Hurricane Irma Rebuild Update - Important information for South Dade business owners

Together WeCan

It’s been 10 days since Hurricane Irma passed through our South Dade Community and many businesses and residences of our communities have come a long way - I hope you agree.

We were fortunate enough to have an update shared with us via the Cutler Bay Business Association and the office of Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. We are eager to share these updates with you.

Rebuilding Together:

Community and Business Coming together to rebuild:

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Note shared from CBBA

Many of our businesses suffered serious losses during and after the hurricane. There were many disruptions, such as the loss of power and other services, that had a very negative impact on our businesses. Loss of property coupled with loss of business can create havoc with your cash flow and your business' finances.

And you may already know that FEMA has a number of programs to help individuals to recover, but what about our small businesses?  

What resources exist to help them recover?

Fortunately, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced the launch of several programs to assist impacted Floridians due to Hurricane Irma:

DEO has launched the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. They will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm.

To complete an application by the Oct. 31, 2017, deadline, visit

For more information contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email

DEO has launched the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)Program to provide assistance to businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma. To file for DUA or for more information go to or call 1-800-385-3920. The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center business damage assessment surveying tool has been activated for businesses to report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma.

Businesses are encouraged to visit Click on Hurricane Irma.

Additionally, CareerSource South Florida has opened 10 Career Centers, to assist any residents needing to file for Unemployment and DUA benefits.

For a list of those 10 centers, click here: (Cetners).

Please note that some of these programs may be for bigger businesses with at least a few employees, but there may be help for those among us who run smaller operations (e.g. sole proprietors, self-employed professionals and work-at-home freelancers, consultants, etc).

Also this just in….

The URL link provide below accesses a summary of information compiled from the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) Business Damage Assessment Survey Responses received to date for Hurricane Irma. Hopefully this information will be of assistance in your efforts to both individually and collectively reach out to affected businesses to offer those services and assistance available through your organization.

Please continue to encourage businesses across the state and included in the Governor’s Executive Order for Hurricane Irma to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey that can be obtained at and select the “Hurricane Irma” event.

This information and more updates will be available in this Friday’s edition of the South Dade News Leader ( ).

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