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Swinton Ave. Resurfacing Project

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 12:10pm

Swinton Ave. Resurfacing Project in Delray Beach begins contract time this Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020. No lane closures are expected through this first week, as the contractor will be focusing on installing signage, mobilizing equipment and prepping to begin work activities.

 

Swinton Avenue Resurfacing Project

Description: This 1.5-mile roadway improvements project is expected to begin Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020, in the city of Delray Beach. Work includes milling and resurfacing, adding 5-foot wide sidewalk on the west side of the roadway from S 10th Street to S 3rd Street, drainage, signage and pavement marking upgrades including roadway striping for shared use travel lanes, and minor signalization improvements to existing equipment.

Cost/Completion: $1.4 million. Completion is expected in early 2021.

Traffic Impact:

·       All lanes are open. Please see project info flyer attached. For more information, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Meredith Cruz at 561-641-6440.

FAQs of Unemployment

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:28pm

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING UNEMPLOYMENT

 

I’ve lost my job or my hours have been reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic. Can I get unemployment benefits?

 

Yes. Go to https://connect.myflorida.com or call 1-800-204-2418 to apply. Those who are eligible will be able to get up to $275 per week for up to 12 weeks in state unemployment benefits, as well as an additional $600 per week for up to four months in federal benefits.

 

I’m having trouble getting through to Florida’s unemployment benefits website. What should I do?

 

This is a frequent complaint due to the large number of applicants. The Governor’s office is in charge, and they told us they are working urgently to improve the site. I will continue to press the issue.

 

I am self-employed or an independent contractor. Do these benefits apply to me?

 

Yes, thanks to a new federal law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Go to https://connect.myflorida.com or call 1-800-204-2418 to apply.

 

My small business is suffering as a result of the pandemic. What resources are available to me?

 

There are a number of different opportunities. The new Paycheck Protection Program provides assistance to employers to maintain their payroll and expenses during this public health emergency. These will be available retroactively from Feb. 15, 2020.

 

Beginning on April 3rd, businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day. These loans feature eight weeks fully forgivable funds to cover payroll, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.

 

Small businesses are also eligible to apply online for immediate relief through Economic Injury Disaster Loans for an advance of up to $10,000 within three days, and Emergency Bridge Loans to help bridge the short-term gap in resources available. Subscribe to SBA emails for updates on available webinars and other resources.

 

I heard the government will be sending checks to people. How do I know if I qualify and when will I get my payment?

 

If you make $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) or less per year, you will receive a payment of $1,200, with an additional $500 per child (16 and under). This payment decreases as incomes increase and stops entirely at $99,000 ($198,000 for married couples).

 

Payments will be issued by the IRS via direct deposit and will be based on your 2019 tax returns. If you have not filed for 2019 yet, then it will be based on your 2018 filling. If the IRS does not have your bank account information on file there will be an opportunity to submit this information to the IRS online. If you do not typically file a tax return, you will likely need to file a simple tax return to receive the economic assistance.

 

I’m on Social Security. Will I still get a stimulus check?

 

Yes. Everyone is eligible for the payments as long as they have a social security number and meet the household incomes limits listed above. This includes Social Security beneficiaries (retirement, disability, survivor) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. You will receive this money the same way you receive your Social Security payments.

 

COVID-19 Emergency Loans -- Small Business Guide and Checklist

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:30am

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program.

In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Here are the questions yo may be asking--and what you need to know.

 

 

 

SBA Small Business Webinars & Workshops

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 12:40pm

COVID-19 Webinars (4/6 - 4/8)

The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19. 

Limited to the first 1000 callers.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (SPANISH)
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 7999184
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823958

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 2743141
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823968

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 9503517
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824071

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (SPANISH)
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 9449193
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823960 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 5215600
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823969 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 1671546
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824072

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (SPANISH)
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 9039175
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823962 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694; Code: 5550236
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823970

OLD WEBINARS:

How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Your Business – From Vision to Reality

Introducción a los Estados Financieros Webinar

HR Roundtable Lunch & Learn: Dysfunctional Team? What you can do

Webinar - SBA Programs for Veterans Looking to Start or Grow their Business

Build Revenue With An Effective Marketing Strategy

Thinking of Owning a Business? . . . An introduction to what's involved

Ways to Connect with SBA South Florida:
Websitewww.sba.gov/southflorida 
EmailSouthFlorida_DO@sba.gov
Twitter: @SBA_SouthFL
Subscribe to our YouTube channel!


 

Ways to Support Small Businesses in Downtown Delray Beach During COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 6:31pm

Ways to Support Small Businesses in Downtown Delray Beach

In Downtown Delray Beach, small business is key. The fabric of our downtown is mom and pop stores, our vibrant and delicious restaurants, creative art galleries, hotel accommodations, educational museums, coffee shops, bakeries, candy stores, and much more! The lively hood of these businesses relies on serving both visitors and local residents.

