Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small business guidance & loan resources

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

​Small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency. If your business needs capital to get through this difficult time, please visit the SBA’s website.

Additional resources that can be found on this page:

  • Coronavirus Funding Options
  • Guidance for Businesses and Employers
  • Local Assistance
  • SBA Products and Resources
  • Government Contracting

Please visit the SBA’s website at

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Types of Loans

As of July 2021, the SBA continues to offer COVID-19 financial assistance relief for small businesses across the country. At this time, the following types of assistance are available:

The SBA is no longer offering Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans as of May 31, 2021.

For more information visit the SBA Coronarvirus (COVID-19) page at

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described in the below link to determine risk of COVID-19 infection. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019. Learn more at the CDC website for guidance on the business response at

CDC Guidelines

Learn more and view the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus here.

OSHA Guidelines

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Learn more and view the Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 pdf at


10 steps to start your business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of activities.

Learn more about starting your business on the U.S. Small Business Administration website at

Need help? Contact Santos Morales at 813-699-5811 or email

Want to start a business outside of Wimauma? 

The Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals

Visit their website at: 

Bootcamp for Businesses Starting in January 2022! 

United Way Suncoast and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council will be partnering with the Bootstrap Business School to host the Bootstrap Business Camp starting January 8th, 2022 and running until January 22nd, 2022. Full scholarships are available for all applicants (worth $2,700) which means this program is FREE! This 2-week camp is good for anyone who wants to start a business or grow an existing business (especially if your current business needs help with marketing and learning how to make a profit).

The camp will be run entirely virtual.

Get more information or submit your application at:

Posted on: 11/18/2021

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