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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

June 24th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 24, 2020

Take a Deeper Dive into Florida’s Economic Data with Dr. Jerry Parrish Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish has released his latest By The Numbers video providing a deeper dive into the econometrics of the COVID-19 virus. View the video here   Connex 101: Live Demo Sign up for a one-hour overview of…

June 23rd COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 23, 2020

SBDC Webinar this Wednesday Business Consultant Ayesha Haider will be teaching how to create a disaster plan and demonstrating the value of having one before disaster strikes. This no-cost online webinar can help ensure your business is thinking ahead and prepared to tackle any challenges before they occur. For more information and to REGISTER click…

June 22nd COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 22, 2020

UWF Unveils Plan to Reopen During COVID-19, Plans Campus-Wide Masks, Screenings This fall, in response to COVID-19, the University of West Florida plans to institute campus-wide face masking, daily pre-screening for students, staff and visitors, and continue to offer remote learning options for most courses. Read more about UWF’s reopening plans here.   Escambia County…

June 18th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 18, 2020

Florida Department of Education Announces CARES Act Funding for Early Learning Last week, Florida’s Department of Education announced how it will use the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Child Care funds. A total of $223 million is coming to our state for early learning. Here is how the money will be…

June 17th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 17, 2020

Join us Friday for a Virtual Meeting with Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis Join the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Friday, June 19th as we hear from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. He will be outlining the reopening plans for Florida’s economy as well as the state budget and how it has been impacted by Covid-19. There…

June 16th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 16, 2020

Florida Chamber Launches Statewide Safety Council To foster safety, health and sustainability among Florida businesses, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is launching a new statewide Safety Council. To learn more click here.     Survey Reveals COVID-19’s Impact on Small Business, Nonprofits A survey of small businesses by Florida State University researchers has found that…

June 15th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 15, 2020

Downtown COVID-19 Walk-In Testing Schedule for This Week Where: FDOH-Escambia Downtown Center 300 West Gregory Street Pensacola, FL 32502 When: Monday, June 15-Friday, June 19 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT Who: All Florida residents with or without symptoms How: Walk-in, no appointment needed. Bring your Florida driver’s license. Only Florida residents will be…

June 11th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 11, 2020

Reopening Escarosa Updated with Phase Two Information Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has moved into Phase Two of reopening businesses.  To find out what that means for your business and the public, see the updated Reopening Escarosa document.   How Florida Businesses are Responding to Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis Many employers…

June 10th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 10, 2020

Florida SBDC Virtual Outreach Location Office Hours Beginning Friday, June 12th, the Florida SBDC at UWF will begin their outreach hours with the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce each week through virtual consulting hours specifically for business owners in our area. Florida SBDC at UWF Business Consultant Kyle Polhlopek will be available by email for…

June 9th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | June 9, 2020

Gulf Power $300,000 Grant Allows UWF SBDC to Offer Second Round of Business Grants A second round of grants from the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida (UWF) will be available for eligible businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to an additional $300,000 from Gulf Power through…