Message from the SBA North Florida District Office Regarding COVID-19

North Florida District Office  - March 18, 2020

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Message from the SBA North Florida District Office Regarding COVID-19

COVID-19: Guidance for Small Businesses

The North Florida District Office (NFDO) team is available to assist our small business owners via phone and email. We are currently limiting any in-person interaction with the public in an effort to comply with social distancing measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Visit the CDC page for more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to keep safe. 

Small business owners and entrepreneurs needing assistance should contact the North Florida District Office at (904) 443-1900. Our staff is available to answer your questions Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm via phone/email. The office is currently not open to the public. Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor this situation. 

Additional information is available on our district website at We will also share information on our Twitter page at @SBA_Northfl. Make sure to follow us and the @SBAgov for the most up to date information for small business owners. 

All SBA North Florida District Office sponsored training and events are cancelled until further notice. Please check with our resource partners regarding their event cancellations. 

SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Information

SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.

Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website:

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

State of Florida Emergency Bridge Loan

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

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 Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked pursuant to other financial sources.  Note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not grants. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources.


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