Category Archives: COVID-19

Insurance in the Time of Coronavirus – Business Interruption and Your Next Steps

This begins a series on insurance issues related to disaster resilience, especially with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming hurricane season. While disasters are often somewhat personal (fire, sprinkler issue, robbery) or regional (hurricane, tornado, earthquake), rarely have we seen damaging events that effect the whole country like coronavirus has.  Insurance, as a […]

Insurance in the Time of Coronavirus: Litigation Claims and Government Help

This continues our series on insurance issues related to disaster resilience, especially with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and the summer hurricane season.  Part 1 can be found here. As noted in my earlier post, every insurance policy is different. Given the different needs and sophistication of businesses and the ultimate policy that comes out of […]

Pinellas County Individual and Small Business Grant Update!

Pinellas County is offering new relief programs for individuals. To apply, residents should text COVIDCARES to 898211. Relief is also being offered to small businesses through Pinellas County and will open May 4 through an online portal. The cities of Pinellas Park and Gulfport have also opened small business relief programs. Links to those programs […]

How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a […]

Social Distancing and Hurricane Evacuation – Our Next Challenge

In 2012 the Costa Concordia ran aground near the Tuscany coast.  Some passengers swam to shore, got on a plane and flew home without a second thought.  The cruise line desperately searching for survivors, unaware that many were at home watching the events unfold on the news. This caused emergency managers and the cruise line […]

Where Do I Start? How Lease Review May Help Restaurant and Bar Owners Mitigate Losses from Defaults During COVID-19 Crisis

It is not uncommon for bar and restaurant owners to be unfamiliar with all of the terms of the lease they signed when they started their business.  Often, business owners either just signed their lease without really understanding all of the terms, or relied on an attorney to protect them in the lease negotiation.  Whether […]

More Good News: Innovation in Tech, Health Care and Social Policy in a World Shaped by COVID-19

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AND HACKATHONS SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS COVID The number of online hackathons and funded prizes to encourage innovative solutions to the problems created by the pandemic are increasing. The Decentralized AI Alliance, under leadership of SingularityNET and Ocean Protocol, has created the Covidathon  which is bringing together global AI and blockchain projects and […]

No Time to Wait! Resources for Hospitality and Service Industry Owners and Employees

By now virtually everyone in the U.S. who owns or works for a small business has heard of and likely anticipates some form of governmental assistance as a result the impacts of COVID-19.  The federal government has responded with $350 billion for small businesses in the CARES Act, and more legislation is pending that should […]

Resources to Support Artists, Musicians and Creatives During COVID-19 Pandemic

Many of us in our homes as a result of COVID-19 are enjoying online concerts and performances by artists and musicians from around the world.  These performances are a wonderful escape from the stress created by social distancing. However, artists and other creatives are also experiencing stress because many have had their livelihoods heavily impacted […]

Financial Recovery: Grant Resources for Small Businesses

The private sector has recognized that some small businesses will need additional financial support to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The best thing about these resources is you do not have to pay them back; the worst thing about these resources is they are highly competitive and each one is unique.  […]