Info & Resources
Local Elected Officials Send Letter to President Trump Requesting Individual Aid for Hurricane Victims
Several Escambia County elected officials co-signed a letter to President Trump requesting that individuals impacted by Hurricane Sally be able to apply for federal assistance.
Click here to read the letter.
Escambia County Hosting Job Fair for Hurricane Sally Recovery Workers Today
Another job fair will take place in Escambia County on Tuesday for workers for Hurricane Sally recovery. Applications are still being accepted for debris monitors. The job pays $1,000 per week for 12 hours per day, seven days a week.
Building Services to Host Workshop Wednesday Regarding Storm Damage
Building Services will host a free educational workshop Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, regarding tips on how to proceed with severe structural damage to your home or property.
Another workshop will be held the following week on Pensacola Beach.
For additional information about the workshop, call Escambia County Building Services at 850-595-3550.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program Activated
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program has been activated. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans that are intended 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 up to $50,000, or up to $100,000 may be requested in special cases as warranted by the need and evidence of the business, per eligible applicant. Loans made under this program are short-term, personal loans using State of Florida funds – they are not grants and must be repaid.
You can apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan online or visit one the Florida Small Business Development Center’s Business Recovery Centers listed below. You can learn more about the loan program here.
Florida SBDC at UWF - Business Recovery Centers
Hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm
Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce
15500 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32507
Florida SBDC at UWF (SCI Building)
220 W. Garden St. Suite 301
Pensacola, FL 32502
Florida SBDC at UWF (UWF Building 8)
9999 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church
75 Fairpoint Dr.
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Santa Rosa County Economic Development
6491 Caroline St. #4
Milton, FL 32570
Florida SBDC at UWF (Synovus Bank)
815 Beal Parkway NW, Suite A
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32566
Santa Rosa County Small Business Economic Recovery Grant
Santa Rosa County has allocated a total of $2.6 million of CARES Act funding to provide grants of up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses. In partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center, applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. The application period begins on September 28 at 8 a.m. and closes on October 16 at 5 p.m. Applications received before or after the application period will not be reviewed.
Santa Rosa County has increased the grant amount tiers to ensure that businesses can make a quicker recovery.
- $10,000 for small businesses with 0-25 employees
- $20,000 for small businesses with 26-100 employees
There will also be an informational webinar with the Florida SBDC on Friday Sept. 25 from 10 - 11 a.m. to guide small business owners in applying for the grant. The webinar will address correctly filling out the application and supporting documents. A recorded version will be made available on the website following the webinar.
Applicants will receive notice of approval or denial as soon as their applications have been processed. Only eligible and completed applications with required supporting documentations will be accepted. Grant funding will be disbursed from the Santa Rosa County Grants Department by check via mail to the business's listed address.
For more information, contact the SBDC at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (850) 474-2528.
Escambia County Information
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