Information about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
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Florida’s Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Claims)
If you have lost your job as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits. You may file for unemployment benefits by mail or online at: http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants
*Please note we are not the unemployment office.
Florida Reemployment Assistance Paper Application
You can pick up an application provided outside of our closed doors at one of our centers. Find the center closest to you. Our career centers are closed to the public for walk-in services until further notice.
FedEx is offering free printing and mailing options for Reemployment Assistance applications at over 100 storefronts across the state. Find a FedEx location.
Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application.
PIN Reset on CONNECT
Assistance to reset your PIN is available by submitting this form or calling 1-800-557-3242. You can also call the center closest to you:
Fort Myers Career Center (239) 931-8200
Naples Career Center (239) 436-4301
Port Charlotte Career Center (941) 235-5900
Immokalee Career Center (239) 658-3300
Clewiston Career Center (863) 983-6138
If you live outside our Southwest Florida area – Find your local career services.
You can reach us Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Check out the hottest jobs in Southwest Florida! Every week we will update it to give you the latest list of jobs in our area! Visit “Hot Jobs Opportunities“!
LeeCARES assistance for Lee County Residents
If you have lost your job or received reduced hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the LeeCARES program! Assistance with rent, mortgage and/or utilities payments are available. Childcare scholarships are provided at participating childcare providers. Click here for more information and how to apply.
CollierCares assistance for Collier County Residents
Nonprofits, health and public safety agencies, individuals, and businesses financially affected by COVID-19 should be on the lookout for information about applying for financial assistance as soon as July 27. Collier County is rolling out CollierCARES to distribute more than $67 million in recently allocated coronavirus relief funds. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package. Click here for more information, deadlines, and how to apply.
Charlotte Cares for Business Recovery Grant
The Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners have dedicated $1,645,000 to be allocated in four separate stages by business group.
Qualified applications for the first stage will be accepted beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, August 3, 2020, on a first-come, first serve basis while the funds last.
Click here for more information and how to apply.
Temporary Cash Assistance
Click here for a TCA applicant work registration – OSSTClient activity guide to help individuals who have applied for Temporary Cash Assistance with DCF and are required to complete the TCA Applicant work registration process.
If you are a Florida business owner, we’re here to help. In an effort to assist you and your employees amid COVID-19, there are resources available to support you financially. It is our mission to ensure that all Floridians have the opportunity to keep moving forward.
For a comprehensive overview of all federal and state resources available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, please see below or download business resources here.
If you have immediate job openings, please send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide: job titles, how to apply, wage information, and city where work will be performed.
Short time Compensation Program for Employers
The Short Time Compensation Program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.
The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.
Paycheck Protection Program
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Working capital loans to help small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations meet financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. Click here for details about this loan and how to apply.
SBA Debt Relief
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Debt Relief Program can provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 health crisis. Click here for frequently asked questions.
Damage Assessment Survey
Has your business been affected by COVID-19? Please fill out this survey to help determine damage to businesses and non-profits related to the impacts of the pandemic in Florida.
Small Business step-by-step Reopening Process
The Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council has developed an informative video for small businesses preparing to reopen. Watch here.
Florida Department of Revenue Extends Corporate Income Tax Filings
The Florida Department of Revenue issued an emergency order extending the deadline for certain corporate income tax filings. More information is available here.
Enterprise Florida’s Microfinance Guarantee Program
Enterprise Florida has a Microfinance Guarantee Program to provide access to credit for Florida entrepreneurs and small business through targeted loan guarantees. This program provides guarantees of up to 50 percent on loans of $250,000 or less. Find out more here.
Florida Manufacturers Survey
Teleworking Tips for your employees
The Florida Department of Management Services has shared teleworking tips to help employers and employees thrive and produce effective results while working remotely. Get more information here.
Resources for Veteran and Military Small Business Owners
The U.S. Small Business Administration has created a video to share resources available to veteran and military small business owners during COVID-19. Watch here.
Free Business Webinars on COVID-19
The International Economic Development Council has published a series of free business webinars on COVID-19. Access the webinars here.
IRS Extends Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave
The employer credit for paid family and medical leave has been extended until December 31, 2020, for small business owners who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees. Learn more here.
Save Small Business Fund
The Save Small Business Fund, administered by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, offers businesses $5,000 in grants to be applied toward expenses. See more here.