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  • Small Business Updates - 10/02/2020

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    October 02, 2020
    Small Business Updates from the SBDC at UWF
    Santa Rosa County Small Business Economic Recovery Grant (Application deadline 10/16)
    Santa Rosa County has allocated $2.6 million of CARES Act funding to provide grants of either $10,000 or $20,000 depending on business size, to eligible small businesses affected by the pandemic. Follow the link below to see the full list of eligibility requirements and apply.
    Applications are being accepted at this time.
    Learn More & Apply
    Escambia County CARES Small Business Grant (Application deadline 10/6)
    This grant program will allow qualified small businesses to receive $7,500 for businesses with fewer than 26 employees, and $15,000 for those between 26-50 employees. To learn more about the full list of eligibility requirements and how to apply, use the button below.
    Applications are being accepted at this time.
    Learn More & Apply
    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 Grant 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.
    Business Recovery Centers
    If you require help applying for the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program or a grant, the SBDC at UWF has set up centers around the affected counties to help you apply for these programs designed to get your business working capital in a short period of time.
    To read more about the assistance available, the locations, and the hours of operation please follow the button below.
    Learn More
    Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Individual Assistance for Five Counties Impacted by Hurricane Sally
    "FEMA Has Approved Florida’s Request for Individual Assistance in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties."
    To read the official press release click below.
    Press Release
    Upcoming Webinars At No-Cost
    Finding Federal Opportunities Beyond beta.SAM.gov (10/14)
    Have you been to beta.SAM.gov and tried to find the RIGHT opportunity for you and your company and been frustrated? The federal government will sign over 4-6 million contracts this year, and it's like looking for that needle in the haystack. There is another way to search out opportunities for the federal, state, and local government.
    Join us on Wednesday, October 14, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm for the online webinar, to find opportunities and the federal government purchases from the business of all sizes, located throughout the country, for all types of services – from professional services to commodities.
    Presented by: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, PTAC at UWF
    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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