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
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