Small Business Relief Meeting April 17


Chamber, Town & County Resources

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Fort Myers Beach will host a live ZOOM meeting regarding Coronavirus Small Business Relief with Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy, Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli and Lee County Economic Development Director John Talmage on Friday, April 17 at 2pm.

All small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors and employees are urged to participate. Please RSVP to with name and company name.

Each speaker will provide an update on developments in their area and will offer guidance regarding the Emergency Small Business Administration (SBA), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs, along with other resources and tools. Q & A session will follow.

To participate in the meeting, go to and click “Join a Meeting” Use Meeting ID (179-510-584). Please sign on 15 minutes prior to the start time. Or you can join Zoom Meeting via this link: or participate via phone by dialing 253-215-8782 (US). Questions can be sent in advance to

For more information on this meeting, see

The Chamber also offers a COVID-19 business resource page at

Lee County Business Help – Launches Portal & Hotline

Lee County businesses seeking information about recovery assistance can access a newly launched Business Assistance Portal at or by calling the Business Assistance Hotline at 239-533-2273 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Business Assistance Portal is an online tool meant to provide information to businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The portal and hotline, which the county activated Wednesday, April 8, are designed to help people understand how the different programs align to help various aspects of a business’ situation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal is to address specific business-related questions, such as how to apply for a Florida Small Business Bridge Loan or a Small Business Administration loan. The portal has help on obtaining information on the federal stimulus package, which is commonly called the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. Help also is available on how to direct employees to unemployment benefits.

The portal and hotline are a collaborative effort of Lee County departments, including Human & Veteran Services, Economic Development, Visitor & Convention Bureau, GIS, Innovation & Technology, Libraries, Parks & Recreation and Sports Development. Two dozen county employees have been trained to handle hotline calls.

The Business Assistance Hotline does not replace the United Way 211 Helpline, which continues to be available for community assistance questions by dialing 2-1-1 or
239-433-3900 daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.