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Financial Resources

Certified Development Companies
Nonprofit corporations that work with the SBA and private-sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses.

  • Business Development Corporation of Northeast Florida
    (904) 724-7455
  • Essential Capital Finance Inc.
    (904) 398-9411
  • Florida Business Development Corp.
    (561) 433-0233
  • Florida First Capital Finance Corp.
    (888) 320-5504 or (850) 681-3601
  • Gulfcoast Business Finance
    (727) 895-2504 or (800) 850-2504
  • Independent Development
    Services Corp.

    (239) 652-5588
  • North Central Florida Areawide Development Company
    (352) 955-2199
  • Tampa Bay Economic
    Development Corp.

    (813) 984-8100

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Microfinance, New Markets Development, Black Business Loan Programs; Small Business Credit Initiative
(850) 245-7105

Florida Finance Network
Nonprofit economic development lending organizations that connect Florida small businesses with state and federal financing programs.

Florida’s Microfinance Programs

  • Miami
    (305) 854-8113
  • Tallahassee
    (850) 765-0375

SBA Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration does not make loans directly to small business owners; however, many local lenders can assist with the application process for an SBA-backed loan. For information, contact a district office.

Industrial Revenue Bonds
IRBs offer tax-exempt, low-interest bond financing to qualified, financially sound manufacturing and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Venture Capital FIrms
Major venture capital firms and select angel funds.