A Message From Lee County and the Economic Development Office

SBA Opens Mobile Business Recovery Center on Pine Island

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened a Mobile Business Recovery Center on Monday, Oct. 24, at Phillips Park, 5675 Sesame Drive on Pine Island, to assist Floridians applying for SBA disaster loan assistance for losses due to Hurricane Ian. The Center will remain open until 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, when it will close permanently. A press release with more information is attached in English and Spanish.

Bridge Loan Program

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans to “bridge the gap” between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has secured longer term recovery funding such as federally or commercially available loans, insurance claims or other resources.Loans are available up to $50,000—at least $10 million of which must go to small businesses that are agricultural producers impacted by Hurricane Ian in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. Small businesses in the most impacted counties — Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota — will be escalated and prioritized as they are received.Marine Fisheries Industry sole proprietors with businesses located in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota counties that are interested in applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program are required to provide documentation demonstrating the business is part of the Marine Fisheries Industry.Please call 1-833-832-4494 or email for more information on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

More Resources

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