Business Resources

The City of Largo remains committed to helping the business community. Largo’s Emergency Management team is regularly monitoring the evolving health concerns in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and taking the proactive measures necessary to help protect the health and well-being of our City. For the latest updates, information and resources, including updates about facility closures, visit Largo.com/COVID19.

LOOKING FOR UPDATES ABOUT THE BUSINESS CONTINUITY PROGRAM?
The application period for the City of Largo's Business Continuity Program will open starting the morning of Fri, May 1. A link to the online application portal will be posted on the Business Continuity Program page. Information regarding business eligibility is currently posted.

QUESTIONS?
Largo Economic Development will remain operational to assist customers via phone and email. Please contact us at ecodev@largo.com for assistance or contact us at 727-586-7360. In addition to checking this page often for resource updates, please follow our Facebook and Linkedin pages to be updated as additional resources become available.

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Largo Business Services

The City of Largo is following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for social distancing and has closed Largo City Hall to the public. This decision was made in response to emerging public health concerns of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and a proactive measure to ensure the health and safety of our staff, residents, and customers.

  • The Building Division will continue functioning for permitting and plan review via online, mail in and drop-off options, with inspections. Permit review times may be delayed in particular cases. Learn more about Building Division services offered at this time.
  • The City’s Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department understands that some commercial customers have had service hours cut-back or eliminated by state law or due to health concerns, resulting a reduction of solid waste materials. Staff is available to analyze your current needs and make recommendations on service changes, as needed. Learn more about options available to commercial customers.
Largo Business Continuity Program
The application period for the City of Largo's Business Continuity Program will open starting the morning of Fri, May 1. A link to the online application portal will be posted on the Business Continuity Program page. Information regarding business eligibility is currently posted.
Business Damage Assessment Survey
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local businesses, including those in Pinellas County. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement economic relief programs for businesses can begin.
Purchasing
  • The Division of State Purchasing organized the Florida Emergency Supplier Network and Florida Emergency Purchasing Network to assist state agencies and local governments with purchasing functions during emergencies.
  • Due to COVID-19, our partners at Pinellas County Economic Development are working with Pinellas County Emergency Management to identify local businesses that may be able to support the manufacture of alternate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and eye protection. Additionall, Pinellas County is proactively collecting donations of PPE, disinfectants, and medical devices for our hospitals, first responders, emergency medical services, nursing homes, and healthcare workers. If you are able to donate, sell or manufacture these supplies to help at this time, please visit the informational page  from Pinellas County. The page includes information on the specific types of products needed. Other items such as food, clothing, and blankets, are not requested at this time. But if you would like to donate to our local food banks, please visit the informational page and scroll down for locations.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
To help small businesses owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs that are available to them, the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress. These programs and iniatiatives are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.

When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

To keep up to date on the availability of these programs, please stay in contact with your local SBA District Office. Largo's nearest SBA Office can be contacted at:

South Florida Disrict Office
(Tampa Alternate Work Site)
SBA District Office
501 East Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1210
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 228-2100 Ext. 24
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Or, visit the SBA website to locate your nearest SBA Office. 
Loans
Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering susbstantial economic injury as a result of COVID-10. The agency is offering up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. Apply online. The deadline to apply is December 18, 2020.
Restaurants, hotels, bars and nightclubs
Workforce
  • CareerSource Pinellas is committed to continue finding ways to assist with employment needs during this difficult time, including virtual services such as Virtual Career Fairs. Learn more about information on the resources currently available to eligible individuals and employers, including reemployment assistance and accessing the Employ Florida webpage.
Resources for Employees
For the latest unemployment/reemployment assistance information, please visit the Largo Library information page.

 

REOPENING YOUR WORKPLACE
Looking for resources on reopening your business or workplace? Read the information below to learn more how you can reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

State of Florida & Pinellas County Guidance for Phase 1 Reopening
On April  29, 2020 the Florida Governor issued Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery. The plan allows for the phased opening of non-essential services and activities, and requires all individuals to continue following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) safety and social distancing guidelines. Read more about the state orders for business closures, reopenings and guidance on Pinellas County's information page.

More Guidance for Businesses
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has provided interim guidance for businesses and employers, including planning and consideration if there are more widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
  • The US Department of Labor has dedicated webpage for workers and employers about the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing explores to and infection from COVID-19. The page also offers the latest OSHA resources related to COVID-19, including how to work respirators correctly at work and Guidance for restaurant and beverage vendors offering curbside pickup. 
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has created a Coronavirus Response Toolkit with recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. The toolkit includes sharable graphics based on the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) latest guidance for businesses and employees.
  • The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has compiled some videos on Small Business Planning for Reopening & Future Successes, and other topics. Visit the Florida SBDC page.
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