About the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, to provide cash flow to businesses economically impacted by state-declared disasters. The short-term, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 (or up to $100,000 in special cases as warranted by the need of the business) help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources.

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.

Please 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.

Current Status

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently inactive.

Previous COVID-19 Emergency Bridge Loan Activation

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program in response to COVID-19 is inactive at this time. In the event of an Emergency Bridge Loan activation for any future declared disasters, please check this page for more information on the Emergency Bridge Loan program.

Additional Information

Please email EmergencyBridgeLoan@deo.myflorida.com for more information on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.