St. Petersburg Area EDC COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

As global concern about the current COVID-19 outbreak grows, it remains a top priority of the Greater St. Petersburg Area EDC to equip local businesses and our stakeholders with the resources and information that can be of assistance during as we work to navigate this rapidly changing situation. While our physical office is closed, EDC staff is virtually available to answer questions and to be a resource during this challenging time.


Along with our partners at the St. Pete Chamber, the Greenhouse, and Grow Smarter, we've developed a guide to help you navigate the many resources and programs that can provide relief from the impacts of Covid-19. Please consult your attorney or accountant for other available business relief programs and the most up-to-date guidelines.

Download the Business Relief Program Cheat Sheet


Now more than ever, St. Pete’s hospitality industry needs our support as restaurants, bars, and local businesses cope with the impacts of COVID-19 that is significantly limiting their ability to operate. In partnership with Modern Business Associates and the St. Petersburg Chamber, the St. Petersburg Area EDC is asking business leaders to purchase carry-out lunch or dinner from local restaurants for themselves, their families and their employees who may be working remote. The community is encouraged to participate as much as possible with a significant push on Friday, March 27. Access a full list of restaurants offering to-go selections here. 

Local Hiring Support

For a limited time, the St. Petersburg Area EDC is offering local companies exclusive access to post their current job openings to the Become St. Pete jobs board at no cost.Positions posted to the Become St. Pete platform will be promoted locally and out-of-market to reach job seekers as we work to recover our local economy from the impacts of COVID-19. To create an employer profile and post an open position, visit

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Tucker Hall's Communications and Management Guidance for the COVID-19 Crisis 

During such a unique and precarious time, clear and effective communication is more important than ever. Using the firm’s decades of experience with crisis communications as well as the expertise of national and international experts, Tucker/Hall has assembled an up-to-date guide to communicating during COVID-19.

For more information on how your organization can manage communications and strategy during this crisis, contact Darren Richards at or call 813-228-0652 ext. 1116

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Call from City Hall

The City of St. Petersburg recognizes that many of our residents, such as seniors who are living alone, may be especially lonely during this difficult time. If you or someone you know need some sunshine added to your day – please fill out the City's form to receive a call from a friendly voice at City Hall.

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United Way Suncoast Resource Center

United Way Suncoast understands the concern surrounding COVID-19 across the United Way Suncoast communities and is closely monitoring the ongoing threat. Up-to-date information and resources are available to help families through the crisis at the United Way Suncoast Resource Center.

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Bilingual Emotional Support Helpline

Florida Blue launched a 24-hour, free emotional support helpline for all Floridians, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health. Any Floridian – even if uninsured or insured by another plan – can call 833-848-1762 for support in managing feelings of stress, anxiety, grief or fear related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Community Resources:

The City of St. Petersburg Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is working with County and State agencies. State and federal agencies have activated financial assistance programs for our area. For the latest updates, visit the City of St. Petersburg's COVID-19 Resource page.

Sign up to receive the latest updates about COVID-19 from the St. Petersburg Chamber by texting SUNSHINE to 57838.


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