for Business

Disaster Recovery from Florida SBSC

Disaster Assistance from Enterprise Florida

Florida Disaster

Florida Legal information

Prevent Disruption

Additional Resources:

U.S. Chamber Foundation Resilience Box

U.S. Chamber Foundation Quick Guides

Department of Homeland Security Ready

North Port Area Chamber of Commerce