Emergency Bridge Loan Program Activated to Aid
Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Matthew
Florida businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew may now apply for short-term, interest-free loans through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Activated today by Governor Rick Scott, the bridge loan program helps bridge the gap for small businesses between the time impact occurs until other resources are available, including insurance claims or federal assistance. The deadline to apply is November 11, 2016.
The State of Florida is assessing the damage caused by the storm. Small businesses that have incurred losses due to Hurricane Matthew are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey will help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. To take the survey, please visit www.flvbeoc.org.
As a principal responder in the state's Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization, the Florida SBDC Network supports disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation through its Business Continuation Services.