• October Small Business Updates

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    October 14, 2020
    Small Business Updates From the SBDC at UWF That You "Oct." to Know About
    Okaloosa County CARES
    Through the Federal CARES Act funding, Okaloosa County and all the Cities have joined together to offer a variety of grant and other programs to help our communities cope with the affects of COVID-19. This assistance has categories for businesses, non-profits and individuals. To learn more and apply now click the button below. 
    Learn More & Apply
    2 DAYS Until the Santa Rosa County Grant Closes, This Friday, October 16
    THIS FRIDAY, Oct. 16 is the last day to submit applications for the small business economic recovery grant!
    Grant amount tiers:
    $10,000 for businesses with 0-25 employees
    $20,000 for businesses with 26-100 employees
    The application, eligibility requirements, required documentation and more can be found at www.santarosaready.com.
    The application period closes on October 16 at 5 p.m. Applications received after the application period will not be reviewed.
    Apply Now
    Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
    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 (DEO) will administer the Emergency Bridge Loan program. The program provides short-term, zero-interest loans to small businesses that experienced physical damage or economic injury during Hurricane Sally.
    The application period began on September 23, 2020, and runs through November 14, 2020, or until the available funds are expended.
    Learn More & Apply
    Follow our Facebook Page for More Small Business Updates
    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.
    October is Cyber-Security Awareness Month!
    "If you connect it, protect it!"
    According to Varonis, a data protection company, seven million data records are compromised daily and, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), every three seconds an identity is stolen. Don’t let you or your small business fall victim. The Florida SBDC offers education and resources to protect your business, customers, employees, and profits from cyber-attacks. Learn more by clicking below.
    #BeCyberSmart #Cybersecurity #NCSAM2020
    Learn More
    POLL Question:
    Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?
    Yes, oBOOiously
    No, not this year.
    Upcoming Webinars At No-Cost
    ADA Compliance in a Digital World (10/15)
    Broaden your perspective and learn how to embrace the culture of universal digital access without fear!
    Join us online Thursday, October 15, from 9:00 – 10:00 am to learn how digital accessibility affects websites, digital documents, social media, kiosks, and more.  We will address communication transparency, best practices, remediation options, conformance vs. compliance, reasonable accommodation, community building, mitigating risk, procurement processes, and future proofing. This session will provide time for discussion during and after the presentation.
    Presented by: Jay Massey, CMO, Hixardt Technologies, Inc.
    Starting a Business Before or After a Crisis (11/5)
    During this Starting a Business webinar, you’ll learn how to choose the right business structure and what types of licensing and permits are required for your new or existing business. We’ll also show you where to look for the money to fund your business, ways to use digital marketing, record keeping requirements and the corporate compliance mistakes many start–up businesses make. You’ll learn how to monitor your success by reading, understanding and making decisions from your financial statements as easily as you read the gas gauge and speedometer in your car.
    This workshop will help you to organize and identify your next steps and who is available to help you move forward with confidence and clarity!
    Disaster Recovery
    The Florida SBDC at UWF is still available to assist the local community that may have been adversely affected by the coronavirus, or recent, Hurricane Sally. Please visit our website to request no-cost consulting. sbdc.uwf.edu.
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