Coronavirus Relief & Recovery for Small Businesses

Our thoughts are with all who have been impacted by the recent outbreak of COVID-19. We know that this creates uncertainty, not only in your personal lives, but also in the business communities. As business owners and leaders it is important to remain informed and prepared as we navigate through these challenging and unprecedented times. Public health remains to be our number one priority and while recognizing social distancing is essential during this time, we do not want to overlook the importance of supporting our local economy. We compiled a list of resources now available for small business owners impacted by COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to update this page as new resources become available.

We would like to thank you for your tenacity, creativity and positive spirit as we all adapt to this new normal. Although these are uncertain times, one thing is certain, we are Tavares Strong and we will get through this together.

Bob Tweedie, Economic Development Director



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As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act federal stimulus package, Lake County is allocating up to $15.5 million in emergency relief to help support local businesses, 501(c)(3) Non-profits and Chambers of Commerce with a commercial presence within the County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying businesses may be eligible to receive a one-time grant to help them recover from the negative financial consequences resulting from the pandemic and is available on a first come first serve basis for accurate and complete applications. 

Eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations can visit Elevate Lake CARES Eligibility to review eligibility criteria and required documentation.

The Lake CARES Act Helpline is (352) 268-9299 and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To view more information about the CARES Act Fund Programs for both Businesses and Residents, visit CARES Act Fund

Orlando Economic Partnership Brace Program

The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) has launched a Business Recovery Assistance and Collaborative Engagement (BRACE) program. A communications and case management platform, BRACE provides a free service that helps identify and then connect small businesses to the resources they need most.

State and Federal Resources for Employers and Individuals 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has compiled a list of both state and federal resources to assist communities, businesses and Florida residents who are faced with unemployment.