August News and Updates from the SBA NFDO Team

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North Florida District Office  - August 2021

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COVID-19 Recovery Information

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


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 Visit for information on how the SBA can help your business recover from the effects of Covid-19. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @SBA_Northfl.

Message from the District Director

J. Malcolm Richards, North Florida District Office

DD Richards

This past month has been very eventful for our office, we were able to offer, through a collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), presentations in English and Spanish titled “Tax Advantages for Business Owners: Protecting Your Bottom Line” outlining tax credits available to small business owners.  These sessions will be repeated in September. Check our district calendar for updates

As we enter September, National Preparedness Month and the fourth and historically most active month of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, I want to remind our small business community it’s never too late to start preparing. Please take some time to make a plan for hurricanes. Here are two invaluable websites for disaster preparation and continuity planning: and

Finally, Hispanic Heritage Month--which takes place mid-September through mid-October--is an annual celebration of the accomplishments of Hispanics who have positively influenced and enriched American culture, society, and our great nation.  Our office will be hosting a virtual event on Friday, September 16th from 10 am to 12 pm titled “COVID -19, The Impact and Recovery of Hispanic Businesses in Florida”. This event will feature special guest speakers and will delve into the questions of:

  • What is the future of Hispanic owned businesses in Florida?
  • How have Hispanic owned businesses pivoted to survive the Pandemic?
  • What does it all mean for the future and the state of Florida? 

You can register for this event below. 

We have so much to share with you.  Feel free to email us at and visit our website: or follow us on Twitter @SBA_NorthFL.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer

Presented by the SBA’s North Florida District Office

Join in to celebrate the contributions and successes of Hispanic-owned small businesses. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021 • 10am to 12pm EDT

Here from successful business owners, chambers, community leaders, and groups from the Hispanic Community in North Florida. Topics we will cover during this call will include:

  • Latest economic and business statistics for Latinos
  • State and local resources to help businesses pivot
  • Hispanic Chamber Presidents Roundtable – roles and support
  • SBA programs and services
  • Hispanic-owned 8(a) Business Development Successes

This event is open to everyone!

For more information, contact Ana Grogan at (904) 443-1970 or email


SBA NFDO Lending Statistics

Visit the North Florida District Office to download a copy of our most recent participating lenders list or our Lending Match Tool to find a lender that may be able to work with you. 

North Florida Loan Data as of July 31, 2021

North Florida Lenders have approved 932 loans for the total of $710,217,200.

                                      Top 5 Lenders

By Dollar Amount                                                       

1. Live Oak Banking                                                 

2. Newtek, SBF                                                          

3. Home Loan Investment Bank                       

4. TD Bank                                                                    

5. Synovus                                                                 

By Number Of Loans

1. Wells Fargo

2. TD Bank

3. United Midwest Savings

4. Newtek, SBF

5. Live Oak Banking

Top 2 CDC’s:

  1. Florida First Capital Finance Corporation
  2. Florida Business Development Corporation

Upcoming SBA Events - September

Tuesday, September 14

SBA Federal Surplus Property Program


This webinar will explain the SBA federal surplus property programs currently available to 8(a) firms and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). The workshop will address the regulatory guidance applicable to both programs, eligibility criteria, and the role of the district office monitoring these programs if you receive a property transfer. The Florida State Agency for Surplus Program (SASP) will be discussed, their interaction with SBA and GSA, and what their role in the federal surplus program is, including discussing what documentation will be needed to be considered. Finally, we will briefly discuss the VA's Certification, Verification and Eligibility (CVE) process which will be critical for VOSBs that are not yet actively registered with the VA's VETBIZ Portal. Prior registration is required. Offered via Microsoft Teams. Link will be provided once you register.

Date and time: Tuesday, September 14, 2021; 1–3pm EDT

Contact: Ed Ramos
(407) 648-2891

Tuesday, September 14



En este seminario, propietarios de negocios y entidades exentas de impuestos serán orientados sobre el crédito de retención de empleados, que fue modificada por las secciones 206 y 207 de la Ley de certeza del contribuyente y alivio tributario por desastres de 2020 (Ley de alivio) y el Plan de rescate estadounidense de 2021 (ARP). ¡Únete a nosotros para aprender más!

Date and time: Tuesday, September 14, 2021; 3:30–5pm EDT

Contact: Ana O Grogan