SBA Small Business Loans

 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters for physical and economic damage caused by a declared disaster. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

The SBA approved Florida’s SBA Disaster Loan Declaration requests for long-term, low-interest economic injury disaster loans for small businesses and other eligible organizations affected by the algal blooms and red tide disasters. The deadline to apply is June 4, 2019.

The declaration for Algal Blooms covers Lee and Martin counties, and the adjacent counties of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie.

The declaration for Red Tide covers Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties and the adjacent counties of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk.

To apply, visit DisasterLoan.sba.gov or call the SBA Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955 (Hours: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday)

You can also visit an SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRC):

Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday (closed Sunday)

Toxic Algal Blooms

Lee County
City/County Annex Building
1825 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Martin County
Martin County Fire Rescue Headquarters
800 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34994
 

Red Tide

Lee County
City/County Annex Building
1825 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Manatee County
Manatee County Library, Island Branch
5701 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Pinellas County 
Epicenter
13805 58th Street, North, Suite 2-200
Clearwater, FL 33760

Sarasota County
Bee Ridge Park
4430 South Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34231
Hours as indicated above except on Tuesdays, open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.