COVID-19

A note for our businesses and investors.

We know that many black, minority and underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs are deeply concerned about the impacts of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. BBIF Florida has been, and will continue to monitor the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local governments, to ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff, and community. At this time, no member of the BBIF staff has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to the best of our knowledge. 

Health & Safety is a Priority

In an abundance of caution and for the wellbeing of our staff and its clients, BBIF has altered its traditional business operations. Our offices, including our downtown office, along with our South & North Florida regional offices, have now fully adopted a work-from-home policy. While our offices might be vacant, you have full access to our staff virtually via phone or Zoom video conferencing.

Our commitment to underserved communities is needed now more than ever

It is in times of crisis where we, as a community, have the opportunity to demonstrate just how resilient we are. As such, BBIF has doubled down to continue its mission to support minority owned businesses. As invested members of our community, BBIF will remain vigilant and prepared to make decisions in response to an ever evolving situation. We will continue to be transparent, communicating with our borrowers, partners and community as we navigate through this global crisis. 

Thank you for your continued support.

BBIF Florida has been a champion for minority entrepreneurs for over 30 years. We’ve been working hand in hand with business owners across the state of Florida, providing access to capital to underserved businesses statewide. 

Negative economic impacts from COVID-19 have already begun and could prove to be long-lasting as communities take necessary steps to slow the spread of the virus and keep people healthy. 

We’re here to help. Whether you’re an existing borrower, management consulting client, or business owner exploring opportunities to bridge a downturn in revenues, BBIF Florida is working to share COVID-19 resources, best practices for Florida small businesses, and working with our partners & investors to bring opportunities to our community.

We’re all in this together.

BBIF’s Response to the impact of COVID-19
BBIF stands on the front line of disaster recovery in all forms–the great recession, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and now, COVID-19. As a true economic first responder, our portfolio consists largely of the very businesses that are being impacted by closures, layoffs, downsizing and uncertainty. To ensure small businesses survive COVID-19, we created the BBIF Emergency Relief Fund. This fund supports BBIF’s clients and Florida’s small businesses.

Government Legislative Response:

Congress is working to approve legislation that will provide anyone who is an approved SBA 7(a) lender with the ability to help small businesses. Once that legislation passes, SBA lenders will have more guidance as to eligibility and process.

Small Business Association (SBA) Resources

Some information from the Small Business Association on how to navigate this unprecedented time is below.

What is Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL)?
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster assistance loans with long payback. These loans can be used as working capital for small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19

What can my EIDL be used for?
These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact and loss of business during the disruption. 

How do I find out if my small business qualifies?
Once a declaration is made by a state’s governor, the information on the application process for EIDL assistance will be made available to affected small businesses within the state. The business must be in a primary or contiguous county to be eligible. Determine eligibility here.

What if my area is not on the list?
We recommend that you apply anyway. Some states are slower than others to submit to become a disaster area. Your application will be put in a queue to be processed once your state/area is listed.

How do I apply?
Click here to start the process. SBA is also hosting Webinars to help walk businesses through the application process.

What are the rates and terms?

• Up to $2 million per disaster assistance loan. This does not impact other SBA lending amounts and will be determined based on operating expenses and debt payments during the disruption. 
• 3.75% interest for small businesses
• 2.75% interest for non-profit organizations
• Loans are offered with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years
• Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based