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  • February Small Business Updates from the Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF

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    February 01, 2021
    Don't Miss These Small Business Updates and Upcoming Webinars!
    Small Business Updates from the SBDC at UWF
    New To Our Newsletters?
    The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida (Florida SBDC at UWF) provides management assistance and training to any prospective or existing small-business owner in Northwest Florida, including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Holmes, Washington, Gulf, Calhoun, and Jackson counties. For a quick informative video about how we assist businesses, click on the button below!
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    Please Take Our Annual Survey!
    It's that time of year again! We are encouraging all of our clients to complete the upcoming Annual Survey from the SBDC. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please note that your data collected will be held in strict confidence. Only aggregate data will be shared with our funding partners (US Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida). Thank you for your attention to this important matter!
    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of
    Washington County, Florida, Affected by Hurricane Sally
    Florida businesses and residents in Washington County affected by Hurricane Sally on Sept. 13 - 18, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration,
    Acting SBA Administrator Tami Perriello announced.
    Virtual customer support
    representatives are available to help applicants complete the online application during these hours:
    Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)
    Open: Monday – Sunday (7 days/week)
    Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST
    Email: FOCE-Help@sba.gov
    Phone: (800) 659-2955
    No-Cost Marketing Analysis -Conducted by the University of West Florida Student Marketing Projects!
    A Florida SBDC at UWF business client will provide the student teams with marketing, financial, and other organization details necessary to research and complete the project. The Florida SBDC at UWF provides guidance to teams working on the analysis and final presentation. Companies receive a valuable marketing overview and analysis from a UWF College of Business student team at no-cost.
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    Paycheck Protection Program Round 2
    Enacted under the CARES Act, the PPP is designed to to help businesses and individuals across the country find relief from the economic devastation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    "Updates to the PPP under the new bill aim to address these issues for first-time loan recipients and enable a second draw for those who have already received a PPP loan."
    If you have questions regarding your business and either round of the PPP, feel free to contact us! Visit our website to request no-cost consulting!
    Request No-Cost Consulting
    Have you or are you planning on applying for the PPP 2.0?
    I already applied
    I plan on applying
    I don't plan on applying
    I am unsure if I will apply
    SBA Coronavirus Relief Options
    "We’re here to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. We offer multiple funding options for those seeking relief. Read more below."
    - U.S Small Business Administration
    Covid-19 Relief Options
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    Follow Our Facebook Page!
    Our Facebook page is constantly being updated with small business information. Find more info on grants, local businesses, small business articles, disaster preparedness, webinars, and other resources that may be available to you and your small business. Find us on Facebook at Florida SBDC at UWF.
    Upcoming Training Events
    Take Advantage of Our No-Cost Training Events
    Bookkeeping & Accounting Basics Part 1, Webinar (2/11)
    A two part accounting series that addresses the most common issues business owners face in their day-to-day bookkeeping routine.
    Speaker(s): Kyle Polhlopek
    Fee: No cost
    Bookkeeping & Accounting Basics Part 2, Webinar (2/18)
    A two part accounting series that addresses the most common issues business owners face in their day-to-day bookkeeping routine.
    Speaker(s): Kyle Polhlopek
    Fee: No cost
    Sources of Funding for Small Businesses, Webinar (3/17)
    This workshop is intended for small businesses that have been operational for at least one year. We will provide a comprehensive overview of different loan and other financing options available to you and we will also cover what factors banks look for when assessing a loan package. At the end of this webinar you will be better informed about the lending process and will have a checklist of action items you need to complete before heading to the bank.
    Speaker(s): Ayesha Haider
    Fee: No Cost
    Request No-Cost Consulting
    The Florida SBDC at UWF is available to assist small businesses that need assistance from a variety of consulting topics. To learn more about our services, please visit our website and click on the "Services" tab. While on our website you will also be able to request no-cost consulting. sbdc.uwf.edu.
    No-Cost Consulting
    The Florida SBDC Network is state designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.] and recognized as Florida’s “premier source” for business assistance.
    Kelly Massey, Executive Director
    kmassey@UWF.edu, (850) 474-2528