Hillsborough County, FL (October 5, 2022) – Businesses in Hillsborough County impacted by Hurricane Ian can now apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridging Loan Program.
The state has given businesses $50 million. At least $10 million of these funds must be allocated to hurricane-affected agricultural producer small businesses. Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, this program provides short-term, zero-interest loans to small businesses that have suffered financial or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Ian. They are not grants and loans must be repaid by approved applicants.
Interested applicants can go through Department of Economic Opportunity website Now until December 2, 2022, or until all available funds are disbursed. Eligible small businesses can apply for loans of up to $50,000 through the program.
SBDC in Hillsborough County, FL
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Hillsboro County disaster recovery experts can provide confidential, free counseling services to help affected businesses prepare disaster loan applications. Florida SBDC Disaster Specialists work with SBA Business Loan Specialists to provide information on available resources and assist businesses with state and federal disaster loan applications.
The Florida SBDC in Hillsborough County can be reached by HCFLGov.net/FSBDC or (813) 204-9267Weekdays 8am to 5pm
Business Recovery Center
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) to provide one-on-one assistance to Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian with filing disaster loan applications. SBA customer service representatives will be available to answer questions about the disaster loan program and assist business owners with their applications.
The Hillsborough County BRC is located at Chloe Coney Urban Enterprise Center, 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33610. The BRC is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-1pm; and closed on Sundays.
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For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Hurricane Ian, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe And sign up for the HCFL alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor’s social media for updates.