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This is a page for any business owner in Mount Dora to help you with resources, listings and phone numbers that can help you through this pandemic.  We want to help keep your businesses here and help you during the recovery process.


Funding increased for Lake CARES Business Assistance Program awards   


Tavares – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners has approved increasing grant award amounts for all qualified for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by COVID-19. 


The $16 million grants program – known as the Lake CARES Business Assistance Grant Program – will continue accepting applications until Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Applications received before the deadline will be considered for the new award levels, as well as any additional awards that could be retroactively made if the initial funding is not immediately expended. The federal funding is being made available to Lake County through the State of Florida. 


Awards to qualified businesses and organizations will range from $4,000 to $20,000 as follows:    

  • Self-employed/sole proprietor: $4,000  
  • Businesses with 2-9 employees: $10,000  
  • Businesses with 10-50 employees: $15,000  
  • Businesses with more than 50 employees: $20,000  
  • Non-profits and Chambers of Commerce (no employee requirement): $10,000  

     The new award amounts will be retroactive to all applicants previously approved and included in the first two rounds of payments, as well as all new applicants. 

     For additional information on how to apply for the Lake CARES Business Assistance Grant Program, visit

Is your local business in need of cloth face masks to help prevent the spread of germs related to #COVID19? Lake Support and Emergency Recovery (LASER) can help! Please email LASER at or call their office at (352) 241-2104. LASER asks for a donation of $1 per face mask to offset material expenses, but they will provide masks to businesses in need regardless of their ability to donate. 


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Advent Health Safe Business Re-Opening – The new site includes AdventHealth Safe Business Recommendations, “Safe Business” Services, general tips for reopening, and supplemental reading materials.


The Business Recovery Assistance Collaborative Engagement (BRACE) Program was created by the Orlando Economic Partnership in collaboration with business resource and support organizations throughout the region to provide recovery assistance to small and medium sized businesses during this unprecedented national crisis.

Please fill out this form with the contact information of a decision maker in your business, and a member of the Orlando Economic Partnership’s BRACE team will be in contact as soon as possible to share information about available resources and connect you with relief.

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Stand for Small 

Stand for Small is a one-stop shop with resources, offers, and tools from a growing group of companies that want to help your small business get back to business. Whether you’re shifting your business online or switching to takeout and delivery, Stand for Small hopes to help you navigate the current climate.

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Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey

We are still encouraging businesses to fill out the Business Damage Assessment Survey if they haven’t done so, as our state and local agencies are still compiling this information to determine the needed resources for our community.  


Small Business Strategies - Navigating the Future Against COVID-19 (PDF)

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Tavares – The Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity wants to make local businesses aware of the resources available to help mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has activated the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program for small businesses affected by the virus. Funding of up to $2 million is available for those who qualify. Businesses can view application criteria and apply online at

Small businesses can also apply for the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or the longer-term Small Business Administration (SBA) loan. This loan program provides short-term, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 per eligible small business. Visit for additional information.

For assistance with both the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, area businesses should contact the Florida Small Business Development Center at UCF in Lake County at (352) 404-7338 for the Groveland Office or (352) 602-4575 for the Mount Dora Office.

Follow the Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity’s Facebook page at for the latest updates. For the latest county information regarding COVID-19 and including available resources for businesses, visit

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During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, Elevate Lake and Visit Lake are committed to providing our businesses and community partners with up-to-date and reliable information. Below are some new resources gathered this week.

New COVID-19 Business Resources

Enterprise Florida has added a COVID-19 Resources for Business webpage to their EFI website. Please reference and share this information as needed to assist your local businesses.

CareerSource Florida’s updated Help Is Here business and career seeker resource page addresses challenges to the overwhelmed reemployment assistance system by providing paper applications and additional online resources. Partner sites for Re-employment Assistance Paper Application distribution around Lake County:

  • CareerSource Central Florida, 9909 US Hwy 441, Building M29, Leesburg
  • Lake Community Action Agency, 501 N Bay St., Eustis
  • City of Leesburg, Leesburg Resource Center, 1041 Co Rd 468

U.S. Representative Ross Spano has put together a ’Small Business Guide’ that has all the necessary information about assistance programs and frequently asked questions, as well as a ’Non-Profits Guide’ for local organizations.

Florida Governor’s Executive Order 20-91: FAQs for Essential Services and Activities COVID-19.

Florida’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is seeking the assistance of Florida manufacturers and suppliers to fill the needs of Florida’s hospitals and emergency care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including N95 masks, face shields, and gowns. Contact Enterprise Florida Inc.’s Michael Cooney at or the Governor’s office directly at for specifications and additional information.