Announcement from Gov. Scott–Emergency Bridge Loan Program

Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Irma

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period is from today through Oct. 31, 2017. Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Irma was a massive storm affecting our entire state, including many of our small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of Florida’s economy, and families are depending on these businesses recovering as quickly as possible. The small business bridge loan program will help small business owners and communities get back up and running and I encourage all affected business owners to apply today.”

DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network to provide cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.

DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, “So many communities across Florida have been affected by this storm. Businesses from the Panhandle to the Keys need assistance, and DEO is working with these businesses to make sure they can recover and be successful. The first step to getting our communities back on their feet, is getting our businesses back on their feet.”

DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, please click HERE and select “Hurricane Irma” from the drop-down menu. Response to the damage assessment is not an application for assistance, so businesses that fill out the survey and are interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application as well.

Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in any of Florida’s 67 counties affected by Hurricane Irma can apply for short-term loans up to $25,000. These interest-free loans are granted in terms of 90 or 180 days. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to Sept. 4, 2017, and demonstrate economic injury or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Michael Myhre, CEO and State Director for the Florida SBDC Network, said, “We are saddened to see and hear the stories of damage and loss that individuals and small businesses have suffered due to Hurricane Irma. We want our small business owners to know how important they are to our state and we are here to help walk them through the recovery process to get their employees back to work and growing their business.”

To complete an application by the Oct. 31, 2017, deadline, or for more information on the program, visit For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.


FEMA Assistance Now Available for Osceola County

Osceola County is NOW activated for FEMA Assistance for individuals. You will need to fill out a application. Read below……

Info. below:  or call  1-800-621-3362

Individual Assistance is quite different from Public Assistance. Those citizens who would like to register for Disaster Assistance can do so via web or telephone provided above.

You should have information such as:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of damaged home or apartment
  • description of the damage
  • information about insurance coverage
  • telephone number
  • mailing address
  • bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit funds
  • 1800-621- 3362
  • Individual Disaster Assistance click here



Dear Early Education Community,

The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County has activated its Continuity of Operations Plan (C.O.O.P).

The Coalition office, at 1631 E. Vine Street Suite E, will be CLOSED on Wednesday, 9/13/17 and will reopen when SDOC opens. 

This will aid in the effort for our staff, providers, and families to assess the damage at their businesses and homes so we can all return safely to work and school.

 At this time the Coalition anticipates resuming our normal operating hours on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.  

If for some reason the Coalition office is unable to open as anticipated notification will be available on the ELC Website.

Continued updates will be posted as they become available. We remind you to be safe, prepared, and informed.

Regards: Charlie Rogers, Executive Director




ELC Meeting Announcement


The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County announces the following:

Conference Planning Committee Meeting

Date: July 6, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm                                           

1627 E Vine Street, Kissimmee

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Conference Planning Committee with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.



ELC of Osceola County – Executive Committee Meeting

*************************************************************************************The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County announces the following:

Executive Committee Meeting

Date: June 29, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm                                           

1627 E Vine Street, Kissimmee



ELC of Osceola County – Executive Committee Meeting


The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County announces the following:

 ***EMERGENCY*** Executive Committee Meeting

Date: To Be Held By COB on June 21, 2017

Time: TBD

Dial-in Number:  (866)886-5735

Participant Code:  3306718


ELC of Osceola County – Executive Director Hiring Task Force Conf. Call


The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County announces the following:

 ***EMERGENCY*** Executive Director Hiring Task force conference Call

Date: June 14, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Dial-in Number:  (866)886-5735

Participant Code:  3306718