December 17, 2015





Hello Florida SBDC at FAU Clients and Partners:
We hope you, your family and your employees are safe. Like you, we have been recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma on Broward and Palm Beach Counties. For the benefit of our clients and partners, below please find updated information on Irma-related resources.


• The State of Florida has initiated a survey which will help determine the physical and economic impact to businesses from Hurricane Irma.
• This survey is now live. If your business has been impacted by Irma, we encourage you to fill out the survey. This will assist State/Local authorities in determining the scope of impact and what type, if any, of additional financial assistance to provide to businesses.
• The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Creole.

• The English version is available online at:

• Si usted prefiere completar la encuesta en español, esta disponible aquí:

• Vèsyon angle a disponib sou entènèt la nan:


• Businesses in Broward and Palm Beach Counties are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for damages from Hurricane Irma.
• Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
• Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.
• Loans are also available for businesses that did not receive physical damage but were economically impacted due to the disaster.
• Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

• More information is available at:

• Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at:


• Businesses in Broward and Palm Beach Counties are also eligible for assistance from the Florida bridge loan program for physical or economic impact from Hurricane Irma.
• These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims, or Federal disaster assistance.
• Loan amounts can be from $1,000 to $50,000. The loan term is 90 or 180 days based on individual business circumstances. Loans will be interest-free for the loan term but must be repaid in full by the end of the loan term or penalties apply.
• Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2017 contingent on the availability of funds.
• More information can be reviewed at:


• Our team of experienced business consultants is available to offer confidential, no-cost advising to business owners impacted by Hurricane Irma.
• More information on our program and the services that we offer can be viewed at:


• – This is the website for the State of Florida and the Office of Emergency Management. Here you can view press releases, review activated programs, and receive other Irma-related emergency information. The website is:

• – This is the general disaster assistance website from the Federal Government. You can view your eligibility based upon location and determine available programs at:

• Florida Short-Term Compensation – The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. For more information visit:

• CareerSource South Florida services – CareerSource South Florida administers programs to assist businesses with training needs and employees with re-employment. Contact CareerSource South Florida to learn more about its One-Stop services that may help you. Their website is:

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Florida Division of Corporations

The Florida Division of Corporations´ Sunbiz™ web site offers searches and access filed information for corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, trademarks, fictitious name registrations and liens. Images of most filed documents can be downloaded at no charge and to make the filing process easier, most filing forms can also be downloaded. Electronic filing and certification can be processed through Sunbiz™ and Help information is accessible for all filing types.


My Florida

The official portal of the State of Florida.


Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is launching its DBPR Dashboard. The DBPR Dashboard provides a view of the Department’s processing time, customer contact center call statistics, and licenses issued in the previous month. To view the DBPR Dashboard click here.


Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity promotes economic opportunities for all Floridians, formulating and implementing successful workforce, community, and economic development policies and strategies. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity also offers labor statistics. Labor Market Statistics’ mission is to produce, analyze, and deliver timely and reliable labor statistics to improve economic decision-making.



Careersource Florida

CareerSource Florida specializes in talent. This organization statewide network of career development professionals works directly with Florida employers to align their demand for skilled talent with the needs of Floridians seeking employment and career development opportunities. .


Employ Florida Marketplace

Employ Florida links all of Florida’s workforce services—state and local—to each other. The state partners are Workforce Florida, the state policy and oversight board, and the Agency for Workforce Innovation, the state agency which administers workforce funds. At the local level there are twenty-four regional workforce boards that administer close to 100 “one-stop centers.” Together these organizations represent the Employ Florida network of workforce services and resources. The state and local boards are composed of educational, governmental and private business resources to address local workforce needs.


Small Business Resource Network

The SBRN, Small Business Resource Network, helps businesses succeed by connecting them with interested, experienced professionals, service providers and government agencies.


Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR)

The Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) is a research arm of the Legislature principally concerned with forecasting economic and social trends that affect policy making, revenues, and appropriations.


US Small Business Administration

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Business USA

Too often, interactions with the government are burdensome and frustrating. From seeking out financing opportunities to learning about the latest regulations affecting them, hard-working businesses are spending too much time navigating the federal bureaucracy. Business USA, a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.


US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improves working conditions; advances opportunities for profitable employment; and assures work-related benefits and rights.

US Census Bureau

The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and response is required by law.


Know what you’re looking for and want to find it fast? Select business topics using our A-Z listing, or by business type such as sole proprietor, corporation, etc. We also provide links to major business subjects, such as Business Expenses, which provides a gateway to all related information on that subject.


US Patent and Trademarks

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.” The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement.

FDIC Small Business Lending

The FDIC encourages bank lending to creditworthy small businesses. The FDIC also encourages small businesses that may have an inquiry or concern about the availability of credit to contact our new Small Business Hotline at 1-855-FDIC-BIZ. We will respond to inquiries about policies and financial institutions under the FDIC’s jurisdiction as well as make referrals to other government agencies and information resources.


Florida Division of Corporations

This site represents a comprehensive directory of links to agencies, services and programs of the Broward County Commission. For convenience, links to select services and programs provided by other officials and agencies are also included.

Other Economic Links:

View Chambers of Commerce at: View Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at: View Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center at: View Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Economic Development Alliance at: the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau at: Port Everglades at: