Tampa Bay's National Historic Landmark District

Our neighborhood is our family, and like all families, we want the best for you. We’ve put together resources for small businesses and residents that can be helpful during this difficult time.  

With over a century of historic achievements and a rich history of togetherness, we are confident we are going to persevere through this too – and come out stronger than before. 

Here are resources for businesses that can make this time easier on your operations and budget:

In order to expand One Tampa’s relief efforts to reach more businesses, the City of Tampa has launched Phase III of the relief program. Businesses that are considered critically impacted can qualify. Businesses do not have to be located in a low-income-census-tract or CRA zone like in previous phases.   

The City of Tampa plans to spend another $1.2 million to help approximately 580 small businesses that previously didn’t qualify for aid. While businesses must be located in the City of Tampa city limits, the previously required geographic zone parameters for Phase I & II are not applicable in Phase III. Phase III will start with businesses that were disqualified during Phase I or II but still in need of financial assistance. 

$2,000 checks will be delivered directly to “critically-impacted” businesses to help them aid in business expenses. Critically Impacted businesses are businesses that had to close or experience a significant reduction in revenue over the past few months due to COVID-19. 

The website has a tool to enter your Tax ID number to find out if your business is eligible.  

    • A small business with fewer than 500 employees  
    • A small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard  
    • A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees  
    • An individual who operates as a sole proprietor  
    • An individual who operates as an independent contractor 
    • An individual who is self-employed who regularly carries on any trade or business  
    • A Tribal business concern that meets the SBA size standard  
    • A 501(c)(19) Veterans Organization that meets the SBA size standard 

                 Here is a helpful checklist by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses take advantage of the financial assistance.  

                 Here is a small business owner’s guide to the CARES Act provided by the U.S. House and Senate  Small Businesses Committees. 

  • Florida/Local Small Business Loan Relief: This is the primary state and local organization responsible for helping small businesses receive financial aid in partnership with banks. The Paycheck Protection Program has forgiveness built into the loan program for certain business expenses. 
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): Now accepting applications for COVID-19 relief. Small Businesses can receive an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
  • Hillsborough County Rapid Response Recovery Assistance Program (R3): Hillsborough County has an Economic Recovery financial assistance program to assist local small businesses economically damaged by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Business owners can apply for one of three programs: 
    • Kickstart Small Business – up to $10,000 in working capital; for businesses with up to $3 million in annual revenue. 
    • Back to Work – up to $2,000 per employee in payroll incentives to hire or rehire workers; for businesses with up to $20 million in annual revenue. 
    • Safe at Work Matching – up to $10,000 matching reimbursement for the cost of qualifying workplace improvements directly related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19; for businesses with up to $20 million in annual revenue. 
  • Save Small Business Fund by The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and founding partner Vistaprint: This grant program provides assistance to small businesses owners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Foundation will distribute $5,000 grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities in the United States and its territories. Ybor City’s zip code of 33605 qualifies. 
  • Florida Chamber COVID-19 toolkit has several resources and news updated on a regular basis.
  • For nonprofits, here are loans available under the CARES Act. 


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