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COVID-19 Resources for Recovery
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The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau’s weekly newsletter is your resource for news and best practices to help you navigate COVID-19 in the days and weeks ahead.

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LeeCares Program Totals

LeeCares applications now being accepted

Lee County Government is investing in Human & Business Services to provide immediate assistance for individuals, families and businesses. Funds are available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.

Apply online or call 239-533-CARE

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Florida Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Resource Center
Florida Small Business Development Council
Plan for Florida's Recovery "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step."
VISIT FLORIDA's Small Business Toolkit
Florida Small Business Development Center's Disaster Recovery Assistance
State Park's Phase 1 Reopening
White House's Opening Up America Again
U.S. Travel's CARES Act Relief Resources
National Restaurant Association's CARES Act Guidance
Small Business Administration Relief Options
Industry Partner Spotlight

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center preserves staff jobs, feeds employees and celebrates graduates amidst a global pandemic

Amidst the future unknowns facing the hotel industry nationwide, Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center has forged its own path in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Buoyed by the funding available through the SBA program, the hotel has operated at 100% of its high season staffing levels for all guest service departments for the last month.

The management team also made an investment to provide professional development opportunities for all staff, at no cost, served nearly 150 meals to employees and their families during a drive-through dinner, complete with live entertainment. The hotel did not let its graduates go unrecognized, hosting a private commencement ceremony, including congratulatory certificates and lunch prepared by Chef Murray Young.

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center hosts graduation party for graduating employees
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Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center dinner drive-thru for employees
Eyes on International

Stay informed about what is happening in our core international markets and read about trends, consumer sentiment, travel trade happenings and more.

This week: United Kingdom - download the insights

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Best Practices
CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers
FRLA's Critical Guidance Standards for Hospitality Reopening
AHLA's Safe Stay Initiative
AHLA's Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards
U.S. Travel's "Travel in the New Normal"

Hurricane Season Resources
The 2020 Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, 2020. The VCB’s Hurricane Preparedness web page includes information to help you create your own disaster preparedness plan. The VCB will continue to stay in touch during this season. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pam Brown by email or at 239-533-6709.

Watch the VCB's Virtual Hurricane Workshop
The Florida Scorecard, Metrics to Help Secure Florida’s Future
1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28
In-depth economic insights and metrics for Florida and Lee County.
Registration: $10, or 239-332-2930
Business Survival: Managing for Success
Noon, Thursday, May 28
FGCU's Lutgert College of Business management professors with extensive private sector experience will provide insight and strategies for running your business during times of crisis.
Register Here
Leading Heroically and Ethically in the Coronavirus Era
10 a.m., Tuesday, June 9
COVID-19 has changed the social contract between businesses and their customers and employees. Join SWFL experts as they discuss how to lead heroically and think about the mindset shift needed to thrive during times of unprecedented crisis management.
Register Here

The Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA - June Seminar
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 9
Hear from a panel of local business owners from Fort Myers Brewery, The Island Cow and IMAG History and Science Center who have responded and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss creative and out-of-the box accommodations they have made to continue serving their clients and support their community.

Register Here
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Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
2201 Second Street, Suite 600, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA
phone: (239) 338-3500 | toll free: (800) 237-6444

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