December 6, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – Following Hurricane Irma’s devastating impact, the Florida SBDC Network has deployed its emergency response Mobile Assistance Centers (MACs) to the Florida Keys to aid local businesses impacted by the storm.
In collaboration with the U.S. SBA, the Florida SBDC Network has worked to establish temporary Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) in communities across the state for businesses adversely impacted by Hurricane Irma. BRCs offer expertise from both the SBA and Florida SBDC to assist small businesses who sustained physical and/or economic injury as a result of the storm.
The Florida SBDC MACs, which will serve as mobile BRCs in Monroe County, will provide an on-the-scene workspace for affected businesses to meet with Florida SBDC and SBA disaster specialists to prepare state and federal loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges.
“Small businesses are critical to our state’s economy,” said Michael Myhre, CEO and Network State Director of the Florida SBDC. “We want business owners to know that we’re here to help walk them through the recovery process to ensure they get back in business as quickly as possible.”
Florida SBDC and SBA disaster specialists will be available via the MACs from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 6th at the following locations:
Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
12222 Overseas Highway
Marathon, Florida 33050
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce
106000 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, Florida 33037
The locations of the MACs will be assessed weekly to determine the need to stay longer or relocate to another area in the Keys. For a complete list of BRC and MAC locations, please click here.
As a principal responder in the state’s Emergency Support Function for Business and Industry, the Florida SBDC Network is a key economic development organization that helps small businesses prepare, respond, and recover from disasters.
Small businesses that sustained physical and/or economic injury from Hurricane Irma are encouraged to contact their local Florida SBDC for help understanding state and federal disaster loans available, completing applications, and answering any related questions they may have about disaster loans and the recovery process. For questions about disaster resources available and how the Florida SBDC can help, please contact the Florida SBDC nearest you. The Florida SBDC Network has also established a business disaster hotline for questions at (850) 898-3489 or Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.
About the Florida SBDC Network:
For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide emerging and established business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for the state. Since 2011, Florida SBDCs have provided 401,475 hours of consulting to 45,502 client businesses, resulting in 217,849 jobs created, retained and saved; $29.3 billion in sales growth; $2.1 billion in government contract awards; $947.4 million in capital investments; and 3,857 new businesses started. A statewide network of over 40 centers, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s designated lead host institution. The Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.