Ensuring Tampa Bay area businesses stay open
When disaster strikes, businesses in the Tampa Bay region can find the education, training and assistance needed to survive through our Business Continuation Services.
Our professionally certified business consultants provide consulting at no cost, and training events to help you minimize losses and increase survivability when affected by natural and man-made disasters.
We can help business owners develop a plan tailored for your business, at no cost.
40% of all businesses that close following a disaster never re-open.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is designed to provide immediate cash flow to businesses impacted by natural disasters in the Tampa Bay region. These are short-term, interest free working capital loans designed to “bridge the gap” between the time a catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources. If you need assistance in securing a Bridge Loan after a disaster, please contact our main office at 813.905.5800.
Two Mobile Assistance Centers (MACs)
The MACs are 38’ RVs outfitted as mobile Florida SBDC Network centers. As a principal responder in the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business & Industry, the MACs are deployed during a disaster to provide an on-the-scene workspace for our consultants to assist impacted businesses. When not in use during a time of emergency, the MACs provide services to businesses in rural areas of Florida.
Disaster Assistance App
As part of its service offering, the Florida SBDC offers Bizaster, a free mobile disaster assistance app. Bizaster, available in both English and Spanish for Android and iOS, features risk assessments, customizable checklists, and other resources to help businesses prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. Bizaster can be downloaded from the App Store or via Google Play.
- www.flvbeoc.org – Business Damage Assessment Survey
- www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org – Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Application
- www.FloridaDisaster.org – Florida Division of Emergency Management
- www.SBA.gov – Federal Disaster Loans
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