Disaster Assistance Programs for Businesses

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If your business was damaged by Hurricane Irma, you may be eligible for local, state, and federal programs. Read on to learn more about the various programs available. 

Federal Programs

Before applying to any program, we strongly encourage you to sign up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as it is a requirement for many of the programs listed below. 

Click here to learn about FEMA’s Operation Blue Roof

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Visit sba.gov for more information.

Physical Damage Disaster Loan

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Military Reservist Economic Injury

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The Internal Revenue Service has expanded tax relief to victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida. Extension filers have until January 31, 2018 to file. Click here to learn more. 

In order to qualify for this benefit your employment or self-employment must have been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States. You must have been determined not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits 



Florida Programs

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by the Gov. Rick Scott as a result of Hurricane Irma. Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida.  Qualified applicants must be a Florida small business that has a minimum of two and maximum of 100 employees that suffered physical damage and/or economic injury as a result of Hurricane Irma. Visit floridadisasterloan.org for more information 

The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center is a virtual organization that employs the Business Damage Assessment (BDA) tool, and Resource System. Visit flvbeoc.org to start assessing damages on your business. 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity offers a variety of reemployment assistance programs. visit floridajobs.org for more information. 

FL DEO Disaster Relief Programs

Local Programs

The Florida SBDC Network is preparing for the deployment of its Disaster Mobile Business Assistance Centers—two 38-foot RVs equipped with laptops, printers, Internet capabilities, and more—into communities with the greatest need for affected businesses to receive on-site assistance resulting from Hurricane Irma. Florida SBDC is the primary organization handling the bridge loan program. Visit fsbdcswfl.org for more information. 

Short-term, interest-free “bridge” loans up to $25,000


Do you have damage to your property? Use the links below for permitting information. 

Lee County

Bonita Springs

Fort Myers  Building permit fees are being waived for Irma-related repairs for Fort Myers

Fort Myers Beach is following Lee County policy

Sanibel standard procedures are in effect.

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