TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $6.4 million has been approved through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Idalia. One hundred and sixty-one businesses have been approved to receive these funds to bridge the gap while they await other long-term funding such as insurance or FEMA funding, with more applications being approved every day. The program, administered by FloridaCommerce, provides short-term, no-interest loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury or physical damage due to Hurricane Idalia. Interested applicants can apply now through October 25, 2023, or until all available funds are expended.
“Getting small businesses open and operating following a disaster spurs economic activity that helps the entire community recover,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I am proud of the work we have done to get funding into the hands of these business owners to help them reopen as quickly as possible.”