Welcome to Santa Rosa County’s official site for information and resources available to local businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. We understand this situation puts an incredible strain on you, your families, and your employees. We want to help you get through it and return to normal operations as soon as is safely possible. Our commitment to you is threefold: We will bring to bear all the resources at our disposal to help you. We will work with our state and federal partners to access additional assistance as it is available. And, we will be transparent — you will know what we know as soon as we know it. Please refer to this site often as we will continually update the information here and add more business assistance programs if and when they are available.
On April 29, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis has released a plan to reopen Florida’s economy. Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. The plan’s guiding principles include public health and safety, protection of the vulnerable, health care system readiness, economic recovery, protection of civil liberties and maintaining individual rights, public confidence, and partnership with local communities.
Gulf Power, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has decided to fund a second round of the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Gulf Power will fund the grant with a contribution of $300,000. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Each applicant OR business can only receive one grant.