Disaster Recovery

Whether your business has been impacted by a natural or manmade disaster or economic downturn, the Florida SBDC Network is here to provide access to the disaster capital and resources your businesses needs to recover, rebuild, and grow. These problems are not easy to overcome, however the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin working with you to help overcome these challenges.


We strongly encourage small businesses in the Florida Panhandle impacted by Hurricane Sally to complete the state’s Business Damage Assessment Survey.
The survey, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), is not an application for disaster assistance, but rather assists state officials in determining the extent of impact and need for federal and state disaster assistance.

"The Business Damage Assessment Survey allows the state to understand the level of impact and unique needs the business community has after a disaster event,” said Michael W. Myhre, CEO of the Florida SBDC Network. “It is critical businesses fill out the survey to help to activate vital recovery programs and get communities back to work."

Upon activation of disaster assistance loan programs, Florida SBDC business consultants, many of whom are Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Certified Business Continuity Professionals, will be available to assist small businesses prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges at no-cost.

How we can help

Disaster loan assistance

Following a major disaster event, the state and federal government provide disaster loans to help businesses recover. In these circumstances, the Florida SBDC Network works closely with its state and federal counterparts to expedite your recovery by:

  • Helping you understand available relief and determining eligibility
  • Helping you complete, compile necessary supporting documentation, and submit your application

Recovery strategies

Small businesses are impacted the hardest in times of uncertainty and disaster, however they also have the ability to make critical adjustments much quicker than their larger business counterparts. The coronavirus has shown this as business owner have pivoted their business models to survive.  In addition to helping small businesses apply for disaster loans, the Florida SBDC Network can also provide critical assistance to help you stay lean and survive, including helping you improve your cash flow, control costs, and think about re-strategizing your business model in the face of changing consumer patterns.

Help is here.

  • If you are a new business, visit the New Business section of our website.
  • If you are an existing business, visit the Existing Business section.
  • Once completed, you will complete the online Request for Consulting application that will be forwarded to the Florida SBDC that serves your area.

Have questions?

Please contact your local Florida SBDC office or call (850) 898-3479.