Media Contact:
LaShaun Collier

News Release
September 21, 2017
For Immediate Release

Media Alert:
Florida SBDC  at Florida Gulf Coast University Offering On-site Mobile Assistance Center for Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Irma

WHAT: The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University will offer on-site assistance for businesses and individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma.

As part of the event, Florida SBDC disaster specialists will provide on-site assistance via its Mobile Assistance Center (MAC)—a 38’ RV equipped with laptops, printer, internet capabilities, and more—to small businesses in applying for federal and state disaster loan assistance and with other post-disaster challenges.

WHO: Representatives from the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, will be available to assist you in completing loan applications, will answer questions and provide technical assistance.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE: The Florida SBDC’s Mobile Assistance Center and disaster specialists will be available at the following locations:

LaBelle: Monday,  September 25th

Walmart parking lot,
1951 W. Hickpochee Ave.
LaBelle, FL 33935

Clewiston: Wednesday, September 27th

Vacant parking lot adjacent to First Bank of Clewiston
300 E Sugarland Hwy.
Clewiston, FL 33440

About the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University:
For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide emerging and established business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for the state. Since 2011, Florida SBDCs have provided 401,475 hours of consulting to 45,502 client businesses, resulting in 217,849 jobs created, retained and saved; $29.3 billion in sales growth; $2.1 billion in government contract awards; $947.4 million in capital investments; and 3,857 new businesses started. A statewide network of 46 centers, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s headquarters. The Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit