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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade took part in a conversation with attorneys David Black, Dawn Meyers and Mitchell Goldberg of Berger Singerman. Multiple topics surrounding the recent CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed. Here's a summary of the topics discussed, along with their time codes in the podcast.

1:37 - CARES Act impacts on landlords and tenants and/or borrowers

3:35 - What if a business has a current loan that does not allow for taking on more debt?

5:58 - Details on calculating a loan under the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP)

7:17 - How are PPP loans forgiveable?

9:10 - What can PPP loan proceeds be used for beyond employee salaries?

11:00 - How business owners and individuals can access retirement savings without penalty.

14:30 - Restrictions regarding access to retirement plans

16:00 - Advice for business owners in terms of working to survive this crisis.

20:00 - What if a business doesn't see a path to reopening?

20:41 - Is there opportunity for mergers and acquisitions?

23:06 - Many potential loans outside the PPP loan.

23:40- Tax deadlines and further details on forgiving a PPP loan.

 


 

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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade spoke with CareerSource Broward President & CEO Mason Jackson, in order to provide information on how CareerSource Broward is helping both employers and job seekers during the COVID-19 crisis. Here's a summary of the topics covered:

:58 - Services that CareerSource Broward is providing.

2:00 - Why employers should reconsider furloughing employees.

3:22 - Programs that can help businesses keep their employees on their payroll

5:53 - Information that job seekers can find on CareerSource Broward's website (www.careersourcebroward.com).

7:31 - Do you need to be looking for a job in order to get unemployment benefits?

8:05 - CARES Act and unemployment benefits.

8:58 - Mason Jackson's opinion on government's reaction to workers' needs during the crisis.

11:26 - Details on a 14-hour virtual job fair that will take place on April 3 from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

14:03 - Details on how CareerSource Broward approached working remotely.

17:20 - Tip for employers and employees to conduct virtual interviews - details can be found at www.careersourcebroward.com/coronavirus.

 


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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade spoke with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Here's a summary of what was covered in this podcast:

:42 - Mayor Trantalis shares a message for the people of Fort Lauderdale.

2:03 - Mayor Trantalis describes how he and City leadership arrived at the decision to issue a Safer at Home Emergency Order.

3:43 - Mayor Trantalis' reaction to Governor DeSantis' statewide Stay at Home Order.

5:21 - Mayor Trantalis explains how City employees are taking on the pandemic.

6:29 - Mayor Trantalis' thoughts on the state budget and an upcoming special legislative session in Tallahassee.

7:53 - Mayor Trantalis' message to workers and his concerns about the red tape separating the unemployed from benefits.

10:55 - Fort Lauderdale's peripheral role in facilitating commerce and partnering with the business community.

12:19 - Mayor Trantalis' message for borrowers and tenants being told they don't have to pay rent/mortgage in April.

14:55 - Mayor Trantalis calls for business owners to fill out the City's Damage Assessment Survey, which can be found here.

 


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Chamber President & CEO Dan Lindblade has a conversation with 2020 Chair of the Chamber Board Bill Feinberg,, owner of Allied Kitchen and Bath. Bill touches on several topics that many small business owners can identify with, especially for those in construction or related fields.

:46 - Bill Feinberg shares details on how his family and business are doing.

2:15 - Bill's experience in regards to applying for a loan made possible by the CARES Act.

4:42 - How Allied Kitchen and Bath is continuing to work on projects.

7:10 - City of Fort Lauderdale's willingness to help get required permits.

8:29 - Are inspections still taking place? How are inspectors getting creative?

11:00 - How Allied Kitchen and Bath is working with clients, from virtual to in-person meetings.

14:09 - How is Allied Kitchen and Bath going about getting masks and other protective equipment for workers.

16:07 - Bill Feinberg shares his Chamber experience.

 


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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade caught up with Melissa Milroy, Senior Marketing Manager for The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. Melissa was able to give insight on what retailers are feeling right now and what the future may hold.

:46 - Current state of The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale.

1:19 - How many and tenants and employees at The Galleria?

2:14 - Acknowledgement of the work the State of Florida is doing in order to handle the unprecedented amount of jobless claims.

4:20 - How is The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale adjusting to the crisis and continuing to work?

6:50 - How are restaurants getting creative to stay in business and which ones are open at The Galleria?

8:52 - Is The Galleria making any arrangements with tenants?

12:47 - What are online shopping numbers looking and how are tenants of The Galleria keeping up with online orders?

15:28 - What does the future hold for malls and brick and mortar stores?

18:18 - Melissa Milroy's message to our community.

 


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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Lindblade, CAE spoke with Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony to get information on how the department is balancing public health and public safety during the COVID-19 crisis. Here is a summary of the topics covered:

:46 - Sheriff Tony gives an overview of morale within BSO and its handling of the crisis.

2:56 - What is the biggest challenge that BSO is facing right now?

3:15 - Is BSO fully stocked with personal protective equipment?

4:25 - How have calls for service changed?

5:58 - Certain crimes are being seen more than others.

7:20 - How calls for service have dropped compared to the annual average.

8:03 - Drop in incarcerations.

9:46 - How has protocol changed within the Broward County Jail?

10:45 - How many inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward County?

12:00 - How many BSO employees have been directly impacted by COVID-19 and how many have tested positive for the virus?

14:13 - How does BSO address mental health during the crisis?

18:11 - Any increase in crimes to property or burglaries?

19:38 - Sheriff Tony's closing message to Broward County residents.

 


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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade spoke with Stephen Tilbrook, Parter at Akerman LLC, to get a sense of the toll that the COVID-19 crisis is having on the development and construction sector. Mr. Tilbrook, who is the 2021 Chair-Elect for the GFLCC, has over 25 years of experience practicing land use and environmental law, and he focuses his practice on complex land use, development, and environmental matters throughout the state of Florida.

1:30 - Stephen Tilbrook explains what his focus is on and his expertise.

2:28 - How has COVID-19 affected his sector, especially planned projects.

4:23 - How has the crisis specifically impacted development.

6:44 - Impact of Emergency Orders not only being felt by development and construction, but also marine services around Florida.

11:15 - Mr. Tilbrook shares his thoughts on how long it will take development to recover from the crisis and what needs to happen.

14:04 - How has the Chamber benefited him?

15:45 - Closing message in regards to the crisis.

 


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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade leads a conversation with Dr. Aldo Calvo of Broward Health, Dr. Beau Nelson of FHE Health and Father Ron Perkins. Several topics were discussed when it comes to taking care of our physical, behavioral and spiritual health during the COVID-19 crisis.

2:34 - Dr. Nelson on overcoming the anxiety created by our new norm.

4:04 - Important things to do in order to better cope with stay-at-home orders.

7:50 - Dr. Calvo's advice on how to best protect yourself when visiting grocery stores or other essential businesses.

10:20 - Has Florida reached the apex of infections?

13:11 - Dr. Calvo's thoughts on what he believes needs to happen in order to restart the economy.

16:42 - Father Perkins speaks on the disruption to the spiritual state.

21:14 - Stress and strain on healthcare professionals and first responders.

25:30 - Concerning signs as a result of stay-at-home orders.

27:57 - How telemedicine can help you during the crisis and how to get your needed medications.

 


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Chamber President & CEO Dan Lindblade had the opportunity to speak with Past Chamber Chair Juliet Roulhac, Director of Corporate External Affairs for FPL Connect.

2:10 - What has FPL been doing in reaction to the pandemic?

3:28 - What is FPL doing in regards to customers' bills?

6:20 - FPL's "Care to Share" program to help communities in need.

9:07 - Details on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance's weekly town halls.

11:08 - Thoughts on how to help restart the economy.

14:24 - How FPL has to be a partner with both businesses and government.

16:13 - How FPL is keeping its employees safe.

17:46 - Juliet's thoughts on when we'll get back to normal.

19:30 - Reductions coming up in customers' bills in May.

21:00 - FPL's contributions to COVID-19 emergency funds.

 


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Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade spoke with Dr. Steven Ronik, CEO of Henderson Behavioral Health, to gain a better understanding of the negative and positive affects of the novel coronavirus on mental health. Here is a summary of what was covered:

1:04 - Background on Henderson Behavioral Health

2:12 - How Henderson Behavioral Health's staff and their families are coping with the pandemic.

5:02 - How to cope with stay-at-home orders and potential tension within a household.

8:55 - Negative and positive ways to cope with increasing anxiety.

11:56 - What resources are available for people feeling overwhelmed or overcome by anxiety.

14:12 - The CARES Act included funding for mental health services. What are some specifics on what that money is going towards?

17:15 - Concern for seniors feeling isolated right now.

19:00 - Closing message.