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.

The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida’s no-cost consulting, low-cost training and extensive information resources offer entrepreneurs access to the business solutions that help them grow and succeed. By helping businesses grow, we create a better community for all.

Success Stories

Eden Cox-1

TCI Mechanical, Inc.

The new FSBDC Bid Match Service has been great for us! It has been especially valuable at delivering state and local government contracting opportunities.

Eden and Tony Cox TCI Mechanical, Inc.