Florida Export Finance Assistance
The Florida Export Finance Corporation offers information, technical and consulting assistance to small and medium-sized Florida exporters who have been turned down by at least one potential lender. Business must have a specific and verified order from a foreign buyer and the loan must be made to support that order. Financial assistance is available to support pre-export working capital and/or post-export receivable financing. For information visit Florida Export Finance Corporation at www.dos.state.fl.us/fefc or call (786) 845-0400.
Florida Finance Network
A group of nonprofit economic development lending organizations that connects Florida businesses with various federal, state and private-sector small business financing programs to meet specific capital needs. For more information visit Florida Finance Network at www.floridafinance.org
Florida Venture Forum
The Florida Venture Forum is the leading entrepreneurial and private company investor networking group in Florida, providing Florida-based companies with unique strategic education and guidance and opportunities to interact with and present to active funds and other equity investors as well as other members of the entrepreneurial and emerging company ecosystem. For more information go to www.flventure.org
Federal Financial Assistance
SBA offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes including:
SBA 7(a) Loans (up to $2 million) add links
SBA 504 Loans (up to $5 million)
SBA Surety Bond Guarantee
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
For more information on each loan click here: https://www.sba.gov/loans-grants/see-what-sba-offers/sba-loan-programs
SBIR LINK: https://www.sba.gov/loans-grants/find-other-sources-financing/research-grants-small-businesses
Business Finance.com- Allows you to search the funding criteria of over 4,000 sources for business loans, venture capital, equipment leasing, and commercial real estate financing. For more information go to www.businessfinance.com
The Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (OTTED)
Encourages private sector donations to community redevelopment projects in enterprise zones and to low-income housing projects. A tax credit of 50% of the donation is allowed.
Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s (EFI) Minority & Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Capital division partners with outside organizations to provide small businesses with training, development and financing options. EFI has an extensive network of state, federal and non-profit resources ready to assist small businesses in accessing capital, entering new markets, and creating revenue growth and job creation.
Additionally, the state of Florida offers a variety of tax incentives and workforce training programs, including: