• Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan *Activated*

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    September 25, 2020
    The Emergency Bridge Loan has been activated for Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties.
     
     
    Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program and Business Recovery Center Information
     
     
     
     
    About the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
    The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by Governor Ron DeSantis for small businesses in Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa Counties.
     
    "The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, to provide cash flow to businesses economically impacted by state-declared disasters. The short-term, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources.
     
    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.
     
    Please note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not grants. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources."
     
    The application period began on September 23, 2020, and runs through November 14, 2020, or until the available funds are expended.
     
     
    To begin the application or for more information on eligibility requirements and required documents click on the button below. For more information you may also contact EmergencyBridgeLoan@deo.myflorida.com or 1-833-989-2763.
     
    Apply Now
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Florida SBDC at UWF Business Recovery Centers (BRCs)
     
    Although business owners can apply online, The Florida SBDC at UWF will launch Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to assist business owners throughout the application process. The BRCs will operate Monday - Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. The BRCs will be located at:
     
     
    Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce
    15500 Perdido Key Dr.
    Pensacola, FL 32507
     
    Florida SBDC at UWF (SCI Building)
    220 W. Garden St. Suite 301
    Pensacola, FL 32502
     
    Florida SBDC at UWF (UWF Building 8)
    9999 University Parkway
    Pensacola, FL 32514
     
    Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church
    75 Fairpoint Dr.
    Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
     
    Santa Rosa County Economic Development
    3461 Caroline St. #4
    Milton, FL 32570
     
    Florida SBDC at UWF (Synovus Bank)
    815 Beal Parkway NW, Suite A
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32566
     
     
    You can also reach out to the Florida SBDC virtually for assistance. The Florida SBDC at UWF is here to help small businesses apply for the Emergency Bridge Loan, answer further questions, and address other concerns. If you need assistance with the loan application, or are interested in no-cost consulting, visit our website at sbdc.uwf.edu and click on “Request SBDC Consulting.” Be sure to include "Emergency Bridge Loan Application" in the description.
     
    The SBDC at UWF can also be reached at sbdc@uwf.edu or by phone at (850) 474-2528.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Contact:
    Kelly Massey, Executive Director
    kmassey@UWF.edu, (850) 474-2528