COVID-19 – Resources to Help Your Businesses Navigate the Pandemic

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Nationwide, the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has left businesses, both big and small, grappling with how to run a business, implement remote work plans, and communicate to their consumers.

Read on to explore various resources and tips that can help you and your business navigate COVID-19.

Take Advantage of Slow Times

Everyone is struggling to deal with Coronavirus COVID-19 and the economic aftermath is sure to be unprecedented as well. Looking ahead, virtually every business should be preparing to experience slow times and planning for how to they’ll operate during these times. This is especially true here in Southwest Florida as we also approach off-season.  

Download our free eBook to learn some easy ways to boost your business now and in the days ahead.

Click here to download your copy.

Financial Hardship and Assistance

For our partners, friends, and colleagues who may be facing financial distress due to COVID-19, there are resources available that can help. Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced this program for our state. Read more about it to see if it makes a good fit for you and your business.

Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey

The Governor has also activated this assessment survey. If you own or operate a business, taking a moment to complete it could help ensure funding availability for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Updates to Online Business Platforms / Channels

Google+ / Google My Business

Google is among several platforms that have put some temporary limitations and delays in support in place. Specifically, Google My Business (reviews, listings, etc.) features are on hold as they prioritize critical services. 

During this time, users will not be able to post any new reviews to business pages and the ability to publish responses to reviews is also suspended temporarily. In addition, the new Q&A function is unavailable too. 

Businesses are still able to, and should, continue to update their listing(s) with any information about new hours, temporary closures, takeout options, etc. Additional information about making updates to your business listing can be found by clicking here.

Yelp 

On March 20, the business directory service and review forum announced $25 million in relief that’s primarily focused on supporting independent, local restaurant and nightlife businesses. The relief comes in the form of waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services during this time.

To read more about it and determine if the relief might benefit your business, click here.

Facebook

Facebook has created a new resource hub for brands effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This hub provides businesses with useful and helpful information on how they can navigate through disruptions in operations. Read more.

Support from Media

Media outlets in our area and beyond are also providing ways to support the local community by creating and launching platforms that allow businesses to let people know they’re open. Businesses can also share details about how they’re operating amid the pandemic as a way to encourage continued business.

Florida Weekly

Florida Weekly debuted a new free tool on their existing website that enables businesses to share information and updates about what they’re doing. You can post text and/or images with details about extra precautions being taken, temporary closures, limited hours, special offers/promotions or menus, curbside or delivery options, etc.

Consider adding your business’ information here.

Gannett

Gannett, the owner of USA Today and more than 260 local media groups, has announced the launch of a nationwide website to help local small business that have been significantly impacted by Coronavirus.

Locally, this effort includes publications like News-Press and Naples Daily News.   

You can add your business’ information directly to the Support Local website.

Chamber of Commerce Support

Your local chamber is a valuable resource to keep in mind during this time. Many chambers offer current and reliable resources and information for businesses and professionals.

For our locally based partners in the greater Fort Myers area, find the latest resources in business, education, health, and more on the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s special website. Here, you can also upload and share your business’ information.

In addition, the Greater Naples Chamber has also debuted a page with COVID-19 specific resources. Click here to learn more.

Stay Connected, Get More Updates

As the days go on, we’ll be sharing additional tips and resources on our social media channels as it becomes available.

For more information on how PTE can help you manage this difficult time, contact us.