Palm Coast - As we all navigate and process the changes as a result of COVID-19, resources for businesses have become available through local, state and federal organizations. The City of Palm Coast has created a Business Resource Center on Palm Coast Connect, the City's information hub during the COVID-19 response. This will provide a variety of resources and helpful links to businesses affected by COVID-19. It can be accessed at www.palmcoastconnect.com/s/business-resource-center.
Additionally, the Business Resource Center will also host a clickable link under local resources to a list that will be dedicated to updating the community on which local businesses are open. In the spirit of helping others, this list is designed to offer businesses another outlet to reach the community during this difficult time and make it easier on the consumer as well.
"Under these financial circumstances, it is so important that we support our local businesses," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "The City of Palm Coast is especially dedicated to fostering and supporting those who chose our city as their home. The Business Resource Center on Palm Coast Connect will continue to grow and serve as the hub for an expansive list of resources vital to these companies."
Here's how it will work: If you are a business owner or manager for a business in Palm Coast or Flagler County, you can let us know if you are open and other important details through Palm Coast Connect. To get started, create a free account. Once that's completed and you're signed in, you will report a concern. Fill out all fields. For request type, choose 'Coronavirus COVID-19,' and for request sub type, choose "Local Business Updates." Then, when writing a description, please provide the following:
- Business name
- Business Address (unless you are mobile and then include a method of contact for the public)
- Hours of operation
- Any special details: For example, if a restaurant is open but only offering takeout or delivery, please specify that.
- Website link for the business
The information will then be compiled and posted inside the link in the Business Resource Center. The link will be shared to the City's Facebook page (City of Palm Coast, FL - Government @PalmCoastGov) and other social media channels.
Many residents in the City of Palm Coast and throughout Flagler County are also business owners. This is meant to be an extra avenue of outreach for those local businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. While it is not automatic, it will be updated regularly.
To register for a free account on Palm Coast Connect, visit www.palmcoastconnect.com on your desktop - or using your mobile device, download the free app available in both the App Store and Google Play Store. Once on the homepage, scroll down toward the bottom of the page where there will be a text box to register for an account. By registering, you can track the progress of your question or concern.
The City has taken numerous steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 through recommendations set forth by local, state and federal officials. You can read more about that on www.palmcoastconnect.com and click on the tile labeled "Press Releases."
As you support local businesses, please remember to follow local and state emergency orders as well as the CDC's guidelines on social distancing.