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Post Hurricane Ian Updates From FEMA & Lee County
February 2, 2023

Message from SCORE Southwest Florida Chapter Chair.

We know many of you are dealing with devastation both in your business and personal lives. We do not want to inundate you with too many emails, but we felt this information from FEMA and Lee County is important to share. 

The first and most important thing you need to do is to register with FEMA. By doing so you will get the process to rebuild started and give FEMA information about the amount of damage. We do not yet know what FEMA assistance will be in all cases, but please register now as it will help FEMA evaluate the extent of damage and the help needed.                                                                                                                         

There are several ways to apply: 1), 2) download the FEMA App for mobile devices, 3) call toll-free 800-621-3362. The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Help is available in many languages.

SCORE will try to make useful information available and assist in disaster recovery effforts. As you need assistance, please contact your mentor or reach out to us.

Ben Simmons

SCORE Southwest FL Chapter Chair


FEMA & SERT Hurricane Ian Recovery

Click Here to read: FEMA's Daily Fact Sheet 10.09.22

LCEDO Post-Hurricane Update

Click Here to read: Nov. 3 Communication from Lee County and the Economic Development Office on Job Seeker Employment

SBDC at FGCU Post Hurricane Help

Click Here to Replay: Hurricane Recovery Projects and Doing Business with FEMA

Click Here to Replay: Hurricane Ian Disaster Business Recovery Webinar

Click Here to Download Presentation Slides

Click Here to Download SBA Fact Sheet- Disaster Loans

Click Here to Download EIDL Fact Sheet


Webinar: Financial Must-Haves for Business Owners Post-Hurricane Ian - Save Your Spot!

Like thousands of business owners across SWFL, you are no doubt feeling the effects of Hurricane Ian. For some, business is booming. For many others, operations came to a screeching halt on Sept. 28.

Regardless of where you are, it’s critical to have a game plan for your short-term survival and long-term success. For many, that starts with getting a handle on the money side of things and taking an objective look at what’s in front of you.

Join Business Advisors Angi Semler Welch and Cheryl Lynch from Cultivate Advisors, for a hands-on workshop in which you’ll learn how to objectively assess your business situation and identify actionable next steps that will help empower you to move forward. This will include:

  • Planning for Cash Flow & Working Capital - What is your short-term and mid-term financial picture? How do you build a cash flow plan and evaluate best- and worst-case scenarios? How much do you need in relief loans or working capital? What are your options for securing more?
  • Assessing Your Business Needs & Opportunities - What does it look like to rebuild? How can you innovate or “pivot”? How do you ramp up overnight to meet the explosive demand for your products or services?
  • Identifying Resources & Support - What else do you need right now? How can you get connected to those other resources?

The 90-minute workshop will include a core program for 1 hour with an additional 30 minutes for Q&A and working on a game plan for your business.

Thursday, November 10, 2022     Register

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Thursday, November 17, 2022      Register

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

2201 Second Street, Suite 500
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 533-3102

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