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

  • Florida Business Development Corp.
    (813) 348-0660
  • Florida First Capital Finance Corp.
    (888) 320-5504 or (850) 681-3601
  • Independent Development Services Corp.
    (239) 652-5588
  • Sunshine State Economic Development Corporation
    (800) 850-2504

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
(407) 956-5624

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

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.

Venture Capital FIrms
The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member-based organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through strategic partnering, education and effective networking.