port charlotte, florida — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded the first $2.5 million to businesses through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The program was launched by Governor DeSantis after Hurricane Ian to provide short-term, zero-interest loans to small businesses that experienced economic impact or physical damage from Hurricane Ian. Interested applicants can apply now until December 2, 2022 or until all available funding is exhausted. For more information, click hereAffected county businesses that have won awards include:
- Twenty-eight companies in Lee County received a total of $1.27 million in loans.
- Eight Collier County businesses received a total of $355,000 in loans
- 6 Hillsboro County businesses receive a total of $300,000 in loans
- Four Charlotte County businesses received a total of $175,000 in loans
- Three Sarasota County businesses received a total of $150,000 in loans
- Two Manatee County businesses received a total loan of $100,000
- Two Lake County businesses received a total loan of $75,000
- 1 Monroe County businesses received a total of $50,000 in loans
- 1 company in Highlands County received a total loan of $50,000
The Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is designed to bridge the gap between the time a disaster impacts your business and the time your business is able to secure long-term recovery funding. Loans are available up to $50,000 per eligible applicant and are short term personal loans.
Loan programs totaling $50 million were approved, of which $10 million will go to agricultural businesses with sustained impact. Businesses affected by Hurricane Ian include Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardy, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsboro, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Located in Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties are eligible. Small businesses in the most affected counties (Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardy, Lee, Sarasota) will be escalated and prioritized upon acceptance.