Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, strongly encourages small businesses in the Florida Panhandle impacted by Hurricane Sally to complete the state’s Business Damage Assessment Survey.
The survey, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), is not an application for disaster assistance, but rather assists state officials in determining the extent of impact and need for federal and state disaster assistance.
“The Business Damage Assessment Survey allows the state to understand the level of impact and unique needs the business community has after a disaster event,” said Michael W. Myhre, CEO of the Florida SBDC Network. “It is critical businesses fill out the survey to help to activate vital recovery programs and get communities back to work.”
As a principal responder in the State Emergency Response Team’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business & Industry, the Florida SBDC Network stands ready to assist small businesses after Hurricane Sally. Florida SBDC disaster specialists can assist small businesses in developing strategies to recover and ensure the continued operation of their business.
Upon activation of disaster assistance loan programs, Florida SBDC business consultants, many of whom are Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Certified Business Continuity Professionals, will be available to assist small businesses prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges at no-cost.