COVID-19 Resources

During this unprecedented global health crisis, Downtown Florence remains committed to serving and promoting our small businesses. Below is a list of resources that may prove helpful for your business as we navigate these challenging times. The list will be maintained and updated as new information becomes available. We stand with our small businesses, ready to assist in whatever ways we can.

Not a downtown business? No problem! All listed resources can be used for ANY small business owner!


Small Business Funding

  • The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Since Governor McMaster’s declaration of a state of emergency, this funding is now available to all qualifying small business owners in all 46 counties of South Carolina. The deadline to apply for these low-interest loan funds is December 21, 2020. Learn more.
  • Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program. Learn more.
  • has enacted a Small Business Relief Fund specifically targeted towards women- and minority-owned business owners. This organization also offers emergency loan funding for small business owners. Learn more.
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund. Learn more.
  • GoFundMe and Yelp have teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Small businesses may also apply for a $500 matching grant, paid out when the business’s fundraiser hits $500. Learn more.

Small Business Response Resources

  • The Downtown Development Office has put together a list of ways you can respond to this crisis. Learn more.
  • South Carolina Dept. of Commerce and South Carolina Emergency Management: Click here.
  • South Carolina DHEC Information: Click here.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information: Click here.
  • US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response: Click here.
  • US Dept. of Labor COVID-19 Resources: Click here.
  • National Federation for Independent Businesses COVID-19 Resources: Click here.
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Resources: Click here.
  • Google for Small Business Resources: Click here.
  • Crisis Communications Planning Checklist: Click here.
  • Institute for Self Reliance Tip Sheet: Click here.
  • US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Resilience Resources: Click here.
  • South Carolina Dept. of Revenue Tax Information: Click here.
  • Small Business Mental Health Tip Sheet: Click here.

Restaurant Information

  • SC DHEC Food Service Restrictions: Click here.
  • Municipal Assoc. of South Carolina Restaurant Safety Enforcement Information: Click here.
  • South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Unemployment Assistance: Click here.
  • To-go/curbside operations guide: Click here.
  • To-go/curbside operations guide (Español): Click here.
  • James Beard Foundation Resources: Click here.
  • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Click here.
  • Relief Fund Information from Click here.

Retail Information

City of Florence Information

  • Stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 crisis and response with the City of Florence’s information page. Click here.

Marketing Resources
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