Business Relations

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Resources & Downloads related to Coronavirus

Business Resources

COVID Poster link Opens in new windowFace Covering Ordinance Business Toolkit - Hillsborough County has published a series of posters and bulletins to help business and consumers interpret the Emergency Policy Group’s face mask mandate. You can download the resources here or review the entire Executive Order here.

Face Mask link Opens in new windowFREE Face Masks - The City of Temple Terrace has received a limited supply of cloth face coverings from the County’s Office of Emergency Management. If you need masks for your employees or customers, please contact the City’s Business Relations Manager by email and include "FACE MASK REQUEST" in the subject line.

Hillsborough R3 Program Opens in new windowThree New Business Grants - Hillsborough County is offering additional funding  to support businesses with three new grants under the Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3). Details are available on the R3-Biz web page. Phased application opportunities begin June 30th (see link above for details). You can also  download a printable R3 Program flier here.

Back to Business images Opens in new windowThe Back To Business Tool Kit, prepared by our fiends at the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, is a great resource for all businesses operating in a pandemic-conscious business environment.

EDC Recovery Recommendations Opens in new windowThe Economic Recovery Task Force recommends comprehensive steps to help local businesses overcome the challenges of a post-COVID lock-down.

Tampa Bay EDC logoTampa Bay Economic Development Council provides links and resources to assist local businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

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For employers who may need help retaining their workforce during times of temporary slowdown may be eligible for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Short Time Compensation Program.

Apply for assistance here.

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State of Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey for businesses  impacted by COVID-19: 

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The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida.  Tampa Bay companies should apply for the Bridge Loan program through the Florida SBDC at USF. Visit the FSBDC at USF website for eligibility requirements and application information.

US Small Business Administration

The SBA is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the Coronavirus.

Career Source Tampa Bay

Career Source Tampa Bay has put together a guide for reemployment and employment assistance.

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The CDC recommends that businesses have a plan in place to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of disease severity. The CDC has detailed tips and guidelines to help you prepare a plan for your business, including encouraging sick employees to stay home, promoting thorough hand-washing and respiratory etiquette, and keeping shared surfaces clean.  Visit the CDC for the latest guidelines.

Tampa Airport

Business traveler? Here’s what you need to know from Tampa International Airport: 

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health has a dedicated COVID-19 web page at

Directives, Executive Orders and Governments News Links

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Outdoor Seating Regulations Relaxed

To assist local restaurant owners and operators in their recovery efforts, the City of Temple Terrace will temporarily suspend outdoor seating regulations and allow restaurants to set up outdoor tables and chairs to boost seating capacity while adhering to social distancing requirements. The outdoor seating would not count toward the maximum building occupancy so restaurant owners and operators would be able to serve a greater number of patrons while complying with the Governor’s Order and CDC social distancing guidelines. 

Read a letter from City Manager Charles Stephenson for details.

What is Business Relations?

Business Relations is a service of the Executive Department and is responsible for overseeing city services and development projects related to business and economic development, community redevelopment, and annexation initiatives.

Business Services

Through a partnership with the Small Business Development Center, the city also offers free, one-on-one business consulting, business development training and specialized workshops designed to help businesses grow and succeed.

Topics include:

  • Smart Start - Planning & preparation for small business start-ups
  • Marketing 101 - Effective ways to promote your business in today’s climate
  • Business Finance - How to fund your pathway to success
  • Food Safety Training - Perfect for new restaurateurs
  • Human Resources - What every business owner needs to know
  • Dollars & Cents - An introduction to accounting software
  • Credit Know How - Understanding the differences of personal and business credit

Other services include:

  • Training for business plan development & understanding marketing tools
  • Business assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses for growth potential
  • Supply & demand - how to price your product or service for best returns

Business Contact Information

It is important to periodically update both general contact information and emergency contact information for your business. If you own or operate a business in Temple Terrace, please visit the link below to submit/update contact information for your business. 

Review & update once annually & whenever there is a change is management.

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For more information, please contact Greg Pauley, Business Relations Manager.