April News and Updates from the NFDO Team

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North Florida District Office  - April 2021

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COVID-19 Recovery Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources


Visit the SBA website to learn about what resources are available to help your business recover from the impacts of coronavirus including the Paycheck Protection Plan, Economic injury Disaster Loan, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, SBA Debt Relief, and other options. 

Special Event: Restaurant Revitalization Fund (Grant Opportunity) Webinar

Join the SBA North Florida District Office on May 4, 2021 at 1p.m. (EST).

The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joe Biden, established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants. Join the North Florida District team in this session to learn the details about who is eligible to apply, how to apply, and and what you will need to submit your application successfully.

Register Now! 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Learn more and apply.

Message from the District Director

J. Malcolm Richards, North Florida District Office

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The SBA North Florida team continues to work with our community and resource partners to ensure our small businesses are aware of the resources available to them to recover from the impacts of Covid-19. Additionally, we are also helping businesses start and grow as well by providing training and outreach. We provide support to various underserved markets by partnering with chambers and other groups in the community. 

This month the office hosted one of our Boots to Business training programs, designed to help active-duty service members, veterans, and spouses learn about entrepreneurship. We offered this virtually and in partnership with the Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center. If you missed this training, we have a few more of these opportunities scheduled for this fiscal year.

Visit the North Florida District Website to learn about all our upcoming training opportunities. Learn about all the resources available to you through the SBA at SBA.gov. Visit SBA.gov/coronavirus for information on how the the SBA can help your business recover from the effects of Covid-19. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @SBA_Northfl.

Updates from the NFDO Team

The North Florida District Office team is ready to assist small businesses to start and grow. Visit the North Florida District Office Website to find events and workshops happening in your area. We are always adding new events and workshops to our district website. Please check for newly added events.

Also, follow us on Twitter @SBA_Northfl.

Visit the North Florida Website

Upcoming Special Event: Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Asian Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture. The North Florida District office will speak and honor some of our local Asian and Asian Pacific business leaders. Hear their true stories and get their advice on how to build a successful business in Florida. This event will be hosted by the North Florida SBA and SBDC at UNF.

Date and time: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021
3 - 4pm EST


SBA North Florida Emerging Leaders

The following businesses have been selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders training series in Orlando, Florida. This is the first time the training has been offered in the Orlando market. 

Commercial Business Installations

Communicate 360

Dave’s Pest Control

DeGraaf Systems

Details Flowers LLC

Fermitron Inc.

Hispanic Family Counseling

HZ Construction Inc.

Infinitas Engineering Inc.

JETechnology Solutions Inc.


Maruti Mobility Management

PRIME Electrical Services Inc

Q4 Services Inc

Radius Point LLC

Simetri Inc.

SkyBuildersUSA, LLC

Solers Research Group

Structural Engineering Partnership LLC

VIP Tours Go Pegasus

8(a) Business Development Program

Last Fiscal Year, the NFDO Business Development Team supported nearly a BILLION dollars in federal contracts for small and disadvantaged firms in North Florida. These firms are small and disadvantaged businesses selling their products and services to federal government. These businesses have one very important thing in common; they have been certified through SBA as part of the 8(a) Business Development Program. 

Did you know? 

The federal government's goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.

Disadvantaged businesses in the 8(a) program can:

  • Compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program
  • Get a Business Opportunity Specialist to help navigate federal contracting
  • Form joint ventures with established businesses through the SBA's Mentor-Protégé Program
  • Receive management and technical assistance, including business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development

Learn More