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Gulf Power, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has created the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Gulf Power will fund the grant with a contribution of $250,000. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Each applicant OR business can only receive one grant. The Florida SBDC at UWF will assist eligible … Read more

  At 1 pm today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order (#20-91, attached) which is a 30-day “Safer at Home” order EO 20-91. The order will become effective after midnight Thursday, at 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. FloridaWest has been monitoring local, state and federal COVID-19 emergency responses and executive orders, to … Read more

The global pandemic COVID-19 has created a unique challenge for our businesses and our community. We at FloridaWest are committed to the continued success of our businesses. We are working diligently with our local, state and federal partners to monitor changing legislation and resources so to provide information and access to programs that will strengthen … Read more

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida (UWF) today launched the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program to assist businesses across our communities impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program was made possible by an initial contribution of $250,000 from Gulf Power … Read more

Reemployment Assistance Governor DeSantis reminded Floridians that if their employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, these Floridians may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. Individuals who are eligible for Reemployment Assistance may include: Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency, Those … Read more

FloridaWest urges all local businesses to fill out the Florida Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey. This information will be very important to us as we work to identify and request potential state and federal funding. The Business Damage Assessment survey will be used to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, … Read more