Small business in Florida kept their employees employed through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is how they did it.

Urban E Recycling is considered a waste company, and no doubt they are. They handle e-waste and recycle the end-of-life electronics to the earth elements. That is the first of the key to why. E-waste is an essential business. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t tough for the first few months. Most of their clients were closed, or at least the employees were staying home to work.

The second reason is the company chose to be HIPAA Complaint from the beginning, The fact that they are HIPAA Compliant means they were able to take care of the hospitals and emergency care facilities. In fact, the Advent Health System keeps them busy as we speak.

The third reason is, they were prepared. Actually, in 2018, they hurricane left them with no electricity for ten days. After they successfully got through those days, COVID-19 didn’t seem so daunting. The management team quickly got online with the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, and found out what they recommended. This became a daily chore.

The fourth reason is the facility. They have a 27,000 ft facility. The employees can easily be space six feet and more from each other. They were and still are, required to wear masks and changed the model slightly, disallowing guests to be toured and watch the hard drives being shredded. The basic model still remains until this pandemic is over.

The fifth reason, they applied for the PPP loan and was approved quickly, thanks to Hanisha Patel and the CenterState Bank. They could have survived without it, but it would have been very tough for a small business with 22 employees. The owners didn’t take a paycheck for some time to lighten the payroll load.

To go over the five key reasons this particular small business was able to keep employees employed is:

1. They are an essential business.

2. They are HIPAA Compliant and able to serve medical facilities large and small.

3. They were prepared.

4. They had the ability to separate employees within their facility as required by the CDC.

5. They were prepared and prompt to handle payroll.

In closing, the small but robust business, Urban E Recycling, remains unscathed and intact for business. The service is still at no charge to destroy data by shredding hard drives and recycling electronics responsibly.