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While our economy is recovering, we know many small businesses continue to struggle. Here are two resources to aid small businesses in their recovery: Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference This virtual conference is designed to assist and provide resources for small businesses to #SustainThePivot most have endured due to the global pandemic, as well as highlight … Read more

Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant Funding for the Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant will be available in amounts of $7,500 for small businesses with up to 25 employees and $15,000 for small businesses with 26-50 employees. The application process for the Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant will open Friday, Sept. … Read more

Whether your Company or Business needs assistance with recruitment, candidate pre-screening testing, employee training, labor market information, employer tax incentives or outplacement services, we have the tools to help maximize your company’s success. CareerSource Escarosa is now accepting new applicants / students for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program.

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is launching a new trade grant program to help the state’s small and medium-sized companies continue doing business overseas even as international travel is restricted. The Virtual Business Matchmaking program will allow the state’s business community to reach new and existing customers overseas and keep moving forward. Virtual Business Matchmaking includes … Read more

On Wednesday Governor DeSantis held a press conference in Tallahassee to announce Phase I of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan to Re-Open Florida. The Governor also issued two Executive Orders: Executive Order 20-111, which extends Executive Orders 20-87 and 20-91 until 12:01 am May 4, 2020; and Executive Order 20-112, regarding the Governor’s plan for … Read more

Join the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity for a “Ask Us Anything” conversational webinar series. The webinars will occur every few weeks as the FRB navigates the federal, state, and local responses to COVID-19 impacts related to workforce investments. Each session will focus on a specific topic and will … Read more

Governor Ron DeSantis’ Reopen Florida Task Force has launched a public comment form for Florida residents who want to provide input on safely reopening the state. Click here to provide your input to the task force.

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

Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – Due to the widespread impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and small businesses’ need for emergency capital, the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program has changed.   Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program, … Read more