Disaster Assistance Resources
Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network
The Florida SBDC Network provides disaster assistance for impacted businesses, including help with completing and submitting loan applications and other assistance as it becomes available, through its Business Continuity and Risk Management Program.
Business Continuity and Risk Management Program (BCRM)
Certified Business Consultants assist with business disaster loan applications and other forms associated with preparing for and recovering from a natural or man-made disaster. BCRM services are available at all statewide SBDC offices.
Mobile Business Assistance Centers (MACs)

If needed, Florida SBDC Network Mobile Business Assistance Centers stand ready to be deployed in the field for on-the-spot business disaster assistance.

Insurance Coverage for Lost Revenues
The Florida Department of Financial Services provides help for impacted business owners to determine if they’re covered by insurance for lost revenues. For more information, call (877) 693-5236.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

 

Contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting the SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Florida Disaster Fund

 

The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. To make a donation, please visit this link.  Individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at (800) 621-FEMA or www.disasterassistance.gov.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, please contact the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network Headquarters. Email: disaster@floridasbdc.org.  Phone: (850) 898-3489.

About the Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program was first activated following Hurricane Andrew. It has been activated 20 additional times following disasters and has helped more than 2,730 small businesses statewide to receive more than $63 million in assistance.