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.


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.

How can we help?

Largo Building and Permit Services
The City of Largo is committed to offering a safe environment for our residents, businesses, visitors and City staff. Please review the renewed services for Largo's Building Services, Planning, Community Standards and Engineering Services. For questions, please contact the Planner-on-call at AskaPlanner@largo.com or by calling 727-587-6749 Ext. 7301.

Review Largo's other restored and renewed services.
Pinellas CARES for Businesses
Local Business Grants
Pinellas County is providing local business grants up to $10,000 for Pinellas-based businesses most affected by the pandemic: generally, those that were required to shut down or whose customers were required to shut down or stop doing business.

Businesses that have already applied for or received funding from previous local grant programs are still eligible for this program, and businesses that apply for this program may also apply for current or future local grants.

Qualifying business owners can use a single online application to be considered for one of the following grants:

  • Sliding Scale Grants: $2,500 to $10,000 grants for businesses making between $17,000 and $3 million in gross annual revenue.
  • Health & Safety Matching Grants: up to $10,000 to assist Target Industry businesses in implementing COVID-19-related upgrades and safety precautions.
  • Business Diversity and Arts Microgrants: help impacted business owners with barriers to participation in other grant programs strengthen their business through direct financial assistance and professional services, including help with post-COVID business planning, record-keeping and preparing documents needed to apply for other types of grant funding. 
A detailed list of all program qualifications and a link to the online application can be found at: https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/pinellascaresbusiness.

CARES Funds can only be used to reimburse losses caused by COVID-19 that are not paid by insurance or by another federal grant or program. These costs may include employee wages, vendors, rent or other business expenses.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take their time to submit a full application, including all required documentation, for the quickest response.


Workforce Training
$2 million in Pinellas CARES funding is supporting new training programs for local workers who lost their job due to COVID-19 through a new CareerSource Pinellas program.

The new PinellasWorks programs provide on-the-job training opportunities, direct job placement, short-term occupational skills training certifications and other services. The program also offers qualifying businesses 100 percent reimbursement for costs of training new employees. For more information, visit www.careersourcepinellas.com/pinellasworks.

Pinellas CARES Background
Pinellas CARES also supports several other countywide initiatives, including: grants for nonprofits and licensed child care providers, bolstering local pandemic response through increasing local capacity for testing, contact tracing, skilled nursing, personal protective equipment (PPE), community health educators, other public health measures, and workforce reemployment programs.

Information on all programs can be found at: http://cares.pinellas.gov
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).

Resources
  • 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.  Resources are also available in Spanish (los recursos están disponibles en español.
  • 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.
Business Signage Toolkit
Are you looking for easy printables of signs you can post at your business to encourage handwashing, masks, and social distancing? Download some from Largo's Business Sign Toolkit. Have your favorite local printer print some eye-catching signs for your workplace.

Informational Videos

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Temporary Signs
During the COVID-19 epidemic, many businesses throughout Largo have used additional temporary signage to let their customers know that they are open for business. During this period, the Community Standards Division has not proactively addressed this signage in consideration of the needs of the business community. As the City begins to return to normal, Community Standards will work with businesses to educate them on the sign standards and ask that non-compliant signs be removed. However, there are options for a business to continue to use some temporary signs. Two ways to have extra signs after June 15th are the use of small temporary signs and permitted promotional signs. Businesses should be aware that signs that are placed in the public right of way or in medians are not allowed at any time and will be removed. For more information on obtaining a promotional sign permit, please visit the Ask a Planner page  or call 727-587-6700 Ext. 7301, or  email, askaplanner@largo.com


Loans and CARES Act
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering substantial 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.

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 initiatives 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.
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 the new PinellasWorks program to assist workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • For the latest reemployment assistance information, please visit the Largo Library information page.
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