Business Disaster Recovery Assistance
Has your business been impacted by a disaster? We are here to provide access to the capital and resources you need to recover.
If your business was adversely impacted by a state or federally-declared disaster, your business may qualify for a no-interest state and/or a low-interest federal business disaster loan when activated. On this page, you will find a wealth of information to help you with your business recovery efforts, including details about State and Federal Disaster Loan Programs; information on Where to Find Assistance; Additional Resources; information to help you Stay Informed; and more.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan (EBL) Program
Following activation by the Governor, the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides short-term, interest-free loans to businesses impacted by a disaster. Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC), the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan helps businesses bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Learn more at www.floridadisasterloan.org.
– Currently Inactive
U.S. SBA Business Physical Disaster Loans
Following the activation of a presidential disaster declaration, impacted businesses may apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Business Physical Disaster Loan Program. Businesses and most private non-profit organizations located in a declared disaster area that incurred damage during a disaster may apply for a low-interest loan to help replace or restore damaged property when federal assistance is activated. Learn more at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
– Currently Inactive in Florida
U.S. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Following the activation of a presidential disaster declaration, impacted businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and private nonprofit organizations may apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. If you are in a declared disaster area, have suffered substantial economic injury regardless of physical damage, and you are a small business, small agricultural cooperative, or private nonprofit organizations, you may qualify for an EIDL. EIDLs provide working capital to help businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.
Activated: Hurricane Michael
Application Filing Deadline: July 11, 2019 | Click Here to Learn More and Get Started
Activated: Red Tide Algal Blooms
Application Filing Deadline: June 4, 2019 | Click Here to Learn More and Get Started
Activated: Toxic Algal Blooms
Application Filing Deadline: June 4, 2019 | Click Here to Learn More and Get Started
In times of disaster, the Florida SBDC Network, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, establishes Business Recovery Centers in communities most adversely impacted for affected businesses to receive on-site assistance with preparing disaster loan applications and other post-disaster challenges.
For more information, contact the Florida SBDC Network Headquarters at Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org or toll-free at (866) 737-7232.
Take the State of Florida’s Business Damage Assessment Survey
The state’s Business Damage Assessment Survey has been activated and businesses that have been affected by Hurricane Michael, the Red Tide, and/or the Lake Okeechobee Discharge/Algal Blooms are strongly encouraged to complete the survey by clicking here. Businesses should choose “2018 Michael”, “Red Tide”, and/or “Lake Okeechobee Discharge/Algal Blooms” in the drop-down menu. Please note, the Business Damage Assessment Survey is the tool the state uses to determine the deployment of resources. It is NOT an application for a business disaster loan.
Additional Business Recovery Resources and Information
Includes information and resources for registered businesses that are impacted by a disaster, including news and what to do following a disaster. The site also houses the online Business Damage Assessment Survey where business owners can share the extent of damages they suffered. Please note, the Business Damage Assessment Survey is the tool the State uses to determine the deployment of resources. It is NOT an application for a business disaster loan.
Other State Loan Programs – www.FloridaJobs.org | www.EnterpriseFlorida.com/small-business
For businesses that may not qualify for one of the disaster loan programs, there are several other state loan programs through DEO and Enterprise Florida that you may be eligible to apply for, including but not limited to the Microfinance Loan Guarantee Program and the State of Small Business Credit Initiative Loan Guarantee and Participation Programs.
Florida Division of Emergency Management – www.FloridaDisaster.org/DEMbusiness.asp
Created by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the state of Florida’s official portal for businesses provides a toolkit of general and specific information to help businesses prepare and recovery from a disaster.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) – www.FloridaJobs.org or call 1-800-385-3920
Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
Disaster Dislocated Worker Program – https://CareerSourceFlorida.com/your-local-team
The Disaster Dislocated Worker Program is administered by DEO and provides disaster relief employment in the form of temporary jobs that support storm response and recovery efforts. Visit your local CareerSource center for more details.
Employ Florida – http://DisasterRecovery.EmployFlorida.com
Disaster cleanup and other related job openings are now available through Employ Florida for businesses to post job openings and for individuals to find job opportunities.
Florida Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline – 1-866-9-NO-SCAM
Insurance Helpline – 1-877-693-5236
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – www.DisasterAssistance.gov
This is the general disaster assistance website from the Federal Government. Before applying for a SBA disaster loan, businesses are strongly encouraged to register with FEMA.
Other SBA Loan Programs – www.SBA.gov
For businesses that may not qualify for one of the disaster loan programs, there are several other federal loan programs that you may be eligible to apply for, including but not limited to the 7(a), Real Estate & Equipment, and Microloan Programs.
Tax Relief (Florida) – www.irs.gov
In times of disaster, the IRS may extend deadlines that apply to filing returns, paying taxes, and performing certain other time-sensitive acts for certain taxpayers. Visit the website for current news and information, tax tips, videos, and other resources.
Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – www.APTAC-US.org
Businesses can find disaster relief contracting information here.
Vendor Disaster Recovery Assistance Resources – Guide
For information on disaster recovery and relief contracting in Florida, please see the attached guide ‘Florida PTAC – Vendor Disaster Recovery Assistance Resources’. For Hurricane Michael, the counties most affected are Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties.
- 850-815-4925 – The Private Sector Hotline has been activated by the state for business inquiries about the storm, preparedness information, and post-impact information.
- 800-342-3557 – The Florida State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. SAIL is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week.
- www.FloridaDisaster.org – The state’s official source of general and specific information for individuals and businesses about Hurricane Irma from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
- www.FloridaDisaster.org/DEMbusiness.asp – the Florida Division of Emergency Management Business Toolkit.
- Florida 511 – Information on roadway conditions and closures is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Florida 511. Drivers may dial 511 from their mobile phones to receive updates. 511 is a free resource, however, cell phone minutes and text message charges may apply. Updates are also available on the web at www.FL511.com.
- VISIT Florida has activated the Expedia/VISIT Florida Hotel Accommodation Web Portal to support evacuation orders. www.expedia.com/
- Airbnb Open Homes is now active in Alabama, Florida and Georgia in response to Hurricane Michael. www.airbnb.com/
In times of disaster, small businesses that sustain physical and/or economic injury are encouraged to contact their local Florida SBDC for help understanding state and federal disaster loans available, completing applications, and answering any related questions they may have about disaster loans and the recovery process. The Florida SBDC Network has also established a business disaster hotline for questions at (850) 898-3479, toll-free at 866-737-7232 or Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.
Find your local Florida SBDC by clicking here.