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Posted on: April 12, 2023

SBA Disaster Relief for Florida Residents Update


You may still apply for FEMA and Small Business administration (sba) assistance.

Application filing deadline is June 29, 2023, for economic injury.

*If you missed the deadline of January 12, 2023, for physical injuries Applicants must provide a late filing justification. SBA and FEMA will accept applications after the deadline, provided that the applicant had a good cause for both missing the deadline.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for disaster-impacted residents of Florida.


Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

 Business Loans:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – The law limits EIDLs to $2,000,000 for alleviating economic injury caused by the disaster. The actual amount of each loan is limited to the economic injury determined by SBA, less business interruption insurance, and other recoveries up to the administrative lending limit. EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 
  • Business Loan Ceiling – The $2,000,000 statutory limit for business loans applies to the combination of physical, economic injury, mitigation and refinancing, and applies to all disaster loans to a business and its affiliates for each disaster. If a business is a major source of employment, SBA has the authority to waive the $2,000,000 statutory limit.

For more information visit/email/contact:

DRC locations: 

DRC Locator (

Most open from 9am – 6 pm Monday - Saturday

 SBA disaster application link: 

Hurricane Ian (

 SBA disaster loan contact by email:

 SBA disaster loan contact by phone: 


 Other SBA program links: 

Small Business Administration ( **Business Guide**

HUBZone program ( **Government Contracting**

SBA Learning Platform

 New business guidance- SBA flagship programs (non-disaster):

SBA South Florida District Office Directory 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DCR) is Open to help disaster-impacted residents in-person.

Disaster Recovery Centers provide disaster survivors with information from Florida state agencies, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance and disaster loans, update applications and learn about other resources available.

No appointment is necessary to get assistance at a Disaster Recovery Center.

Location: LAKES REGIONAL LIBRARY, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myer, FL 33919

Hours of Operation: 9AM to 6PM (Monday-Saturday)

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