Hillsborough County, Florida (October 5, 2022) – Hillsborough County businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Ian can now apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.
The state has made $50 million available to businesses. At least $10 million of these funds must be allocated to small businesses that are agricultural producers affected by the hurricane. The program, which is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, provides short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that suffered economic or physical damage due to Hurricane Ian. These are not grants and loans must be repaid by the approved applicant.
Interested candidates can apply via the Economic Opportunity Department website now until December 2, 2022, or until all available funds are distributed. Eligible small businesses can apply for loans of up to $50,000 under the program.
Florida SBDC in Hillsborough County
Disaster recovery specialists at the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Hillsborough County are available to provide free, confidential counseling to help affected businesses prepare disaster loan applications. Florida SBDC disaster specialists work alongside SBA business loan specialists to provide information on available resources and help businesses complete state and federal disaster loan applications.
The Hillsborough County Florida SBDC can be reached at HCFLGov.net/FSBDC Where (813) 204-9267weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Disaster Recovery Center
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) to provide one-on-one disaster loan application assistance to Florida businesses affected by Hurricane Ian. SBA customer service representatives will be available to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help business owners complete their applications.
The Hillsborough County BRC is located at the Chloe Coney Urban Enterprise Center, 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33610. The BRC is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.
Be connected. Stay alert.
For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Hurricane Ian, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and subscribe to the HCFL alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor for updates.