SMALL BUSINESSES IN FLORIDA
FLORIDA SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM
Dedicated website: https://floridadisasterloan.org/
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan FAQs: http://www.floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/communicationsfiles/rebuild-florida-document/covid-19-florida-emergency-bridge-loan-faq.pdf?sfvrsn=dc1b44b0_2
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked pursuant to other financial sources. Note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not considered grants. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources.
- Designated Disaster Areas: All Florida counties statewide per Executive Order 20-52.
- Qualified Applicant: Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and suffered economic injury as a result of the designated disaster. Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with 2 to 100 employees.
- Amount: Up to $50,000 per eligible small business. Loans of up to $100,000 may be made in special cases as warranted by the need of the eligible small business.
- Term: 1 year.
- Limitation: Only one loan may be made per eligible business. All previous bridge loans received MUST be paid in full.
- Interest Rate: Loans will be interest-free for the loan term (1 year). The Interest rate will be 12% per annum on the unpaid balance thereafter, until the loan balance is repaid in full. Loan default is subject to a normal commercial collection process.
- Application Period: Applications will be accepted by qualified Florida small businesses under this program through May 8, 2020, contingent on the availability of funds.
- Review the eligibility requirements and loan process at https://floridadisasterloan.org/eligibility-and-loan-process/.
- Gather the required support documentation and prepare your application at http://www.floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/businessrecovery or https://floridadisasterloan.org/application/
- Options for submitting an application include:
–Download an application, complete it in full and submit it with the required support documentation by mail or courier to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, C/O Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, 107 E. Madison Street, MSC-160, Tallahassee FL 32399-4120.
- For assistance with completing the application, contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity toll-free at (833) 832-4494.
Assistance and Contact Information
For assistance with completing the application or any questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, please contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity by email at toll-free at (833) 832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.
About the Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program was first activated following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It has been activated 26 additional times following disasters and has helped more than 4,750 small businesses statewide to receive more than $157.5 million in assistance.
FLORIDA INDIVIDUAL RESOURCE LINKS
- Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
Provides information on Reemployment Assistance and Disaster Recovery Opportunities
INDIVIDUAL REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Dedicated website: https://floridadisasterloan.org/
Reemployment Assistance (RA) – if your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive RA.
- Reemployment Assistance COVID-19 FAQs: http://floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/ra-dua-documentation/dua-faqs-3-17-20-updates.pdf?sfvrsn=805543b0_4
- Individuals who may be eligible for RA may include:
- Those who were quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency
- Those who are laid off or sent home with pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVD-19 concerns
- Those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19
- Reemployment Assistance Application Guide including video: http://floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants
- Reemployment Assistance Hotline: 1-800-204-2418
- Reemployment Virtual Service: http://floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
- The purpose of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is to provide RA benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular state RA benefits. The program covers individuals who are self-employed and owners and workers of farms and ranches, as well as others who are not normally covered by RA benefits.