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Coronavirus Information and Resources for Businesses

The situation surrounding the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving and we at the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce want to make sure you are taking proper steps to protect your business and family.  At this time, per the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, we are postponing all Chamber events indefinitely. We will evaluate future events in the coming weeks.

We want to ask for your patience during this challenging time and again ask for you to stay informed by following official government sources for the latest announcements and implore you to follow the guidance provided by government officials. You can go to our dedicated Coronavirus Resources pages below for links to official information resources. We will continue to update this page with resources for businesses and families as this situation progresses.  We will be sending a business survey later this week to determine the needs of our local business community.

For the time being, we will operate as a Virtual Chamber of Commerce.  Our office will be closed to visitors, but Chamber staff is still working and will continue to provide information for businesses and the public through our social media sites and via email.


Escambia County COVID-19 Metrics

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Greater Pensacola Chamber President Todd Thomson discusses the economic impacts of COVID-19 on In Studio with Jeff Weeks

Greater Pensacola Chamber President Todd Thomson discusses the local employment impacts of COVID-19 with the Pensacola City Council

July 22nd COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 22, 2020

Next Federal COVID Relief Bill Likely to Include Stimulus Checks, Additional Paycheck Protection Program Funds Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Republicans want to include a second round of stimulus checks and more Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding as part of their forthcoming coronavirus proposal.  Read more here.   FHSAA Settles on…

July 16th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 16, 2020

State Education Leaders Say Reopening Schools Has Paved the Way for Innovation State education leaders spoke optimistically Wednesday about Florida’s ability to ready schools, colleges, and universities for students to return to campuses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more here.   29 Black-owned Small Businesses in Pensacola Area Receive Microgrants from The Spring The Spring…

July 15th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 16, 2020

Sign up for the Florida Business Leaders Summit Series on Prosperity & Economic Opportunity The Florida Chamber of Commerce is offering a five-part virtual event series on ending inequality of opportunity in Florida.  This weekly series will begin Wednesday, July 22nd and continue until Wednesday, August 19th.  For more information and to register for individual…

July 14th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 16, 2020

Supervisor of Elections David Stafford Needs Poll Workers for Primary Election Day Due to the ongoing pandemic, a number of poll workers that typically work at the polling locations on Election Day will not be available this year.  Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford is asking for poll workers to work on Tuesday, August…

July 13th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 16, 2020

  COVID-19 Testing Available This Week in Pensacola New COVID-19 walk-in testing dates announced in downtown Pensacola.  Testing is available July 13th-17th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is free to all Florida residents. Testing location is at the Florida Department of Health is Escambia County office at 1300 West Gregory St.  Learn more…

July 9th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 9, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program Saved 3.2 Million Florida Jobs At least $25 billion in interest-free government loans from the Paycheck Protection Program went to Florida small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday by the Small Business Administration.  Read more here.   Paycheck Protection Funds Distributed to Local Businesses The Small…

July 7th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 7, 2020

Florida’s Talented Workforce is Key to Economic Recovery During COVID-19 The effect of COVID-19 on Florida’s economy is significant, changing and largely unknown. As the leaders of CareerSource Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, we are using emerging data on a collaborative quest to identify how we can help Florida’s economy, and its people,…

July 6th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 6, 2020

Five Tips for Managing Customer Expectations During COVID-19 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, businesses must properly manage their customers’ expectations about new store policies and procedures. Read more here.   List of Area Restaurants That Have Closed or Modified Service Due to COVID-19 PNJ has a rolling list of restaurants that have recently closed…

July 2nd COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 2, 2020

Remember to Patronize our Bars and Breweries When You Stock Up for the Holiday Weekend With the state mandating that bars and breweries cannot host guests, they are reverting back to take-out services. Read more here. Any bar, brewery, or restaurant in the area can post their hours, menus, and specials on our Toast of…

July 1st COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | July 2, 2020

  Funds for the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program Still Available Gulf Power, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has decided to fund a second round of the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Gulf Power will fund the grant with a contribution of $300,000. The maximum grant…