Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani shares an update on the Orlando region’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and support its business community, including information on the CARES Act and #PickUpOrlando

One month ago, we were just beginning to learn about Covid-19. Now, most of us are taking the threat of this illness very seriously. It’s impacting our everyday lives. Navigating this crisis is not easy…particularly as we see job loss, struggling businesses, and our economy slow down while we wait at home.  

Our healthcare providers, local elected officials, and business community deserve much of the credit for their leadership and for taking bold steps to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. 

When times are tough, Orlando comes together. We support each other – even at a distance. I hope that by now, you’ve utilized the resources and tools the Partnership has provided on Orlando.org/covid19. If not, I urge you to access the Resource, Policy Action, Assistance and Research Centers where you’ll find things like our webinar series on a variety of topics including how to get business recovery assistance. 

We’re adding information there as new developments come into play…like the CARES Act, just signed into law. This federal stimulus package will deliver $377 billion in emergency relief to small businesses. This includes paycheck protection, small business debt relief, emergency economic injury disaster loans and grants, and specific provisions related to employer taxes. Please look for information on CARES on our website and reach out to us if you need more guidance. 

And finally, as we support one another, and pick up our community. I encourage you to share what you’re doing. And I encourage you to post how you #PickUpOrlando by sharing a photo of yourself supporting a local business, tagging three friends and asking them to do the same. 

We are all in this together…and together we can minimize the impact that COVID –19 has on our community.