SBA Announces PPP Loans for Small Businesses with 20 or Less Employees

2021-03-02T11:21:27-05:00March 2nd, 2021|

Apply Here On Monday, February 22, the following changes to SBA's coronavirus relief programs were anounced: Specifically, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 am ET, SBA established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This will give lenders and community partners more time to

Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loan Information

2021-03-02T11:21:34-05:00January 12th, 2021|

Application Form The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP

TechMatch 2020 – SWFL Virtual Job Fair for Tech Careers

2021-04-05T11:45:45-04:00September 22nd, 2020|

Register Here Emerge SWFL is proud to partner with SWFRTP and CareerSource to bring you the only tech-specific job fair in our region! TechMatch is a virtual event that allows for job seekers to connect with local employers looking for talent to fill open roles within their organizations. These opportunities span the tech

Lee County Providing Free PPE to Businesses

2020-09-16T14:27:55-04:00September 16th, 2020|

Business owners can go to designated locations to pick up free face masks and hand sanitizer supplies paid for by the CARES Act. Out of $19 million spent so far, almost $2 million went to cleaning products, more than $5 million to PPE and $121,000 to the medical examiner's office for morgue and medical

Lee CARES Update – 2nd Round of Aid Distribution

2020-08-06T17:35:47-04:00August 5th, 2020|

LeeCARES Eligibility Requirements | Frequently Asked Questions  Lee CARES Update Lee County is getting ready to give out $45 million in financial aid to families in need. This is the second round of distribution of the $134 million in CARES Act money the county received back in May, which it needs to use by

Emerge SWFL Virtual Expo – Thursday, June 25th at 10 am

2021-04-05T11:46:16-04:00June 24th, 2020|

The Emerge SWFL - Virtual Expo is tomorrow! Register here: swflvirtualexpo.com Emerge SWFL Partners with Community Leaders to Unite Local Economy via Free Virtual Expo -- FORT MYERS, FL -- Emerge SWFL is hosting a free virtual expo with one goal: to reinvigorate the local economic landscape. By connecting people to businesses, nonprofits,

Phase Two Reopening Effective June 5th – Governor Ron DeSantis

2020-06-05T11:30:48-04:00June 5th, 2020|

Starting Friday, June 5th, a number of Southwest Florida businesses will begin their road to recovery for the first time since the pandemic. Governor Ron DeSantis has officially announced Phase 2 of his "SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP" plan to reopen the state. It means a number of businesses that have felt forgotten about with

LeeCARES Business Assistance Programs

2020-05-26T09:20:36-04:00May 26th, 2020|

LeeCARES Eligibility Requirements | Frequently Asked Questions  Small Business Relaunch Program - Apply Online Eligible Business affected by the "Safer at Home Act" - $5,000 Relaunch Grant Intended to help offset the unintended costs of reopening or relaunching a small business as a result of being directly affected by Governor DeSantis’ Safer at Home

Full Phase One Reopening Effective May 18th – Governor Ron DeSantis

2020-05-18T09:19:32-04:00May 18th, 2020|

Governor Ron DeSantis rolled out a series of changes to his plan to reopen Florida, with the latest update including allowing gyms to reopen and granting some leeway to restaurants looking to seat more customers. As Florida transitions from Phase 1 of Gov. DeSantis' "SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP" plan to Full Phase 1, restaurants are now allowed