Orlando is a diverse, inclusive community that will be stronger and more united following the tragic events at the Pulse Nightclub. The immediate outpouring of support from citizens and businesses in Orlando and from people around the world has been extraordinary.
Whether large or small, businesses in our community have opened their doors and their hearts by offering everything from free flowers to translation services all in an effort to help. Individuals and companies have contributed to the OneOrlando Fund, established by the City of Orlando to assist the victims, families and the nonprofits supporting them. In an effort to raise awareness about the fund and to honor the victims, Keep Dancing Orlando created a video that captures the spirit of the city by highlighting the people, places and businesses that make this a unique place to live and work. The Orlando United Assistance Center has also opened to connect those impacted with information, resources and services.
The Governor’s office activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support local businesses located near the scene who have been unable to operate because of road closures and barricades surrounding Pulse. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is working closely with the Department of Economic Opportunity and the Statewide SBDC network by connecting owners with recovery resources such as disaster loans, the Virtual Emergency Operations Center, business counseling and other services. Businesses in the affected area that need assistance are encouraged to contact the SBDC (407.420.4850) or any of the 13 resource partners of the National Entrepreneur Center (407.420.4848). The U.S. Small Business Administration has also opened a Business Recovery Center at the Beardall Senior Center (800 Delaney Avenue, Orlando) to assist small businesses.
There is no doubt that Orlando will continue to show courage and unity as we heal from this horrible tragedy.