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 Pinellas County Economic Development - 
Hurricane Irma Business Damage Assessment and Recovery

10/02/2017 1:00P - Page Last Updated


Pinellas County Business Recovery Center

@ The EpiCenter
Pinellas County Economic Development
13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
Largo, Florida 33760

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



PINELLAS COUNTY, FL - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of the Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Pinellas County on Sept. 18, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. 

The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, business owners need to apply by the deadline. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling
SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at

Pinellas County Economic Development
is open to assist Pinellas companies with their recovery.

  • Pinellas County companies requiring assistance with Florida Disaster Bridge Loans, please phone (727) 453-7200.
  • Pinellas County companies needing assistance with other items, please phone our main line at (727) 464-7332.  
  • REPORT DAMAGE TO YOUR BUSINESS from Hurricane Irma.  This is the primary portal for private sector damage assessments and recovery.  The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses. Shortcut:
  • APPLY FOR A SBA DISASTER LOANLow-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. Shortcut:
  • APPLY FOR A SHORT-TERM FLORIDA DISASTER BUSINESS BRIDGE LOAN. The Bridge Loan provides short-term funding until an SBA Loan or insurance reimbursement arrives. The purpose of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program is to provide a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses impacted by a disaster. 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. Shortcut:

Support Our Local Pinellas Businesses that have Re-Opened!
Thank you to the local businesses and their staff who have delayed their personal recovery to help our community.

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  • On Twitter please use hashtag #OpenNow and tag us at @PinellasBiz to help spread the word that your business is open. Visit local news websites and connect to our Chambers of Commerce to find open businesses in our community.

Billy's Corner Barber Shop is Open - Best Fade in St. Petersburg - 2031 4th St N Unit 12, St. Pete, FL.  Thank you Tash Elwyn, President, Private Client Group at Raymond James & Associates for sharing this story and picture on LinkedIn.

Pinellas County Post-Storm HQ for more information, the latest press relases from Pinellas County and links to: report property damage, links to federal assistance, what to do with sandbags, Operation Blue Roof for residents and more. 

Curbside debris pickup starts Monday in unincorporated areas | Citizens' Guide to Disaster Debris Removal for Unincorporated Pinellas  Municipal residents and businesses can contact their municipality about the availability of debris pickup in their area. 

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  • Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center: Find disaster resources for business, before, during and after the storm at the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center. Direct communications to ESF-18 | Business registration Preparedness information | Resource identification | Disaster situation reports | Research on business needs | Community outreach and more at

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Emergency Notifications:  Sign up for Alert Pinellas online or phone (866) 484-3264 to sign up for emergency notifications. Alert Pinellas is an emergency notification service. It is FREE to Pinellas residents and will give us multiple ways to get the word to you whenever an urgent situation arises. All you have to do is register your contact information with Alert Pinellas and an automated message will be sent to alert you to local emergencies. Contact information remains protected and confidential. Residents can receive notifications through their mobile devices, computers and landlines. Each member of the household can register.

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