• NOW LAUNCHING: SantaRosaReady.com - For All Businesses in Santa Rosa County

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    March 17, 2020
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    Dear Business Owner:
    I’m writing to let you know that Santa Rosa County has designated its Economic Development Office (EDO) to serve as a clearinghouse for information and resources available to local businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Toward that end, we are launchingSantaRosaReady.com to provide one-stop access to the most up-to-date information about where to find the help you need.
    We understand that this situation is putting an incredible strain on you, your families, and your employees. Our goal is to help you get through this time of uncertainty and hardship and return to normal operations as soon as is safely possible.
    Our commitment to you is that we will bring to bear all the resources at our disposal to help you. We will work with our state and federal partners to access additional assistance as it is available. And, we will be transparent – you will know what we know as soon as we know it.
    Here’s what we ask of you:
    • Respond to both the State’sBusiness Damage Assessment Survey and our local Santa Rosa County survey as soon as possible. The State’s survey is used to helped determine the level of need in our community and thus how much money will be available through the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. We want to make sure we have an accurate assessment so that all who need help can get it. However, our office doesn’t receive the State’s results so we appreciate you taking an extra couple of minutes to complete the county form.
    • Refer to SantaRosaReady.comfrequently as new information will be added when we have it. There are a number of links to various resources there already. Also, this will be the fastest way to let you know about new developments or assistance programs you may qualify for.
    • Reach out to your local chamber of commerce and share your questions and concerns. We will be in frequent contact with our chamber partners and will help them address common issues that arise in the days ahead.
    • Respect the guidance of our public health officials and understand that they are doing their best to protect us and our loved ones.
    • Remember that, even though COVID-19 is a new threat, it is certainly not the first emergency we’ve endured as a community. We have weathered natural disasters – from hurricanes to floods to ice storms – and we will put this one behind us as well. 
    Thank you for the jobs and prosperity you have brought to our community, and here’s to an even brighter future ahead.
    Shannon Ogletree
    Director of Economic Development
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    Shannon Olgetree, Executive Director
    shannon@santarosa.fl.gov, (850) 623-0174