November 30, 2022
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Hillsborough County – Resources Available for Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ian

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Hurricane Ian Update No. 30 

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2022) – Businesses across Hillsborough County that were impacted by Hurricane Ian have multiple options for recovery resources. 

Businesses are urged to start by taking a Business Damage Assessment Survey so that the most useful services can be provided to help with recovery. There also are services like free disaster loan application consulting from a variety of resources.

Business Damage Assessment Survey

The State of Florida opened the Business Damage Assessment Survey for Hurricane Ian on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Please take a moment to complete the survey. Completion of the survey by as many business owners as possible helps to ensure the proper services will be available for recovery efforts. 

Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County

Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County disaster recovery specialists are available to provide confidential, no-cost consulting to help affected businesses prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges. Florida SBDC disaster specialists work alongside SBA business loan specialists to provide information about resources available and assist businesses in completing state and federal disaster loan applications.

The Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County can be reached at HCFLGov.net/FSBDC or (813) 204-9267, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Business Recovery Center 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) to provide one-on-one assistance with submitting a disaster loan application for Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about the disaster loan program and assist business owners in completing their applications.

The Hillsborough County BRC is located at the Chloe Coney Urban Enterprise Center, 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33610. The BRC is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. 

SBA low-interest disaster loans for businesses, homeowners, renters, and private nonprofits

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to businesses and residents in Florida following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to Hurricane Ian.

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations (such as charities, churches, private universities, etc.) 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.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property.

Detailed information and applications are available on the SBA disaster assistance page

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 28, 2022. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 29, 2023.

Other Resources:

IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Disaster Recovery Quick Guides
Enterprise Florida Business Disaster Assistance Resources
Florida Disaster Fund

Get Connected. Stay Alert.   
For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Hurricane Ian, visit  HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. 



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