Due to our small business community's overwhelming response to Hillsborough County's Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3), the County has reached its goal to allocate nearly $100 million in funding assistance to more than 6,000 small businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The program is no longer accepting new applications. During the next few weeks, staff will complete the processing of all remaining applications already received in the R3 program queue.
The Kickstart Small Business program aimed to soften the protracted economic injury to the small business community inflicted by the sustained COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and complement other local, state, and federal assistance programs. The awarded funds could be used for any business-related expense, such as employees' wages, mortgage, rent, vendor invoices, utility bills, payroll and other costs, so long as these expenses were not paid for by insurance or another federal assistance program.
What other recovery resources may be available for your business?
Professional business consultants are available at no cost to assist small businesses in identifying assistance that may be available for their individual business needs. Contact Entrepreneur Services or call (813) 204-9267 to request a virtual or phone appointment.
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Funding Source for Financial Assistance
The financial assistance program was created by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to direct Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds as part of Hillsborough County's Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3), a comprehensive initiative to provide immediate relief, long-term community health and stability, and a full and robust economic recovery.