The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida is reaching out to provide assistance and support to businesses impacted by flooding.
“Businesses affected by the flooding should contact our office directly,” said Kelly Massey, Regional Director for the Florida SBDC at UWF. “Our team stands ready to aid the businesses in our community.”
In addition to providing one-on-one assistance to business owners, the SBDC is encouraging businesses to complete an online Business Damage Assessment Survey. According to a press release from the SBDC, the online assessment will help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses, including if the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan should be activated. The website address is flvbeoc.org.
The SBDC is also activating its Mobile Assistance Center (MAC) and making it available beginning Monday in Pensacola and throughout the disaster area for the next week. The MAC is equipped with business disaster specialists, laptops, printers, satellite communication, business libraries, supplies and more.
Businesses can call the SBDC at UWF at 474-2528 or the Fort Walton Beach office at 863-6552.