Due to the rapid spread of the novel COVID-19 virus, downtown events and gatherings have been canceled until further notice resulting in the loss of revenue among our locally owned, small businesses. They need community support more than ever right now! 

Here are some ways you can help: Make a purchase online from a local business in the coming days or weeks. Whether it's for yourself or for family or friends a small gift card, food delivery, curbside pick-up, social media orders, or online orders…

  • We know most of you are professional Amazon orderers, so see what you can shift over to your local businesses. Chocolate, coffee, clothing, books, art and more can be delivered right to your door. 
  • Many local restaurants are providing curbside pick-up, delivery through platforms like Delivery Dudes, UberEats, Postmates, Grubhub, etc., the option to purchase gift cards directly on their website or by phone, and pop-up produce and liquor pick-up.
  • Tickets for future hands-on classes or events can be purchased now in order to help keep small businesses running, gift cards for retail shops, curbside pick-up for phone or website orders as well as delivery for online orders are still available!

Below, we've rounded up what our businesses in Downtown Delray are offering (Note: we will continue to update this list as we receive more information!)

If you don't see a business you're looking for, you can always give them a call directly to ask what options they may have. If you can't afford to make a purchase right now, consider sharing this page with a friend or family member who may be interested in helping! Remember: Any little thing helps right now. 
 


ATTN: Downtown Delray Beach Businesses: If you don't see your offering or website link listed here, email us at dda@downtowndelraybeach.com—we'll evaluate and add you to the list if we can!


Please note that some businesses in the Downtown Delray area are fully open (within the compliance of the City ordinance), some restaurants have moved to takeout service only and some may be temporarily closed. These statuses will be fluid so you should check websites and social media for updates before traveling. The Downtown Development Authority is currently tracking businesses that are temporarily closed. Please click here to see the most up-to-date list!

Accommodations:

For advanced bookings:

Arts & Culture (Attractions)

Online Orders, Call-in Orders, Gift Cards, Event Tickets or Donations, & More:

Beauty, Wellness, & Fitness

Gift cards, spa packages, fitness packages, beauty supplies, & more:

Clothing, apparel, jewelry, and home retail

Gift cards, curated outfits, jewelry, shoes, home furnishings and more:

Restaurants — Food & Beverage

The below list compiles restaurants that are offering take-out and/or delivery. What do you need? Gift cards (Call to inquire), curbside pick-up, delivery (Check out Delivery Dudes, UberEats, Postmates, GrubHub & more for delivery options)!

  • 3rd & 3rd
  • Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza
  • Bear’s Food Shack
  • Beg For More
  • Beer Trade Co.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop
  • Big Al’s Philly Cheese Steaks
  • Blue Anchor
  • Bodega
  • Boheme Bistro
  • Brule Bistro
  • Bru's Room
  • Burger Fi
  • Caffe Luna Rosa
  • Cena
  • Che!!
  • Christina's Breakfast and Lunch
  • City Oyster
  • Coffee District
  • Columbian Coffee House
  • Conte's Deli
  • Conte's Pizza
  • Death Or Glory
  • Delray Goodies
  • Delray Hideaway
  • Doc’s All American
  • Donnie's Place
  • Elisabetta’s Ristorante
  • Falafel Time
  • Fit Food Express
  • Foxworth Fountain
  • Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen
  • Haagen Dazs Ice Cream
  • IPIC
  • IT Sugar
  • J & J Seafood
  • Kilwins
  • Le Macaron
  • Lemongrass
  • Le Sorelle
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Mussel Beach
  • Over The Bridge Café
  • Papa’s Tapas
  • Pizza Rustica
  • PRIME
  • Proper Ice Cream
  • Rack’s Fish House
  • Ramen Lab Eatery
  • Rocco’s Tacos
  • Rose’s Daughter
  • Sandwiches By The Sea
  • Sazio Express
  • Sazio
  • Señor Burrito
  • Sweets Sensational
  • The Grove
  • The Real Poké
  • The Original Popcorn House
  • The Wine Room
  • Tin Roof
  • Tramonti
  • Two Fat Cookies
  • Two Fat BrEGGfast
  • Vic & Angelo’s
  • Windy City Pizza
  • Wine House Social
  • Yama Sushi
  • Ziree Thai & Sushi
  • The New Vegan
  • Purgreens
  • Yaxche Tearoom - Buy our Teas online!
  • Subculture Coffee
  • Whole Green Café
  • Craft Food Tours — Gift Cards available!
  • Deck 84 - Gift Cards available
  • Silverball Museum - Gift Cards and others available
  • Wine Wave

Our businesses need your help! Anything and everything you can do (while keeping yourself and our businesses safe and healthy) is appreciated.

Sincerely,

The Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Merchant & Business Association