The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked pursuant to other financial sources.  Note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not grants. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources.

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For faster service, contact your local SBDC Office for assistance

Florida SBDC at UWF | Visit Website

(850) 474-2528 |
Serving the following counties: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington County

Florida SBDC at FAMU | Visit Website

(850) 599-3407 |
Serving the following counties: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla County

Florida SBDC at UNF | Visit Website

(904) 620-2476 |
Serving the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union County

Florida SBDC at UCF | Visit Website

(407) 420-4850 |
Serving the following counties: Brevard, Flager, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia County

Florida SBDC at USF | Visit Website

(813) 905-5800 | NOTE: Primary way to contact this region as they are experiencing high call volumes –
Serving the following counties: DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota County

Florida SBDC at FGCU | Visit Website

(239) 745-3700 |
Serving the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee County

Florida SBDC at IRSC | Visit Website

(772) 462-7296 |
Serving the following counties: Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie County

Florida SBDC at FAU | Visit Website

(954) 762-5235 |
Serving the following counties: Palm Beach and Broward County

Florida SBDC at FIU | Visit Website

(305) 779-9230 |
Serving the following counties: Miami-Dade and Monroe County