Published Thursday, March 19, 2020

As the nation navigates a global pandemic of the novel Coronavirus, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is spreading awareness of the resources open to local businesses. Two loans are available for companies experiencing impacts.


1. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.  SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The application period runs through December 18, 2020.

  • These working capital loans are intended to assist small businesses in meeting their financial obligations through the disaster recovery period.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. 
  • The application is available online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
  • The interest rate for businesses is 3.75% with loan terms up to 30 years.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable for businesses without the financial ability to weather the adverse impacts of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.


2. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans

Palm Beach County businesses can also apply for a Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to "bridge the gap" between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. The application period runs through May 8, 2020.

The application form and additional details can be found at http://www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org  

 If you need local support with accessing these loans, the Small Business Development Center at FAU is happy to help:
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Additional resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19:

  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans - Deadline is May 8, 2020
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  • U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans - Deadline is Dec. 18, 2020
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Customer Service Center
  • Small Business Development Center's Business Continuation Services
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  • Business Development Board Coronavirus Resource Page
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  • Palm Beach County Government COVID-19 Latest Briefings
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  • Employ Florida for Access to Jobs
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  • Florida Department of Health
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  • Workplace Tips for Employees
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  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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